My Time
Gershwin & Bernstein


My Time Gershwin & Bernstein

July 27, 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola, Lerici


Melinda Hughes, soprano
Rodney Earl Clarke, baritone
LMF Quartet


Melinda Hughes, soprano Cum Laude degree from the Maastricht Conservatory of Music and master’s degree from the Royal College of Music, Melinda Hughes completes her singing studies at the Brussels Opera Studio. She toured with the André Rieu Strauss Orchestra for three years, after-which she pursued her operatic career, which has taken her to more than forty countries. She has sung many lead roles including Madama Butterfly, Aida, Fiordiligi La Contessa, Violetta, Tosca, Mimi, Nedda, Gilda & Pamina. Melinda is a specialist in Weimar Cabaret having released two CDs ‘Smoke & Noise’ and Weimar & Back under the Nimbus Alliance Label. She received critical acclaim at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe for Margo, half woman half beast, a dramatic musical co-written with Jeremy Limb (directed by Sarah Sigal) about the Weimar Berlin cabaret singer Margo Lion. Melinda and Jeremy are best known for their satirical songs and comedy, which have led them to perform regularly on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio London. They have performed at festivals such as Hay on Wye, The Al Bustan Festival Lebanon, Holders Festival Barbados, The Cotton House, Mustique and are regulars at London’s foremost cabaret venue, The Crazy Coqs in Zedel, Piccadilly. Aside from her writing and performing, Melinda curates the winter season of concerts at The Chelsea Arts Club, she is the Artistic Director of a festival in Barbados, encouraging collaboration between local and international musicians and she is currently writing an opera comedy radio series spearheaded by her new comic opera character Clemeniza Von Trunksale with Jeremy Limb and Kevin Day (producer of the BBC satirical show Have I got news for you).

Hailed by Gramophone as a “singer to be watched,” Rodney Earl Clarke is recognized for his versatility in performance. Born in South East London, Rodney enjoyed performing at an early age. Encouraged by his Jamaican parents and surrounded by three brothers and a sister, Rodney knew from early on that his singing voice was to be a huge part of his life. From his days as a choir boy at St. George’s Cathedral in Southwark to being a baritone at home with the music of 1930-1960 Broadway, Rodney has appeared in many shows including Carmen Jones at the Royal Festival Hall, London, Jude Kelly’s award winning production of Bernstein’s On the Town, Kenneth Branagh’s epic film version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Celebration Prom, The Broadway Sound BBC Prom with the John Wilson Orchestra, Jake in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Daddy Brubeck in Sweet Charity, Chief of Police KismetENO, Reverend Murdo Local Hero Chichester Festival and recently the Bishop of Digne in London’s West End production of Les Misérables. He also featured on the acclaimed Chandos recording of Oklahoma as Judd Fry with the Sinfonia of London under John Wilson.


The concert is scheduled to begin at 9:15 pm. The kind audience is advised to arrive early to proceed to take their seats.