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A European Song Cycle: Tara Erraught, Ashley Riches & Sholto Kynoch

27 October 2018, 19:30



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Saint John the Evangelist

Iffley Road,

The Festival draws to a close with a performance of Schumann’s Myrthen, the great song cycle that he gave to his wife Clara as a wedding gift in 1840. Reflecting Schumann’s wide literary interests, this amazing cycle includes poetry by writers from Burns, Byron and Moore to Goethe, Heine and Rückert. Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, is joined by Tara Erraught, already established as one of the most exciting singers of her generation, and BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches. Their programme also includes folksongs and works by Maurice Ravel and Dmitri Shostakovich, with the poetry of Robert Burns as a common thread. A perfect way to bring our celebration of European song to a close.

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Artist Portrait

Tara Erraught

Tara Erraught


Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught enjoys an ever-growing international career, acclaimed for her rich voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence. She makes her debut with Oxford Lieder in this concert. She has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Theater an der Wein, Berlin Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Ireland’s Irish National Opera, Opera Theater Company and Wide Open Opera, the Salzburg Festival, and at the BBC Proms. 2018-19 engagements include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Staat... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches


British bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the King’s College Choir. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. He is a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme. After making his Royal Opera main stage debut in concert with Roberto Alagna, further appearances at the house included Salieri in Rimsky Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, Michael in the world premiere ... 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

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