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Literary Recitals

- Spring 2014

English Touring Opera presents a programme of recitals exploring the links between music and literature.

English Touring Opera’s soloist Caryl Hughes, accompanied by ETO’s assistant conductor Harry Ogg, brings to life the works of American poet Emily Dickinson in this recital series touring alongside the spring 2014 main stage productions.

Famous for his unique blend of jazz harmonies and folk tunes, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Copland (Of Mice and Men, Appalachian Spring) interprets Dickinson’s words in his song cycle Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (touring to Cheltenham, Warwick and Exeter).

These songs for voice and piano (sung by soprano Caryl Hughes) echo the poet’s concise yet lyric language and include some of her most famous poems, such as ‘Heart, We Will Forget Him!’ and ‘The Chariot’.

Showing At

  1. St Andrew's Church, Cheltenham
    2nd Apr 2014 - 12:00 pm
  2. Warwick Arts Centre
    8th May 2014 - 1:00 pm
  3. The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
    17th May 2014 - 2:00 pm
  1. St Andrew's Church, Cheltenham — 2nd Apr 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP

  2. Warwick Arts Centre — 8th May 2014 - 1:00 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  3. The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter — 17th May 2014 - 2:00 pm

    162-163 Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AT

Cast

Caryl Hughes

Caryl Hughes

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Papagena will be sung by Ms Caryl Hughes for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3 and 4 April), Leicester (7 April), Sheffield (11 April), York (15 April), Canterbury (22 April), Coventry (9 and 10 May), Exeter (14 and 15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29-30 May).

Caryl was born in Wales and studied at the RAM. She was awarded the Towyn Roberts scholarship at the 2005 National Eisteddfod and won the Stuart Burrows competition in 2009. Engagements have included Cenerentola La Cenerentola (Iford Opera), Yniold Pelleas et Melisande (Independent Opera), Flora The Enchanted Pig (The Opera Group), Varvara Katya Kabanova, Cenerentola La Cenerentola (both Scottish Opera), Teti Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo and Orlovsky Die Fledermaus (WNO). She has recorded Britten’s Cabaret Songs with Malcolm Martineau. Concert highlights include a UK tour with Bryn Terfel (Raymond Gubbay).

Clarissa Meek

Clarissa Meek

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Second Lady will be sung by Ms Clarissa Meek for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Clarissa studied at GSMD. Opera: 2nd Lady Magic Flute; 2nd Esquire, Heavenly Voice Parsifal (ROH) Katerina Shratt Mayerling (Royal Ballet, ROH), Virtu/Pallade Coronation of Poppea (Netherlands Opera), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Les Noces, 2nd Maid Elektra (ON); Iolanthe (title role), Annie Fisher Friend of the People (SO); Madam Larina Onegin (Glyndeboume); Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw (Grange Park); Dog-Fox Cunning Little Vixen, Frugola Il Tabarro, Zita Gianni Schicchi, Mrs Herring Albert Herring (ETO). Concert: Les Nuits d’Ete Flanders Symphony Orchestra, touring Belgium; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Bamberger Symphoniker under Walter Weller; Elijah RSNO. Recording: Feodor Boris Godunov Brighton Festival.

Johnny Herford

Johnny Herford

Johnny Herford won the Song Prize at the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Born in London, he grew up in Oxfordshire and sang as a treble in New College Choir. He studied at Cambridge University and RAM, under Mark Wildman. He is a Samling scholar and Britten-Pears Young Artist, and currently studies with Russell Smythe.
He has sung principal roles in operas by Judith Weir, Jonathan Dove, Kim Ashton and Danyal Dhondy, and in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen. Other operatic performances have included The Magic Flute (Papageno), Albert Herring (Sid), and The Merry Widow (Danilo).
He is grateful to the Sickle Foundation for their generous support.

Harry Ogg

Harry Ogg

Harry Ogg is a conductor, repetiteur and pianist based in London. He is founder and Artistic Director of Sinfonia d’Amici, whose projects include sell-out performances at LSO St Luke’s including Hansel and Gretel in concert. Having graduated from Clare College Cambridge in 2012, Harry won the CUMS Conducting Competition in his first and second years, and went on assist Sir Richard Armstrong, Libor Pesek and Sir Mark Elder. In September 2013, he conducted with the Halle Orchestra, recording unknown works by Britten for NMC in collaboration with Colin Matthews. Harry has also worked as a Cover Conductor for the Royal Ballet.

Showing At

  1. St Andrew's Church, Cheltenham
    2nd Apr 2014 - 12:00 pm
  2. Warwick Arts Centre
    8th May 2014 - 1:00 pm
  3. The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
    17th May 2014 - 2:00 pm

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