Sumi Jo, the Korean-born soprano sensation who was trained in Rome graced the 10th Anniversary Festival of Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra last night. Her splendid performance with some technically challenging arias was embodied with characters and souls to pieces such as Je veux vivre (from Romeo et Juliette), E strano ... Ah, forse lui... Sempre Libera (from La Traviata), and Olympia's Song (from The Tales of Hoffmann). Audiences were mesmerized and entertained in her comical performance that brought to life a mechanical doll for the Olympia's Song.
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Matthias Bamert, the principal conductor together with his strong 105-member symphony orchestra programming last night took us to different composers from France, Italy, German, Austria, and ended the night with a splendid performance on Ravel's Daphne and Chloe (Suite No. 2).
I had the pleasure of meeting friends from past acquaintances and made new friends with some of the musicians and ex-MPO staff. It was indeed a wonderful evening with great intermission food and some funny conversations with Tariq, Hani, & Fiza. Thanks to Fiza for the special invitation ticket and thanks to Le Meridien who catered wonderful array of finger food to the hungry concert goers and musicians last night.
I look forward to the new 2007/2008 season.