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On Friday November 3rd I had the pleasure of attending an evening of Opera titled Love Through the Ages with Maria Fortuna and Nancy Townsend at the Sean OSullivan Theatre Having never been to an Opera performance I had no idea of what to expect and was looking forward to this new experience Fortuna was accompanied by multi-faceted pianist Nancy Townsend These two musicians showed tremendous expertise and were able to keep my attention through the extent of the program Maria Fortuna is a soprano and she has enjoyed international success with her stunning vocal talent Fortunas repertoire ranges from the lyric soprano to the dramatic coloratura roles being performed in front of many large audiences and critics Fortuna was born in Niagara Falls NY and more recently received her Masters of Music which led her to her teaching position at SUNY Fredonia Nancy Townsend is a pianist vocal coach conductor and stage director She has recently performed in recitals throughout the United States primarily in the west As I had no idea of what to expect when entering this concert I went in with an extremely open mind Even leading up to the intermission I wasnt convinced that I was understanding the structure of opera However even with my very limited knowledge of opera I could come to a few conclusions Fortuna and Townsend evidently worked well together they were always in sync and fed off of each others talent As well it seemed as if Fortuna was using an aspect of call and response to enhance her production Her call would be in the form of a story and she would then answer her call with her singing The show was slightly disrupted in the first half with a large group of people that had been late for the performance I couldnt visually see any signs of fault on Fortunas behalf when this occurred An interesting aspect of Fortunas style was unlike anything
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