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The Diary of One Who Disappeared: Toby Spence, Dorottya Láng, Victoria Samek, Julius Drake & Chorus

16 October 2018, 19:30


Concert

Evening


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Holywell Music Room

Holywell St
Oxford
OX1 3BN



With singers from the Royal Academy of Music

Internationally acclaimed tenor Toby Spence and equally renowned pianist Julius Drake perform Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared, one of the great works of the song repertoire. They are joined by Dorottya Láng, who also performs works by Brahms, including his ‘Gyspsy songs’, and alongside these we hear the rare Ríkadla by Janáček for clarinet, female chorus and piano.


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Programme


Artist Portrait

Toby Spence

Toby Spence

Tenor

An honours graduate and choral scholar from New College, Oxford, Toby Spence studied at the Opera School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2011 Singer of the Year award. In concert Toby has sung with the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi, Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker under Simon Rattle; San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano; Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Ge... Read Full Biography
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Dorottya Láng

Dorottya Láng

Mezzo-soprano

The “excellent” (Kurier) young Hungarian mezzo-soprano Dorottya Láng has earned international acclaim for her “ravishing” (Musik Heute) and “impeccable” talent. John Allison writes in The Telegraph that “she quickly showed herself to be a singer of great musical poise. …with rich and even tone rising to a pure top.” Born in Budapest in 1986, Ms Láng studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna’s University of Music and the Perf... Read Full Biography
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Julius Drake

Julius Drake

Pianist

The “collaborative pianist nonpareil” (The New Yorker) 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 and festivals: the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre New York; The Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Philarmonie, Berlin; the Châtale... Read Full Biography
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Victoria Samek

Victoria Samek

Clarinetist

Victoria Samek is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians playing in the UK today. Combining breath-taking technicality and musical integrity in her performances and recordings, with an individual approach to her teaching and mentoring she is driven by her commitment to musical excellence. The discipline of practice and the love of music through her chosen instruments have all shaped her musical career. Founder and director of the international recording and publishing company Clarinet & Saxophone Classics, 2017 marked its 25... Read Full Biography
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Susannah Bedford

Susannah Bedford

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Susannah Bedford is a Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, coached by Catherine Wyn-Rogers and James Baillieu. She was in the chorus for Nevill Holt Opera’s production of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ (2017), directed by Oliver Mears, and was cover Marcellina for their 2018 production of ‘Le nozze di Figaro’. Susannah was a scholar for the 2015-16 season with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, including solo appearances, and has worked on the character of Dorabella (Così fan tut... Read Full Biography
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Hannah Bennett

Hannah Bennett

Mezzo-soprano

Hannah Bennett is a mezzo-soprano from Luton studying at the Royal Academy of Music on the Preparatory Opera pathway with Yvonne Howard and Matthew Fletcher. Recent roles include: Flora in Dove's The Enchanted Pig (HGO), Sesto in Handel's Julius Caesar (King’s Opera) and Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia). At the Academy, Hannah is a soloist and regular chorus member for the RAM/ Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas Series and a member of the prestigious Song Circle. She was also a 2017 Somerset Song Prize... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Eleanor Broomfield

Eleanor Broomfield

Soprano

Eleanor Broomfield has just graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and is now a Young Artist on the Handel House Talent Scheme 18/19. Recital highlights include recitals at Buckingham Palace and the Italian Cultural Institute, as well as understudying for the Academy’s Wigmore Hall song concert. Performance highlights include singing 'Bridesmaid' Der Freischütz (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), 'Amor' (cover) Orfeo ed Euridice (Longborough Opera House), 'First Witch' Dido and Aeneas (The Gra... Read Full Biography
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Giulia Laudano

Giulia Laudano

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo Soprano, Giulia Laudano is currently studying for her MA at the Royal Academy of Music with Ryland Davies and Chris Glynn. Giulia is a scholar of Thomas Hampson’s Lied Akademie at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival 2018, a soloist and chorus member in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series at RAM and a member of the Royal Academy's prestigious Song Circle. Giulia was awarded the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship in 2018 from RAM andin 2017 she won the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize. Giulia is generously supported by... Read Full Biography
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Julia Portela Piñon

Julia Portela Piñon

Mezzo-soprano

Julia Portela Piñon is a young Spanish mezzosoprano, currently studying a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music with the guidance of Caitlin Hulcup, Yvonne Howard and Iain Ledingham. She has recently performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Lymington Choral Society, Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat with the Anstieg Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s Cantatas 24, 44 and 134 with the Academy Baroque Orchestra. Julia is honoured to be supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, through which she obtained engagements such as a co... Read Full Biography
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Natasha Page

Natasha Page

Soprano

Natasha Page trained at the Royal Academy of Music, recently graduating with an MA with Distinction and a DipRAM for an outstanding Final Recital. She studies with Mary Nelson and Iain Ledingham. Whilst at the Academy, Natasha was awarded the A.M. Parker prize and graduated with the Enriquetta Crichton Prize. Operatic roles include Cleopatra (Julius Caesar – Handel), Norina (Don Pasquale – Donizetti), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte – Mozart), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart), and Mimi (La Boheme - Puccini). Natasha i... Read Full Biography

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The 17th Oxford Lieder Festival will celebrate a rich tapestry of music, words and performance in European song. Our Grand Tour of song will showcase the pinnacles of the repertoire while exploring wider cultural and geographical influences. International stars, prize-winning young artists and a wide range of concerts and other related events will take us on this beguiling journey. View the ...