Tenor Dominick Corbacio sings Dec. 7 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. He has an expanding repertoire including opera, oratorio, and art song. (Sun photo | Tom Maguire)

By Tom Maguire | Associate editor

Bishop Ludden High School 2008 graduate Dominick Corbacio was back in his home territory Dec. 7 for a performance of the Handel oratorio “Messiah.”

Corbacio sang the tenor role at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. An audience member said she was moved to tears within five minutes as Corbacio sang.

Also performing were Symphoria, a musician-led cooperative orchestra; the Syracuse University Oratorio Society; soprano Serena Benedetti; mezzo-soprano Angela Christine Smith; bass Marc Webster; and conductor Christian Capocaccia.

Asked about his performance, Corbacio wrote in an email to the Sun:

“I consider myself extraordinarily lucky any time that I am given an opportunity to come together with a group of brilliant artists to make music. This past summer I spent time at the Ravinia Festival [Illinois] as a fellow studying and performing art song with a number of renowned artists and scholars. It’s the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States.

“Having a particular love for German Lieder (German Song), I was utterly overwhelmed at the wealth of knowledge provided to me at Ravinia, an experience that I won’t soon forget.

“But, when it comes to working with Symphoria and all of its wonderfully talented players, I consider that to be an especially unique and cherished opportunity. Having grown up in Syracuse, this orchestra holds an incredibly special place in my heart. I am increasingly grateful for having had this opportunity to share such a wonderful evening of music with them and cannot begin to stress the importance of having such a wonderful arts organization alive and well in Syracuse.”

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