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4. Kate Royal, Christine Rice & Julius Drake: Brahms, Schumann & Weill

14 October 2022, 19:30 - 20:50


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The Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3AZ


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Generously supported by Freeths Solicitors

Our Opening Night recital brings together three great artists and a wonderful selection of songs, in the stunning setting of Christopher Wren's Sheldonian Theatre.

Kate Royal is one of the world’s best-known sopranos, who last appeared at the Festival in a memorable, sell-out recital in 2018. We are thrilled to welcome the equally celebrated mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who appears at the Festival for the first time. Joined by the pre-eminent pianist Julius Drake, they perform songs and duets by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms; two composers whose friendship and mutual admiration was immensely important in the history of song. Their programme concludes with a group of songs by Kurt Weill, including settings of his close friend Bertolt Brecht.

At the start of this concert, and at almost every evening recital in the Festival, we present outstanding young professional musicans in our 'Emerging Artists' slot: a short performance that is a great platform for the artists and a superb chance for our audience to hear the next generation of star musicians. During the first week of the Festival, these slots will primarily be given by our Young Artist Platform winners, including tonight's duo: tenor Magnus Walker and pianist Eunji Han. They perform a short group of songs by Clara Schumann, completing the friendship circle between Brahms and the Schumann family.


PRACTICAL INFORMATION

All our seating is unreserved within your ticket area; please arrive in good time to take your seat. For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The event duration is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes and there will be no interval.


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Artist Portrait

Kate Royal

Kate Royal

Soprano

Kate Royal was born in London and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. In concert Kate has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vassily Petrenko, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Casado, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Ad... Read Full Biography
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Christine Rice

Christine Rice

Mezzo Soprano

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Julius Drake

Julius Drake

Pianist

Julius Drake, described by The New Yorker magazine as the ‘collaborative pianist nonpareil’ lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc. He appears regularly at all the major music centres and festivals: the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre New York; The Kennedy Center, Washington; The Royal Conc... Read Full Biography
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Magnus Walker

Magnus Walker

Tenor

Tenor Magnus Walker has just completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music and has remained there for his Masters, studying under the tutelage of Richard Berkeley-Steele and Matthew Fletcher where he has recently won First Prize in the Joan Chissell/Rex Stephens award for Schumann Lieder. While at the Academy, Magnus has sung in many concerts for the Academy song circle and has given the world premiere of Mario Ferraro’s new song cycle Songs from a distant Land for tenor and guitar. He was a regular member of the ... Read Full Biography
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Eunji Han

Eunji Han

Pianist

Versatile collaborative pianist, Eunji Han extensively performs throughout Europe, in such prominent venues as Petit Palais in Paris, Opéra de Lyon, Chapelle du Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Goethe Institut de Lyon, Prieuré de Chirens, Musée Dauphinois, Musée de la Révolution française (France), St Bride’s Church, St Andrew’s Church, Italian Cultural Institut (UK). She has been invited at the festivals such as Festival Culturel International de Musique Symphonique (Algeria), Rencontre-sur-mes... Read Full Biography

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Seating Area A
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This event is part of a series:

Oxford Lieder Festival: 14 - 29 October 2022

The 21st Oxford Lieder Festival, Friendship in Song: An Intimate Art, invites you to explore song as an art form that grew up among friends, often at special and sociable gatherings, and inspired many composers’ most personal and profound works. We explore friendships between composers, poets and performers, recreate the intimate atmosphere of the salon, and generally enjoy a festive sp...

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