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Netflix's Ted Sarandos has said he
is "thrilled" by the success of Beasts
of No Nation, saying it had been
viewed by more than three million US
The film, the streaming service's
first cinema-quality project, made
only US$50,699 in the 31 US cinemas
on which it was shown on release.
To date the film has earned gross
box office takings of US$83,861.
But Sarandos told Deadline the film
had overall had "a bigger audience
than any specialty film could ever
hope". Netflix released the film, to
which it bought the distribution rights
for US$12m, simultaneously on its
own platform and in a limited number
of cinemas in the US on October 16.
The film, directed by Carey
Fukanaga and starring Idris Elba,
focuses on child warfare in Africa.
It is understood it was given a
limited theatrical release to qualify it
for the upcoming awards season.
It is rare for Netflix to publicly
reveal viewing figures, which means
Sarandos' candour could be a sign of
the service's commitment to this new
Netflix boss: Beasts of No Nation seen by 3m in US
Coloratura and lyric soprano Karen H
realise her lifelong ambition to show he
the Royal Opera House in London, En
invited by the board of the Royal Oper
perform later in October or November
Holder, who teaches music at the Ch
Secondary, is a two-time finalist in the N
Holder said Shirley Holder, her mother
music teacher. "My mother taught me
church choruses like Jesus Wants Me For
as she herself is a singer. I tried to follow
line. Later on, everything became very m
as I grew older."
Cyril Holder, her father, a steelpan pio
musician who worked with Winston "Spree
and the Nightingales Steel Orchestra,
Karen her first set of instruments.
She said, "I began playing music by ear b
even reading a note. Daddy taught me lo
songs on the piano, which I learned v
quickly. I have three brothers who love
play the guitar and recorder. When we we
younger, my little brother and I loved to
sing opera, and just make fun of it."
Holder said she completed many dis-
tinctions in music from the UK and wen
on to be a church musician and pianist fo
The Caribbean School of Dance, Bentl
Potter s School of Dance, Normandie H
and Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Later on in her musical career, Holder
to become a part-time teacher while still co
to the church, until she entered teachin
When asked why she choose opera, H
child she liked singing along with reco
opera singers. "I didn t really like it at all
only loud noise. But then at the age of 13
listening to evening music stations with
ording music by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
d then eventually I grew to love the art
"My singing career really began in Opera
I began studying in Costaatt. I think it
hat some of the lecturers recognised that
d an operatic voice and not just a classical
an ordinary voice singing an opera song.
ready knew this was my style of voice.
ft was already there and developed---
h I can still sing other musical styles such
spel, contemporary, jazz, or musical theatre
ed be. In 2008 I became a first-time
list at the Music Festival and continued
enter in other categories."
"My training began in opera with God,
st of all, with Him giving me the gift that
have. Miss Holitza Seecharan-Lawrence
rst discovered my voice at age 19, and
was very excited indeed that she found a
Holder said she worked with the UTT
Choir under the direction of the late Dr
She said: "Dr Mickens techniques were
quite rewarding, enabling me, as I used
these skills, to achieve an advanced dis-
tinction in singing. Not only was I a first
soprano but I was able to perform in
musical productions. I pay much tribute
her and the UTT Choir and Arts Chorale
he training I have received and for per-
nces like the La Traviata in 2010. In 2009
training and singing in the Music Festival
s with the Lydian Singers Choir, which
the direction of Dr Pat Bishop; I had the
her and undergoing musical training."
onsored and had the privilege to further
Royal Opera House invites
Karen Holder to sing
Karen Holder can realise her dream
of singing at the Royal Opera House
in London but she will need some
financial help to get her there.
PHOTOS: SHASTRI BOODAN
Singing teacher gets
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