Operatic Trio Forte Takes Carnegie Hall By Vocal Storm

Update: Forte Tenors Fans raised $3,135 in Forte’s name (goal was $3,000) for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation for Autism. Sean, Josh & Fernando were extremely appreciative about this. They kept saying, “Best Fans Ever!” (and we kept saying, “Best Tenors Ever!”).

On Saturday, November 16th, Forte made its Carnegie Hall debut as part of The Golden Hat’s Foundation’s Music Of Hope.

According to The Golden Hat’s Facebook page, their mandate is this:

“We are dedicated to changing the way people with autism are perceived by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential”

The concert was a tremendous success but Forte riveted the audience with phenomenal performances which earned them ovation after ovation.

Backed by a 90-piece orchestra and a 260 voice choir, they were featured in the last third of the concert where they performed Caruso, The Prayer with guest appearance by Cami Bradley, My Heart Will Go On, and Somewhere. Then they closed the concert with Pie Jesu and Nessun Dorma.

All of the songs performed by Forte in Carnegie Hall are included on their newly released CD, Forte. It was officially released on Tuesday, November 12th and has been featured on Amazon’s Top Sellers list ever since.

For those of us who could not make their Carnegie Hall debut, there is this neat little website out there called YouTube.

Have a listen to their incredible, mind-blowing performance of the operatic classic, Nessun Dorma. I guarantee that you will press play over and over and over again.

And do not hesitate to purchase the Forte CD on Amazon or download it via iTunes

I will be reviewing the CD in the coming days so come back and check it out.

Have you purchased the CD yet? Better yet, were you at the Carnegie Hall Perormance? Please share your stories in the comments section.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

10 Responses to “Operatic Trio Forte Takes Carnegie Hall By Vocal Storm”

  1. What a magical experience! There aren’t enough words for how special this was.


  2. Jean Williams above was at the performance Saturday night. She had the winning bid for a Tier 1, 8- seatbox from Actress, Kate Winslet, and filled it with family and Forte Tenors Fan club members! She also got backstage passes and met Forte’s Sean Panikkar, Fernando Varela & Josh Page after their brilliant performance. Maybe we can get her to tell us a little more…? : )


  3. What an inspirational Mandate and a worthy cause. Beautiful performance by Forte!
    MCL where you there?


  4. Thanks everyone.

    Awesome – unfortunately no. It was a bit of a distance to travel this time of year plus I had to attend a Memorial Service for a family member this past weekend.

    It would be great if Jean could share her experiences with us! :):). Next best thing to being there.


  5. I wasn’t as lucky as Jean to be at Carnegie Hall Saturday night, but, I have been, as Rosanne says here, been playing these new Forte videos – over & over & over again. The one that sticks out as beyond brilliant – “Nessun Dorma”. Rosanne, that performance is breathtaking! Close your eyes and you’d swear it was Pavarotti, Carreras & Domingo. Open your eyes and it’s even better – it’s Forte. I have run out of adjectives to describe how the guys both sound and look! I think it’s safe to say right now they are the finest in the land. (And they are SUCH nice guys too)! Buy their CD!!! I have my 2 copies – ordered in September the day it could be pre-ordered on Amazon.com! And, the good news is Barnes & Noble is also selling this gorgeous CD. The “bad” news is – they are SOLD OUT. Forte has been #1 or B&N and Amazon! It was a GREAT week, Rosanne!
    PS – Get your tickets now for Forte’s headlining performances at the new Tropicana in Las Vegas, 12/28-12/30!


  6. Lest I forget, Rosanne, the Forte Tenors Fans raised $3,135 in Forte’s name (goal was $3,000) for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation for Autism. I cannot tell you how appreciative Sean, Josh & Fernando were about this. They keep saying, “Best Fans Ever!” (and we keep saying, “Best Tenors Ever!”). Great fun, Rosanne! : )


  7. That is fantastic Suncatcher. I will have to add it to this article. Congratulations on all your hard work. You are the best fans ever!


  8. Thanks so much, Rosanne! And that makes you the “Best Music/Forte Blogger Ever!” And that’s the truth!


  9. Thanks so much, Rosanne, for adding the funds raised for Autism to the lead in to this story! We had a lot of fun doing it and it’s such a worthwhile cause! Love your blogs! BTW, one of our members put a link to your “Nessun Dorma Sing Off” on our FB Fan Page. Nice comments! All the best! – Ellen


  10. I am very happy for them. A great news!


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