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

27 October 2018, 19:30



This event will be broadcast from Saint John the Evangelist

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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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Tara Erraught

Tara Erraught


A rich, radiant voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence are Tara Erraught’s hallmarks. Her extensive repertoire includes, Mozart, Rossini, Strauss, Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod and Händel as well as contemporary composers. A native of Dundalk, Ireland, she is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. From 2008 on she was a member of the studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she joined the ensemble in 2010 until 2018. Erraught frequently works with famed German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, expanding... Read Full Biography
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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 under Stephen Cleobury. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is rapidly emerging as one of today’s finest young singers. A former Jette Parker Young Artist, his roles for the Royal Opera House include Morales Carmen, Mandarin Turandot, Baron Douphol La Traviata and Officer Les Dialogues des Carmelites. For the English National Opera, Ashley has sung Escamillo Carmen, Co... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in Lo... Read Full Biography

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