Pakistan’s first Opera singer Saira Peter shines out as the novel artiste. Opera singing which is alien to the region. According to the singer “opera is Sufi music in nature and conveys deep, spiritual concepts.” Peter added that she is proud to spread Sufi teachings across the West.
Saira Peter is being mentored by Paul Knight, who is a London-based pianist. During a press conference in Karachi, the novel artiste spoke about her aspirations and upcoming projects. Syed Waqar Hussain Shah, the custodian of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai’s shrine, was present at the event to grant Peter his blessings.
Paul Knight while talking to media stated: “Her voice has a unique mystical quality to it. The fact that she is well-versed in eastern as well as opera music is also quite rare. It makes her special.”
Syed Waqar Hussain Shah, the custodian of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai’s shrine also attended this press conference and encouraged the idea of singing Sufi saint Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai’s poetry in operatic style. “At shrines, there are no sects or any kind of divisions. Everyone is united,” he said. “About 300 years ago, Bhitai talked about a global village where all lovers shall be united. Opera music is spiritual and that’s why it is going to help spread his message across the world and realize his dream.”
On November 25, Saira Peter performed live and captivated the audience with pieces from Amadeus Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and others. Moreover, she performed few Urdu and English songs. At this occasion, many artistes Amir Saleem, actor Faisal Qazi, mother of legendary singer Nazia Hassan and Salma Waheed Murad wife of Waheed Murad celebrated actor.