“The Time for Opera has Come” to Queen’s Hall

Newspaper: Guardian
Date Published: June 24th 2016

The Queen’s Hall Auditorium in St Ann’s will once more be filled to the brim with the lush, dramatic sounds of opera as the Classical Music Development Foundation of T&T (CMDFTT) hosts its second annual T&T Opera Festival from July 1-10.

The festival will feature several opportunities for the people of T&T to engage, interact, hear and be introduced to the wonderful world of costume, drama, music and, of course, soaring opera singing.

As a special landmark occasion in 2016, the CMDFTT will be relaunched with the more inclusive and distinctive title of Picoplat Music Development Foundation—a rebranding effort to widen the foundation’s scope to the development of musical education within all genres.

The picoplat, one of the Caribbean’s distinctive avian citizens, was chosen for its prized virtuosic bird call and golden beak— a symbol of the innate talent and beauty of our nation’s musical abilities. The grand launch of the Picoplat Music Development Foundation will take place at the Opera Festival Gala on July 1.

The main highlight of the T&T Opera Festival will be the rising opera stars of The Young Artist Collective, formed under the CMDFTT, who will thrill audiences in a unique production of Offenbach’s vividly engaging opera Tales of Hoffmann. The opera will be directed by noted dramaturge Helmer Hilwig with musical direction by June Nathaniel.


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