Thursday 23 February 2017

Another string to his bow, Damian Thantrey announced as Lichfield Festival guest artistic director

Damian Thantrey
Damian Thantrey
The Lichfield Festival is a diverse, multi-arts festival which runs in July, in and around Lichfield. The festival has announced that for 2018, baritone Damian Thantrey will be guest artistic director whilst artistic director Sonia Stevenson is on maternity leave. 

Thantrey (who features on the recent recording of Erik Chisholm's opera Simoon, see my review) is a local boy, having been born in Burton-on-Trent, and has produced several shows for Lichfield including Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in 2016 in which he sang the role of Guglielmo. He also runs his own festival in the Northamptonshire village of Hargrave. Those with long memories will remember Damian sang the title role in the premiere of my opera Garrett in 2001.

This year's Lichfield Festival runs from 7-15 July, and includes the Halle Orchestra, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the Sixteen and a celebration of the music of Richard Rogers, plus events celebrating the anniversaries of Jane Austen and of David Garrick (who was born in Lichfield).

Full details from the Lichfield Festival website.

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