Park City singer headed to Italy in June
May 31, 2011
Park City’s Kimberly Tosti, currently a student at Westminster College, has been selected to participate in La Musica Lirica, a five-week operatic performance development workshop in Novafeltria, Italy.
The soprano, who graduated Park City High School in 2006, will undergo five weeks of formal musical training from top opera coaches from Milan and the United States. She will also perform in a series of master classes and recitals throughout Italy from June 20 through July 22.
"This is a huge opportunity for me," Tosti told The Park Record. "It’s essentially a jump-start opera program and will give me a humongous edge when I start to audition for operas, after I complete my training."
Before Tosti heads to the Mediterranean, she will perform an evening of music at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, on Friday, June 3.
The performance will include opera, jazz, classical and sacred music.
"There will also be pieces that will span the breadth of my endeavors," Tosti said. "When I started singing, I began with Broadway tunes and jazz. Then I started singing in church and was the lead cantor at St. Mary’s for their youth choir since I was in eighth grade.
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"Now, I’m studying classical music."
One of the highlights of the evening will be performances of works by one of Tosti’s ancestors, composer Francesco Paolo Tosti, who lived from 1846 to 1916.
"He was knighted and was the singing master in England during the late 1800s," Kimberly Tosti said. "It’s a cool thing to get to know that and it’s really special for me to be able to sing these works."
Tosti was a fifth grader at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School when she made her public debut.
"It was forced upon me," she said with a laugh. "We had tryouts to sing the National Anthem at one of our assemblies. Mary Morgan, who worked at the school, chose me to sing it and basically pushed me out on stage. I was scared to death."
Still, that experience awoke Tosti’s inner singer.
"It was an epiphany that rocket-fired me into music," she said. "Since that time, it’s always been a dream to sing for a living. I started taking voice lessons and went gung-ho into music and theatre."
Although in high school Tosti dreamed of becoming the next Britney Spears, she refocused her efforts and helped to implement the first jazz singing group as well as the community Sweetheart Jazz Dance at PCHS and attended theatre school workshops at the University of Utah and joined The Park City Singers.
"I didn’t start thinking about doing it as a serious career until I was in college, though," she said. "That was when I started getting into the theoretical side of music. I chose music for my minor and psychology for my major, and started looking around to what I wanted to do, whether it had to do with something in musical therapy or opera."
She joined the Westminster College Chamber Singers, and has performed all over Utah as well as in China and Ireland.
Now, Tosti is determined to try her hand at opera.
"Right now I’m studying with Mary Ann Dresher, who is one of the coaches at the U., who performs with the Utah Opera," she said. "I am looking to study with other vocal coaches as well."
Soprano Kimberly Tosti will perform at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, 1505 White Pine Canyon Road, on Friday, June 3. The singing will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, however, donations for the church and Tosti will be accepted.