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Ragas, ghazals and opera

MADEEHA SYED

Opera

Combining two of the strongest art forms in storytelling, music and theatre, opera belongs to one of the oldest traditions in the performing arts in Europe and today its popularity has spread across the globe permeating cultures it was never originally associated with.

On Sunday evening, Sarah Long Holland, an opera artist from the United States conducted a workshop on opera for Napa students and faculty.

Ms Holland is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts — an organisation involved in supporting the arts through grants, performing opportunities and various other ventures. The workshop was organised by the US Consulate.

Addressing his students at Napa, Arshad Mahmud said: “Opera is a stronger medium of conveying human emotions and feelings. There is opera being done in China nowadays even though it was never a part of their culture.” He added that students could learn to use the…

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