INDIA’S most celebrated tenor is set to grace the stage at Uttoxeter Town Hall during the Last Night of the Proms event.
The show takes place on Saturday, April 19, in aid of the Mayor’s chosen charities.
And Uttoxeter Town Council has secured the services of Anando Mukerjee to perform three solos.
Anando has had a distinguished career already, despite only being in his 30s.
He has taken the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme with the Belgrade National Opera, the Opera Commedia and Acolian Court Opera.
He has also performed the role of Il Duca in Rigoletto with the Scottish Opera and many other leading roles both in the UK and abroad.
While studying molecular biology at Cambridge, Anando was trained by some of the top voice coaches in the country.
And, since then, he has become affectionately known as the ‘Pavarotti of India’.
A town hall spokesman said: “he is in great demand and we are extremely fortunate in being able to obtain his services for this event for little more than expenses.
“He has agreed to forgo most of his fee for the Mayor’s charities.
“Together with the Uttoxeter Town Band and our local Soprano, Linda Hammond, makes this an event not to be missed.
“Tickets are on sale now at the town hall. Adults get in for £9 and children for £7.”
Raised in Dehli, Anando said he knew from an early age that he was destined for a career in opera.
He was inspired be pieces by Mario Lanza and Al Martino and joined a the Capital City Minstrels choir in 1994, singing spiritual music.
He said: ““Until I was 20, I was mostly interested in jazz and popular music,” says Mukerjee, who is in his early 30s. “Opera was just a side thing.”
Aged 15, Anando decided to take part in Alliance Francaise’s French Nightingale competition and had to sing a French song to compete.
His then-piano teacher convinced him to go for Flower Song from the opera Carmen.
He said: “She knew I had an operatic voice, but when I said I had never heard the song, she gave me a recording of a tape by Nickolai Gedda.
“Years later, when I trained with him, I got a chance to study the Flower Song. It was wonderful.
“Traditional music of the 1930s, 40s and 50s doesn’t have a market today.
“But opera, being a classical art form, will always find support, particularly from the government. It’s one of the pillars of the Western society.”
Elsewhere, this week, popular music fans can visit the Dog and Partridge, in Marchington, where The Star Botherers are performing on Sunday from 5.30pm.
They will entertain the audience with acoustic tunes and irreverent comedy.