Magazine article The Spectator

Competition Winner

Magazine article The Spectator

Competition Winner

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We are pleased to announce the winner of the Van Gogh competition, as featured in our 13 February issue. Congratulations to Angela Saunderson on winning a pair of tickets to see the exhibition The Real Van Gogh at the Royal Academy of Arts.

cut-outs. The young, happy pair of lovers receive the kind of music you would expect, but the other characters are perfunctorily drawn, though Janacek professed a belief in a divine spark in everyone.

The male singers are all strong, with Stuart Skelton a ringing Boris, though he does little but look hangdog. Clive Bayley sounds as appropriately disgusting as he looks; while Alfie Boe as carefree Kudrjas sings as he should have sung last year as Rodolfo. The women are less strong. Susan Bickley is a singer of force and character, but she doesn't show that as Kabanicha;

she seems, understandably, to fight the role, with a colourless draw as the result. …

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