March 2, 2021

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Hawaii Opera Theatre Persists in the Pandemic With “Kanikapila”

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Quinn Kelsey is only 42, so he is decades away from “the stop of all our discovering,” but like in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, he has arrived at the position where by he’s beginning to “know the area for the initially time.”

The baritone, who now goes by his entire birthname of Quinn Kamakanalani Kelsey, was born in Honolulu, attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and started performing opera in 1991 as a chorus member of Hawaii Opera Theatre (Warm) — the unique company carrying the mantle of opera, whose historical past in the “youngest” condition goes again to the 1850s.

Kelsey’s “explorations” provided San Francisco’s Merola Opera Application, the Ryan Opera Middle in Chicago, BBC Cardiff Singer of the Planet, debuts at SF Opera (La bohème in 2008, Il trovatore, Aida, Madama Butterfly, Attila, and the title job in Rigoletto in 2017) and at the Metropolitan Opera (Aida, La traviata), and roles in Europe.

And then just as Kelsey returned home, the pandemic struck, and Incredibly hot shut down. Right after months of annoyance, a approach emerged for a multi-yr job referred to as Hapa (“mixed”) Opera, exploring how opera and local cultures can intersect. 1 of the packages beneath Hapa Opera is the inaugural Opera Kanikapila session, that includes Kelsey, ukulele virtuoso Taimane, pianist Eric Schank, and guitarist Rachel Glimpse.

Kanikapila is a type of Hawaiian songs generated in an impromptu jam session, most generally having put at a seashore or family collecting. “Kani” suggests audio, “pila” is string instrument. In this collection, HOT’s digital offering, opera singers are paired with community musicians from distinct cultures to check out approaches to combine their art.

Streaming is scheduled for Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. HST (3 p.m. PST), from the Sizzling website. Tickets are $25.

Just as Kelsey has encounter with folks and pop tunes in addition to opera, Taimane Tauiliili Bobby Gardner (who goes by her initial title, which suggests diamond) performs classical audio and opera together with her mainstays of Hawaiian and pop songs.

Found at a youthful age by Don Ho and Jake Shimabukuro, the musician of Samoan, German, Irish, French, and Swedish ancestry turned very first a star on the Waikiki circuit but quickly toured Japan and Hong Kong, was nominated for Ukulele Album of the Yr, and was showcased on Guitar Planet magazine’s Prime 10 Ukulele Moments record.

Just as the pandemic hit, Taimane’s NPR Tiny Desk live performance, from March 13, 2020, captivated additional than 700,000 views.

The Jan. 29 Very hot system contains:

  •  “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, with Kelsey and Eric Schank
  •  “Fire,” composed by Taimane, with Taimane and Rachel Glimpse
  •  “Scarborough Honest,” with Taimane and Kelsey
  •  The Count’s aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, with Kelsey and Schank
  •  Taimane’s “E ala E/Jupiter,” with Taimane and Search
  •  “Carmen Medley,” arranged by Taimane, with Taimane and Search
  •  “Toreador Song” from Bizet’s Carmen, with Kelsey and Schank
  •  “Sau Fuga Sina,” classic, arranged by Taimane, with Taimane and Kelsey
  •  “Hawaii Aloha,” lyrics by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, audio by James McGranahan, with Taimane and Kelsey

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