Opera

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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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The Cunning Little Vixen.

A review by Julia Gasper Welsh National Opera at New Theatre Oxford 21st November 2019. Janacek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, written nearly a century ago, combines singing with ballet and has a half-serious half-comical […]

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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.

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 […]

Onegin rehersals by Oxford  Opera Society

EUGENE ONEGIN

What a phenomenon! Its emotions, unrequited friendship, love, jealousy- that we meet in our life and when we are watching this opera, we can find the part of ourselves.