Guyana Diaspora

'89 percent of Guyana 's graduate population live and work in the 30 relatively rich countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) -"Fruit that falls far from the tree",
The Economist, 03 November 2005'

It is estimated that there are as many Guyanese living overseas as they are in Guyana
They are spread out far and wide to almost every country on the planet
This blog was created to chronicle the news and and stories of the Diaspora

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bach Soloist

This native of Guyana created the role of Corina in the world-premiere of David Conte’s opera 'Firebird Motel '

SHAWNETTE SULKER (soprano) has been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a singer”…displaying a bright, superbly controlled soprano with perfectly placed coloratura.”

This native of Guyana previously appeared with the American Bach Soloists singing Bach’s cantata Non sa che sia dolore. Other concert performances include Mozart’s Exultate, jubilate and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass both with the Santa Clara Chorale and Orchestra.

With the Redwood Symphony, she has sung Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and the role of Clara in a concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Additional concert repertoire includes the soprano solo in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G Major, which was performed at the National Shrine Cathedral in Washington DC, and the soprano solo from Fauré’s Requiem.

Ms. Sulker’s operatic résumé includes two roles sung in San Francisco Opera productions of The Mother of Us All and Louise. She is also currently participating in the San Francisco Opera Guild’s outreach production of The Elixir of Love in the role of Adina. Other roles include Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) with West Bay Opera and Adele (Die Fledermaus) with North Bay Opera.

She has appeared with Berkeley Opera in the roles of Adle (‘Bat out of Hell’ – Die Fledermaus), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), and Despina (Così fan tutte). She created the role of Corina in the world-premiere of David Conte’s opera Firebird Motel. Other roles performed include Musetta (La Bohème), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas).

Film credits for the young soprano consist of a soundtrack performance for the movie Mimic and an on-camera operatic appearance for the forthcoming feature film Jackson directed by J. F. Lawton.

Ms. Sulker’s upcoming engagements include performing the Princess in Many Moons, and Susanna, both with Cinnabar Opera.

From American Bach Soloists

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