The superb soprano, Hazel Neighbour, overpowered the room with her majestic vocal prowess and exquisite stage presence
British-Irish lyric soprano Hazel Neighbour is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music opera studio where she studied under the tutelage of renowned soprano Nuccia Focile. She has worked for companies such as Glyndebourne, Mid Wales Opera, Grimeborn Festival, and Musiktheatertage Wien. She is an alumna of British Youth Opera, Dartington International Festival, Franz-Schubert-Institut, and the Academy Song Circle.
The biggest mention goes to British-Irish soprano Hazel Neighbour, whose bitter portrayal of the tragic Ottavia is at some moments transcendent, pouring out the character’s pain into the air and letting it flow into the hearts of the spectators.
There is so much fine singing that once again I hesitate to pick out individuals but Hazel Neighbour as Ottavia fills her brief moments in the spotlight with glorious singing and righteous indignation
There are some outstanding voices among the rest of Ensemble OrQuesta, soprano Hazel Neighbour commands the stage with her Ottavia.