‘Kishani Sings for Visakha’ , On the Lighter Side’ organised by the Visakha Vidyalaya Old Girls’ Association took place over the weekend at the Jeremias Dias Hall, Visakha Vidyalaya. All proceeds from the show are to be utilised for the school’s new Aesthetic Studies building.
The soprano is certainly one of the school’s most musically gifted luminaries; based in the UK, Kishani has found both commercial and critical success in the opera circuit. Hers is a story that has been told many times, yet one never tires of hearing how the young girl who went abroad to study law would go on to win a prestigious scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music, eventually making her debut at Covent Garden. To date she has taken on many a leading role, including Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. She returns to Sri Lanka after a lengthy tour of Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a couple of recitals in London.
After the show, Kishani will return to London for her regular training and work. Rehearsals will soon begin for her role as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata for Glyndebourne on Tour for a period of three and a half months. Immediately on the heels of Glyndebourne, she begins rehearsals for Leila in Bizet’s Pearl Fishers in Holland for a further three months.
Captured here are scenes from her performance.