Friday 18 February 2022

Leeds Lieder 2022: Song Illuminated

Leeds Lieder 2022: Song Illuminated
The Leeds Lieder Festival 2022 runs from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May 2022; four days of song curated by artistic director Joseph Middleton under the title Song Illuminated, exploring how song illuminates our lives. With all of the concerts taking place at the Howard Assembly Room.

Dorothea Röschmann, soprano, opens the festival with Joseph Middleton in Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and music by Wolf and Wagner. Ian Bostridge, tenor, and Dame Imogen Cooper will be performing Schubert's later masterpiece, Schwanengesang, whilst Robin Tritschler, tenor, is joined by pianist Christopher Glynn for a recital that has moonlight illuminating all the songs. Louise Alder, soprano, joins Middleton to bring the festival to a close with a recital of songs ranging from Fauré to Rodgers and Hammerstein.

But there is much more to the festival than this. There are lunchtime recitals in partnership with Samling Institute, BBC New Generation Artists and Kathleen Ferrier Awards, with recitals from Jess Dandy, contralto and Martin Roscoe, piano, Helen Charlston, mezzo-soprano and Ilan Kurtser, piano, and Konstantin Krimmel, baritone and Joseph Middleton in Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin, plus a new work by Jonathan Dove, Man, Woman, Child, a duet cycle that is receiving its first performance outside London with Shakira Tsindos mezzo-soprano, Dominic Sedgwick baritone, and Ian Tindale piano. The Leeds Lieder 2022 Young Artists will be taking part in masterclasses and performing in a showcase concert.

Late evening recitals include The Revolution Smells of Jasmine, an homage to protest music in the Americas from female artists and composers with Wallis Giunta, mezzo-soprano, Sean Shibe, guitar, and Adam Walker, flute, with music ranging from Ariel Ramirez to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, plus Abel Meeropol's Strange Fruit. Ruby Hughes, soprano and Joseph Middleton in music by Errollyn Wallen and Mahler, plus Deborah Pritchard's new song cycle, The World.

The mental health initiative SongPath will be running a musical walking trail around St Aidan's RSPB Nature Reserve, and Jess Dandy's recital is designed to complement this event.

Full details from the Leeds Lieder website.

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