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Opening Recital: Sarah Connolly & Graham Johnson

16 October 2015, 18:30 - 20:30


This event will be broadcast from The Sheldonian Theatre

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Two incomparable stars of the song world open this year’s Festival, appropriately picking up where we left off in 2014, with an all-Schubert first half. Their selection of songs includes some favourites such as Die junge Nonne and Ave Maria!. They also perform songs by Brahms and Wolf in this unmissable evening.


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Verklärung (D59)
Ammenlied (D122)
Die Sterbende (D186)
Abendlied der Fürstin (D495)
Bertas Lied in der Nacht (D653)
Die junge Nonne (D828)
Ellens Gesang I (D837)
Ellens Gesang II (D838)
Ellens Gesang III (D839)

From Vier Refrainlieder
Die Unterscheidung (D866, no.1)
Die Männer sind méchant (D866, no. 3)


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Standchen (Op.106, no.1)
Da unten im Tale (WoO 33, no.6)
Feldeinsamkeit (Op.86, no.2)
Alte Liebe (Op.72, no.1)
Die Mainacht (Op.43, no.2)
Von ewiger Liebe (Op.43, no.1)

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)

Auch kleine Dinge
Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag' erhoben
Gesang Weylas
Kennst du das Land
Die Zigeunerin

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Dame Sarah Connolly DBE

Dame Sarah Connolly DBE


Born in County Durham, Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow. She was made a DBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours, having previously been made a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours. In 2011 she was honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and presented with the Distinguished Musician Award. She is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award. Highlights in her 2018/19 season include Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre at Covent Ga... Read Full Biography
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Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson


"That peerless song accompanist” (Daily Telegraph) Graham Johnson formed the Songmakers' Almanac and has appeared in recital with Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Philip Langridge, Serge Leiferkus, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Edith Mathis, Ann Murray, Lucia Popp, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Margaret Price, Thomas Quastoff, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Dorothea Rö... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

Singing Words: Poets and their Songs celebrates the glorious and varied poetry of song and emphasises this unique meeting of words and music. Following the triumph of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’ and our recent Royal Philharmonic Society Award, we are pleased to present another stellar array of world-renowned artists in the heart of Oxford. Many of the programmes are bas...

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