"Rizzardo (Agnese's brother)... [was] well sung by Indian baritone Shakti Pherwani"- Opera Today [Beatrice Di Tenda, London, 2019]
Baritone Shakti Pherwani is an actor-singer-dancer, specializing in Musical Theater and Opera.
In August 2019 Shakti sang the role of Rizzardo (and also covered the role of Fillippo) in the London Bel Canto Festival's production of Bellini's Beatrice Di Tenda where he sang with the London City Philharmonic Orchestra. As a Young Artist at the festival, he also performed in the Young Artist Concerts and Masterclasses, where he was mentored by coaches such as Bruce Ford, Nelly Miricioiu and Kenneth Querns Langley. Shakti's performance was appreciated by critics in both the shows' reviews.
Shakti then went on to study and cover the title role in a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Lanciano, Italy in early September.
Shakti's previously performed Operatic roles include Count Robinson from Cimarosa's 'Il Matrimonio Segreto' performed in Scheggino and Lugnano, Italy. He also sang Le Fauteuil from Ravel's L’enfant et les sortileges, Vincent Jones/Mr. Olsen in Kurt Weill's Street Scene and Crébillon in Puccini's La Rondine in Varna, Bulgaria under the baton of the METropolitan Opera's Gregory Buchalter.
Shakti has been a recipient of various scholarships and his solo engagements in India have included singing the role of Ben (The Telephone, Menotti) - and a selection of opera scenes concerts. He was a finalist for the ‘Young Musician of the Year’ Competiiton held by the Olga&Jules Craen Music Foundation in 2016 and was selected from young artists around the world to be a Caux Artist at the Caux Palace, Switzerland in 2015.