I loved music from the beginning when my father would play Opera and symphonic works on the old Victrola.
I started to play the piano at age 3 , mimicking the simple music that my older sister was learning – not a great way to endear oneself to one’s sibling! We little girls expressed ourselves with improvised dances to Swan Lake and other ballets , and went to many concerts my dad played in as a semi professional violinist .
Music was central in our lives and still is in many ways. I’m thankful to my parents, who encouraged all this wonderful madness which still continues to this day !
D’Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano