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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

London Royal Philharmonic Joins Silversea Cruises

PHOTO: Vocalists entertain on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit. (photo by Jason Leppert)

The luxurious Silversea Cruises fleet will soon have a new production show with which to serenade its guests.

“Grande Amore” will be introduced on all five ships, with an exclusive score recorded by none other than London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“This new signature show is an inspired and passionate tribute to our company’s Italian heritage, and we are honored to once again have the collaboration of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to ensure an experience that will be emotionally uplifting and memorable for our guests,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s CEO, in a press release.

Rather than boasting the most lavish productions, Silversea generally relies on smaller casts that outshine other cruise lines in sheer vocal talent. By focusing on the quality of the music first and foremost, even reduced scale performances manage to leave a lasting impression.

Since 2014, the line’s “Musica Maestro” has wowed attendees with recorded music directed by acclaimed composer, orchestrator and arranger Richard Balcombe. He is once again the maestro for the new show’s operatic, classical and popular numbers—all celebrating love and beauty.

While the backing tracks will be recorded by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, vocals will be performed live by the Voices of Silversea ensemble. Many of the vocalists come onboard the likes of the Silver Whisper—where the show will debut—and the latest Silver Muse from European opera houses, London’s West End and Broadway.

Dressing the company will be contemporary costumes, and a Roman neoclassical set will be activated with visual effects.

“Grande Amore” is under development by London-based Luna Rossa Productions. It will first be introduced on the Silver Whisper on its November 2, 2017 “Caribbean and Central America” itinerary leaving from New York to Barbados. The show will be unveiled on the rest of the fleet in the months to follow.

Whenever a live band is not practically possible on intimately-sized smaller ships such as in the Silversea fleet, an orchestra recording is the next best thing.

In fact, it often trumps the sound of only a handful of live instruments and certainly beats the canned synthesized alternatives found on other lines. While it’s never quite as disparate as, say, a grand Hollywood film score versus an old-school MIDI computer recording, the analogy comes somewhat close.

Suffice it to say the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra tracks will surely win every time.

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This post first appeared on TravelPulse.



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