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58. Emily Dickinson's Nature Songbook

17 October 2021, 14:45 - 15:45

Digital Concert Hall Click to access - watch on demand and view texts & translations

Enjoy the whole festival live online for £165 with a Digital Festival Pass. All events will be available on demand after broadcast until 30th November, so you can catch up at a time which suits you.

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details.

Nadine Benjamin and Nicole Panizza released their CD of Emily Dickinson settings, ‘Emergence’, in 2019 to great acclaim. The focal point of today’s programme, as on that recording, is Aaron Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, written in 1949/50. These richly evocative songs are complemented by nature-related Dickinson poems set to music by other American composers including André Previn and Juliana Hall, and selections from Julian Philips’s 2007 cycle An Amherst Bestiary.


An exerpt from Nadine and Nicole's performance in this year's Festival

Nadine performing Gershwin with the English National Opera


This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in person and at home? 'Hybrid' tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert.

For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The performance duration is approximately 1 hour and there will be no interval.


(Online bookings only)

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Tickets for both in-person and the Digital Concert Hall will be issued as eTickets by default. Printed tickets are available on request, for an additional fee.


Due to COVID-19 we have to do things a little differently this year. In order to keep everyone safe, our seating and concert conditions are subject to change in line with changing government guidance.

For more information about our COVID-19 safety measures, please click here.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund.

Artist Portrait

Nadine Benjamin

Nadine Benjamin


British lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin MBE is a charismatic and versatile artist who is in increasing demand on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. An ENO Harewood Artist from 2018 to 2020, Nadine made her debut with the Company as Clara (Porgy and Bess), followed by Musetta (La bohème) and Laura (Luisa Miller), and is scheduled to sing Gerhilde (The Valkyrie) and Mimì (La bohème) during the 2021/22 season. In 2020, Nadine made her Royal Opera House debut in the premiere of New Dark Age, with works by Mi... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Nicole Panizza

Nicole Panizza


Nicole Panizza has emerged as one of the UK’s leading recitalists, scholars, and educators. A Fulbright Award recipient, she completed her postgraduate studies with Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music (UK) in 2014. She has since gained international renown for her inter-medial research regarding American song, and the creative exploration of the text-music partnership. Her specialism encompasses the life and work of the poet Emily Dickinson; incorporating performance, publication, and initiatives that promote international eng... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

Nature's Songbook

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