Established in 1954, a small venue called The Troubadour can be found down Old Brompton Road in West London. Despite its size, it has unassumingly welcomed household names such as Elton John, Bob Dylan and Robert Plant. The Troubadour is also historically linked to being a big part of the British folk revival in the 1950s & 60s, but fastforwarding to present day, this week the versatile venue accomodated pop opera and classical crossover phenomenon Jonathan Cilia Faro.
“Such a pleasure to be back in London after many years. My hope is to reach people of all ages with my music and my positive message. Opera is simply a story told to music and music is a universal language that has the power to bring us all together”.Jonathan reflecting on his performance at The Troubadour on Tuesday night
The busy space was alive and filled with conversation on Tuesday night, that was until Jonathan took the stage. It was clear from the outset of the performance that Jonathan was honoured to be playing at such a renowned venue, citing Jimi Hendrix as one of the stars who had played on this stage before him. Jonathan provided a diverse set, mixing in original songs with opera classics in both Italian and English.
The performance featured songs from Jonathan’s new album ‘From Now On’, with excellent reception from songs such as ‘Giaramondo‘ and ‘I Love How You Love Me‘. It would be great to see Jonathan return to London and perform with a full band or orchestra to make the performance that bit more immersive.