Friday, May 27, 2005

No Fat Ladies In This Opera

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Whoever said, “The opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings,” never saw the members of Amici Forever.

The group is a London-based “pop opera” band with three men and two women who look like they belong on Baywatch – not La Boheme.

Amici Forever’s bass-baritone Nick Garrett says the group takes standard opera tunes and records them in a way that appeals to pop music fans who are unfamiliar with music sung in full operatic style.

But while opera is a noteworthy influence, Garrett says singing techniques that have developed since the invention of the microphone are also important to the group’s style.

As he puts it, “Using a mic allows a singer to express the voice softly and show more emotion. Sometimes, an opera theater is so big that a singer has to spend more time projecting and it becomes just a wall of sound.”

The group has been a big hit in the rest of the world and now Garrett is hoping Amici Forever scores with Americans. The group releases its second CD, Defined, on June 21 and will promote it on a PBS television special this June.

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