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Italian Songbook: Alison Rose, Marcus Farnsworth & James Cheung

26 October 2017, 13:10

Lunchtime Recital


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Hugo Wolf’s 46 settings of Italian poetry, translated by Paul Heyse, are among the most perfect gems of the song repertoire, by turn humorous, bitter and tender. Heard as a single songbook, they allow a remarkable dialogue to emerge between the two singers, who inhabit an array of characters.

Please note this concert will last approx. 75 minutes without interval.


Artist Portrait

Alison Rose

Alison Rose


Alison Rose is the winner of the 2015 Maggie Teyte Prize. She studied on the Opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a National Opera Studio Young Artist for the 15/16 season. Concert highlights include Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music at the Last Night of the Proms 2016, Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Iain Burnside’s musical play Shining Armour with Roderick Williams and Victoria Newlyn, a programme of Turnage and Purcell at the Southwell Music Festival, and solo recitals at the Oxfo... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Marcus Farnsworth

Marcus Farnsworth


Marcus Farnsworth graduated with a first class honours degree from Manchester University. He then studied singing The Royal Academy of Music (where he is now an Associate). He won first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. Highlights of the 2017-18 Season include two appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with Martin Brabbyns (recording and performance) and the World Premiere of a new piece by Composer Rob Harris (T... Read Full Biography
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James Cheung

James Cheung


This season James will perform with baritone Christian Gerhaher at the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Dusseldorf Tonhalle. Other performances include recitals at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada as well as recitals and festivals throughout the UK. As an accompanist James has been a Kirckman Society artist and performed numerous times at Wigmore Hall with Benjamin Appl, Jonathan McGovern and Anna Huntley. Under the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, James has appeared throughout the UK with sopranos Raphaela Papadakis and... Read Full Biography

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