Ashwati Parameshwar, a soprano from Delhi, prepares to enthrall Chennai crowds

Save the date for Ashwati Parameshwar’s opera next week, as she tells us what to expect from her debut performance in Chennai
Ashwati Parameshwar
Ashwati Parameshwar

IN THE MIDST of a packed musical week in the city is a performance by Ashwati Parameshwar, a soprano and voice coach from Delhi, who will sing for the first time in Chennai. Besides being the 
founder member of Lyric Ensemble in Delhi, she has also performed in many operas during her five-year long career, including one in France last year—17th century Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, one of the oldest operas. Trained by one of the country’s well-known sopranos, Situ Singh Beuhler, Parameshwar specialises in the classic operatic technique (the Bel canto) which relies heavily on breath to produce maximum power and projection in the voice. This is where keeping the muscles toned and in use plays a role, she says.  

Describing what she has to offer in the Chennai concert, she explains, “The concert will be in the classic recital format, consisting of art songs (songs usually with poems as the text, composed to be sung with piano) in the first half and opera arias (melodies) in the second half. I have tried to incorporate a 
variety of songs from across various eras, beginning with the 17th century and progressively getting closer to the present day.”The mother of a two-year old daughter will be accompanied by the pianist Immanuel Thiyakeswaran, who was recommended to her by Augustine Paul, the music director of the Madras Musical Association, the hosts of the recital, titled On The Wings of Song. 

March 23. At Museum Theatre, Chennai. 
7 pm onwards. Details:

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