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

14 October 2019, 19:30 - 21:20



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Holywell Music Room

Holywell St

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


German soprano Katharine Ruckgaber is a graduate of Munich’s University of Art and Drama as well as the Frankfurt Opera Studio. Her time at Oper Frankfurt saw many stage appearances including Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Frasquita in Barrie Kosky’s highly praised production of Carmen, and the Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried. Katharina 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 ... Read Full Biography
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Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches


British bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the King’s College Choir. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. He is a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme. After making his Royal Opera main stage debut in concert with Roberto Alagna, further appearances at the house included Salieri in Rimsky Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, Michael in the world premiere ... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. In addition to a busy performance schedule and a fast-growing discography, he is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s most renowned song festival, which recently won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In recent years he has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Berliner Konzerthaus, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, the Opéra de Lille... Read Full Biography

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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....