Marianne Cornetti coming home for concert

Monday, February 03, 2020 - Updated: 2:00 pm

By John Franko Staff Writer

Cabot native Marianne Cornetti is internationally recognized as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos of her generation. 

As a way to give back to the many churches and communities that helped her career get a start, she will perform “Then Sings My Soul: Celebrating 30 Years of an Operatic Career and a Lifetime of Music” on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Herman.

The concert will feature religious music and hymns. She will weave in stories that she calls “God-incidences” (not “co-incidences”) in her life.

Cornetti will be accompanied by pianist Bryan Sable. “It will be quite an emotional afternoon for me,” she said. 

Cornetti began singing in the St. Mary’s choir at age 12. A recent medical crisis led her to reflect on how churches have impacted her. She credits her late mother, Patricia, who was an organist at several churches in the Herman area, for influencing her love of music. “It was a big part of our lives,” she said.

Cornetti has appeared in prestigious opera houses around the world. Leading Verdi roles have included engagements in Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, Spain and Japan.

She appears frequently in concerts singing such works as Verdi’s “Requiem,” Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony,” Rossini’s “Stabat Mater,” Elgar’s “Sea Picture” and De Falla’s “El Amor Brujor.” Cornetti has recorded Cilea’s “L’Arlesiana” and Puccini’s “Edgar” opposite Placido Domingo, and was recently featured on a Teatro Regio di Parma recording of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” released on the Dynamic record label.

Cornetti was named artistic director of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera in December. For the past five years, she has sung at the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

She began her professional career singing supporting roles in theaters such as the Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. For information, visit www.mariannecornetti.com.

A meet and greet will follow the concert at the Herman Fire Hall. A suggested donation of $20 is requested, but no one will be turned away. Donations will benefit the Cabot United Methodist Food Bank and the food cupboards at St. John the Evangelist and St. Mary of the Assumption parishes. They join St. Joseph as part of the Cabot/Coylesville/Herman grouping.

The concert will be the third in a series celebrating her anniversary. Five more will follow through November. All proceeds will benefit local charities. St. Mary of the Assumption is at 821 Herman Road.

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