PRLog - Nov. 22, 2011 - MAE RIM, Thailand -- Stars from the European Chamber Opera Company and Bangkok Opera Company traveled to Chiang Mai for their second visit, following a very successful concert in 2010. The recent concert under the stars gave soprano Pimluk Vessawasdi the opportunity to fulfill one of her dreams – performing in an outdoor arena – a dream she has held since attending a New York open-air performance some time ago. Stefan Paul Sanchez, Artistic Director of the European Chamber Opera Company (ECHO) proved that opera need not be a stuffy, stale affair, charming the members of the audience with his comic antics during many of the more light-hearted songs from such operas as Rossini’s The Barber of Seville or Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Opera Under the Stars
The concert included many popular songs from a wide range of operas: La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutti, The Marriage of Figaro and La Bohème as well as some lesser-known songs from operas such as Simon Boccanegra and Gianni Schicchi.
The venue was “a magical experience” according to one visitor. The evening started with a stroll along candle-lit pathways to the PTIS amphitheater where flood lights illuminated the trees and sparkled on the lake. A grand piano gleamed dimly in the starlight – but was brought to life by the talented fingers of pianist Arithas Udomtasnee, currently Professor of Piano at Mahidol University Bangkok. A display of fireworks and sky rockets lit up the evening sky at the end of the concert.
“Thank you for bringing opera to Chiang Mai!” a visitor enthused as she left with stars in her eyes and performers’ autographs firmly clutched in her hand. Opera Under the Stars will return in November 2012 and further information may be obtained from the organizers at christopherh@
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More than 35 nationalities make up the international school student body. At Traidhos, visiting students and adults of all ages can also enjoy specialized professional sport academies in Tennis, Golf, Cricket and Football.
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