On the 7th and 8th July, Whichford House hosted two successful opera evenings to fundraise for our charity. Maggie Pettifer, an ovarian cancer patient and a Gynaecological Cancer Fund supporter, attended both evenings and writes here about the performances and how much she enjoyed them.
“The Diva Opera production of La bohème at Whichford House on 7 July was magical and moving, with all eyes focusing on the petit Portuguese soprano, Susana Gaspar. She portrayed the perfect Mimi – sparing of body movement yet everything in those beautiful eyes and hypnotic voice, which seemed to float like a layer of mist somewhere between the stage and the treetops. The weather was gorgeous and the event a sell-out.
Then on Saturday 8 July, Marta Fontanals-Simmons was the lead in Diva Opera’s La Cenerentola. After many twists and turns in the story (or, as it says in the programme, ‘confusion reigns’), she married her prince and even forgave her wicked, bullying sisters. We were so thrilled that Dr Susana Banerjee was able to attend the event and meet many of the guests.
Much effort went on behind the scenes to make both evenings such a success. All music-lovers who went are deeply grateful to Simon and Bridget Herrtage, who hosted the event at Whichford House and let several hundred people enjoy their beautiful house and garden. Wendy Westerman, the Cotswold Committee of the Gynaecological Cancer Fund (GCF), and others devoted time and skill to ensure everything went smoothly. All proceeds from the opera, and the dinner which followed, went to Gynaecological Cancer Fund.”
Photographs courtesy of James Kerr.