The chance to hear or view any of international vocal sensation Sumi Jo’s many award-winning recordings is always a thrill. The opportunity to see this soprano live complete with a stunning range of dresses and her seasoned acting skill intact is a pure entertainment delight.
Sumi Jo illustrated her tremendous range, singing in five languages throughout the concert, and presented arias from her coloratura repertoire alongside Korean classical songs, a Baroque vocal piece by Purcell and duets from operetta as well as a wonderfully characterised performance with baritone Jose Carbo of Gershwin’s ‘Bess, you is my woman now’.
YOUTH will probably be wasted on the young. No CGI, witless banter, jejune and juvenile jesting. Just a couple of old geezers, a composer and a film maker, reminiscing and grappling with the here and now, which includes a relationship breakup between their children – the composer’s daughter and the director’s son- the weight of memory and the responsibility of the present.
With YOUTH, Paolo Sorrentino has chosen to tell the story of a man of eighty who is trying to come to terms with the realisation that his time is rapidly running out. But the film is, above all, the story of the friendship between two old men who are trying to look together towards the future, at their relationship with their children and with those who are younger than they are, and deal with life from a different perspective. Continue reading YOUTH→
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