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Charlie Hebdo cartoonist
"Luz," who designed the front
page of the magazine that
appeared after the Paris
attacks, has said he will no
longer draw the Prophet
Renald Luzier has told French
magazine Inrocks that drawing
Muhammad "no longer inter-
Twelve people were mur-
dered when two Islamist gun-
men burst into the Charlie
Hebdo offices on January 7.
The attack prompted a wave
of sympathy under the banner
"Je suis Charlie."
Within days of the attack,
the satirical magazine s surviv-
ing staff produced a defiant edi-
tion with the headline "All is
forgiven" above Luz s cartoon
showing the Prophet weeping,
while holding a sign saying "I
Pictorial depictions of
Muhammad are considered for-
bidden by most Muslims. Fol-
lowing the January attack, the
magazine s normal print run of
60,000 eventually climbed to
Charlie Hebdo artist ends Muhammad cartoons
L ocal coloratura soprano
opera singer Natalia Dop-
well has been invited to per-
form in Poland and the United King-
Dopwell received an invitation from
the Artistic Director of the ReFermata
Festival to debut as a guest of the
ReFermata society and the Chopin
Society in Gdansk, Poland. Dopwell
will be the featured vocalist at two
concerts, one which took place yes-
terday in Ratusz Staromiejski for the
Chopin Society and another on May
3 at the annual ReFormata Festival at
St Florian Church in Kolbudy, Gdansk.
This is a performance that has its
roots in connections that Dopwell made
in Peru over two years ago.
"In 2012 I represented Trinidad at
an operatic vocal competition in Peru
and placed second overall," she said.
"At that competition I befriended many
musicians, one of whom was the Polish
pianist Dominika Glapiak. When she
was touring the area a year later we
performed a recital together here at
the Central Bank. Now she has invited
me to sing a recital with her in Gdansk,
Poland as well as with the orchestra
of the ReFermata Foundation of which
she is Creative Director."
Dopwell started formal vocal training
with June Nathaniel at age 15. A few
months later, she entered the National
music festival in the open Operatic aria
category and placed third.
"The rest is history, I was hooked!"
Over the years, Dopwell gained stage
performance experience singing with
the Love Movement and then later the
Marionettes and Enrique Ali s Diamond
Chorale. Her next stop was New York
where she pursued an undergraduate
degree in classical voice at the Man-
hattan School of Music.
"I got that opportunity thanks to
the assistance by the Prime Minister s
Sport and Culture Fund," she said.
"After I graduated, I became Creative
Director of the Classical Music Devel-
opment Foundation and we launched
the Young Artist Collective to produce
full length and staged operas on the
Dopwell is indeed embracing her
Caribbean culture and personifying it
on a world stage.
According to Dopwell, the Classical
Music Development Foundation of T&T
stepped up and commissioned
LeGendre to write ten Songs of the
Islands. Dopwell s set list for Poland
features the first two of LeGendre s
songs, both of which are based on set-
tings from poems by Derek Walcott.
The end of Dopwell s tour will be in
the United Kingdom where she will be
performing a recital. Trinidadian
Jacqueline Sealy who works with the
BBC Performing Arts, which is hosting
the recital, contacted her to perform.
Dopwell is not just a performer but
also a producer, a role that she manages
by trusting in the work she has done
to prepare beforehand, a strategy
inspired by the experience of her vocal
"Over the years I ve been producer
at many of the performances that I ve
appeared in, which means constantly
managing many small details as well
as the random catastrophic event that
is par for the course with live perform-
ance," she said. "What helps to get me
centered is the ritual of applying my
makeup backstage and I am calm once
I know that I ve done the necessary
work beforehand so that I m not nerv-
ous about the music I m about to per-
form, and trusting my instrument so
I m not maniacally vocalizing out of
Added to that I m now a mother to
a rambunctious two-year-old who has
his own demands!"
When Dopwell returns she will be
focused on an upcoming two-week
Opera Festival at the Queen s Hall.
"The CMDFTT is set to put on this
festival at the end of June," she said.
"I will sing the role of Fiordiligi in a
production of Mozart s Cosi fan tutte."
Dopwell also teaches the Providence
Girls school choir and sings at events.
She maintains that meaningful work
which is the key to her happiness.
London with opera
to enchant Poland,
Natalia Dopwell wants to
sing more original music that
represents T&T's culture.
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