An Opera Night

Thailand Tatler - Tuesday, January 25, 2005

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Never let it be said that Bangkokians don't appreciate good music. The Thailand Cultural Centre was filled to capacity for a concert by opera diva Jessye Norman, given to celebrate HM the Queen's sixth cycle birthday. Organised by the Thai Toshiba Group of Companies, this was part of the first series of activities from the International Peace Fondation's Bridges - Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace programme. The series has brought Nobel laureates, artists and other speakers to Bangkok and has enjoyed a rapturous reception. Co-organisers this evening were the Bangkok Opera and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. The evening started with the arrival of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana just before HM the Queen. In the reception line to greet the members of royalty were top executives of the Thoshiba Group including Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. In addition to other members of the Suriyasat family including Thanan and Kanit Muangkrachang and Kalayarat, Lisa and Kanok Suriyasat, also attending were Somtow Sucharitkul, Atchara Tejapaibul and Uwe Morawetz.