Albanian soprano Inva Mula makes comeback as director, lead performer in ‘Pearl Fishers’

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 14, 2017 18:55

Albanian soprano Inva Mula makes comeback as director, lead performer in ‘Pearl Fishers’

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  • The 54-year-old soprano who has performed in some of the world's best Opera Houses, including Paris, Milan and provided the voice of the 'Diva' alien in “The Fifth Element” Hollywood movie, will be the opera director and perform the lead role of Leila in the piece opening the new Opera House season following the summer break

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TIRANA, Sept. 14 – Internationally renowned Albanian soprano Inva Mula is making a comeback as a director and lead performer in ‘The Pearl Fishers,’ an opera in three acts by Georges Bizet, a French 19th century composer of the Romantic era.

The 54-year-old soprano who has performed in some of the world’s best Opera Houses, including Paris, Milan and provided the voice of the ‘Diva’ alien in “The Fifth Element” Hollywood movie, will be the opera director and perform the lead role of Leila in the piece opening the new Opera House season following the summer break.

The opera scheduled to make its premiere on Friday, Sept. 22 is making its third comeback 27 years after it was last staged in 1990, just before the collapse of the country’s communist regime, with Inva Mula as a lead performer.

In 1964, when the opera made its Albania premiere, it was Nina Mula, Inva Mula’s mother, a late Russian-Albanian soprano who moved to Albania in the late 1950s after marrying Albanian composer Avni Mula, who performed the role of Leila.

Opera House director Zana Çela described the opera stage as a big event opening the September-December opera season.

Albanian and international singers will be performing for three nights at the Palace of Congresses on Sept. 22, 24 and 25 in the opera set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon and describing a moving tale of friendship tested by love.

The famous friendship duet (‘Au fond du temple saint’), performed by two of the central characters Zurga and Nadir, is considered one of opera’s most famous and instantly recognizable arias.

The last time Inva Mula staged an opera as a director and lead performer was in mid-2015 with Pagliacci, an opera in two acts by Italy’s Ruggero Leoncavallo, with a message to stop violence against women in Albania.

Soprano Ermonela Jaho, tenors Saimir Pirgu and Josif Gjipali, baritone Gezim Myshketa are some of Albania’s most sought-after stars performing on internationally renowned stages.

With the landmark Opera House building in Tirana’s central square under reconstruction, the opera will be performed at the Palace of Congresses.

Fifty years after its construction under Albania’s communist regime, the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Albania’s solo performing arts institution of its kind, is undergoing renovation under a €8.6 million government funded project.

The 30-month reconstruction launched in January 2017 is scheduled to finish by June 2019 in a project that will make a thorough renovation that involves architecture, stage design, acoustic and air-conditioning systems.

While the National Theater will be under reconstruction, its artists will be performing in other stages in Tirana and outside the capital.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 14, 2017 18:55