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95. Baudelaire in Song

22 October 2021, 13:00 - 14:00


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

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Regretfully Mary Bevan has had to withdraw from this recital. We are delighted that Sophie Bevan will take her place for a programme that remains largely as previously advertised.

Charles Baudelaire, born 200 years ago this year, was one of the most influential French poets, though perhaps not as prevalent in the song repertoire as might be expected. Today, we add to the canon of Baudelaire songs with a new work by our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, performed by baritone Ashley Riches and pianist Michael Dussek. Sophie Bevan also performs the best-known set of Baudelaire songs, by Claude Debussy, and the programme includes settings by Chabrier, Duparc and Fauré.


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Ashley performing Vaughan Williams during his time as BBC New Generation Artist

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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.


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COVID-19

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.

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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.


Programme


Artist Portrait

Sophie Bevan

Sophie Bevan

Soprano

Sophie Bevan studied at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School where she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award. Her operatic roles include Polissena Radamisto, Yum Yum Mikado, Télaïre in Rameau’s Castor & Pollux, the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen and Ninetta La gazza ladra. Sophie made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as the Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried and returned as Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Antigone Oedipe and Sophie in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier. She sang... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches

Baritone

British bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the King’s College Choir under Stephen Cleobury. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is rapidly emerging as one of today’s finest young singers. A former Jette Parker Young Artist, his roles for the Royal Opera House include Morales Carmen, Mandarin Turandot, Baron Douphol La Traviata and Officer Les Dialogues des Carmelites. For the English National Opera, Ashley has sung Escamillo Carmen, Co... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Michael Dussek

Michael Dussek

Pianist

Michael made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1980, where he was described as “a real find”. In 1981 his duos with his wife, cellist Margaret Powell and oboist Douglas Boyd were both winners of the Greater London Arts Association. Subsequently, as a member of three chamber ensembles, the Dussek Piano Trio, Endymion and Primavera, Michael has been privileged to work with many of Britain's finest instrumentalists, performing regularly in concert venues and festivals throughout the country and broadcasting frequently for BBC Radio 3. R... Read Full Biography

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