A Message from the Minister of Arts & Multiculturalism

Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism, Winston Peters, has expressed his admiration for the performances of the cast members in the opera Carmen by Bizet which was successfully staged by the Marionettes Chorale during two weekends in July, 2011.

“As an entertainer and a singer myself, I respect, recognise and celebrate the talent and skills that reside in so many of our citizens and which was so evident in the performances we were able to receive,” said Minister Peters. “I know what it is to rehearse for long hours and to give a performance of a life time.”

‘Spectacular performance’, ‘excellent performance’ and ‘a truly wonderful production’ were just a few of the reviews shared by patrons who attended the sold out shows which were held.

Among the performers signalled out for praise was Marlon De Bique, a Cultural Programme Coordinator in the Culture Division of the Ministry, who is a past Music Festival winner and a two-time Cacique Award recipient. Apart from his performances in Trinidad, Marlon has performed in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Poland.

Also commended were Candice Alcantara, Kashif Dennis and Natalia Dopwell, who portrayed the roles of Carmen, Dancaïro and Micaëla respectively.

Candice is a past winner of the Sunshine Award and the ffrench trophy for most Promising Performer in the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival. She has also performed leading roles in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Porgy and Bess, and has performed at numerous recitals and concerts.

Kashif, although fairly new to performing, compensates for lack of experience with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. He is currently a Visual Arts student at the University of the West Indies and hopes to fulfil both dreams of being a singer and an artist.

Natalia, who has been in many performances during career, has been recently accepted into the Royal Academy of Music to pursue a Master’s in vocal performance.

“I wish them all the best in their future endeavors and I have no doubt that we can continue to expect great things from them,” said Minister Peters.

For further information contact:
Rae Ann Harper-Walters
Head, Corporate Communications
Email: harper-waltersr@gov.tt
Mobile: 749-1295

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