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George Town Festival: The Last Recital by Ranko Kurano

We are approaching the end of George Town Festival. I know I’ll miss all the buzz after tonight even though I was only working on the event as a part-time volunteer. The full timers (mostly young people) have been working so hard to pull off this month-long event that they deserve our appreciation more than anyone.

Last night, we caught one of the last highlights performed by Japanese Soprano, Ranko Kurano, in front of Kopi Cine on Stewart Lane. It was a wet evening with persistent light rain, but that did not stop many from catching Ranko perform live.
Singing against the backdrop of old shophouses in the heart of George Town, Ranko Kurano's beautiful opera voice echoed down each narrow lane of the intersection, morphing the neighbourhood into a romantic street stage. Some of the classic excerpts Ranko shared with the audience included Madam Butterfly, Sakura, Rigoletto, La Traviata and so on.

Joining Ranko for the live recital were some very talented Malaysian music students, including a young man from Penang who sang along with Ranko during her fourth and final set.
Here’s a very short clip of Ranko Kurano singing. My view was blocked by umbrellas (plus I seldom take video), so forgive me for the shaky start.

5 comments:

debi said...

Reese,

The still pictures of Ranko don't do her justice. The animation on her face as she's singing is captivating and such a beautiful smile.

debi

Reese said...

Totally agree with you! She is a true performer - Couldn't help but mesmerised by her every movement and expression.

I should have taken a full clip video of her singing. Next time! She comes to Penang frequently.

Shiu In said...

I attended this street opera too... it's awesome!!!

vince said...

she is amazing friend and suprano i ever heard... and full of emotion... i attended the stree opera, and she was amazing... Ranko! you the best!

Reese said...

Totally agree with you! She is a true performer - Couldn't help but mesmerised by her every movement and expression.

I should have taken a full clip video of her singing. Next time! She comes to Penang frequently.