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Songs of Youth & Experience: Anna Stéphany & Sholto Kynoch

14 October 2017, 19:30 - 21:20

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Following a sensational 2015 recital and recent acclaim in the Royal Opera's Der Rosenkavalier and Glyndebourne's La Clemenza di Tito, Anna Stéphany makes a welcome return to the Festival, joined by Oxford Lieder's artistic director Sholto Kynoch. The first half of their programme includes songs by the young Mahler, written in the 1880s and inspired by nature and folk music, and Grieg's wonderful six settings of German poetry, Opus 48, written in exactly the same period. After the interval, they perform a selection of songs by the senior statesman of song in Vienna, Johannes Brahms, including some of his arrangements of folk songs, by turns amusing and profoundly moving.

Some of the reviews from Anna Stéphany's recent performance as Sesto in Glyndebourne's production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito:

'Simply stunning' Opera Today

'A revelation' The Arts Desk

'the evening’s undoubted star was Anna Stéphany... terrific élan and immaculate technical control.' The Telegraph

'Stéphany’s ravishingly-sung and vividly-characterised Sesto deservedly stole the show.' The Independent

'Simply breathtaking' The Guardian


Artist Portrait

Anna Stéphany

Anna Stéphany


Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany studied at King’s College London and the National Opera Studio. She has won the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Guildhall Gold Medal, and represented England at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Anna was a member of the ensemble at Zürich Opera House from 2012-15, where her roles included Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro; Dorabella Cosi fan tutte; Siebel Faust; Nicklausse Les contes d’Hoffmann; Minerva Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria; Sesto La Clemenza di Tito ... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. In addition to a busy performance schedule and a fast-growing discography, he is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s most renowned song festival, which recently won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In recent years he has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Berliner Konzerthaus, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, the Opéra de Lille... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

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