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Oxford Lieder at The Barber Institute - A New Song: Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Christopher Glynn

06 December 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

Lunchtime Recital


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
B15 2TS

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We are delighted to begin a new partnership with the University of Birmingham and Barber Lunchtime Concerts, presenting exceptional young singers and including works by leading contemporary composers, in the wonderful concert hall of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Christopher Glynn, both well known to Oxford Lieder audiences, give the first of these concerts. Marta is an alumnus of the University of Birmingham: she made her debut at the Royal Opera House in last season’s Faust, and has just finished a run of Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus at English National Opera. She and Christopher Glynn premiered Martin Suckling’s The Tuning, commissioned by Oxford Lieder, at this year’s Oxford Lieder Festival. They couple this with Debussy’s colourful settings of Pierre Louÿs’s erotically charged poetry, a beautiful cycle by the Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, and the heart-on-sleeve passion of Brahms’s ‘Gypsy Songs’.

Brahms Acht Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103
Debussy Trois Chanson de Bilitis
Turina Poema en forma de canciones
Martin Suckling The Tuning

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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
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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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