Mezzo-soprano who performs on world stage is 'grounded in Catholic faith'

Aug 01, 2022 652

BY: Brian T. Olszewski

Shopping at various grocery stores in the Richmond area the early 2000s, customers might have heard a toddler singing in the cart as her mother shopped for her family. Little did they know that the young vocalist in the cereal aisle would one day be performing opera on the international stage and would release her first single recording, "Cinema Paradiso," based on the closing scene of the award-winning 1988 movie.

"I've always had a love for music and an ear for it," said Hannah Magnelli. "I was taking voice lessons at a young age, and, of course, it was very basic singing that was appropriate for someone of that age group." The second oldest of James and Raquel Magnelli's four children -- she has an older brother, Phillip, and a younger sister and brother, Olivia and Benjamin -- she played the violin for more than a decade before singing became her greater interest.

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