Muscat: "Any music student who approaches me with a dedicated heart to learn singing can be trained and guided to become an opera singer," says Giuseppe De'Ligia, a renowned opera singer who has performed on more than 50 opera stages throughout the world.
"According to me, an opera singer should be like an athlete. To become an opera singer, intensive training and disciplined learning is needed. Moreover, the student should also have an unequalled dedication," the Sardinian opera singer, who has studied music and opera with Dr Veronica Dunne, Ireland's pre-eminent singing teacher, and Suzanne Murphy at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin in 2006-07, told Times of Oman in an exclusive interview.
Giuseppe, who has also enrolled in masters classes with English operatic baritone Sir Thomas Allen and Welsh operatic tenor and recording artist Dennis O'Neill, has signed a contract with Melody Music Centre in Muscat to teach opera singing to local students.
The singer, who says he enjoys all types of music, is confident that if students will put into action what they learn, they will develop musically. "The confidence has to come from the individual. No matter how confident the teacher is, the teacher can only be a guiding
factor. Our body requires immense energy. More physical strength is needed to be an opera singer," said Giuseppe.
During his career, he worked with many famous conductors, including Vladimir Jurowski, Robin Ticciati, Sir Mark Elder, Maurizio Benini, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kirill Karabits, Jiří Bělohlávek, Emmanuelle Haïm and Stéphane Denève. "I am not the last stop.
I can evaluate, help and guide students to choose their musical career," added Giuseppe, who says he is a big fan of Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music,eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.
Excerpts from the interview:
When did your first start singing? Has music always been a part of your life?
I became acquainted with music at very young age because my grandfather was a musician. In my early teens it was my hobby to listen various genres of music. At the age of 21, I used to sing for weddings, which could be called my first public performances.
Later on, when I had an accident while working as a chef, I had to change my profession.
With the backing of my friends and dear ones, I started to focus more on music by performing at private functions and, at the age of 33 years , I started to learn opera singing.
Now, after nine years, I can say that even if I am not paid, I will perform, because it has become part of my life and I feel more satisfied by being a musician.