Imogen-Faith Malfitano. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Imogen-Faith Malfitano, 2017 Finalist in The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, has had the once in a life time opportunity to work with renowned conductor Dr Paul Paviour, in 2018 production of Bach’s St Mathew Passion at Sts Peter and Paul’s Cathedral in Goulburn.
As the soprano soloist in this remarkable work, Imogen performed passionate and profound arias including Blute nur (Bleed now, thou dear heart) which she describes as an incredibly moving and reflective piece.
“My arias were filled with musical richness and a great sense of reverence. Performing this in English was deeply moving as it allowed me to communicate with the text and the audience on a personal level. Through self-reflection, I gained a greater understanding of the unique relationship between music and text” Imogen said.
During the lead-up to this performance Imogen also got the rare opportunity to work with famous conductor, Dr Paul Paviour, who had come out of retirement to work on the production. Being able to work with and be guided by Dr Paul Paviour was an experience Imogen says that was nerve-wracking, but incredibly memorable.
“Performing my first St Matthew Passion with Dr Paul Paviour was an incredibly memorable and heartfelt experience. Initially I felt a little apprehensive as I had never performed the work in its entirety. In my first rehearsal with the orchestra, it was clear that Dr Paviour’s passion for this work had inspired all the musicians. Dedicated to his art form, he worked tirelessly, giving of himself in honour of the work. The knowledge he imparted and the gentleness of his spirit, engaged all those that were in his presence” Imogen said.
Since performing in the 2017 Final of The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Imogen has become a young artist with Pacific Opera and has focused on exploring new repertoire and gaining role experience.
“For many years I have entered and performed in the Sydney Eisteddfod. The most important thing I learnt from my Sydney Eisteddfod experience, was to trust in my voice and my capabilities” Imogen said.