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17. Britten, Strauss and French Song: Lucy Crowe & Anna Tilbrook

12 October 2020, 19:30 - 21:30

Lucy Crowe ‘brings down the house with a soprano artistry beyond compare’ (The Independent). She makes a long-anticipated return to the Festival, with the brilliant Anna Tilbrook, for this captivating programme.

They begin with a selection of Britten’s arrangements of old English folk songs, following perfectly from today's 5.30pm recital with Caitlin Hulcup. They then perform a set of Strauss songs, whose rich romanticism offers some of the most passionately heart-on-sleeve songs in the repertoire, including such favourites as ‘Morgen’, ‘Die Nacht’ and ‘Ständchen’.

The second half of Lucy and Anna’s concert is an amazing selection of French music. Théodore Gouvy was born in 1819, one year after Charles Gounod. Although the latter is much better known today, and commonly hailed as the father of French ‘mélodie’, Gouvy was also an important and esteemed character, but spent much of his life in Germany and was better known there than in France. This was despite Berlioz famously stating in 1851: ‘that a musician of the importance of M. Gouvy is still not very well known in Paris, and that so many gnats bother the public with their tenacious buzzing, is enough to confuse and inflame the naive spirits that still believe in the reason and the justice of our musical manners’.

They also include works by Saint-Saëns, Henri Duparc, Debussy, Nadia Boulanger, and Cécile Chaminade in this scintillating and unmissable recital.

Every evening recital this year will begin with Schubert songs performed by singers who have arguably been hardest hit by the current crisis: artists who are already forging careers but not yet at a stage where they can view current circumstances as a temporary setback. Tonight, we hear the outstanding tenor William Morgan. Will gave a memorable and moving performance of Schumann’s Kerner Lieder at one of our Song at Wolfson concerts last year, and has already performed for the Royal Opera, ENO and Scottish Opera.

This concert will be streamed completely live from the Holywell Music Room. Shortly afterwards, it will also be available to watch again (using the same ticket and link) until 1 November 2020. Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.

This event will be presented by Katy Hamilton.

After a short break at the end of the concert, there will be a Q&A with the artists. Please email any questions you have during the interval or at the end of the concert ([email protected]) or post them on social media (#OLF2020), and the artists will answer as many as time allows.



Artist Portrait

Lucy Crowe

Lucy Crowe


Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation. Her operatic roles include Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Adina (l’Elisir d’Amore), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Covent Garden; Gilda for the Deutsche... Read Full Biography
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Anna Tilbrook

Anna Tilbrook


Anna Tilbrook has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including Ian Bostridge, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Barbara Hannigan, Emma Bell, Nick Daniel, Natalie Clein, Philip Dukes and Guy Johnston, as well as the Fitzwilliam, Carducci, Sacconi, Elias, Navarra and Barbirolli String Quartets. Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 she has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals. She has also accompanied Jose Carreras, Angela Georghiu and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts. Anna regularly coa... Read Full Biography
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William Morgan

William Morgan


William Morgan’s current and future engagements include TOM RAKEWELL The Rake’s Progress with Barbara Hannigan conducting Gothenburg Symphony, PETER QUINT The Turn of the Screw, WRITER Jack the Ripper (world premiere) and HOT BISCUIT SLIM Paul Bunyan English National Opera, TAMINO Die Zauberflöte and MISAEL in Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace Scottish Opera, DR CAIUS Falstaff Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (with Bryn Terfel), Johann Strauss Gala tour Raymond Gubbay Ltd and covering the role of YOUNG KING in Lessons in... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song

Over a packed eight days, world-class artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams will present some 40 concerts and events, from venues across Oxford and completely live. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to enjoy these concerts live-streamed in the highest quality. We’ll be exploring every possible advantage of this temporary ...

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