Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Lunchtime music at the Cathedral


The Three Tenors are the stuff of legend. Last year our Cathedral hosted the three counter-tenors. Last week it was the turn of the Three Sopranos, with an operatic miscellany of myth and legend.

From Richard Strauss's Nymphs [Ariadne auf Naxos] to Richard Wagner's Rhine Maidens, joined by token baritone Gary Griffiths as Alberich [a powerful performance, this].

Two favourite solos, too. Elizabeth Kent chose Purcell – Dido's Lament [When I Am Laid In Earth] – and Susanna Heard sang Dvorak, in Czech – Russalka's Song to the Moon.

At the heart of this well constructed programme was a generous slice of Handel's Semele, with Susanna performing a lively duo with Beverley Lockyer, Gary as Somnus raised from his slumbers, and Beverley giving us Endless Pleasure.

The hard-working accompanist was Peter Dollimore.

It's over two years since these performers entertained in the Cathedral; we look forward to another themed dip into the operatic repertoire.

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