It’s the end of the week, and we have one more ‘Meet the Cast’ post to share – this time, it’s our Marthe, Patrizia Conte! Patrizia has performed with us before, in Cavalleria Rusticana and Rigoletto, and we’re so thrilled to have her back for Faust!
What led you to a career in singing?
I began studying the piano at age 4. I accompanied the choir in high school and then began singing at age 16 when it was discovered I had a voice! After winning the All-State competition, I went on to receive a full voice scholarship to college and later to the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Tell us about the character you play in Faust.
Martha is the neighbor and companion of Marguerite who appears in Act II (Garden Scene). In the manner of the average duenna, whose chief duty in opera is to encourage love affairs, however fraught with peril to her charge, she is not at all disturbed by the gift of the jewels or by the entrance upon the scene of Faust and Méphistophélès. Nor,when Méphistophélès tells her that her husband has been killed in the wars, does she hesitate, after a few exclamations of rather forced grief, to seek consolation on his arm and he leads her off into the garden. Gounod’s score vividly characterizes her, and the other characters, very well.
Do you have any advice for aspiring singers?
Be true to yourself and your voice.
If you could play any role (regardless or voice part, gender,etc.), what role would it be?
I am fortunate to have sung, at one time or another, most of the roles I love.
Do you have any pre-show rituals/are you superstitious when it comes to the theater?
I always arrive early and just enjoy some quiet time, going over my score and reflecting on the job I’m about to do.
Why do you love opera?
Opera is about expressing human emotion and passion through the music and communicating those feelings to the audience.
What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of performing?
I love classic old films, reading biographies, walking and gardening.
Want to keep up with Patrizia? Visit her website, and follow her on Facebook! (And make sure to get your tickets to Faust– we open in ONE WEEK!)