Exactly six years ago, the lyrical singer from Chillanejo Vicente Muñoz (18 years old at the time) left the city for Italy with a suitcase loaded with dreams. Since 2016 he has been living in the city of Pesaro and according to his account, his whole life is now in Italy. This Tuesday he will offer a concert at the Municipal Theater, an activity to which he is inviting the entire community. It will be from 8:00 p.m. with free entry.
Before this only scheduled presentation, Vicente spoke with La Discusión, where he told what it is like to live in Italy to pursue a career that he probably would not have in Chile.
You settled in Italy several years ago. What are you doing today?
I am training and making a career in lyrical singing at the Conservatory of the city of Pesaro, in Italy, at the same time I am doing concerts and professional activity. I will not return to Chile, my career and my life are there in Italy. I only come to see my family and to perform concerts.
How did you make the decision to go to Italy so young?
In 2016, at the age of 18, I left Chillán. My teacher from Chile in those years (Tito Beltrán) told me that my future was not in Chile, that I had to go to Italy because that is the place where the greatest are and where there are better training and job opportunities because each city has a major theater. I have had several teachers in these years, one gets richer and learns things from each one. I learned that it is not good to always have the same teacher. We have to rotate from time to time or you get stagnant, you don’t grow and you limit yourself to the teaching of a single teacher. Finally, some students who stay with the same teacher end up singing just like him.
And how do you evaluate this time?
It has gone quite well for me, the truth is that I have had a growth that I did not expect with my voice. Sometimes you have dreams of how you want to sing, but I didn’t think I was going to sing like I’m singing now and the growth continues. The truth is that I don’t know how far I can go. That is the fruit of effort and perseverance.
Whenever you come to Chillán, you make a presentation. Tell me a little about the concert this Tuesday…
Without a doubt, whenever I come to Chillán I like to sing. I have great affection for my city, I like to show my growth, share what I do and people love it. When I come they ask me when I’m going to sing. Also, it’s a commitment to sing for my hometown, which I love very much. It’s going to be a very close concert, not as classical as I’m used to in Italy. It’s for the whole family and it’s a New Year’s Eve concert with well-known Italian songs, boleros, movie songs, thinking of everyone, especially young people. Maybe later we’ll do something more classic. Now I was thinking only about the end of the year.
What is a typical day like for you in Italy?
Now that I’m doing this improvement, I have theoretical classes. I wanted to enrich myself more in the history of music, the history of vocality, something that many singers sometimes leave aside. There are very famous opera singers, but they have very limited training and I want to go further, not only in singing. A singer should not only sing, but he has to know history and he should have a great musical training because the demand is very high. In vocal technique I think I have had a great training, I also do concerts, I have various activities.
There is an invitation to the chillanejos to accompany you in this concert…
I invite all the chillanejos for this Tuesday, December 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the Municipal Theater where the Patricio Astorga Orchestra will accompany me, with six musicians. It will be a night of great joy and music.