Internationally acclaimed opera singers to perform at Cadhay
Internationally acclaimed opera singers Anando Mukerjee and Justine Viani will be performing at the black tie event, kindly hosted by Rupert Thistlethwayte and Caroline Prior who are raising funds for Hospiscare.
Interview with Anando Mukerjee
The Western music scene in India has changed dramatically since when I began. Social networking and the effect of economic liberalisation has had a profound effect on every section of society. A new generation of Indians have emerged who’ve been educated abroad in leading conservatoires and schools and have returned to India to perform. This is a great deal to be thankful for.
Anando Mukerjee: Put opera on the social media
My scientific education gave me a great sense of precision and helped me to analyse music. I am at heart an instinctual musician and a very passionate person. However, as I started learning more difficult music, I realized that you also require a lot of intelligence.
Bringing Opera Back Home: Anando Mukerjee
I always had a passion for music but coming from a typical Indian family it was always expected that I get proper qualifications. Hence I embarked upon a scientific education and career. I also had a great passion for science, particularly the biological sciences. But I reached a turning point in my life when I had to choose between the two. I opted for music because of the overwhelming need to express myself on stage...
His Master’s Voice
Shortly after I caught the opera bug as a teenager in Delhi, my piano teacher at the time, all too aware that my musical talents lay far away from the keyboard, loaned me a copy of EMI’s legendary 1959 recording of Bizet’s Carmen conducted by Thomas Beecham. She particularly wanted me to listen to the famous “Flower Song” and perhaps consider learning it. Gedda was the tenor on the recording. June 2017
Anando: India's Finest Tenor
As India's only male tenor performing on the global stage, the 30-something singer has made it his mission to demystify the art form through live shows, social media and by adapting opera to an Indian context.
In conversation with Anando Mukerjee
India boasts of several culturally rich music traditions and talented musicians. One of the rarest forms to be found in the country, Opera is gaining popularity and Anando Mukerjee is a pioneer in bringing Operatic music to us. He is India’s first male Tenor and is best known for a range of roles of some of opera’s most well-known characters, including Rodolfo, the Duke of Mantua, Pinkerton and Nemorino; and appeared at leading international venues including the Belgrade National Opera, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Kennedy Center. We caught up with Anando in Delhi and discussed his past present and future.