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Blenheim Estate Unveils Historic New Land Strategy

“Almost a third of the UK’s land is managed by estates like ours and we have a huge social, environmental and economic responsibility to deliver a clear vision for its future role in our society,” said Blenheim’s Estates Director, Roy Cox.

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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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Carmen at New Theatre Oxford.

WNO’s new production of Bizet’s Carmen is a real winner. With outstanding soloists, superb orchestra led by the Czech conductor Tomáš Hanus and a bold, modern-day setting, it is enough to convince you that you have never seen Carmen before.

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Poetry Reading by Shanta Acharya

(Free admission — all welcome) Michaelmas Term 2019. Pembroke College. Mary Hyde Eccles Room. Wednesday, 30th October 2019: 6.00pm *Shanta Acharya* won a scholarship to Oxford and was among the first batchof women admitted to […]

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PLANT POWER: 10 PLANTS TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN THE OFFICE

WHILE THE health benefits of plant-based diets are well documented, new research uncovers the lesser-known uses of the nature around us. The UK’s leading online florist, SerenataFlowers.com, has identified 10 plants that are more than […]