43. The Fair Maid of the Mill: Roderick Williams, Marta Fontanals-Simmons & Christopher Glynn
19 October 2019, 19:30 - 21:25
Roderick Williams begins his residency at the Festival, which will include three concerts, a talk and a masterclass, performing Schubert’s great cycle Die schöne Müllerin in Jeremy Sams’s sparkling English translation. Before this, rising-star mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons gives the world premiere of The Tuning, a new cycle by the acclaimed Scottish composer Martin Suckling, setting the poetry of Michael Donaghy.
Watch Marta Fontanals-Simmons sing Cherubin's aria 'Voi che sapete' in Garsington Opera's acclaimed 2017 production of Le Nozze di Figaro:
BaritoneRoderick Williams is active in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the year award. Opera engagements have included for Royal Opera House Covent Garden Schaunard/La bohème and Ned Keene/Peter Grimes; for English National Opera Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Pollux in Rameau’s Castor and Pollux, and Jaufre Rudel in Saariaho’s L’amour de loin ,as well as world premie... Read Full Biography
PianistChristopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist, working with leading singers, instrumentalists and ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and recordings throughout the world. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. In 2018 he became the Artistic Director of the new Chiltern Arts Festival. Described by The Times as ‘a superb accompanist’ and praised in Gramophone for his ‘breathtakin... Read Full Biography
mezzo-sopranoHighlights in the 2018/19 season for British-Catalan mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons include her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Amando Le Grand Macabre with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert, and a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte. Recent highlights include her debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Jennie Hildebrand in Weill Street Scene, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera, the European premiere of Alasdair Nicolson Shadows on the Wall – F... Read Full Biography
This event is part of a series:
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....