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Shakespeare in Song

24 October 2016, 19:30


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The Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street
Oxford, OX1 3AZ

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 the 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 was followed by Grammy... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Julius Drake

Julius Drake


The pianist Julius Drake 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: the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and BBC Proms, London. Julius Drake’s many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for H... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Simon Robson

Simon Robson


Simon Robson studied philosophy and politics at Cambridge and trained as an actor at RADA. Recent engagements include Elyot in Private Lives and Professor Higgins in Pygmalion, both at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, and Prospero in The Tempest for the Singapore Repertory Theatre. His first play, The Ghost Train Tattoo was premiered at the Royal Exchange and his book of short stories, The Separate Heart, was shortlisted for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Prize in 2007; his first novel, Catch, was published in 2009, both with Jon... Read Full Biography

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