POSTER: JOE MERKT
FORUM: JACKIE EVANCHO FAN CLUB FORUMS
DATE: September 17, 2012
Here is an exchange well worth recording. It took place between a loyal member of the Jackie Evancho Fan Club, Joe Merkt, and one of Jackie Evancho’s conductors, maestro John Mario Di Costanzo. Joe was kind enough to let me transcribe his post on JEFC. Such fulsome praise for Jackie, and from a man who knows his business.
THE MAESTRO PRAISES JACKIE
A while ago (a week ?) there was a post that had some comments speculating on whether Jackie’s conductor, John Mario Di Costanzo, who also coaches opera singers, was providing any vocal “coaching” of Jackie. I’ve had some PM “conversations” with John Mario and decided to mention the speculation. I did not really expect any reply but he did reply about that and had a much longer comment.
Though John Mario is definitely not providing any vocal guidance or coaching, his comments were so interesting that I wanted to post them for Jackie’s fans to see. So, with his permission, here is what he had to say:
“Thanks again for the kind words and support. I am happy that my work is pleasing the fans; I will always do my best to provide the best possible accompaniment to Jackie’s fine singing. I also give a lot of credit to all the fine orchestras around the country who play so beautifully and with so much precision on so little time. And let’s add that it is a lot harder to play so perfectly live than it is to make a recording in a studio where you have many times to get it right!
Let’s end all speculation now. Although I do a lot of work on the operatic scene as a vocal and Italian language coach, I am in no way providing any vocal or language coaching whatsoever to Jackie.
I am pleased to be discovered as a strong accompanist by Jackie’s fans as a conductor for I have been doing this for many years in the classical world and have had the honor to accompany many fine artists. I have never found anyone as easy to accompany as Jackie is to accompany, and someone who is as complete an artist as she is. She sings with perfect rhythmic style, vibrato and intonation. There is nothing I would ever need to do but merely listen. I trust her opinions on the music as I would trust an adult. She also is one of the most well-mannered, polite and respectful persons I have ever met. A joy!”