Friday 24 July 2020

Antipodeans in London: four alumni of Covent Garden's Jette Parker programme in recital from Australia House

Samuel Sakker, Lauren Fagan, Filipe Manu, Kiandra Howarth, Sergei Rybin
Four alumni of Covent Garden's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme are coming together for a recital from Australia House in London, to be broadcast on the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall website on 4 August 2020, with the support of the Tait Memorial Trust. Sopranos Kiandra Howarth and Lauren Fagan, tenors Samuel Sakker and Filipe Manu (three Australians and a New Zealander of Tongan descent) will be accompanied by pianist Sergei Rybin in a programme of songs by Debussy, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Bellini, Poulenc and Respighi.

Kiandra Howarth won the second Grange Festival International Singing competition in 2019 [see my article], and you can also catch her in Respighi with Sergei Rybin recorded in the Crush Room at Covent Garden [Facebook]. Tenor, Samuel Sakker took second prize in the inaugural Grange Festival competition in 2017 [see my article] and he was Federico in Opera Holland Park's 2019 production of Cilea's L'Arlesiana [see my review]. Lauren Fagan was a great hit in the title role of Verdi's La traviata at Opera Holland Park in 2018 [see my review], and we saw Filipe Manu as Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola at West Green Opera last year [see my review]. Sergei Rybin's work as a pianist includes a lovely disc of Rimsky Korsakov's neglected Romances with Anush Hovhannisyan and Yuri Yurchuk [see my review].

Their recital is being broadcast on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall on 4 August 2020 at 8.30pm AEST (which I think is 11.30am UK time), further details from the website.

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