CULTURE

The girl is classically pop

A frequent visitor to Greece, the classical crossover act Emma Shapplin is back in the country for a series of shows that commenced in Ancient Olympia last Saturday and continue with two performances at the capital’s open-air Lycabettus Theater tonight and tomorrow with a final date scheduled on Thursday in Thessaloniki at the Gis Theater. Shapplin, who enjoys a strong following in Greece, is currently touring backed by a recently released album, «Etterna,» an effort loaded with rich melodies, which has already produced one hit single, «La Notte Ettrerna.» Most of the album’s material was written by Shapplin. During her formative years, the French singer had not shown any signs of a prospective career in music. But that changed at the age of 11, when Shapplin heard «Queen of the Night» from Mozart’s «Magic Flute.» This early opera experience, Shapplin recalled later in her life, prompted her to become a singer. The youngster considered various styles while maturing, including heavy metal, before she settled for a classical repertoire, which she has combined with pop accessibility to connect with a wider fan base.