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Music, Sat 18 Apr 2020

Leeds Lieder Festival | The Songmakers’ Almanac

Leeds Lieder Festival | The Songmakers’ Almanac

Details

_‘IF FIORDILIGI AND DORABELLA HAD BEEN LIEDER SINGERS’_

SORAYA MAFI _soprano_
ANNA HUNTLEY _mezzo-soprano
_WILLIAM THOMAS _bass_
GRAHAM JOHNSON _piano_

PROLOGUE
Mozart _Overture to Così fan tutte (excerpt)_
Cole Porter _Where is the life that late I led_

SISTERS IN LOVE
Mozart ‘_Ah guarda, sorella’ from Così fan tutte
_Irving Berlin_ Sisters_
Brahms _Die Schwestern_

‘BELLA VITA MILITAR’
Wolf _Mir ward gesagt, du reisest in die Ferne_
_Ihr jungen Leute, die ihr zieht ins Feld_
_Sie blasen zum Abmarsch_
George W Meyer _If he can fight like he can love_
Hermann E Darewski _Sister Susie_

CONSTANCY
Brahms _Weg der Liebe I and II_
Kurt Weill _That’s him_
Gounod _Trust her not_
Wolf _Trau’ nicht der Liebe_

WEAKENING
Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Lowe _Where are all the simple joys of maidenhood?_
Wolf _Herz, verzage nicht geschwind_
Britten _Mother Comfort
Underneath the abject willow_

CAPITULATION AND ABANDON
Purcell _No, resistance is but vain_
_What can we poor females do?_
Saint-Saëns _El desdichado_
Fauré _Tarentelle_

RECONCILIATION
William Gray _We’re more to be pitied than censured_
Reginald Tabbush _How can a little girl be good?
_Wolf _Nun lass uns Frieden schliessen_
_Wir haben beide lange Zeit geschwiegen_
Mozart _‘Soave sia il vento’ from Così fan tutte_

The indefatigable Graham Johnson revolutionised the Lied recital with his Songmakers’ Almanac. A typically wide-ranging programme, tonight’s recital is based on the plot of _Così fan tutte_ (and containing numerous Mozartian echoes), Johnson has devised a programme of Lieder, English songs and duets where the interactions between the Neapolitan sisters, and the manipulative Don Alfonso, progress along Da Ponte’s lines: Sisters in love – ‘Bella vita militar’ – Constancy – Weakening – Capitulation and Abandon – Reconciliation.

> _‘…young Soraya Mafi lights up the stage and pricks up the ears’_
> HUGH CANNING, THE SUNDAY TIMES

> _‘Thomas has a ‘real’ bass voice: full of ringing right at the bottom; layers of colour that blend smoothly and thickly; sonorous roundness without heaviness’_
> OPERA TODAY ON WILLIAM THOMAS AT WIGMORE HALL

> _‘That peerless song accompanist’_
> THE DAILY TELEGRAPH ON GRAHAM JOHNSON

Cash PointCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Facilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 18 Apr 2020 19:30 to 00:00

Prices

Tickets: £25, £23 (conc), £5 (U26/students)

Address

Woodhouse Lane,
Leeds,
LS2 9JT

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 295347  Lat: 53.80775 Long: -1.55350

By Car:

Leeds University is found on the A660 road to Skipton and is clearly signposted from the A58 .

By Public Transport: The University is served by many buses including 1,95,96 and X84 which depart from Leeds bus station

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Leeds station

Facilities

  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality