Jamie Bastello. Photo courtesy Richard Sayer/Eight & 322.

Opera in a Historic Church

May 11, 2024

“Mom made me promise her before she died that I would sing,” said Jamie Bastello, an opera singer who bought a house a couple of years back in Oil City through the artist relocation program.

And that is exactly what she is doing.

The singer who once sang in the shadows of the Colosseum in Rome is performing in Franklin at 3 p.m. on May 19 titled “Jamie Bastello and Friends.”

She will be joined by Kristen Craido, Rebecca Liopuh, Caleb Thompson, and Eli Busch at the historic Franklin’s First United Methodist Church at 1102 Liberty Street.

“When you hear opera up close it is breathtaking, it’s shocking,” Bastello said. “Digital music is not the same as hearing live music. We are electromagnetic waves and we need nature, and we need interaction and connection with each other, and we need music… we need live music. It is a completely different experience singing in front of someone. It makes people feel good and that is really because of the resonance of the sound and the electromagnetic analog waves. It’s good for us.”

To purchase tickets visit eventbrite.com and search “Jamie Bastello.” They are $20.

Bastello also mentioned you can purchase them from her if you come across her around town “P’opera-ing,” which she is known to do when she goes shopping or to grab a coffee.

Her mom wanted her to sing and she is determined to honor her mom’s wishes.

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