Famous composers of the past created memorable enchanting melodies – so beautiful that practically everyone knows them by ear. However, nowadays the majority doesn’t relate to opera. To a great extent – because opera voices sound “too heavy”, “too overloaded”, complicated and outdated to people more accustomed to modern genres and easy-listening music.
So I wondered: why not to sing classics with a more contemporary vocal approach?
The moment of impact was when I saw Aretha Franklin’s performance of “Nessun Dorma” from G.Puccini’s “Turandot”. That was spectacular! She made jazz of Puccini!
I felt I should use both, my opera background and my skills in singing popular music, to make opera sound cool and understandable for a wider audience. I decided to make a sort of “postmodern” project.
What is postmodernism? It’s quoting, playing with different layers of senses, and bringing something well-known to a new level through re-thinking.
It’s like giving great composers of the past a fresh, new look. Re-branding them.
Just imagine – Rossini wears a hoodie, Bizet re-tweets Sting, Puccini sips cappuccino in his stylish sunglasses, Verdi plays baseball. They all remain who they are as personalities, but, due to the way they look, it’s more likely they’d find friends nowadays.
That’s how my new project called “ARIA” appeared.
I truly enjoy what I do. Hope you'll also like the music of my soul.
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