Patrick Carfizzi: Blog & News
Patrick Carfizzi - Thoughts and News from the American Bass/Baritoneenpatrick@patrickcarfizzi.netCopyright 20132013-02-13T22:42:25+00:00Figaro at Wichita Grand Opera
http://www.patrickcarfizzi.net/site/figaro_at_wichita_grand_opera/#When:21:42:25ZPatrick is delighted to be performing the role of Figaro with Wichita Grand Opera on March 16 of this year! Mozart is one of Patrick's favorite composers and it is always such a joy to return to this work. Looking forward to a fun time with Wolfgang and friends!News2013-02-13T21:42:25+00:00Article in Outsmart Magazine!
News2011-04-19T14:05:35+00:00Check out Patrick’s OperaPulse Interview about Singing, learning and life!
http://www.patrickcarfizzi.net/site/operapulse_interview/#When:11:37:18Zhttp://www.operapulse.com/2011/03/09/artist-spotlight-patrick-carfizzi-bass-baritone/News2011-03-12T11:37:18+00:00Seattle Opera Preview Video of Barbiere!
Seattle Opera Presents The Barber of Seville.
Watch these exciting new video highlighting Seattle Opera's production of Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Seattle Opera presents The Barber of Seville at McCaw Hall January 16 - 29, 2011.News2011-01-19T04:50:33+00:00A Saturday with a Piano
http://www.patrickcarfizzi.net/site/a_saturday_with_a_piano/#When:15:28:53ZSing for Hope has been sponsoring a wonderful event in NYC these past few weeks and I was fortunate enough to get a bit of time free from rehearsals for Figaro to take part in it. "Play me I'm yours" is an interactive community art installation of 60 pianos in all five boroughs of the city of New York. I had the chance to be buddy to the beautiful little piano in Chelsea Market this past weekend. The experience was threefold for me: sharing in the joy of the random combustion of music with all of my fellow new yorkers, tourists and alike, inviting people young and old to make that music, and listening to the range of commentary from the passers by. Chelsea Market has such a unique atmosphere, add to it a piano that anyone can play, and you have the recipe for a magical day.
Two brief stories to share of the many which touched me. There was a steady stream of folks some doodling, some playing beautifully, everything from classical music, to heart and soul to musical theater favorites. Then a young lady, Maggie, approached the piano, tentatively at first, asking rather meekly if she could play. She sat down and started to doodle and settled on Lady Gaga. I am familiar with Lady Gaga (not as much as I should be perhaps) and as she continued to play the crowd around grew exponentially. Maggie was completely unaware of their presence. This young lady was visiting New York from Seattle, Washington, on a class trip and when she got up from the piano bench she was overwhelmed with the number of people who were listening. She turned to her teacher and I commenting "people really do listen."
A few hours later in the day an older woman hovered around the area, looking at the piano from afar clearly observing this anomalous beast and the people playing it. She began our conversation by saying, " why would you put a piano here..." After a bit more chatting she confessed that at she had played for years, but that at 86 she would not dare to touch the instrument. More time passed and after almost an hour of hovering and listening to others play she looked around to confirm the rare scarcity of onlookers, sat down at the piano and made it erupt with Mozart and Chopin. It was breath taking playing and as soon as she noticed people start to gather she turned to me and with a twinkle in her eyes said a very quick " thanks" and dashed off.
There were so many more moments during the day with people from all over the world; France, Germany, Brazil, Washington State, California, Brooklyn, New Zealand, each with their own story to tell in their own way. As I drove back to Glimmerglass my mind wandered back through the day, the experiences, the bravery and the shear joy that I had experienced for hours with complete strangers.This is engagement, this is community and the art is doing all the work, we are simply and gratefully along for the ride.News2010-07-03T15:28:53+00:00Mary stuart and friends
http://www.patrickcarfizzi.net/site/mary_stuart_and_friends/#When:11:34:52ZGreetings from Toronto, where the weather is beautiful and Opera is good, very good. What a pleasure it has been to work on Maria Stuarda with the COC! A great cast of characters across the board. Rehearsals have been a great experience full of good work and laughter. Toronto has shown me a new face this time. Perhaps I should have looked a little harder for it in the past, but this city is definitely different for me this go around. Great restaurants, great jazz, and even a bit of stand-up comedy on the horizon. So despite my not so pleasant encounter with bed-bugs at the outset of my visit here all is well with Mary Stuart and friends.
ArtsLEAF is progressing, growing, and gaining momentum, please check the website for updates and if you are interested in working with ArtsLEAF, please do not hesitate to contact me. In other news, I will be making a recording in the next few weeks. Check back in July and you can hear some tracks from the recording.
If you are in the Toronto area let me know I will be here till the end of May.News2010-04-30T11:34:52+00:00Welcome to my Website
http://www.patrickcarfizzi.net/site/my_blog/#When:17:41:47ZWelcome to my website!
You want to know what goes on in my brain, here it is, only slightly edited for content and public consumption...
The goal of this website is for you get to know me; to see where I am today, find out where I am supposed to be tomorrow or next month, and interact with me if you like. We have some photos which you can feel free to guffaw at or admire, reviews (only the best ones, of course), and soon some media. Feel free to check out my links to CAMI (my management), Facebook, and my new Arts Education Fund, ARTSleaf, which hopefully will be a way we can all give back and help a broader cross-section of artists engage with future artists and arts appreciators. I will post at least one new blog per month (or I'll try). I'll always be a work in progress and I hope to get there with the help of one of the best resources I know... you!Blogging2009-10-12T17:41:47+00:00