blend of dramatic songs
Alfreda de Silva
Songs to Remember- Featuring Preshanthi Navaratnam (Soprano) and
Ronald Samm (Tenor) with Orchestra: Ramya de Livera Perera (Piano),
Ananda Dabare (Violin), Dushyanthi Perera (Cello) and Manilal Weerakoon
This was a spirited
and fulfilling evening at the Lionel Wendt on April 28, a mixed
bag of glorious music and song with its appeal to a variety of tastes.
Ronald Samm, his lungs filled with surprising resources of breath
and resonance projected the opening Leoncavallo love lyric Mathinata
ecstatically. Its rousing impact on the audience was instantaneous
and set the pace of the evening. Ronald is an accomplished performer,
notably of operatic work.
assurance and graceful movement marked Preshanthi Navaratnam's entrance.
She was singing in Colombo after a lapse of time during which she
had graduated in music from the University of London and the Guildhall
School of Music and participated in numerous prestigious concerts
in London and North England.
the audience with Mozart's Porgi Amor (Le Nozzo Di Figaro). It was
a plaint of love from countess Almaviva bemoaning her faithless
husband and longing for his return.
Preshi and Ronald
presented the amusing and piquant Duet of Cherries, Pietro Mascagni's
Suzel Buon Di from the opera L'amico Fritz. It was received with
a shower of encores from the auditorium.
Recondita Armoni from Puccini's Tosca, a joyous tribute to the woman
he loves from Cavaradossi, a painter was followed by Preshi's anguished
plea to her heavenly father not to forsake her in her hour of grief
in Vissi D'Arte from the same opera.
segment of the programme was the duet from Verdi's Otello, Gia Nella
Notta Densa, soulfully sung by Preshi and Ronald to an enthusiastic
contribution to the evening's success was the flawless support accorded
to these prestigious singers by the orchestra.
The second part
of the concert opened with the orchestra's seductive and captivating
interpretation of Phantasia by Frank Bridge, a superb performance
of clarity and harmony.
was La Serenata by Tosti, exquisitely sung by Ronald whose next
number was Cardillo's admonition to Catari, an ungrateful lover.
and beautifully modulated voice gave humour and colour to the Transatlantic
Lullaby by Gershwin, Blah, Blah, Blah.
powerful rendition of Lehar's popular Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz
there was a session of nostalgic perennials from the Musicals.
proclaimed their delight when Bernstein's Tonight from West Side
Story was lyrically presented by Preshi and Ronald; the heart-breaking
Summertime from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess by Preshi, and a A Boat
to New York from the same opera made villainously bold by Ronald
in the guise of Sporting Life.
ended with the nostalgic Song to Remember from Schubert's Lilac
Time sung by Preshi and Ronald while the hall echoed with encores
and the singers responded. Preshi's singing voice, always so promising,
has come full circle - a rich blossoming.
A word about
her speaking voice. It has mellowed and acquired a musicality of
its own delicately and unselfconsciously balanced in its enunciation
and articulation. And Drama School has given Preshi an easy presence
and stance on stage that she shared spontaneously with the warm
and appealing Ronald Samm.
first of Opera greats to perform here
Kirov Opera soprano Margarita Alaverdian is scheduled to give just
a single performance in Sri Lanka on Monday, May 13, at The Golden
Ballroom of The Lanka Oberoi. Also featured will be conductor/pianist
Rohan Joseph de Saram.
is the first in a long line of top class singers who are scheduled
to perform here and in India with Rohan Joseph de Saram. These dinner
concerts for charity are designed to create greater awareness of
grand opera in both countries.
She is a winner of the Maria Callas International Vocal Competition
(1989) and the All-Union Competition.
for the dinner concert which benefits the Rehabilitation Centre
for the Communication Impaired (R.C.C.I.) among others, includes
the Melody from Gluck's 'Orfeo et Eurydice', Bellini's famous Casta
Diva from 'Norma', Caro Nome from Verdi's 'Rigoletto's, the Waltz
Song from Gounod's 'Romeo et Juliette', the Cavatina from Verdi's
'II Trovatore', Caccini's Ave Maria, O Mio Babbino Caro from Puccini's
'Gianni Schicchi' and Sempre Libera from Verdi's 'La Traviata'.
is also scheduled to give a masterclass for singers on Wednesday,
May 15 at The Atrium of The Lanka Oberoi from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00
p.m. Singers who wish to participate are requested to call 768484
during business hours to discuss the repertoire they wish to present
and the fees involved.
The Outsider as a dramatic monologue
Mark Amerasinghe will present as a dramatic monologue another adaptation
of a Camus novel- The Outsider- at the Alliance Francaise Colombo
on Saturday May 11, at 7.00 p.m.
He has, to date,
presented Camus' 'The Fall' and also Tolstoy's 'Kreutzer Sonata',
using a mode which he considers experimental.
Ousider' is presented in two acts. In Act 1, the action takes place
in the courtroom, where, at the closing stages of Mersault's trial
(Mersault is indicted for killing an Arab), the public prosecutor
makes his final damning address to the jury, asking for Mersault's
head. In Act 11, Mersault in death-row, while awaiting his walk
up to the guillotine, reminisces (soliloquises) over the events
that lead to his arrest, his trial, and his last days in jail.
While in the
novel, there is only one narrator, namely, the protagonist Mersault,
who relates the events that followed in sequence, the death of his
mother, the dramatic adaptation presents two interlinked monologues,
with a complete dislocation of the time frame of the novel. The
presentation takes just over an hour.
Prof. S.B. Dissanayake looks at the works of young artist Kosala
I don't know whether Kosala
Kumara was aware
of Leonardo's remarks to his pupils. But in the landscapes, more
like the all too familiar third world crumbling cityscapes to me,
it looks as if he has been inspired by Leonardo's remarks 500 years
ago: "Seek inspiration in the contemplation of patches of old
To this young
artist a surface serves as a "revelature" or a screen
where "desire" is made "legible". These words
of Leonardo resonate in all of Kosala's works at this exhibition-even
his "Yellow" and "Red", "Trees" are
heirs to that legacy.
Kumara's exhibition will be held at the Lionel Wendt Gallery from