Thursday 19 January 2023

Jennifer Johnston and Joseph Middleton launch Leeds Lieder's Spring recital season

Leeds Lieder Spring 2023

Leeds Lieder begins 2023 with a programme of four Spring recitals. The first sees mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and festival director Joseph Middleton celebrating song of the 20th and 21st centuries by British and American composers at the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall on Friday 10 February 2023 as part of the 2023 Contemporary Music Festival at the University of Leeds.

Johnston and Middleton's recital includes songs by Jonathan Dove and Benjamin Britten including Canticle I, Cheryl Frances Hoad's two Ophelia songs and Lady Macbeth, a scena by Joseph Horovitz who died last year. There are songs by Ned Rorem, who also died in 2022, and Samuel Barber, and the recital ends with Cheryl Frances-Hoad's One Life Stand, a song cycle setting words by Sophie Hannah that was written in response to Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben and which was premiered by Johnston and Middleton at Opera North in 2011.

The other Spring recitals feature soprano Miah Persson and Joseph Middleton in Grieg, Nystroem, Sibelius, and Strauss (15/2/2023), soprano Mary Bevan, tenor Nicky Spence and Joseph Middleton in Weill, Novello, Berg, Messager, Rorem, Lehar, Sullivan, Oscar Strauss, Satie, Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Brecht (4/3/2023) and baritone Roderick Williams and Joseph Middleton in Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin (20/4/2023).

The 2023 Leeds Lieder Festival will take place from Friday 9 to Saturday 17 June 2023.

Full details from the Leeds Lieder website.

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