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Leeds Lieder Festival | The View From the Villa

19th April 2020 - 19th April 2020

JENNIFER JOHNSTON _mezzo-soprano_ DEAN ROBINSON _bass-baritone_ VICTORIA NEWLYN _actress_ IAIN BURNSIDE _piano_ _to include_ WAGNER WESENDONCK-LIEDER In 1855 Wagner’s patron Otto Wesendonck and his wife Mathilde built a sumptuous villa overlooking Zürich. Two years later they bought the house next door, Asyl, and invited Wagner and his wife Minna to move in. The Wagners were at one another’s throats. Mathilde was young, beautiful and highly intelligent. What could possibly go wrong? Mathilde was a prolific writer of plays, poetry and prose. Music lovers are indebted to her for five poems that Wagner set, now known as the _Wesendonck- Lieder_, two of which are marked Sketches for_ Tristan and Isolde_. The comings and goings between house and villa culminated in a public scandal. This music theatre piece explores the spaces between those songs. All the music is by Wagner. It was specially created for the 2018 St Endellion Summer Festival.

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Sunday 19th April 2020 - 01:00pm