Turkish mezzo-soprano Lori Şen is going to act as Princess Diana at an American musical. The musical tells the story of the beloved Princess of Wales, Princess Diana. To prepare for her role, Lori Şen is mastering Princess Diana’s gestures, facial expressions and her style of talking.
The Flourishing Turkish Mezzo-Soprano Lori Şen
Turkish mezzo-soprano and music scholar Lori Şen is going to play as Princess Diana at an American musical. The name of this musical is “Queen of the People’s Hearts” and it tells the story of the beloved Princess of Wales.
So, the musical will debut at Hylton Performing Arts Center in the city of Manassas in Virginia in April. The writers of the new musical are Angela Knight and Randall Dewey. The story of the musical is about Princess Diana according to pieces of knowledge from her storybook. The play, moreover, contains her wedding to Prince Charles. Furthermore, her tragic death in the streets of Paris. As you all remember, she sadly lost her life in 1997 while she was trying to get rid of magazines.
Who is Lori Şen?
Lori was born into and raised in a scientific household in Izmir, Turkey, which led her onto her unique path towards a career in music that began with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. However, in addition to her career in physics studies at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, she also performed in numerous concerts and shows. Lori Şen was a member of “The Company” METU Musical Society and a student of the well-known Bulgarian jazz singer Yıldız Ibrahimova.
The mezzo-soprano can perform in 15 different languages. She regularly collaborates with musicians and composers across a variety of genres. What’s more, she has performed in Turkey, Europe and the United States.
Lori Şen’s Recent Performances
Lori’s more recent performances include solo recitals, jazz performances, Angelina/La Cenerentola with Opera NOVA. Furthermore, she was featured as the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem performance of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) in their 2017-18 season.
How Did She Get This Stunning Role?
Şen told the Turkish media that a mutual musician friend had suggested her to Angela Knight for the role of Princess Diana. “Angela Knight told me, ‘We have given all the roles, but are still looking for someone to play Lady Diana and are auditioning. I would like to listen to you. Can you learn this role in 10 days?’ I said, ‘Of course I can.’ I have learned all of the songs and lines. After my performance, they told me that they have given me the role and we signed the contract,” she said.
How Does She Prepare Herself for The Role of Princess Diana?
The Turkish mezzo-soprano Lori Şen said that rehearsals for the musical would start in March. So, they will hit the stage in April. To prepare for her role, Şen is watching the interviews that the media has conducted with Princess Diana. Thanks to these interviews, she is mastering the beloved Princess of Wales’ gestures, facial expressions and her style of talking.
She pointed out that, “When I am performing the songs, it does not much make a difference. But I have to pronounce the acting lines with a British accent, so I am practising for that. This is an interesting experience. It is thrilling to play a princess who is worldwide known,”.
Where is Lori Şen From?
Lori Şen is originally from Turkey’s Aegean province of İzmir. She said that it was thanks to her hometown’s “cultural diversity”. Thus, she was able to easily adapt to the new culture in the United States.
“İzmir is one of the cities that represents Turkey’s cultural diversity and richness the best. It has also a pretty high number of people who are intellectual and open-minded. And this has contributed a lot to me in terms of expressing myself. And moreover, this let me adapt to the United States,” she said.
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