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An Operatic “First” For Vero Beach

This month’s International Vocal Competition will offer a feast of fresh talent for local music fans.

Giordani with soprano Deborah Voigt, a long-time resident of Vero Beach. He was so impressed by the Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation that he launched one of his own in 2010.

Giordani with soprano Deborah Voigt, a long-time resident of Vero Beach. He was so impressed by the Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation that he launched one of his own in 2010.

Metropolitan Opera tenor Marcello Giordani loves Vero Beach. In fact, he loves it so much that he is holding an International Vocal Competition sponsored by his foundation at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on March 25-30. Previous competitions were held in New York, Sicily and Fano, Italy, so our city is in pretty good company.

The event largely came about because Roman Ortega-Cowan of Vero Beach Opera and his wife, Dr. Joan, had invited Marcello to the area. Roman, the artistic director of VBO, is a retired financial advisor who has been singing since he was 11. He studied opera in several European countries and in Cuba, where he was born, and has performed several of the well-known baritone roles throughout the world. Locally, he has been involved in many musical theatre and opera organizations, first in Brevard and more recently in Vero Beach.

Read the entire article in the March 2013 issue