Accompanying singers: Smaragda Tsairi performs Après un rêve, by Fauré

Accompanying singers: Smaragda Tsairi performs Après un rêve, by Fauré

Smaragda Tsairi is a Greek singer and songwriter, based in Edinburgh, UK.

Her musical career began at an early age when, after winning a local radio competition, she joined local rock band, The Final Frontier. She received a diploma from the Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Greece). Her performance – in eight different languages! – was judged as excellent.

Smaragda has been a member of several well-known choirs, and was the lead vocalist in opera and operetta performances across Greece, singing Greek and international composers including M. Chatzidakis, T. Sakellaridis, in The Godson, and in Menotti’s opera the Old Maid and the Thief

In 2011, she moved to Edinburgh where she joined the Greek folk music band, Niavent, as the lead singer. Smaragda performs at major music events across Scotland, including the Fringe festival and fundraising charity events.

In Edinburgh Smaragda continues her studies in classical singing, musical theatre and guitar at the Morningside School of Music

She has been recording classical and modern repertoire, and writing songs of her own lyrics and music, in Greek, French and English. She recently discovered our piano accompanimentsand we are very pleased that she chose to show off her skills in this way.

Follow Smaragda’s music making:

Après un rêve

A mélodie composed by Gabriel Fauré

From Trois mélodies

Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image
Je rêvais le bonheur, ardent mirage,
Tes yeux étaient plus doux, ta voix pure et sonore,
Tu rayonnais comme un ciel éclairé par l’aurore;
Tu m’appelais et je quittais la terre
Pour m’enfuir avec toi vers la lumière,
Les cieux pour nous entr’ouvraient leurs nues,
Splendeurs inconnues, lueurs divines entrevues.
Hélas! hélas, triste réveil des songes,
Je t’appelle, ô nuit, rends-moi tes mensonges;
Reviens, reviens, radieuse,

reviens, ô nuit mystérieuse!

The text of the poem is an anonymous Italian poem adapted into French by Romain Bussine (1830–1899), poet, baritone, and voice teacher.

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