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Gabriel Fauré: A Life Through Song II

18 October 2015, 10:00 - 14:00



Geraldine McGreevy soprano
Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley tenor
Stephen Varcoe baritone
Graham Johnson piano

The second of Graham Johnson’s fascinating exploration of Gabriel Fauré.

11.00am: Welcome coffee
11.30am: Lecture-recital part one
12.45pm: A light lunch will be available to purchase
1.30pm: Lecture-recital part two


Artist Portrait

Geraldine McGreevy

Geraldine McGreevy

Soprano

Soprano Geraldine McGreevy trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, continuing her studies with Richard Smart. She has sung major operatic roles for theatres across Europe and has appeared as a soloist for some of the best orchestras in the world. Geraldine quickly established a close relationship with Welsh National Opera, where she sang the key Mozart roles of Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Vitellia Idomeneo and Contessa Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Blumenmächen Parsifal an... Read Full Biography
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Anna Huntley

Anna Huntley

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Anna Huntley was a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Awards during this time included the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, 3rd Prize at the Das Lied Competition in Berlin, the Michael Oliver Prize at the London Handel Singing Competition, MBF Education Awards and an Independent Opera Postgraduate Bursary. An outstanding recitalist, Anna is a regular performer at the Wigmore Hall, ... Read Full Biography
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John Mark Ainsley

John Mark Ainsley

Tenor

Cheshire-born John Mark Ainsley, began his musical training in Oxford and continues to study with Diane Forlano. His concert engagements include appearances with the London Symphony under Sir Colin Davis, Rostropovich and Previn, the Concert D’Astrée under Haim, the London Philharmonic under Norrington, Les Musiciens du Louvre under Minkowski, the Cleveland Orchestra under Welser-Moest, the Berlin Philharmonic under Haitink and Rattle, the Berlin Staatskapelle under Jordan, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Pablo Heras Ca... Read Full Biography
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Stephen Varcoe

Stephen Varcoe

Bass

Stephen Varcoe is one of Britain’s most distinguished baritones, especially acclaimed in the field of Baroque music and in the song repertoire. He has made about 150 recordings, collaborating with John Eliot Gardiner for Philips, Erato and DG Archiv on discs of Purcell, Handel and Bach, and has joined Richard Hickox for numerous releases of Haydn, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Grainger and Britten on Chandos. His musically fruitful relationship with Hyperion Records has produced many fine recital discs, from the romantic and sensuous Fr... Read Full Biography
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Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson

Pianist

"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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