Renowned baritone Gehan Cooray, back from LA on a Christmas break will be the main feature in a great evening of music to be held at the Bishop’s College Auditorium on January 13. The repertoire will be nostalgic operatic music, Broadway and American Standards, arias from The Barber of Seville, a duet from the Mozart Opera Don Giovanni, La Serenata by Tosti and many more that we are all familiar with and will undoubtedly enthrall all music lovers in Sri Lanka. The well renowned Soundarie David Rodrigo will accompany the singers on the piano, Surekha Amerasinghe on flute and Dhanushka Seneviratne on the keyboard. The audience will also have the pleasure of hearing Menaka De Fonseka Sahabandhu and her chorus. Gehan was trained by Menaka Sahabandhu in his early years.
Featured in the evening's program will be two other young artistes who are immensely talented says Gehan. Niran de Mel, the 21 year old tenor will be performing a solo, “I could have danced all night,” and the other is Samali Liyanage, soprano.
Gehan whose love for music is well known amongst music lovers in Sri Lanka has now launched a very successful career in Los Angeles as a producer of short feature films. He has produced and starred in two feature films, one of which is an adaptation of the Oz books and the other a story of two friends, a script written by his acting coach. Both have been screened at film festivals in Los Angeles and Palm Springs and were well received. Currently he is all excited about a new feature film which he is all set to produce and act in.
Proceeds from the production is to be donated to the Ostomy Association of Sri Lanka.