Doha Community Orchestra’s ‘Mozart Arias’ concert hailed wonderful by Austrian Ambassador Willy Kempel

In a stunning event held in Katara’s prestigious Opera House, Doha Community Orchestra joined forces with world renowned soloists Karolina Plickova and Ludovik Kendi from Salzburg’s Mozarteum for a joint venture arranged by the Austrian Embassy and the Saracen Community Initiative.

Austria’s most beloved and prolific composer was showcased in a two-hour concert. The evening captured the playfulness of Mozart’s music, along with the serious, emotional depth of his slower arias in a selection of extracts from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute).

Members of the Orchestra were absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to perform with visiting singers of such high calibre and rapport was built up at the first rehearsal with the singers who brought each aria to life for the group, some of whom are school children and have never heard an opera before.

Brita Fray, conductor of the DCO, worked with the orchestra in special sectional rehearsals, doubling the usual rehearsal time so the orchestra were really given the opportunity to shine. The soloists said that it was such a pleasure to be able to make music together here in this beautiful city’.

The Ambassador further remarked that the orchestra ‘out-played themselves’ and is looking forward to future collaborations.

The Doha Community Orchestra is a full–sized symphony orchestra based in Doha since 2005, comprising of community members living, working or studying in Doha. The purpose of the DCO is to provide musicians of all ages the opportunity to perform in a full symphony orchestra. The DCO is proudly sponsored by the Saracen Community Initiative. The Saracen Community Initiative is a non-profit community engagement arm of the Saracen group of companies.