Joyce DiDinato has launched a new blog for opera loving high-school students who, according to the soprano, are in need of a bit of support. OperaRocks will enable opera-loving often isolated high school students to connect with each other, giving them a chance to share their operatic loves and experiences with other students as well as with DiDonato.
My brief trip to Bulgaria to witness Eurovision’s sibling Junior Eurovision has been a rather pleasant one.
Don’t expect to flag down a taxi yourself (always rely on whatever establishment you find yourself in to do that for you – it’s safer that way). Don’t expect to spend any more than £1.50 on any taxi journey (yes, really). Be sure to drink either a Bulgarian Malbec or local Bulgarian beer. Sofia is the place to come if you’re on a budget. Just don’t hang around outside the hotel after 11pm on a Friday night. When I did, a fresh-faced young man came up to me and asked me in broken English, “Are you looking for something special?” I replied, “No, not particularly.”
Anybody who is surprised to learn this morning that Australia will return to the Eurovision Song Contest next year wants their head examining. The messaging might have been softly-softly ‘we’ll see how this goes’ last year, but the sub-text was quite clear.
Later this week I’m off to Bulgaria to see the Junior Eurovision for the first time. I’ll be writing for ESC Insight and in anticipation have penned a post for them highlighting what I’m expecting. Those of us who love blogging find it difficult to resist a before and after.