In Rotterdam, there's one rising star who many might remember from Mohonasen High School musicals or a Sons of Italy event. Marco Cammarota, of Rotterdam, will be performing a summer concert Saturday, July 25, at the United Presbyterian Church in Schenectady.
A recent graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Cammarota will be attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music this fall to pursue a master's degree in opera performance. The tenor and Rotterdam native aspires to be a professional opera singer.
Cammarota has been singing his whole life, but he said he really became interested when he was in high school and decided that he wanted a lead role in the school's musical.
It started junior year of high school. We were doing 'Fiddler on the Roof' and I really, really wanted to get the lead, said Cammarota.
He started taking singing lessons with Corine Salon, an adjunct music professor at Union College and private voice coach. She encouraged him to pursue a career in the field.
"Corine told me I was a natural and that I had to keep singing," said Cammarota, who planned to study history at Potsdam because he thought it would offer him a more stable career in the long run.
"He said, 'Oh, I'm going to be a history major,' and I said, 'Why are you going to do that?'" said Salon.
He told her it was because he needed to make money when he graduated.
"I said, 'You're not going to make any more money as a history major than a music major. You might as well use your talent,'" said Salon.
Cammarota said it took a while to get used to opera, but there are lots of parts about it that are "really incredible that a lot of people don't necessarily understand because it is a foreign art, and it hasn't always been the most accessible thing in the U.S."