BESPOKE OPERA WEEKENDS
september 2016 THE HALLMARK HOTEL BOURNEMOUTH CARLTON Friday 23 to Sunday 25 The venue
High on Bournemouth’s East Cliff, with stunning sea views, swimming pools and an award-winning restaurant, the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton is a south-coast landmark and a stylish weekend destination. The hotel has enjoyed a fascinating history. Built in the late 19th century as a private house called Brumstath, in 1934 it became the only privately owned 5-star hotel in Europe. A decade later, Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery stayed here to discuss operational tactics for the Normandy landings. Then, in the immediate aftermath of the war, the hotel was used to house GI brides: 213 wives and 224 children sailed in the Queen Mary to their new lives in America. Restored and refurbished after the war, the hotel soon built up a formidable international reputation, and was favourite of Queen Elizabeth II’s great aunts, Princess Helena Victoria and Princess Marie Louise.
NAZAN FIKRET SOPRANO
British-born Nazan is of mixed Irish and Turkish origins. She trained at the Guildhall, where she obtained first class honours with distinction in her masters. She was the winner of the 2012 English Song and Susan Longfield competitions, and this year won a prestigious Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists. She has a growing presence on the operatic stage, including regular work with Welsh National Opera. Her plans include appearances in Jonathan Dove’s Pinocchio at the Cambridge Philharmonic Society, as well as concerts all over the UK for Making Music. ALEX OTTERBURN BARITONE
Alex began singing while studying economics at Manchester University. Last year, he gained a distinction in his masters at the Royal Academy of Music. He made his international debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Handel’s Giulio Cesare. His work includes seasons with Grange Park Opera, Opera Ireland and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, as well as lecture recitals with Opera Prelude at the Cadogan Hall. Recent debuts include Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
A visit to Bournemouth is all about the seaside, and opera composers have always been fascinated by the sea, from Mozart’s Idomeneo to Bizet’s Pearl Fishers, from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance to Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. Our concerts in the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton’s Causerie Suite this weekend include a maritime theme and much more besides, with classic songs and arias from Handel and Mozart to Verdi and Tchaikovsky.
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