It's a tenor thing

His favorite opera is "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi.

"The tenor role is pretty cool. The whole opera is beautiful, but I always go by what the tenor does. That's just the tenor way," said Cammarota.

In college he was part of an opera ensemble for four years, performing in several performances in small parts at first, his roles getting larger and larger over the years. He applied to several music conservatories for this coming fall and was accepted at the Cincinnati Music Conservatory. He estimates that he was chosen as one of 15 students from a pool of more than 500 applicants.

Cammarota is able to sing in several languages, including German, French and, of course, English " as well as Italian, which he learned to speak fluently when he was living in Italy.

"We moved there when I was 4 and stayed there until I was 7 so I'm fairly fluent. I think singing in Italian opera helps because it keeps the brain going," said Cammarota. "I never appreciated Italian until I went to college."

His recital will be a "nice mix" of Italian songs " popular ones and arias " as well as a mixture of German and Russian arias and art songs.

"Opera is a dying art, and Marco is able to bring that culture much closer to home to the Rotterdam community," said Joe Salamone, a former classmate and friend of Cammarota's.

Tickets for the recital will be on sale until Friday, July 24. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information or to purchase tickets call 355-8474. Tickets are $10 per person. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

The church is located at 1068 Park Ave. in Schenectady, and the performance starts at 7 p.m.""

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