Rosa Savoia is the Membership Chairperson for The Dickens Fellowship of New York
Rosa Savoia was born in Brooklyn and grew up in a large Italian family. She began singing at 12 and finds it as much fun now as then.
While in elementary school, one of her teachers noticed her voice and considered it worth developing. The teacher, Mrs. Marian Cox, took young Rosa under her guidance and gave her daily voice lessons. However, before long, the study of music became so serious and all-absorbing, that the young student went to live in the Cox household.
Miss Savoia began her singing career as a scholarship student with the renowned composer-coach, Frank LaForge. He accepted the young singer as his protege. In addition, lessons in sight reading, French, acting and other related skills were on her agenda.
After graduation from high school, she continued this rigorous discipline, developing her God given talent.
Deciding not to go to college, her private tutoring was of high quality. The priests of St. John's College gave her instruction in elocution, rhetoric and speech. Soon she debuted with the New York City Opera Company and traveled all over the U. S. and Canada.
Enrica Clay Dillon, renowned dramatic teacher of many stars of stage, screen, and opera, coached her in basic stage techniques. Later, Miss Savoia completed her operatic-dramatic training with Leopold Sachse of the Metropolitan Opera Company.
Fritz Reiner, director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, chose her for the soprano lead in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony when she was only twenty years old.
Miss Savoia made her debut with the New York City Opera Company as Micaela in Carmen.
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