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Delhi music lovers enjoy magical evening with Verdi choruses, arias
New Delhi, November 16, 2013
It was a magical experience for music lovers in Delhi who got a chance to listen to some of the finest music by Verdi at the Kamani Auditorium here on Friday.
The evening of Italian operatic music was put together by Neemrana Foundation, the Italian Embassy and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations to celebrate the bicentennial of the world renowned composer.
Giueseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (1813 – 1901) was an Italian composer of the Romantic Era, who wrote mostly operas. Starting out as a commercial musician, he found success and was hailed as a pioneer by the end of his long career in the music industry.
Born the same year as well-known German composer Richard Wagner, he also rivalled the great musician in his popularity in the operatic theatre.
Verdi’s best known works include La donna è mobile from Rigoletto; Va, Pensiero (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, and Coro di zingari (Anvil Chorus) from Il Trovatore.
The Verdi Bicentennial Gala Celebrations are being held alongside the same for Wagner all across the world.
Friday's concert, conceptualised by the soloist voice coach and renowned Indian soprano Situ Singh Buehler, was a collection of various well-known arias and choruses by Verdi. The music was played by a chamber orchestra that was a collaboration of both Italian and Indian artistes. While the strings - the violins, the violas, and the cello - with exception of the double bass which was played by Salman Mubarak of Spain, were all played by Indians, the wind instruments, consisting of the flute, the oboe, the clarinet, the bassoon, the horn and the trumpet, and the kettledrum were played by Italians.