Aficionados of western classical music can head to the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) on August 13, as popular British soprano Dame Felicity Lott, who performed in India three years ago, returns to the city. At her recital, titled Felicity’s Favourites, she will be accompanied by noted pianist Maciej Pikulski.
While her operatic repertoire ranges from Handel to Stravinsky, Lott has built up an international reputation as an interpreter of the great roles of Mozart and Strauss. “Dame Felicity is a wonderful singer and I’m sure that the act will have mutually decided-upon presentations by her and Maciej,” says Khushroo N Suntook, chairman, NCPA.
The programme will include compositions by Mozart, Schumann, Richard Strauss, Fauré, Poulenc and Offenbach. Lott has chosen some of her favourite pieces that she believes the Mumbai audience will appreciate.
Pikulski, a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist to renowned opera singers like Laurent Naouri and Nelly Miricioiu, is also excited to return to India. “I have performed here before, and to say that it was overwhelming will be an understatement. India is a melting pot of cultures, and people here have a great understanding of music — both Indian and western. I cannot wait to perform for this absolutely wonderful audience again,” he says.