Demetra Fogazza: 'Those who love music cannot help but love nature.'

Demetra Fogazza

Today we meet Demetra Fogazza, a young musician with a myriad of interests whose activities span across various musical styles and instruments. A self-taught composer and a lyric singer (she emphasizes being a "Verdian Soprano"), she also directs three choirs: the all-female ensemble "Vocisottocasa," the youth choir "Mohole Vocal Ensemble," and the mixed choir "Vocalwaves," with which she participated in the last two editions of our festival.

GOOD MORNING DEMETRA; CAN YOU TELL US HOW YOU APPROACHED MUSIC AND, IN PARTICULAR, CHORAL MUSIC? 

Good morning everyone! So, I started, like many, tinkering with the piano as a child that I had at home. As I grew up, I began singing in my school choir, where they discovered my vocal abilities. From there, the next step was entering the conservatory: attending the choir conducting course as a singer, I discovered the beauty of choral music! 

Besides the Piano, Do You Play Other Instruments?

In addition to the piano, I play the cello, flute, guitar, and Celtic harp. I continuously take lessons, and I don't stop acquiring instruments (and some are still to be paid for...). I must say that learning to play even just a few notes on an instrument is always a great joy! By the way, I also dabble in bass and drums, and I'm delving into, um...the Renaissance Cornetto.”. 

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR MUSICAL TASTES; YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 

It's impossible to choose! I've never focused on a genre, an instrument, a job, let alone an author. I teach the same to my students: all music is beautiful when it's beautiful! 

REGARDING CHORAL MUSIC, WHAT REPERTOIRE DO YOU ENJOY CONDUCTING?

I enjoy conducting Renaissance music because it's stunning, and sacred music because in church, the voices are beautiful, and also because, in the end, between one celebration and another... we are always there! Additionally, I like arranging pieces from any repertoire, and I enjoy composing original pieces for my choirs... Yes, I've also studied composition!

BUT... NO LYRICAL OPERA? 

I love opera, but it's a genre I never prepare with my choirs. It's my professional label: my short artistic career has taken place in the operatic field, and I find it hard to accept the idea of having non-lyrical voices perform opera choirs. And if I have to be honest, I don't even enjoy listening to opera choirs performed by amateur choirs... Except, of course, for the 'Va' Pensiero' sung by three thousand choristers in San Candido during the Alta Pusteria Festival!

IF AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL LANDED ON EARTH AND ASKED YOU TO LISTEN TO THE THREE BEST SONGS OF ALL TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE? 

A tough choice... Anyway, I would say Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Mozart's Requiem, and Mahler's Fifth Symphony. 

LET'S STEP AWAY FROM MUSIC FOR A MOMENT: WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE?

Those who love music cannot help but love nature: you might spot me off some sea or on top of a peak! It's a personal challenge: being able to prove to myself, and therefore to all my students, that with perseverance and passion, one can reach anywhere.

AND FINALLY: WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE OF CHORAL MUSIC WILL BE? 

While it is true that through the internet one can certainly experiment (and I also enjoy this a lot), I believe that nothing can ever replace the warmth of human contact, seeing each other at rehearsals, sharing stories of the week, bringing pastries for choir members' birthdays... And sometimes even scolding them!

Let's not forget that the vast majority of amateur choirs have as their primary goal to be together; we participated twice in the Alta Pusteria Festival precisely for this reason!

Regarding the future of choral music, I have colleagues who work exceptionally well with children's vocal groups, and I see the little ones singing better every year. In short: DIGITALIZED WORLD, I DO NOT FEAR YOU!

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