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PATRIZIA
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Patrizia is a self-proclaimed Rock Opera Goddess.  Which is nice.  Albeit, a tad hyperbolic.  And that’s hyperbolic, not Hyperborean.  But, hey, what’s the point of being a rock opera goddess, if you don’t tell anyone about it.

Anyway, I’m a sucker for this kind of thing.  You know how I feel about Tarja and Sarah Brightman, so if you present me with a four octave range and some over the top theatricals, I’m going to be a happy man.  And so it is with Italian born / Canadian raised Patrizia, whose third album this is.  Or is it?

Because, some of the songs seem to have been floating around on a series of EPs and mini albums, so if you’ve bought any of them, you might want to read the small print. I don’t care, because it’s a cracker, as she takes some classical tunes, some pop tunes and a couple of co-writes, then throws the kitchen sink at them.  Result.  Beethoven, Bizet and Queen. How can you go wrong?

Well, you can’t. Not when she sings as well as this, and especially when the production and arrangements are so good.  It’s more “Symphony” by Sarah Brightman than “My Winter Storm” by Tarja, but it’s an absolute delight.

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Here at On The Beat, we’re big fans of Canada’s self-proclaimed “rock soprano diva.” Her music fuses opera, classical, rock and pop, all driven by a powerful roof-raising four-octave voice. She’s been a favourite on Bravo, and her audience is sure to grow with the release of a new collection, I Am Patrizia, on April 3. Tracks include a cover of QUEEN’s “Show Must Go On” and renditions of the famous Carmen aria “Seduction” and MOZART’s difficult aria, “Rage, Queen of the Night.” Patrizia worked with some notable producers here, including TRISTAN AVAKIAN (LAURYN HILL, QUEEN), STEVE THOMPSON (MADONNA, GUNS N ROSES), PAUL MILNER (KEITH RICHARDS) and the late KENNY MACLEAN. Ace instrumentalists MIKE GARSON (BOWIE) and KEVIN BREIT (NORAH JONES) are also featured. Patrizia’s musical mandate: “I want to connect with the common person on an emotional and visceral level.”

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" Patrizia...I wanna say Debbie Harry meets Maria Callas meets Celine Dion here ‘cuz – from Carmen to Queen – this lady belts out some seriously powerful rock/pop-infused classical and classical-infused rock/pop that you can feel vibrating in your chest"

Fab Magazine

If you think Mariah Carey had a voice that just went on forever, with the power to pierce wonderfully tiny holes in your eardrums, then dahling, prepare for the next level of vocal acrobatics from Canadian super-soprano Patrizia.
Patrizia’s new album, I Am Patrizia, was created with producers who have worked with Lauryn Hill, Mariah, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Platinum Blonde and Queen. But you won’t find any killer R&B on this effort. This is power-power pop: Patrizia bravely takes on Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” (the notes she hits here could actually break glass); extreme Euro-pop, with “Won’t Stop Believin’”; and a slew of hard, heavy opuses with modern pop twists. “Rage” even features I Furiosi, a lesbian/trans string quartet.

This might be one of the strangest and most glamorous releases of 2012.
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Patrizia combines an exotic recipe of classical, opera, pop and rock mix, that comes out as a delicious musical snack.  Patrizia somehow manages to bring new life to traditional lyrics and is in many ways defines the modern evolution of a classical opera house sound.

Labelled by CBC Radio 3, as Canada’s next sensation, Patrizia is definitely one to keep an eye on in the coming months. She has working with some of the best musicians currently in the business including David Bowie’s pianist Mike Garson and tracks on her album were produced by the famous Steve Thompson who worked with a diverse range of artists including Madonna. There is definitely something to be said about this beautiful up and coming songstress whose main artistic objective seems to be to move and astonish.

