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SALLY SILVER ON BBC RADIO 2 (article first published : 2008-02-2)

Sally Silver (better known to Durban audiences as Sally June Gain) will be performing on February 8 in Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2, with the BBC Concert orchestra live from Watford Coliseum. Other guests include Jonathan Veira and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.

Her three arias will include Depuis le jour by Charpentier, Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta by Puccini and the first live performance of Little Princess, Look Up! by Michael Faraday from his opera Amasis, arranged by Richard Burgess-Ellis for the British Opera Aria album Power of Love - Deborah Riedel/Richard Bonynge /Melba recordings.

For those who might miss the show, it can be accessed online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/fridaynight/ontheshow.shtml

Sally received excellent reviews for her performance in the title role of with the Scottish Opera in May, 2007:

“…the minutely studied gestures of her Mad Scene, daringly tuned to the twists and turns of the bel canto line, the strength of Sally Silver is in her stillness everything is focused within her magnificently variegated and tireless soprano.” (Hilary Finch: The Times)

“... In soprano Sally Silver, Scottish Opera has found a bride for whom the psychological trauma of forced marriage and abandonment of true love is spellbindingly intense through her authoritative yet sensitive portrayal of Scott’s tragic heroine.” (Carole Main: The List)

“The undoubted stars were South African soprano Sally Silver in the title role and……Silver coped admirably with the intricacies of some of Donizetti's most taxing music. Almost girlish in tone at times she displayed a vocal range astonishing in its complexity with an agility and high trills that accentuated the psychological and dramatic impact of the Mad Scene.” (Iain Gilmour: Edinburgh Guide)




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