Veronica Antonelli the soprano who sings with the monuments
Veronica Antonelli, the soprano who sings with the monumentsMy blog
"Lyric visits of Montmartre with a soprano" said the press release: I immediately picked up my phone.
Veronica Antonelli is soprano and Ambassador to the Republic of Montmartre in Occitania. We met in the Abbesses square and I could see her, approaching from afar, wearing a princess dress with paste jewels, hair and make-up done, ready to get onstage.
«I always begin the visit here, in front of the Love Wall in Montmartre.
Love is the essence of Paris: it has no boundary, no limit and is universal. Here, I sing Carmen, because she is the archetype of the free woman in love, sensual, passionated and emancipated.»
Veronica walked slowly to the wall, turned to me while looking for her tuning fork in her bag: she concentrated and began to sing "a capella" in the middle of the square, in front of an improvised and astonished audience, delighted by the spectacle.
The Art Nouveau church Saint-Jean de Montmartre, was built in 1904, in reinforced concrete. The elegant façade is adorned with bricks and ceramics. Veronica explains: «Here, the floor made of wood goes into resonance with my voice and the vibration is greater. When I sing facing the altar, the sound is projected forward and comes back to me: when I sing in this church, I can pray in the same time.»
Véronica walked to the middle of the nave, took a deep breath and began to sing. Once upon a time, there was a real diva.
By Isabelle Brigout
Véronica Antonelli trained as a singer in Toulouse and then in Athenes, at the Greek National Conservatoire Maria Callas; back to France, she met Claude Nougaro, who invited her in his house in the south of France: listening to her extraordinary voice, he asked her to sing "a capella": « with a voice like yours, you need nothing else». Véronica began to test monuments to feel the vibration of the stones like the Duomo in Syracuse. DJ Harrish invited her to sing in the desert in Arizona (Sezona) and in the Colorado's Grand Canyon near Sedona.
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