BESPOKE OPERA WEEKENDS
october 2016 COTSWOLD HOUSE HOTEL Friday 7 to Sunday 9 The venue
The Regency ashlar-faced manor, Cotswold House, became a hotel in the late 1930s. Throughout its history, the house has been host to an array of eccentric characters including Mrs Wallace and her collection of Irish wolfhounds, who is said to haunt the manor (in a friendly sort of way). The house was once the home of the 1940s Hollywood actor Sir Charles Aubrey Smith, and in its days as a hotel, it has played host to Joan Hickson, (better known to millions of viewers as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple). Charlecote House, the adjoining property, was purchased as part of an expansion in the 1960s. Elizabethan in origin, the house was given an ashlar stone face in the 1740s, but its essential character remains. Extensive restoration and refurbishment has brought back the taste and elegance of the house in its 18th-century heyday. Today, Cotswold House Hotel combines award-winning comfort and worldclass cuisine with a luxurious spa in the picturesque heart of Chipping Camden.
ALEX HAIGH TENOR
Having read Music and Drama at Hull University, Alex completed his Masters in Vocal Performance at TrinityLaban with distinction, and then joined English National Opera’s OperaWorks. Since then, he has sung with several opera companies in the UK, most notably Grange Park Opera in Hampshire. He is a member of the a capella quintet Apollo5, who perform across the globe, reaching over 20,000 children a year through their music education programmes. Alex is a beneficiary of the Opera Prelude Singers Friends Fund, and is fortunate enough to have been awarded an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary for the year 2015-16. Away from singing, he is a patron of The Chilterns Centre, a charity providing respite care for severely disabled children. PHOEBE HAINES MEZZO SOPRANO
Phoebe Haines studied at Cambridge University and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is now a Fellow. She is also an Opera Works trainee at the English National Opera. In 2014, she became a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Concordia Foundation Artist, an Iford Arts Young Artist, and a Salzburg Festival Young Artist. Last summer, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Austria in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Phoebe is a great champion of modern music, appearing with the Centre for Contemporary Opera in New York and at the Tête à Tête festival in London.
Our concerts in the Montrose Suite will include the quintessentially English sounds of Gilbert and Sullivan favourites from the Savoy Opera. Our young singers will also be exploring the romance of the countryside, extolling the birds, bees, flowers and trees in song, as well as intensifying the mood with passionate duets for mezzo and tenor from the French and Italian opera repertoire. 24
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