The Jakarta Post
Anggun (left) performs a virtual duet with the late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti for "Asia's Got Talent" in April. ( Asia's Got Talent on YouTube/File)
Indonesian singer Anggun will perform a virtual duet with late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti in a concert on Nov. 9 at Aula Simfonia Jakarta concert hall, North Jakarta.
The concert, titled The Luciano Pavarotti Foundation & Anggun in Concert, will be held as part of a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Italy. It aims to stay true to Pavarotti’s philosophy of combining modern and classical music.
Anggun’s virtual duet with the late tenor maestro is set to be the show’s highlight.
In a press conference held on Tuesday at the Auditorium of the Italian Cultural Institute, Central Jakarta, Alwi Sjaaf of Aula Simfonia Jakarta was tight-lipped about the concert details. “You better attend the performance and experience on your own how this virtual duet will be presented,” he said.
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The show will not be Anggun’s first virtual duet with Pavarotti as a similar performance was held during the finale of talent competition show Asia’s Got Talent in April this year.
The show on Saturday will also feature musicians from The Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, a nonprofit that preserves the late tenor’s legacy. They musicians are soprano Giulia Mazzola and tenors Lorenzo Licitra, Giuseppe Michelangelo Infantino and Matteo Desole. Pianist and Pavarotti’s long-time friend Paolo Andreoli will also perform at the event.
The musicians will collaborate with Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra, an orchestra in residence of Aula Simfonia Jakarta, and they will be conducted by Eunice Tong Holden.
Italian Ambassador to Indonesia Vittorio Sandalli (left), director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Jakarta Maria Battaglia (center) and Aula Simfonia Jakarta represnetative Alwi Sjaaf attend a press conference for The Luciano Pavarotti Foundation and Anggun in Concert on Nov. 5 at the Auditorium of the Italian Cultural Institute, Central Jakarta. (JP/Rafaela Chandra)
The Luciano Pavarotti Foundation & Anggun in Concert will perform Pavarotti’s most treasured opera pieces, such as “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi and “La Bohème” by Giacomo Puccini. There will also be a medley of Italian songs and pop-rock songs that Pavarotti had performed alongside world-renowned musicians.
Reluctant to give away more about the show, Alwi simply said the performance would be beautiful. “It’s also a challenge for us to combine classical and modern-sounding music in a way that is different [to] past performances. We always accept a challenge,” Alwi said.
Anggun announced on Nov. 1 on Instagram that tickets for the show were sold out. (wng)