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Meet the main protagonists of The Pearl Fishers

On 2nd January 2008 at 4:30 PM
Sri Lankan Tourist Board
No 78, Galle Road, Colombo 3.

This will be a great opportunity for all the journalists to meet the most renowned protagonists and the sponsors of The Pearl Fishers which will be held on 9 & 11 January 2008 at BMICH.

Benjamin Levy, the conductor is one of the most talented European conductors. In Colombo, he will conduct some lead musicians from the Pelleas Orchestra, that he co-founded in 2004 in Paris, along with musicians from Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka and Indian musicians for the joined Sri Lankan-Indo-French production of the Pearl Fishers opera. Ajith Abeysekera, the assistant conductor of the opera from the National Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka that he joined in 1969.

Patricia Panton, the stage director is world renowned, and also worked with all the greatest singers and conductors. Resident producer and director of productions at the Opera of Monte Carlo for over 20 years, Mrs. Panton dedicates herself to staging operas all over the world.

Born in Mumbai Aude Priya-Engel, the soprano in the role of Leila sang the lead role in The Fakir of Benares in India 2002, Leila in The Pearl Fishers 2005, Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Mickaela in Bizet's Carmen and Violetta in Verdi's Traviata in 2006-2007.

Vikrant Subramaniam, the Baritone in the role of Zurga is 18 years old, trained by The Neemrana Music Foundation and sent in France for several French workshops for one year.

Philippe Désandré, The Bass in the role of Nourabad, sang Zarastro (Zauberflöte), the Commendatore (DonGiovanni), Bartolo and Antonio (Nozze di Figaro), Coline (La Bohême), Ramfis (Aïda)

Jamie Allen was the major winner in the Australian Singing Competition's Opera Awards In 1998. He maintained his association with OA in 2006 with leading roles in Madama Butterfly, Jenufa, Batavia and The Marriage of Figaro - this was followed by major concert appearances in Sydney, Perth and New Zealand in 2007.

Menaka de Fonseka, choir conductor, has also been soloist with orchestra in Handel's "Messiah", Saint Saens' "Christmas Oratorio" and works by Deva Surya Sena to name but a few. A winner of the SAARC Women's Association award for music in 2002.

Gabriella Boda Rechner, Delhi choir conductor, Hungarian she is choir conductor of about 12 choirs in India. She is a specialist of Koday music.

Antoine Redon, Executive Producer Since 2007 he has organised around fifteen concerts and operas as "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell and will stage "Carmen" in April 2008.

Senaka de Silva, production coordinator Another well known sri Lankan stage designer, who is long been renowned for incorporating Sri Lankan cultural, historical and social themes into his creations. will be also present on this day.

Press Conference will also gather all the sponsors of Pearl Fishers : Sri Lanka Telecom, Sri Lanka Tourist Board, The Indo-Sri Lanka Foundation, The French Embassy in Sri Lanka, Lafarge, CulturesFrance, BMICH Auditorium, Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), Delair Travels from Delmege group as travel partner, The Galle Literary Festival, MTV-MBC Network, Daily Mirror, Sunday Times, Lankadeepa.

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