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26. Sibelius and Rachmaninov: Jacques Imbrailo & Alisdair Hogarth

16 October 2019, 13:05 - 13:55

Jacques Imbrailo, recent star of the Royal Opera's acclaimed production of Billy Budd, and Alisdair Hogarth make a much-anticipated return to the Festival in a wonderful programme of songs by Sibelius and Rachmaninoff, including the high drama of ‘Svarta Rosor’ (‘Black Roses’) and the haunting ‘V molchan’i nochi taynoy’ (‘In the silence of the secret night’). These songs feature on their recent recording on Linn Records.

"a distinguished recital debut"
BBC Music Magazine

"Imbrailo’s handsome timbre and focus bring ample rewards – as do the sensitivity, care and intelligence of both performers... a rewarding release."
Gramophone, August 2018

"Jacques Imbrailo has become the Billy Budd of choice, and he is in fine form, singing with a warmth and fullness of voice that embodies all this divine character’s strength and goodness”
The Financial Times, April 2019

“There’s one superb central performance: Jacques Imbrailo’s touchingly impulsive, properly athletic and nobly sung Billy.”
The Times, April 2019

“… we have the definitive Billy – he’s sung this part so often he virtually owns it”
The Independent, April 2019

Artist Portrait

Jacques Imbrailo

Jacques Imbrailo


A regular at many of the most prestigious opera houses throughout the world, baritone Jacques Imbrailo has collaborated with conductors, directors and orchestras of the highest calibre and is one of the most in demand artists of his generation. In the 2019/20 season, highlights for Imbrailo include his role debut as Marcello in Barrie Kosky’s production of La Boheme at the at the Komische Oper Berlin, Albert Werther at the The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, his house debut at The Bolshoi Theatre as Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, and a r... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Alisdair Hogarth

Alisdair Hogarth


With a prominent background in both solo and song-accompaniment, Alisdair Hogarth is a versatile pianist combining a robust technique with a fresh, contemporary approach. He made his concerto debut in 1996 as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Hogarth has studied with Philip Fowke and John Blakely. Hogarth has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Performances have included recitals at Wigmore Hall (including live evening recitals for BBC Radio 3) and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as rec... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

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