Dominika Zamara and the great innovations in classical music...

The Polish soprano, who grew up professionally in Italy, talks about the usefulness of the Metaverse and the virtual pentagram in today's opera

Classical Music: Soprano Dominika Zamara in the Metaverse
Soprano Dominika Zamara in the Metaverse: the Polish artist appreciates the novelties of virtual reality and the beneficial effects on music

When it comes to music and innovation, the mind automatically goes to light music, in its various forms, genres and sub-genres, which have come to light over more than a century of history.

For example, if we take the time elapsed between the first scene of the twentieth century and today, a lot of water has flowed under the bridges, as they say, or Panta Rei, as Heraclitus would say.

Everything from production to studio recording and live performances.

But if we talked about the so-called “serious music”?

In this case we are talking about opera and to do so we have reached the soprano Dominika Zamara.

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Soprano Dominika Zamara on stage at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona

From Wroclaw, via Verona, to the conquest of Asia, Europe and the United States

Born in Wroclaw on August 11, 1981, Dominika Zamara is a Polish soprano, artistically raised in Italy, especially in Verona.

The concert activity has led her to perform on various tours in China, South Korea and throughout the Old Continent, as well as in various US cities.

In 2013, Dominika Zamara she performed at Metropolitan Opera House of New York, accompanied by a 130-piece orchestra.

His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music and includes complete works, sacred music and lieder.

She sings in Italian, French, English, Polish, German, Russian, Czech, Slovak and in Latin.

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“In September a contemporary music festival entirely in a virtual classroom”

Being a professional in the sector, she often happened to meet (and collide) with the innovations of tech, even if in the collective imagination the world of classical music should be antithetical to innovations, understood as an immobile universe, substantially devoid of evolution.

“I know this is the general thought, especially as I often think it's a world away. However, I believe intimately that in many ways it is more current than ever. Even the librettos are written on ever-present themes”, says the well-known voice artist, originally from Lower Silesia.

“Going back to the subject matter, one of my latest experiences was a discussion with some composers in Dallas. Not only some of them and some performers were present, but also other personalities of the sector, such as professors, to discuss a contemporary music festival that will take place in September. The peculiarity is that it will be carried out entirely in Metaversein a virtual lecture hall. In the same way, I have already rehearsed with colleagues who could not be present, and concerts have already been offered to me, always within this space".

Il Metaverse it is without a doubt one of the most discussed and frequent innovations and without a doubt the impact, using an oxymoron, will always be more real.

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The "Finale" score writing program is perhaps a somewhat dated innovation, especially since the first version dates back to 1988, but today it is getting ever closer to perfection

“Personal interpretations are easier with clean writing and perfect audio files…”

Speaking of music, a program for writing scores comes to mind called "Finale", perhaps a little dated, the first version of which dates back to 1988, and for which it is worth using again the term coined by Heraclitus, Panta Rei.

The program has evolved over the years getting ever closer to perfection, also giving the possibility of converting the score into an audio in Musical Instrument Digital Interface version to listen to the result.

But it also gives the possibility to transcribe the notes in a virtual stave, by playing, for example, a MIDI keyboard connected to the computer through some interfaces.

“Certainly it is all very important, since the tech it also helps our world a lot. Going back to what I said earlier, i.e. the work done with the Dallas composers, I receive the scores in my email with a clean and perfect writing, supported by an audio file on which I can hear the idea with which the composer intends that his music be performed”.

And yet: “From this we can easily discuss a possible personal interpretation. Let's say that everything that is technology and innovation helps our business”.

It can be deduced that, just like a company, their world, that of opera, must also be open to innovation.

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Classical music: soprano Dominika Zamara sings in Italian, French, English, Polish, German, Russian, Czech, Slovak and Latin
Soprano Dominika Zamara sings in Italian, French, English, Polish, German, Russian, Czech, Slovak and Latin and is highly regarded

“A digital archive for the scores, but it is better to print them on paper to read them”

“I think it is wrong to become fossilized: the past must help the present and the future must not be an obstacle. To use another example, many instrumentalists read scores on the iPad. Personally, in addition to my music library, I have an archive with digital scores, even if I prefer to print them for ease of reading. But technology is part of our lives and it is useless, if not counterproductive, to ignore it".

This is a cross-section of the musical world which makes us understand and understand how much everything is innovation.

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Classical music: Dominika Zamara visiting Venice during an opera tour
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