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40. Sir Thomas Allen, Anna Dennis, Hugh Cutting, James Atkinson et al.: A Poet’s Love

21 October 2022, 19:30 - 21:30



Presented in partnership with BeethovenFest Bonn

2022 is the 75th anniversary of the twinning of the cities of Oxford and Bonn and so this is an especially apt moment to launch a new international partnership with the BeethovenFest Bonn. Their Artistic Director, Steven Walter, devised this tantalising programme that will be performed at both festivals, blending poets’ differing perspectives of life and love through a reading of Thomas Mann’s short story Tonio Kröger, interspersed with Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Elena Langer’s Landscape for Three People.

We are thrilled to welcome our Patron, Sir Thomas Allen, to read, alongside the sensational soprano Anna Dennis, Kathleen Ferrier Awards-winner Hugh Cutting, and outstanding young baritone James Atkinson. The world-renowned oboist Nicholas Daniel performs alongside three superb string players and harpsichordist Richard Gowers for Elena Langer's brilliantly engaging cycle.

Our Emerging Artist slot, with soprano Caroline Taylor and pianist George Ireland, includes songs by the Bonn-born Romantic composer Johanna Kinkel.


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The event duration is approximately 2 hours.


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Artist Portrait

Sir Thomas Allen

Sir Thomas Allen

Narrator

Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of all the great opera houses. He has been particularly acclaimed for his Billy Budd, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, Ulisse and Beckmesser, as well as the great Mozart roles of Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, Papageno and, of course, Don Giovanni. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, his most recent engagements have included the title role in Sweeney Todd, Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Anna Dennis

Anna Dennis

Soprano

Described by the Times as a "delectable soprano and a serene, ever-sentient presence" Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker. Notable concert performances have included Britten's War Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie, Italian cantatas with les Arts Florissants in William Christie's festival at Thire, a programme of Russian operatic arias with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, Handel's Joshua at the Göttingen Handel Festspiele, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Tokyo and Sydney Opera H... Read Full Biography
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Hugh Cutting

Hugh Cutting

Countertenor

Hugh Cutting is currently a member of the RCM International Opera Studio. He is a former choral scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Music, and a Vocal Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music where he was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. In the autumn of 2021 Hugh won the Kathleen Ferrier Award, the first countertenor to do so. His recent and upcoming concert engagements include the English Concert and Kristian Bezuidenhout (Purcell Odes for a Queen), Collegium Vocale Gen... Read Full Biography
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James Atkinson

James Atkinson

Baritone

British baritone James Atkinson studies at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio with Alison Wells. He is a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar and is kindly supported by a Sybil Tutton Opera Award and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. With the RCM Opera Studio, James has sung the roles of Buonafede (Il mondo della luna), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Le Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias) and Blazes (The Lighthouse) and was to perform Ramiro (L’heure espagnole) in March 2020. Other roles include Lysander (The Enchanted Isla... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch

Pianist

Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography
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Meghan Cassidy

Artist Portrait

Kristina Blauman

Artist Portrait

Caroline Taylor

Caroline Taylor

Soprano

Caroline Taylor graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with Distinction, where she won the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Strauss Award and was a Finalist in the Gold Medal. She received First Prize in the 2021 Emmy Destinn Young Singers Awards and the 2019 Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition. She studies with Susan Roberts and Louise Winter. This season, Caroline joins Cambridge Handel Opera Company as Asteria in Tamerlano and makes her debut at the Grange Festival as Kate in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Gua... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

George Ireland

George Ireland

Pianist

From a non-musical background, George Ireland began to play the piano from scratch, self-taught at the age of 14. He is now 27 and enjoys a thriving career, in demand both as a recital partner and as a repetiteur in Opera and Choral music. Graduating with distinction from the Royal College of Music, in both 2020 and 2021 he accompanied the winning recitals at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, with Jessica Cale and Hugh Cutting respectively. With Jessica Cale he was an Emerging Artist in the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival, performing Strauss along... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

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