Donata Cucinotta

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The Recital that Facebook Built

I’ve put a lot of thought into this upcoming recital, and it all really started with a blog post from one of my former professors from Ithaca College, Patrick Hansen. ​It’s well worth the read. One of the many things he touches on is the academic requirement of the Art Song Recital. I’ve been to A LOT of
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I can learn anything in 2 weeks. Anything.

It’s been a very busy year, mostly with what I would call last minute engagements. I really wish I were the kind of artist who got hired more than 3 months before a gig, but that doesn’t seem to be my lot in life. Frankly, as long as I get to sing with orchestra in
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Best. Day. Ever.

My name is Donata, and somewhere in the whirlwind of this past audition season, I had THE BEST DAY EVER! One weekend I flew out to audition for Indianapolis Opera to sing for them, as it was looking highly likely that I’d be moving there for my Husband’s job in the spring. I went through my Day-of-show/
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#CanioSmash

It feels like I just returned from  Pagliacci at Opera in the Heights, an opera, and company I’d never thought I’d work for. Seriously, talk about persistence being the key to success. I’ve sung for Opera in the Heights four times, and only now was a good fit… for a role I never thought I’d sing,
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There was an old lady who swallowed a fly…

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly…. This past Friday I had the pleasure of performing a concert of Broadway hits with Salt Marsh Opera at the stunningly gorgeous and fancy Ocean House in Rhode Island. A place so fancy, I felt weird walking in the front door in denim shorts. Seriously, check
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Theater 101

I am always honored to work with students on stage, and as a guide. I was fortunate enough to cut my teeth at Upper Darby Summer Stage, which is celebrating its 40th season. In 6 weeks, Summer Stage presents more than 35 performances, including the Children’s Theater and Mainstage performances, an evening of scenes and
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Dear Future Self

Dear Future Self, I promise you that work will always come. After my concerts with Bristole Riverside Theater I had a whole in my schedule, and no upcoming gigs to speak of. In the bleak winter it’s easy to get fatalistic and think that I’ll never work again. It’s a thought that comes to me
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HMS Pinafore

I blinked my eyes and suddenly it’s production week for HMS Pinafore at Knoxville Opera (one of my favorite places to work). This is my second show with the brilliant Brian Deedrick (Director extraordinaire), third with Brian Salesky (Conductor to the starts) and 4th with Baritone Sean Anderson (The Captain to end all Captains). I
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To this we’ve come

To this we’ve come….Craigslist. In between big fancy opera and bohemian theater gigs, I teach voice and piano. Now, admittedly, this is something I’ve only recently had room in my schedule for, but I REALLY enjoy it. And up until now, finding students has been relatively simple, but that has been a false illusion. In
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Oh The Lobster!

I had such a lovely New England Summer. Oh the seafood! The gloriously fresh and cheap seafood! At first the lobster was cheap, then a chorus member just so happened to be a lobsterman (which it turns out, is not that uncommon at all) and just GAVE us lobsters. I’ll have to opt out of
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