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19. Magical Mysteries: Katharina Ruckgaber, Ashley Riches & Sholto Kynoch

14 October 2019, 19:30 - 21:20


Concert

Evening


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room


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Expect spells to be cast, to be bewitched by love, to be enchanted by nature and the night and to be surrounded by mischievous, magical figures. Katharina Ruckgaber and Ashley Riches explore the literal and symbolic appearances of magic in song, with music by Mozart, Schubert, Loewe and others. The Faust legend features again, not least in Schubert’s seminal ‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’.

NB: this programme may also feature real magic. People of a nervous disposition are nevertheless welcome.


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Katharina Ruckgaber

Katharina Ruckgaber

Soprano

German soprano Katharina Ruckgaber is a graduate of Munich´s University of Art and Drama as well as the Frankfurt Opera Studio. Her time in Oper Frankfurt saw many appearances on the stage including Susanna in Mozart`s Le Nozze di Figaro, Frasquita in the Barrie Kosky`s highly praised production of Carmen, and the Waldvogel in Wagner`s Siegfried. She sang Fennimore in Kurt Weil`s Silver Lake at the Konzerthaus Berlin under Iván Fischer and Serpetta (Mozart La Finta Giardiniera) with the Bamberg Symphony under Ainars Rubiki... Read Full Biography
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Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches

Baritone

British bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the King’s College Choir under Stephen Cleobury. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is rapidly emerging as one of today’s finest young singers. A former Jette Parker Young Artist, his roles for the Royal Opera House include Morales Carmen, Mandarin Turandot, Baron Douphol La Traviata and Officer Les Dialogues des Carmelites. For the English National Opera, Ashley has sung Escamillo Carmen, Co... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch

Pianist

Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in Lo... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

Tales of Beyond - Magic, Myths and Mortals

The 18th Oxford Lieder Festival will explore life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking. Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club, a ghost tour, a magic show and more all complement the myriad concerts, masterclasses and study events over a packed fortnight....

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