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Concert Review: Spectacular debuts at Singapore Lyric Opera's annual gala concert

Published on Aug 24, 2014 3:12 PM

The Singapore Lyric Opera has made it a point over the years to engage Asian singers in its major productions. Many vocal gems have been unveiled to the Singapore public as a result.

Now meet two more, as Sri Lankan-British soprano Kishani Jayasinghe and Filipino-American tenor Arthur Espiritu made their spectacular debuts here in the opera company's gala concert on Saturday night at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Jayasinghe, who helms the title role of Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow later in October, immediately made an impact in Hanna Glawari's hit-song Vilja-Lied. Singing in English, her pure and radiant voice with the sweetness of nectar, easily reached the topmost spots without straining or stretching. Her cultured enunciation and immaculate articulation also served well in the coloratura favourite Gounod's Jewel Song from Faust, now sung in the original French.

No less impressive was Espiritu, who opened with Donizetti's Una Furtiva Lagrima from Elisir D'Amore, revealing a passionate bleeding-heart sensibility in the mould of The Three Tenors.

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