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77. Harawi - Song of Love and Death: Gweneth Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

25 October 2019, 22:00 - 23:00


Concert

Late Night


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Setting his own texts, in the spirit of Wagner and Debussy, Messiaen’s epic song cycle Harawi was inspired by Peruvian folklore and the indigenous Quechuan language. The first of his ‘Tristan Trilogy’ (with echoes of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde), the work explores love that can only be truly fulfilled in death. Gweneth Ann Rand is an acclaimed interpreter of Messiaen and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to present this astonishing cycle.

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)


Artist Portrait

Gweneth Ann Rand

Gweneth Ann Rand

Soprano

Gweneth Ann Rand trained at the University of Exeter, Goldsmith's College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. During her training she received the Maggie Teyte, Ian Fleming and Sybil Tutton Awards. She was a Vilar Young Artist at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in 2001 represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Highlights in recent seasons include acclaimed performances of 4.48 Psychosisfor The Royal Opera / Lyric Hammersmith and at the Prototype Festival in New York; Serena in English National ... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper

Pianist

Simon read music at King’s College, Cambridge before studying piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music and later with Ruben Lifschitz at the Fondation Royaumont. He is a currently professor of collaborative piano and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also in charge of the collaboarative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Performance highlights have included an invitation from the Wigmor... Read Full Biography

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