A Night at the Chinese Opera

Rehearsals start soon for British Youth Opera’s production of A Night at the Chinese Opera by Judith Weir. Performances are at the Peacock Theatre in London on the 12th and 15th September, and I’m singing the role of Chao Lin. It’s a beautiful score, full of dramatic moments and striking sounds. Find out more on BYO’s website: http://www.byo.org.uk/performances/08-150912.html

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Lieder at St Olave’s – 1.05 pm, 26th July

I’m singing with the pianist James Cheung on Thursday 26th *JULY!* at St Olave’s Church, London, in a lunchtime Lieder recital starting at 1.05 pm. Admission is free, and the programme consists of some of the greatest songs in the German language.

We’ll be performing Schubert’s Heine settings (as found in Schwanengesang) and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, together with songs from Schumann’s Op. 36.

The address is 8 Hart Street  City of London, EC3R 7NB.

Please come!

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Updates

I’ve uploaded a few photos from productions at johnnyherford.com/photos, updated johnnyherford.com/performances, and added a new page: johnnyherford.com/reviews. Please have a look.

Busy fortnight coming up! Please come to any/all of the concerts listed at johnnyherford.com/performances. Wonderful Mozart and Handel with great colleagues in beautiful venues.

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Magic Flute

I’m singing Papageno in the RAM’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on the 12th and 16th of this month. If you can’t get tickets for that, please come to my dress rehearsal on Friday the 9th, beginning at 6pm (it might be quite full, so turning up early would be a good idea).

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Recordings added

I’ve added some mp3s to the audio page, so please have a listen. There is a selection of songs from Winterreise, with William Vann at the piano, and two arias from the Coffee Cantata by Bach, with the RAM Baroque Ensemble conducted by Iain Ledingham.

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Italienisches Liederbuch

On Wednesday 12th I’ll be performing Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch alongside sopranos Ruth Jenkins and Nathalie Chalkley, baritone Gareth John and pianists Edwige Herchenroder and Matthew Fletcher. It’s at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music and starts at 7.30pm. Please come and hear these forty-six short songs which are full of emotion, wit, perceptiveness and most of all, wonderful music.

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Double Bill at RAM

Please come to a double bill of Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea and Britten’ Curlew River at the Royal Academy of Music. Performances are on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October at 7pm. I’m singing the role of the Traveller in Curlew River, and the production is directed by John Ramster and conducted by Peter Robinson.

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