In honor of Patrizio Buanne's upcoming debut performance at The Barns we asked him to answer a few questions. Patrizio began his singing career when he was only 11 years old and has continued stealing hearts around the world with passionate and sultry sound. Be sure to catch him live at The Barns at Wolf Trap, Thursday, February 23!
So, first things first, how did you spend your Valentine’s Day this year?
This year I had a wonderful show at the Broward Center For the Performing Arts in the south of Florida.
You were born in Vienna, Austria. Will this be your first trip to Vienna, VA? What are you looking forward to?
Yes! I'm looking forward to find out more about the history and why this relatively unknown city was named after one of the most beautiful capitols of the world.
If you weren’t a musician, what would your dream job be?
I love to be involved with people of different cultures. I speak several languages and I would probably become an interpreter. But the muse which is the music became stronger.
You’ve drawn comparisons to a number of standards singers. To whom would you most like to being compared?
I guess nobody likes to be compared to anybody. Although, the comparisons I've gotten were mostly with legendary performers in my genre, which is an honor to me. There are many young artists that have been compared to me now that I have had some success around the world. The most important thing is to be oneself since that is ultimately the only thing one can be.
What has been your most memorable performance to date?
My bread is the applause. I am happy to face any audience no matter how big or how small it is. Venue-wise, the most memorable places must be the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Any performer with a strong expressive charismatic voice, such as Tom Jones, Freddy Mercury, Elvis, or any of the Neapolitan singers that my parents used to play at home.
How do you personally define musical success?
Being able to travel and perform around the world, singing the repertoire that I personally want to do. In other words, being successful with what I like doing best.
Do you have any pre-show routines?
I have my last meal minimum 3 hours before the show, I drink a lot of water and do a nice warm-up and make sure that my clothes look ready.
As a master of language you are able to communicate with people from many different countries. What do you think makes your music so globally accessible and able to transcend the cultural divides?
Being able to speak several languages allows me to get to know the culture and traditions of other nations. Knowing that allows me to approach my audience in a more specific way. Although I dreamed as a child to become an international artist, I never thought that it would develop to this extent.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far in your music career?
Every concert, every recording, every song is a challenge, and therefore every next challenge is the biggest one.