The first evening of the week dedicated to celebrating International women’s day at Bagni di Lucca was, as expected, up to the high standards of past years and even exceeded them.
The occasion opened with speeches from the main figures who have done so much to make this ‘Omaggio alla Donna’ such an essential feature of Bagni di Lucca’s calendar of events. Among them I single out Natalia Sereni, Morena Guarnaschelli and Gemma Fazzi.
(Natalia Sereni and our mayor)
There will be plenty of reportage on the events and the marvellous art and photographic exhibition, which spread over a truly international network ranging from Chile to Poland, at the casinò in other blog posts. See, for example, Debra Kolkka’s post at https://bellabagnidilucca.com/2017/03/05/womens-day-exhibition/.
For me however, the highlight of the evening was a superb concert given by two artistes of exceptional quality. Barbara Kelly is well-known for her lively renditions of a repertoire extended from musical to opera to folk songs. Beatriz Oyarzabal Pinan from Mexico is the partner of artist Wilson Guevara, whose paintings have already graced the Casinò last year. She has an immaculate voice with a lilting tremolo and her performances truly involve the audience as she has the rare capacity to fully live her songs.
In her repertoire Beatriz sang some mariachi songs from Mexico. Her performance was not only brilliant – it was seductive too. Judge for yourselves from these tantalizing snippets:
It was wonderful to have both Barbara and Beatriz collaborating in duets from the best of Lloyd Webber. An encore was truly merited!
Beatriz’ future recitals can be consulted at
(Barbara and Beatriz)
PS Don’t miss the concert at 9 pm this Wednesday at the Casinò.