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Verdi’s RIGOLETTO

For me the evening’s discovery was Haegee Lee, who sang the part of Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda. This young soprano from South Korea studied at the Conservatoire National de Région Pierre Barbizet, Marseille, and then took part in the Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She is still studying, and to judge from her stunning performance last night she is a future Queen of the Operatic Stage and musical legend. She absolutely held the audience in the palm of her hand with her exquisite delivery of some of the greatest arias Verdi ever wrote. Her duets with her father were tender and beautifully acted. The rôle is of course, unbearably tragic and the dark cruelty of the ending has made some people fear to see this opera again, but we endure the tale to be rewarded with singing of such expression in a brilliant, thrilling voice.

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Whatever you’re dreaming of this Christmas,

I’m dreaming of a… Milk & More has it covered! Milk & More, the nation’s largest doorstep milk delivery service, is bringing the farm shop straight to your door this Christmas with its festive offerings. […]

‘voco’ Oxford Spires

‘voco’ Oxford Spires

This hotel, on a site that used to be a farm on the outskirts of Oxford, has recently been bought by Intercontinental and is being re-furbished. It has all the amenities you would expect from a spa resort hotel – a gymnasium, swimming pool with jacuzzi, a range of grooming and beauty treatments available, including massage, a restaurant, a bar-café with a pleasant lounge, a sunny terrace adorned with flowers and an attentive staff.

Jan Kiepura opera festival in Krynica, Poland

Jan Kiepura opera festival in Krynica, Poland

by Philip Hunt Brussels, 23/08/2019. One of the highlights of my recent first-time trip to Poland was attending the Jan Kiepura opera festival in Krynica-Zdroj, in the south of Poland. Krynica is better known as […]

Romeo and Juliet for Oxford Prospect

Romeo and Juliet at The Rose Theatre, Blenheim Palace.

It is amazing how the “pop-up theatre” itself has been constructed in a couple of weeks in front of the palace whose familiar outline is visible from the Elizabethan village. Indeed, if you want to make a day of it and visit both the palace and the theatre you can buy a joint ticket. Otherwise you can just opt to go to one of the four productions running this summer: Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Richard III.