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The Jewelled Air
The last time I was in Singapore, it was a long time ago. Back when the children still enjoyed playing in the sand and splashing in the pool, we had a short stay at Sentosa, a holiday resort island which
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Taiwan’s Rachmaninov
I took my mother to Taipei for a short holiday and as usual, was on the lookout for classical music events. When I read online about a major event dedicated to Tyzen Hsiao, praised by the local media as “Taiwan’s
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Anna, Anna, Sacrée Nana! and Paris
Anna, Anna, Sacrée Nana! Anna Nebretko is known to be a star in the opera world. But nowadays, record companies have become so proficient in marketing and “creating” artists, so to speak, with digitally enhanced images, glamorous makeup and wardrobe,
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The 12th Beijing Music Festival
I debated whether I should go to the Beijing Music Festival or not, as I had just returned from over four weeks of traveling in Europe, which included the Queen Elisabeth Musical Voyage, and was looking forward to some peaceful
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Queen Elisabeth Musical Voyage and Venice
Queen Elisabeth Musical Voyage There’s an old saying that declares cruises are either for newlyweds or the nearly dead – I am of neither category, but yet I have always loved cruises. It isn’t a passion for the sea or
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Madam Butterfly in London
Madam Butterfly My mother dragged me to the Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House) for a performance of Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” when I was in my early teens. It was supposed to be a treat, and my initiation to Opera. I
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