Song: Mi Parto
Composed By: Cosimo Bottegari
Sung By: Mark Winkler
Accompanied By: Yakov Kreizberg
Date Recorded: 1982
This was my opening selection to my jury recital at The University of Michigan. Anyone who has attended music school knows that this moment in your life has got to be the most daunting undertaking you could ever imagine.
jury is your graduating recital where you have all your friends,
family and faculty there at once. And it is a pass or fail ... miss a
beat and it's a fail. I had laryngitis that entire week and I was a
bundle of nerves.
opening song is not easy and as I walked out on stage I had no idea
what was going to come out of my mouth. I was a wreck. All I
remember is that I kept saying to myself "I am a professional ... I will
get through this." And then I opened my mouth and thank the lord it
was a good sound.
one could tell I had laryngitis...and after a few measures into the
song I settled down and got my stride for the rest of the recital.
For those who are interested in technique, take special note at the
1:25 mark. I even surprised myself on how well that high "E" came out
... for a baritone, very high and yet very soft (pianissimo) equals
trouble most of the time.