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Italian Opera enchants Delhiites

The Italian opera Violetta, a Traviata was a feast for the Capital's growing number of afficionados, write Meren Longkumer & Rashmi.

music Updated: Nov 12, 2008 17:32 IST
Meren Longkumer and Rashmi

Music knows no barriers and when it is used to tell a story, it seeps into the imagination of the audience with more telling effect.

Operas has gone down naturally well with Indian audience and the rousing reception for the Italian opera Violetta, a Traviata at the Shri Ram Center was just another testimony to the capital's growing aficiandos.

Oganised by the The Neemrana Music Foundation and the Indian Council for cultural Relations in collaborating with the
Italian Embassy, Monday nights staging was one of many cultural-connect event across the country.

The three-act opera by Guiseppe Verdi inspired by 'The Lady of the camellias', an Alexandra Dumas play, was a theatrical adaptation by Giuseppe cutino with a musical adaptation by Onofrio Claudio Gallina.

The play

First performed at la Fenice in March 1853, 'La Traviata' is the narration of the tragic love story between Violetta Valery a famous Parisian courtesan of the 18th century and Alfredo Germont a young man of the higher middle-class.

Suprano Aude Priya was at her sublime best in the act with other star performers like Frank Asparte (tenor), Emilio Marcucci (baritone) and Shireen Sinelair (mezzo soprano).

Classical music in India

So is the scene of Western Classical really on the rise?

"Not really," says Chirag Mendiratta from Delhi, adding "these folks are just pocketed sections where there is no channel to spread further beyond a cluster. They are stagnant at what i can see at present even in the other metropolis."

Amjad Khan, an avid classical lover, disagrees, "It is because there are less organisers of these events that finds no big congregation. There are thousands in their homes enjoying themselves individually from youtube and other mediums."

Peyush a music teacher guitarist says, "There is an increasing number of youngsters taking up Music as their profession."

Manuj, a dance expert says, "In today's scenario the credit for the rise in music aficiandos goes to the generation and media because we have accept this stream as a serious profession."