Presidential Symphony Orchestra and seven great singers
big thank you for this beautiful concert at the Spectrum Hall at the Girne
American University, a thank you to the organisers who set up a most beautiful
programme, and a thank you to the artists, the 27 members of the orchestra, its
Konzertmeister Nihat Ağdaç and the chef Ali Hoca. And finally a big thank you
to the soloists, singers of outstanding quality. Beste Berk, Soprano, born in Nicosia in 1985; Laden Ince, Soprano, born in Nicosia in 1986;
Sermin Dikmen Töre, Soprano, born in Bursa/Turkey; Vasfiye Çakırtaş, Soprano, born
in Nicosia in 1981; Tuğrul Enver Töre, Baritone, born in Yeşilyurt/Lefke; Arda
Aktar, Baritone, born in Ankara; Ahmet
Zeyin, Bas Baritone, born in Nicosia in 1988.
Young singers of the finest quality.
We have heard them perform before on occasions of our music festivals
and the Turkic Opera Days. It was great
pleasure to meet them again. Some of them we are following closely, their
personal development, we hear from them how they fare on the international
opera stages and in great concerts. We are very proud of them.
Spectrum Hall was packed full with music lovers. They greatly enjoyed the
programme offered, 16 pieces, among them well known arias by Mozart, Bizet,
Gounod, Donizetti, Offenbach, Lehar and at the end a Turkish composition ‘Mazi Kalimde Bir Yaradir’, many around me in
the audience joined in, plus one piece by Ali Hoca, a Tango Potpourri, with all
singers joining. Standing ovations….. and so we got our Encore.
were some things which disturbed me, and not only me. There was a microphone
installed next to the piano which occasionally drowned the voices of the
soloists, it was very annoying. Also, the lighting was not good, the light on
the singers figures was blueish, there should have been a warm light directed
onto their faces. The other thing which showed not the least respect for the
occasion, was those young men who rushed onto stage in their very casual outfit,
it was not a sports event. I hope my
critic on these technical things is understood correctly, it does not negate
the success of the evening.