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43. The Fair Maid of the Mill: Roderick Williams, Marta Fontanals-Simmons & Christopher Glynn

19 October 2019, 19:30 - 21:25



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Saint John the Evangelist

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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:

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Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams


Roderick Williams is one of the most sought after baritones of his generation and performs a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and has sung world premieres of operas by, among others, David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa, Robert Saxton and Alexander Knaifel. Roderick Williams has performed with all the BBC orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, ... Read Full Biography
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Christopher Glynn

Christopher Glynn


Christopher 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. Described by The Times as ‘a superb accompanist’ and praised in Gramophone for his ‘breathtaking sensitivity’, Chris has performed with singers including Sir Thoma... Read Full Biography
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Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Marta Fontanals-Simmons


Praised for her “warm mezzo” (The Telegraph) and “velvet-voice” (Daily Telegraph), British-Spanish mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons recently made critically acclaimed house and role debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Siébel in David McVicar's production of Faust and as Hel in the world premiere of Gavin Higgins The Monstrous Child at the Linbury Theatre. Upcoming highlights in the 2019/20 season include her house and role debut at English National Opera as Eurydice Woman in Daniel Kr... 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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