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Shakespeare in Song

24 October 2016, 19:30


This event will be broadcast from The Sheldonian Theatre

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Anne Sofie von Otter is one of the world's pre-eminent singers and it is a privilege to welcome her to the Lieder Festival for the first time. She is joined by pianist Julius Drake and leading British actor Simon Robson for an evening of Shakespeare settings and readings, as we part ways with Schumann for one day. Their programme includes readings from the sonnets, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream and other plays, with music from Purcell to Korngold via Schubert and Debussy. A truly unmissable evening.

Watch Anne Sofie von Otter performing Korngold's Shakespeare songs with Bengt Forsberg:

Festal supper will be available from 6:30pm every evening (except Thursday 20th). Enjoy a delicious hot main meal and side dish between the afternoon and evening recitals for just £11. Our food partners this year are the Vaults & Garden Café, The Oxford University Club, and St Stephen’s House. Please book by midnight the day before by clicking here.

See your name (or that of a dedicatee) alongside the Schumann song of your choice and help ensure the future of Oxford Lieder by sponsoring a song from £25. Thank you.


Artist Portrait

Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter


Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today's most recorded artists with an unrivalled discography built across a career spanning more than three decades at the very top of her profession. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of acclaimed recordings as well as a collaboration with pop legend Elvis Costello on For the Stars. Her first recording with Naïve Classique, Love Songs, with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau was released in 2010 and her double CD, Douce F... Read Full Biography
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Julius Drake

Julius Drake


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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Simon Robson

Simon Robson


Simon Robson studied Politics and Philosophy at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and Acting at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has worked extensively with many of the country’s top theatre companies including Shared Experience, Method and Madness, Hampstead Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and the Manchester Royal Exchange theatre and appeared in the West End as Lord Darlington in Lady Windermere’s Fan, (Haymarket Theatre) and A Busy Day by Fanny Burney (Lyric Theatre.) He was in the original cast for Shared Ex... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

The Schumann Project

The Schumann Project: 14-29 October 2016 The fifteenth Oxford Lieder Festival will be the Schumann Project, a unique survey of Schumann's complete songs. The Schumann Project will explore Schumann's life and times, his friends and contemporaries, his influences and his legacies, and his literary and artistic interests. This two-week feast of song will feature Oxford Lieder's trad...

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