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08. Arion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul: Natalya Romaniw & Lada Valešová

28 February 2021, 17:00 - 18:00


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This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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Live-streamed from the Holywell Music Room, presented by Petroc Trelawny

This brilliant duo bring a programme of songs from their acclaimed recent CD 'Arion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul.' The disc, with music by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák and Janáček, was Gramophone Magazine's Editor's Choice in July 2020 and was described in The Daily Telegraph as ‘whole-heartedly rapturous’. Natalya Romaniw, coming to Oxford Lieder for the first time for this concert, is one of the brightest stars of the singing world, noted not least for her performances at Garsington Opera where she will perform the title role in Rusalka in their next season. Natalya recently won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society's Singer Award.

'The outstanding soprano of her generation.' Financial Times

'The delight of the evening was the always responsive, imaginative and finely polished piano-playing of Valešová.' Irish Times

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 21 March (11 April for Pioneer Pass holders). Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.

Watch this trailer for Natalya and Lada's CD 'Orion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul':

Artist Portrait

Natalya Romaniw

Natalya Romaniw


Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw is one of Europe’s most promising young stars. Recent winner of the 2016 Critic’s Choice Award for Music, for her "big toned, generous, gut-wrenching performances" (Sunday Times) and her "glowing voice capable of astonishing power" (FT), she is often hailed by the British press as "the outstanding soprano of her generation" (Telegraph). Success of the 2020/21 season includes being awarded Young artist of the year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020 and Singer o... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Lada Valešová

Lada Valešová


Lada Valešová’s debut CD of Czech Piano Music Intimate Studies, followed by her second album Dumka on Avie Records label have received universal international critical acclaim. Half Czech and half Russian, and having lived and worked in London for the last twenty years, Lada enjoys exploring and presenting to the public lesser known repertoire with Slavic and middle European links. Her latest CD Fata Morgana: Song by Pavel Haas has been released in March 2017 on Resonus Classics label, and chosen to be a CD of the Mont... Read Full Biography


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This event is part of a series:

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