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Leeds Lieder Festival | The Songmakers’ Almanac

18th April 2020 - 18th April 2020

_‘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

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Saturday 18th April 2020 - 07:30pm