Friday, October 30, 2015

Renowned Mezzo Pairs Arias with Americana at Carnegie Carnegie Hall Concert

Marianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos in the world. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Eboli in Don Carlos. She has performed at Teatro alla Scalla in Milan, Covent Garden in London, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera and many others. And the Pittsburgh "Post-Gazette" named Cornetti’s November 2005 debut at Carnegie Carnegie Hall “one of the top ten classical performances of the year.”

Executive Director Maggie Forbes acknowledges that while Cornetti deserves all the credit for that accolade, the Music Hall showcased her beautifully.  “We are forever grateful to Marianne for putting our gem of a venue in the spotlight that night. ”Despite having performed in the world’s most storied opera venues, Cornetti has a soft spot for the Music Hall.

“It will be such a PLEASURE to perform again in one of Pittsburgh's jewels, the Carnegie Carnegie. I especially love singing in this theatre because it is so warm and intimate, allowing me to communicate to each audience member on a one to one basis!”

The Library & Music Hall is thrilled that Marianne Cornetti is returning to its stage.  Marianne Cornetti: The 10th Anniversary Concert takes place on Sunday, November 1 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be Cornetti’s third appearance in the Music Hall, located at 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie.  She also performed here in October 2010.

“Clearly, we cannot go more than five years without the magnificent Marianne gracing our stage,” says Forbes.  “Her voice is a thing of wonder in our Hall.  And her warm and magnetic personality is the perfect match for the kind of organization that the Library & Music Hall is.”

Ms. Cornetti, who will be accompanied by pianist James Lesniak, has put together a program custom made for Carnegie Carnegie Hall.  The first half of the program includes selections from the classic opera repertoire with arias by Gounod, Saint-Saens, Wagner, Mascagni and, of course, Verdi. 

The second half of the program is pure Americana with the medley of Old American Songs by Aaron Copland, as well as songs from Kiss Me Kate, An American in Paris, and My Fair Lady and other beloved show tunes.

Concert tickets are $75 for reserved seats in the orchestra and $50 for open seating in the balcon. and are available at

If you'd like to listen to and see Brian Edwards' scintillating  interview with Ms. Cornetti on Burghvivant, go to

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