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Soprano Preshanthi Navaratnam to Perform Oct. 13 at FSU
09/24/2002

The Department of Music Guest Artist Series at Frostburg State University will host soprano Preshanthi Navaratnam in concert, Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Navaratnam will perform works by Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss, Frederico Mompou, Manuel de Falla and "Vissi D'Arte, Vissi D'Amore" from "Tosca" and "Un bel di" from "Madame Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini. She will be accompanied by Betty Jane Phillips. Navaratnam first experienced her love of singing while at school in Sri Lanka. She was given an unconditional place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is London (England) on the post-graduate course. While at the Guildhall she performed roles such as Musetta, The First Lady, Donna Elvira and Grätel.

After her course at the Guildhall, she entered the academy Drama School to study theatre and television acting, movement, mime, stage management, costume and set design, lighting and sound management. Besides performing operatic and dramatic roles, she also had the opportunity to choreograph Euripedes' "Electra" for Sri Linkan dance. For her graduation she performed the role of Madame Butterfly with the English Festival Opera. After these studies, she read music at Goldsmiths College University of London and qualified with an Honors Degree.

She has sung solos in Poulenc's "Gloria," Haydn's "Creation," Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" and Berlioz's song cycle "Les Nuits D'été." She made her Purcell Room debut singing the role of Hannah in "The Child of the Jago" and her Royal Albert Hall debut singing the song cycle "Four Burn's Poems" by Benjamin Britten. Navaratnam has given numerous song recitals at prestigious venues in London and the north of England. This summer she played the role of Andrea in the opera "Jerry Springer the Opera" at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland - and received outstanding reviews and great praise from Jerry Springer. Her forthcoming engagements include performances with the European Union Orchestra in November.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the FSU Department of Music at (301) 687-4145. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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