Italian opera: Getting to know the fabulous Italian tenor Stefano Secco

Stefano Secco scaled

I was thrilled to hear that I would be interviewing Stefano Secco while he is in Seattle performing the role of Cavaradossi in the production of Tosca by Seattle Opera, which we also featured on the blog. Stefano performed his debut role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Seattle Opera in 2012. Stefano has sung the role of Cavaradossi in a variety of productions world-wide including Hamburg, Venice, Palermo, and Torre del Lago.

I like to practice Italian so I usually start my interviews with Italians by just chatting. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased when Stefano proposed we keep going in Italian. Only after we had a very engaging conversation where we shared our love of the great opera tenors like Caruso and Corelli, the Italian culture, and the “dolce vita” did it come home to me that I would have to transcribe the sketchy notes I took in Italian into English. I believe that I have succeeded in conveying the true substance of the interview.

The central theme of our discussion was passion and how it motivates Stefano in everything he does. Here are a few quotes from the interview that I believe will illustrate that point.

Q: What motivates you most in your career?
Passion! It is everything! It has always motivated me, continues to motivate me now, and will always motivate me.
The struggle to perfect my art is motivated by the passion that drives me.

(Italian: Q: Qual’è la motivazione fondamentale per la sua carriera? A: La passione! È l’unica cosa. È stata…lo è e sempre sarà in futuro.)

Q: What is your favorite memory from your childhood in Italy?
The thing I remember most is the importance of opera in my life from a very young age. Opera is fundamental to Italian culture…

Q: Besides opera, what else are you passionate about?
Playing drums. Living the “dolce vita”.

Read the full interview :

Ci sentiamo presto, Lina

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