Megan Berti

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Elevating the Musical Standards of the Community

One of the goals of the Carthage Music Club is to elevate the musical standard of the community. The members strive to accomplish that goal by providing an Annual Artist Concert. Showcasing noted musician Megan Berti, the concert will be held on Saturday night, February 27, at 7:00pm in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Berti, a mezzo-soprano, has performed throughout the United States in operatic roles such as Angelina in La Cenerentola, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, Flora in La Traviata, and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto., to name a few She appears regularly as a soloist with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra in California and also performs with the Houston Grand Opera.

Growing up in a small town outside San Francisco in the Easy Bay: Moraga, California, Berti’s passion for music and drama began with a love of Disney. She memorized the movies from start to finish as a young child, and when her parents realized how unusual it was that a 4-year-old could sing along in tune to something, they began to nurture her love of music. At the age of 10 she joined the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus, which formalized her musical training and began her on the path of singing as a profession. “In high school I joined all the choirs I could,” says Berti. “I started singing in musicals and began studying with my first voice teacher, Ruth Onstadt. She changed my whole scope of music by introducing me to opera.” By her senior year of high school, Berti knew opera was what she wanted to do the rest of her life.

“The heightened expressiveness of the music in opera appeals to my soul in a way that other genres do not,” explains Berti. “The sophisticated coordination of text, music (both the singing and the orchestration), and drama creates an exciting arena that challenges the performers in so many areas. An opera singer has to better herself technically as a vocalist, mentally as a musician, and dramatically through physical acting and vocal coloring. This quest continues throughout a performer’s entire life, changing and evolving with years of study and practice. What an exciting adventure!”

Both parents have a great appreciation of music, but Berti is the only professional musician in the family. Her father, an engineer, enjoys playing the piano at Christmastime, and her mother, an accountant, sings in as many choirs as Berti once did in high school. “They are great supporters of my singing career, and frequently fly around the country to see me perform.”

Chairman of the Music Club’s artist committee, Carolyn Reid added, “We are looking forward to a varied program from opera, art song, to ‘pop’ with familiar favorites that many will enjoy. We hope to entice a young audience, along with our ‘regulars’ to explore the wonders of the young professional voice.” Admission is free to the concert. To learn more about Berti and to read a complete listing of her performances and accomplishments, visit her website at www.meganberti.com

At a recent performance, it was said, “…she has that special gift, not just that of a musician, not that of a performer, but that of a true entertainer.”