Alenka hits Japan

by Richard West-Soley 46 views

Slovenian pride Alenka Gotar is limbering up for the Eurovision Song Contest well beyond the confines of Europe, with a major tour of Japan with the Maribor Opera and Ballet.

The tour will take Alenka and the company to Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo, and together they will cover such greats as Mendelssohn, Sarasat, Mascagni, Mozart, Verdi, Gounod, Lehar, Rossini and Bellini. The tour will conclude in Tokyo with performances of Lakme on 23rd and 25th of April, in which Alenka sings in the role of Rose.

Alenka, fresh from recent TV appearances in Croatia and FYR Macedonia, will be riding high following recent news that she topped official OGAE fan polls in both Spain and Portugal, and is in second place behind Belarus in an early pan-OGAE round-up. On May 10th, she will be hoping to become the first Slovenian artist to successfully pass through the Eurovision semifinal to the grand event on Saturday. In the meantime, she continues her duty along more classical lines before her return in time for rehearsals in Helsinki.

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Richard West-Soley

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site