Young Aussie-Italian tenor experienced beyond years

Young Aussie-Italian tenor experienced beyond years

Growing up, Lorenzo Rositano had always been surrounded by good music. But, it was one fateful day when his father pulled out a Luciano Pavarotti record from his extensive collection, six-year-old Lorenzo fell in love with the Italian tenor’s voice, and from then on, he would listen to the record on repeat.

At least, that was the case until his older sister couldn’t stand to hear the same music anymore.

“I played the cassette so many times that not only did she break the cassette, she broke the player as well, because I just had this record on loop,” Lorenzo said. 

Since then, Lorenzo has trained as a professional opera singer, first studying the art form at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before travelling to London to complete further training under the Big Brother Movement LTD Scholarship.

After a recent trip to Italy, Lorenzo felt inspired to start his own opera company in Sydney, and with the support of the Penrith City Council, the Western Sydney Opera was opened in support of opera in New South Wales.

Despite being only 32-years-old, he has been lucky enough to be given a number of opportunities that other professional opera singers at the same age would simply dream of. As an Australian-Italian, Lorenzo has represented both parts of his ancestry, singing the Australian national anthem at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

“It was around 42 degrees when I left Australia and minus six when I got to Italy, so that took a bit of a toll on the voice, but the adrenaline was just pumping and it was televised on every channel here in Australia and it was a fantastic opportunity,” he said. 

I was just lucky to be at the right place at the right time.”

Just last year, Lorenzo also got the chance to sing the Italian national anthem at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

It was an extreme feeling of pride to just go to Canberra and represent the other part of me, my background.

In Australia, we are so multicultural, but as an Italian, there are so many things that are of the Italian culture that so many Australians adore, including our opera, our food, cars, fashion and music, so it really meant the world,” he said. 

Lorenzo also said it was opportunities like this that allow him to connect with audience, both culturally and emotionally, using his Italian heritage to really understand the meaning of the music.

Staying true to his Italian heritage, and as the Director of the Western Sydney Opera, Lorenzo said he and his company will be performing one of the greatest Italian operas of all time, La Bohème, at the Marana Auditorium in Hurstville on October 19, 2018.

Stay up-to-date on the performance by liking the Western Sydney Opera Facebook page HERE.

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]