Chris Foss ’13 won a UNH Hamel Center research grant to spend the summer in Italy taking bassoon lessons and shadowing Italian Bassoonist Giorgio Versiglia as he taught, rehearsed and performed. Foss first met Versiglia in a master class at UNH.
In a highlight of his trip, Foss and his mentor played together in a performance of the opera Murder at the Cathedral in Milan’s Duomo, which took five centuries to build and is the fourth-largest cathedral in the world.
“It was an incredible shock,” says Foss, “and an amazing experience to walk into such a huge piece of culture and history, and to experience the sound in that place, and to know that echoing along with the music are all the stories of the people in that space. There was a certain weight to the air and stone.”