Music of Love and Devotion

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An evening of opera and musical favourites

It looks like being an exciting evening of vocal favourites on Thursday 2nd April, when Grand Opera (Thailand) and the Royal Cliff Group present Music of Love and Devotion: An Evening of Opera and Musical Favourites.  It’s a concert in celebration of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday.  The concert will be direc ted by Stefan Sanchez and will feature talented young Thai singers who are making a return trip to Pattaya.

For opera lovers, there are arias from Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Verdi’s La Traviata, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Handel’s Rodelinda.  If your taste runs to musicals, you’ll be able to hear among other things, songs from Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady and Phantom of the Opera.

Stefan Sanchez.Stefan Sanchez.

Stefan Sanchez is Artistic Director of both the European Chamber Opera and Grand Opera (Thailand).  He studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and later at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid.  He formed Grand Opera (Thailand) in 2012 and the company has already given over forty concerts throughout Bangkok and Southeast Asia.

Along with Stefan Sanchez, the concert features Chalisar Jongcharoenchaikul (coloratura soprano), Nattida Gumchai (soprano), Ayano Schramm-Kimura (mezzo-soprano), Potprecha Cholvijarn (counter-tenor), Saran Senavinin (high baritone), and Pichaya Kemasingki (bass baritone) accompanied by Morakot Cherdchoo-ngarm at the piano.

Chalisar Jongcharoenchaikul (Belle) has a bachelor degree in vocal performance from Silpakorn University and Nattida Gumchai (Pang) started singing at age of thirteen and later began her master degree studies in vocal performance at Mahidol University College of Music where she’s now a voice teacher.  She’s performed with Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and she was a finalist in the Osaka International Music Competition.

Ayano Schramm-Kimura was born in Japan and educated in England.  She has completed her master’s degree in music at Mahidol and has recently returned from a tour of Israel, performing Stabat Mater by Boccherini for which she obtained heart-warming reviews.  Potprecha Cholvijarn (Jak) studied at Bristol University and sang in prestigious choirs in the UK.  He has performed with Bangkok Opera, the Siam Philharmonic and the Siam Sinfonietta and Thai composer Somtow Sucharitkul cast him in three of his operas.

Saran Senavinin (Rain) has performed in many concerts and operas including “Dido and Aeneas”, “Carmen” and “Tosca”.  Pichaya Kemasingki (Pub) is also a voice teacher at The College of Music, Mahidol University.  He completed his bachelor degree in vocal performance at Mahidol and has performed major roles in many operas and musicals.

Talented singers of Grand Opera (Thailand) will perform at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel on April 2.Talented singers of Grand Opera (Thailand) will perform at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel on April 2.

The singers will be accompanied by pianist Morakot Cherdchoo-ngarm who has completed his bachelor degree in composition and is also a successful composer.

The concert will be held at the Head of State Chamber, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel.  Ticket prices are Bt. 700, Bt. 500 (Royal Cliff Hotel guests) and Bt. 300 (students).  Registration and refreshments are from 18.00.  You can get more information from 095-564-1966 and reserve tickets at 02259 1204, or [email protected]