Kishani Sings

Published : 9:10 am  January 12, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (680) reads | 


MB_1By: Mesha Wickremesinghe

Kishani Jayasinghe is by far one of the most brilliantly talented performing artistes in this country, and I can say this much, she truly is an inspiration to all women, and young girls in Sri Lanka.  Born and raised in Colombo, she is a spectacular soprano, Kishani, is often referred to as the Jewel in the South Asian Music Crown.  She is a pioneer in the field of Opera in South Asia and has the distinction of being the first South Asian Soprano to sing as a soloist at the Royal Opera house in Covet Gardens.   she was presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II as a commonwealth Representative for the Arts, has performed for HRH Prince Charles’ 60th birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace, represented the Commonwealth as a solo performing artiste at the common wealth Heads of Government meeting Gala Concert in Malta.  Most recently, Kishani was adjudged the Asian Woman of Achievement for Art and Culture.   Kishani is currently the Deputy Director for Programmes at the SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka.  


A great believer in helping those less fortunate than herself, Kishani has done numerous Charity benefit Concerts in Sri Lanka for Differently Abled children, Displaced Children, National Schools close to her heart including her alma marter  Visakha Vidyalaya and performed for Royal College. 

She says, “While having unlimited support from my parents, you can imagine what Sri Lankan parents would have to say about this, following  a music degree instead of law,  but they said life is very short and you only live once, and if you want to, try.”


It’s not every day you witness true beauty in an unaltered voice with elegance and grace as every message is beautifully construed through the lyrics conveyed through opera. This time Kishani performed with two other accompanying artists, namely Grant Dolye – Baritone and Chris Glynn on Piano.  The performance that took place at the Lionel Wendt was absolutely breathtaking, it was magical to see Kishani sing with such passion and beauty conveyed through each tone.  The impressive young lady along with her two accompanying artistes set the stage for a night that everyone would remember. 


Opera is not very recognised in 


Sri Lanka, but with Kishani’s experience and prestigious qualifications in the field of music, this could be a new way to reform the arts culture in Sri Lanka giving new ideas for development and expansion of the music industry in Sri Lanka.


Born in Adelaide, South Australia Grant grew up learning  the flute, guitar and singing whilst thinking about a career in Math, Science or Rock guitarist.  He was accepted on the Jette Parker Young Artistes Programme at the Royal Opera House. In Australia, he has had a continuing relationship with SOSA and has sung Starbucks in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick, for which he won the 2012 Helpmann Award, Don Giovanni, Zurga Les pecheurs de perles and Count Le nozze di Figaro. he recently debuted with Opera Queensland singing Zurgaa and Oreste Iphigenie en Tauride for Pinchgut Opera.  
Grant sang beautifully along with Kishani and even received standing ovations before the show was even over.   


Chris Glynn is a Grammy Award winning Pianist and accompanist, working with leading singers, instrumentalists and ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and recordings throughout the world.  He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming.  Described by the Times as having ‘beauties and  insights aplenty’  and praised in Gramaphone for his ‘breathtaking sensitivity’. Chris performs with many successful singers, including sir Thomas Allen, Elizabeth Watts, Allan Clayton and Jonas Kauffmann.  he has performed in many prestigious concerts throughout Europe, North America and Asia.   His many awards include the accompaniment prize in the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier competition, the 2003 Gerald Moore award, the 2002 Geoffrey Parsons prize and Grammy Award.  


Listening to Chris play at the Lionel Wendt truly struck me, as I myself is a die hard fan of the Piano, anyone that may play it beautifully will always catch my eye.   And listening to him play that night made me teleport to a more peaceful environment in my mind, one that was so beautiful that I didn't even feel the time pass.

 

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