Opera and Bollywood have lot of similarities: Francis Wacziarg

Francis Wacziarg

Love, emotions, drama and music at its core - the similarities between an opera and a typical Bollywood pot-boiler are many, so says Francis Wacziarg, producer of much acclaimed opera "Don Pasquale - An Old Man turns Groom" .

"India is a place that has a huge un-tapped potential when it comes to operas and in that regard our foundation has brought opera scene to India," says Francis, who is also the founder of Neemrana Foundation. The renowned opera "Don Pasquale - An Old Man turns Groom" is based on the 19th century composition of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti.

The Opera is being held in Delhi from December 11th till December 13th at Kamani Auditorium 7 pm onwards with an ensemble cast comprising theatre actors from India and other parts of the world.

"The orchestra has many Indian singers and also from Italy," says Antoine Redon, the Executive Producer of the Opera, adding that "it is a wonderful experience seeing the response to the opera here in Delhi."

At a performance late last evening Francis dedicated the show in the memory of late Pt. Ravi Shankar who said that "he had a dream to do something in the field of opera and bring it to India."

"When we launched Neemrana Foundation in 2002 he became our chief patron, and encouraged us frequently," says Francis who recalls fondly that he had visited their opera two years back.

The opera is a story of one 'Don Pasquale' whose nephew 'Ernesto' is in love with a widow 'Norina'. Out to teach him a lesson, Pasquale plans his own marriage and deprive Ernesto of inheritance. With the help of his friend Dr. Malatesta, Ernesto plays a game to back at his uncle. The opera which has three acts showcases the greed for money in a witty and subtle manner.

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