For those of you who know my musical tastes and obsessions, you may have come to realise I am somewhat hard to please when it comes to live performances.
I have, however, over the past few years been watching a certain soprano very closely, waiting for her true talent to be unleashed after her years of careful nurturing and planning, and developed a wonderful friendship in the process.
That soprano is New Zealand born Aivale Cole.
Possessed of a rich lyric soprano voice with a wide, even range, she has relocated to London with her young family and is living her dream. Her website is now live and I encourage you to go check it out. You can hear Aivale in audio excerpts and share in her inspiring journey.
And if you happen to be in London on Saturday, 12th May, go see her in performance in "A Night of Song & Opera" at St Gabriel's Church, Plimlico, together with Australian mezzo Miriam Sharrad, accompanied by Catherine Norton.
Do yourself a favour and go see her while you can still afford her tickets.
Having seen her as both Aida and Cio-Cio San, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.