Cobblers Cove was transformed into an opera hall last Wednesday, as international opera and cabaret singer Melinda Hughes and former Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Winner Todd Wilander came together to showcase opera at the St Peter luxury resort.
In the first set, Hughes and Todd entertained the audience with a variety of songs. The most entertaining one, with flirtatious elements and sung entirely in Latin, was based on a poor poet in France.
However, the entire set was not only in Italian as Wilander showcased his vocal ability delivering Stranger In Paradise. In full operatic voice, Hughes sang to the young lovers in the audience with Hello Young Lovers.
In the final set for the night, Wilander’s heartfelt rendition of What Kind of Fool Am I? left many members in the audience speechless.
Hughes, however, delighted the audience with a piece from her satirical repertoire in which she was going to meet Prince Harry but got drunk and vomited on his clothes. The song entitled I Am Going To Meet Prince Harry left the audience in stitches as Melinda sung and acted out the various parts of her experience meeting The Prince of Wales.
After the performance, Hughes told Barbados TODAY that she was thrilled to perform at Cobbler’s Cove for the second consecutive year.
“I could not wait to get back here, I love it so much and I hope that this becomes a regular thing, I really do. And I hope each year we can grow a little bit more and have maybe a comedian, maybe a pianist or a violinist, maybe expand it a little bit more slowly,” Hughes said.
Wilander told Barbados TODAY he decided to enter opera due to his passion for music.
“I always had a passion and love for music and for performing. To take persons into a better place and share a story with them… I love doing it [singing opera] and I feel a blessing every time and a gratitude for being able to share the voice and share the gift with people,” he said, while noting that it is his first time in Barbados.
“It is beautiful here and the people are so friendly at this resort [Cobblers Cove]. All the staff are so down to earth and pleasant. I did a little scuba diving and that was cool,” he said. (LG)