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Emma Shapplin in Cyprus for two concerts
2005-06-07 15:30:45

Jun 9 - Emma Shapplin is a huge name all over the world due to her ability to combine the rapture and emotional drama of opera with the sensual allure and immediacy of pop music.

Cyprus now has the opportunity to watch and listen to the beautiful singer at two concerts, taking place tomorrow and on Sunday.

Cyprus Mail reported that although Shapplin was once considered to be under the classical music label, with her album Carmine Meo she confused critics, who found it hard to set a review for the songs, as they had never heard anything like it before. Her voice is soaring and crystalline, making any song terrific. Born in Paris in 1974, Shapplin was a very shy girl who hated being the centre of attention.

However, even though she had no childhood plans for any one particular career, since the age of 11 she knew that she wanted to sing. It wasn’t until she met a teacher, when aged 14, that she started to realise her goal.

“She was a little old lady, about 70, and in her day she had been a great singer. She surrounded herself with candles and cats and her piano and I loved the whole atmosphere,” Shapplin remembers.

“I touched these great scores for the first time and read the Italian words, which seemed to have a mystery and romance,” she continued, “singing was still like playing with a toy to me and she found my voice and slowly brought it out.”

A meeting with French composer and pop star Jean Patrick Capdvielle was her ticket to her long-awaited career. Her first album Carmine Meo knocked the likes of Celine Dion and Madonna off their high horses and Shapplin was well on her way with 100,000 copies sold in the first three months. And although Capdvielle wrote her first album, for her second album Shapplin was determined to come up with her own material. Etterna is an album blessed with a rare and intimately perfumed beauty that looks destined to exceed even the success of Carmine Meo.

Although writing music was a huge step for Shapplin, what was an even bigger one was her decision to write and sing in Italian, a language that she chooses not to speak. What is more is that Emma doesn’t use the language spoken today, she uses the ancient and poetic 14-century Italian dialect writers such as Dante and Boccaccio used.

“I wanted something that would have a timeless, dream-like quality,” she explained, “and to sing in a day-to-day language would have broken the spell. I wanted the record to remain like a dream.”

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