An incredible duet performance

Lilting tunes

enthralling Rohan de Silva and Tharanga Goonetilleke.The evening was made unforgettable by Rohan de Silva’s complete mastery over the piano keys, as well as the vocal clarity and powerful voice of Tharanga Goonetilleke, who stunned the audience with her performance.

The first two pieces sung by her, accompanied by the notes of Rohan de Silva, were French classical songs. The first one depicted a scene wherein the singer was confessing her feelings to a loved one. “It’s all about confronting someone in the best of ways, and telling them that you love them,” said Tharanga, adding that since the singer was unsure as to whether her feelings were reciprocated or not, the song brought out a lot of the vulnerability of the moment.

The second song that she sung revolved around the life of a poet. “It is about a person who is writing poetry, and wishes that her verses had wings so that they could fly to the person that she is writing about,” explained Tharanga.

The audience was highly impressed by the powerful quality of her voice as well as the control that she displayed over each and every note. The performance was enhanced by Tharanga’s dramatic expressions, which shifted from tortured to wistful in a split second depending on the demands of her song.

She then performed two very different pieces, both of which were taken from Puccini’s composition, ‘La Boheme’. Both these songs were sung by the character of Mimi. The first one depicted an initial encounter between a boy and a girl, in which the latter is introducing herself and telling him about her nature and her livelihood.

“By the end of the conversation, he falls in love with her,” explained Tharanga, while describing the piece. The second song, taken from the same opera, takes place after some time has lapsed from this initial meeting.

“It describes a low point in their relationship, where they are actually considered a break-up. The singer is saying goodbye, and explaining that she has no regrets whatsoever,” said Tharanga.

Rohan de Silva also entranced the crowd with a few solo pieces on the piano. He played an array of tunes, ranging from soft, lilting melodies to a lively, jumping tune, that displayed his skill and talent with the keys.

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