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“More erocative than provocative is Italian-born, Thunder Bay-raised Patrizia, who’s eye-popping looks and smooth as soft ice-cream four-octave pipes have won her invitations from Bravo and Fashion TV, as well as attention from the CBC…”

Tandem

 " ..Patrizia has the looks and voice of a true diva... “

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" ...Patrizia has an outstanding operatic voice and range.... "

City Life Magazine!

”Patrizia combines her unique soprano voice and thundering rock to create a stunning new genre in the music world."

The Muse's Muse

" The light and dark come together.. breathing and beating new life into the classics. Patrizia sings with passion and unhindered power, the raw emotions of the songs coming through. The simple song titles mirror the emotions and psychological states that Patrizia's voice is capable of reflecting and sharing with her listenership...Crossing boundaries not crossed often enough, Patrizia makes her musical concept of ´Alternative Rock Opera´ work with incredible majesty. “

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 "PATRIZIA is proving herself as one of Canada's premiere talents" - 

Linear Reflections

" ... the most unparelled music I have ever heard in my life. It is haunting, passionate and filled with stimulating evocative sounds that will thrill the very blood within your veins. I am not a fan of opera, however, Patrizia has changed that. I love what she has done, and am satisfied that she has not only broken, but completely obliterated the chains of conformity with this release. "

 



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“….the audience was fascinated and riveted…”

Classical Crossover International

If you are one of those crossover fans that also listens to symphonic metal bands, thinks Emma Shapplin's debut album is something sent from heaven, and thought Sarah Brightman's Symphony really "rawked", a soprano from Italy has come to answer all of your prayers. She is certainly not for people that like their sopranos dressed in white and singing sweet hymns, so avoid if All Angels tick all of your boxes. She literally gives arias the rock treatment, or vice versa, but never quite stepping into the territory that becomes too heavy for the average listener. Although it would be all too easy to fall into a gimmick trap with the image and rock arrangements, Patrizia still doesn't shy away from difficult pieces (such as Mozart's 'Queen of the Night') nor does she stray away from the lyrical meanings behind her songs. She keeps it real. Rock style. 

The Evening Patriot

" Few have generated the kind of excitement currently building up around Patrizia ... "

Times and Transcript

" ... she sings the world´s best known opera arias, replacing the orchestral arrangements with crunching Zeppelinesque quitar riffs ... Patrizia charges through the classics with the conviction of Robert Plant and Maria Callas. "

Prince George Free Press

" ... an ultraviolet jewel piercing the thundering landscape of an epic Pink Floyd song ..

Thrust

 "...Patrizia soars with Bizet's "Temptation". She's breathtaking on Puccini's "Desperation". Mozart's "Fury" must be heard to be believed. Hear this woman roar! And best of all this thing rocks. Rocks with gnarly quitar licks and thundering drumming.....makes all subsequent stabs at music by mere mortals obsolete.

Rip´n Tear Magazine

" The effect is unique.... Patrizia is no weakling, with a soaring voice that would make the old masters proud. Interesting to say the least. "

Journal-Pioneer

" Patrizia has an absolutely stunning and solid voice. It has theatricality few in Canada - or anywhere - for that matter could match. She can make it sound so sexy but at other times so angst-filled. Yes, she is that good and then some. "

Linear Reflections

" Perhaps the most unique performer I have ever heard in my life..Freddy Mercury (Queen) would have been blown away and completely dazzled by Patrizia...this is one incredible force of nature....she is definitely a performer to watch, one who will change the face of music as her career waxes....her voice glides over you like spun silk, and the music itself takes you into the throes of passion”

Mote Magazine

" Patrizia's 4-octave soprano voice is amazing and during the album's slower numbers it really shines. Obviously a maverick, Patrizia seems to be someone who thinks outside the box not letting tradition or stereotypes get in her way.”

INDIECAN

 “Holy f****! Do you believe what you just saw and heard?”

 

Fusion Effects

" The first runway show is Starkers Corsetry and it starts out with a bang. It begins with a woman dressed nicely on the runway and starts to sing Carmen; this performance totally takes my breath away."