“Some of the most important work a singer does happens even before singing the first note,” says Ms. Orsi. “Words are to a singer what brush strokes and color are to a painter—they are there to help deliver the message of the work. Without them you may be singing notes, but you’re not, truly, making music.”
Ms. Orsi began the linguistic aspect of her training very early, having paired her vocal studies at the Regia Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna with numerous master classes and stage workshops taught by opera luminaries such as Teresa Berganza and Luciana Serra. Later, upon graduating from Modena’s Istituto Musicale Pareggiato Orazio Vecchi she studied Sergio Bertocchi, while also winning a number of prestigious competitions, among them the Barry Alexander, the Rolando Nicolosi, and the Boulder Music Institute.
“The interpretation of any piece involves not only the message of the composer, but making a connection between the words and what they can mean for the performer,” maintains Ms. Orsi. “ I learned very early that I had to study the poetry as much as the music. There must first be a clear understanding of how they are meant to work together. Without this, the full meaning of a piece can never be shared with an audience.”
Her recent appointment to the roster of officers of The Alexander & Buono International Academy, where she serves as Chair, Department of Italian Language and Literature, allows her the opportunity to share her thoughtful perspective on language, interpretation and style with a new generation of singers, all of whom are anxious to perfect their understanding of the way language helps one to define something as simple as a song, or an entire role. She brings to her position as professor the same approach which has critics raving about her “strong characterization” and “incisive delivery.”