Presented by Lowell House Opera
Written by Léo Delibes
Music Direction by Lidiya Yankovskaya
Directed by Roxanna Myhrum
March 26th – April 5th
Lowell House Opera, Harvard University
10 Holyoke Place, Cambridge MA
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Review by Danielle Rosvally
(Cambridge) This production touts that it is the first time Lakmé has been produced in Boston since 1914. After seeing the show, I can understand why.
It’s not that the performers were untalented. They were extremely gifted vocally, and well-cast in terms of vocal coloring. It’s not that the orchestra lacked variety or pizzazz. The music was incredibly lyric and (despite a few long mid-show re-tuning sessions) extremely professional. Continue reading →
Coeur de Pirate (French for pirate heart) is the stage name for award-winning French-Canadian singer Béatrice Martin. Her whimsical, magical pop songs blend cabaret music, French lyrics and playful indie sensibilities. In November 2011,Coeur de Pirate released her highly anticipated second recording, Blonde, coproduced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, The Dears) and Béatrice Martin herself. Kandle will open.
Béatrice Martin has been playing piano and keyboards since she was only three years old. After a brief stint as keyboardist with the now defunct December Strikes First, Martin briefly joined the Montreal-based indie-pop band Bonjour Brumaire as a vocalist and pianist but left in 2008 to record her self-titled debut album. Coeur de Pirate was issued in September 2008 to immediate national and international acclaim. It was propelled by massive popularity via her MySpace page and an unexpected gift courtesy of famed Québécois photographer Francis Vachon who used the song “Ensemble” as the soundtrack to a time-lapse video of his 9-month old son that went viral on YouTube. This immensely popular clip showcased Martin’s music to millions of new fans, earning her praise from Good Morning America, The Globe and Mailand Perez Hilton, among many others. Stories ran in popular fashion magazines (Elle, Chatelaine) and on TV, and radio quickly followed, leading to a record deal in France. Coeur de Pirate has since gone platinum in Canada and Belgium, triple platinum in France and gold in Switzerland. The album has gone on to sell over 600,000 copies worldwide.