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Kayla Faccilongo holds gofundme.com to help assist her in her studies in London

TN opera singer holds ‘dream’ fundraiser

Kayla Faccilongo, a local opera singer from Throggs Neck, performs.
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A local opera singer has a dream to attend one of the best performing arts colleges in the world, and is looking for community support.

Kayla Faccilongo of Throggs Neck has started a gofundme.com fundraiser with a $10,000 goal that would help her move to London and attend the Royal Academy of Music.

She plans on attending in the fall to further perfect her technique as an opera singer.

Faccilongo, 24, who recently graduated from CUNY Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music and works as a bartender, won admission to the prestigious conservancy as a master’s degree student.

The school’s acceptance rate is only about 10 percent, she said.

The mezzo-soprano has been performing opera for ten years after growing up singing and studying music, and believes that opera is her calling, she said.

“I feel that this is what I have been put on this Earth to do,” she said.

She said that the Royal Academy of Music’s focus on stagecraft and acting appealed to her.

“There are many wonderful places to study opera and Royal Academy is one of the best,” she said. “I happened upon Royal Academy more so because of its location; I have always had an intense wanderlust and I have always had the desire to live in another country.”

The $10,000 she seeks to raise would enable her to establish herself in London, serve as an emergency fund and perhaps fill in gaps in student loan funding.

“I want to ensure that I have the funds in case the loans come late or are not what’s expected,” she said, explaining that the overall cost for an international student’s tuition is $25,000 a year.

Faccilongo also stated that one of the reasons she’s pursuing her dream, which would ultimately entail performing in places big and small around the world, is to encourage young people to go after their artistic dreams.

She said that many of her colleagues expressed the notion that they don’t want to pursue opera anymore because they feel that they don’t have enough money to continue, and she doesn’t want this to happen to her.

Becoming a classically trained singer requires costly voice lessons, application fees, and young artist training programs. It can cost too much for many people of modest means, she explained.

It was after high school that she came to a decision that she had to continue her musical career because she could not imagine herself doing anything else, she said.

In addition to the gofundme.com fundraiser, she plans on holding a benefit concert for the cause at Starving Artist Café on City Island on Saturday, August 19.

Faccilongo attended P.S. 175 on City Island and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

She said her grandparents, who loved music, particularly influenced her.

Some of her favorite operas include Die Fledermaus, Dialogues of the Carmelites and Così Fan Tutte.

The singer stated that her boyfriend, an opera student studying in Germany, has been particularly supportive.

To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/study-at-the-royal-academy-of-music.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260–4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.
Posted 12:00 am, July 17, 2017
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