Rebecca Bottone, Soprano & Phillip Thomas, Piano

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Saturday 3rd August 7.30pm

Theatre Royal, DumfriesAdults £15, Under 26s £0

Programme: Over the rim of the moon, Michael Head

On this Island, Britten

Viennese section:
Laughing song, Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss
Vilia, Merry Widow, Lehar
On my lips, Guiditta, Lehar

We’ll Gather Lilacs
Someday my heart will awake

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Rebecca Bottone was born in Bedfordshire and studied at the RAM.

Recent engagements include a WNO tour to Hong Kong with Pelléas et Mélisande Welsh National Opera, concerts with the Karlsruhe Festival, Clorinda La Cenerentola  and Mabel The Pirates of Penzance  (Scottish Opera), recording Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo with La nuova musica and Guinia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla and Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo at Buxton Opera and a reprisal of the Olivier award winning production of Akhnaten at ENO in the role of Queen Tye .

Further appearances include First Innocent in the world premiere of Birtwistle’s Minotaur and First Niece Peter Grimes (Royal Opera House‚ Covent Garden)‚ Cricket and Parrott in the world and USA premieres of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opera North and Minnesota Opera)‚ Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Aix-en-Provence Festival)‚ Marie in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna (Manchester International Festival)‚ Amanda in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre and Casilda in The Gondoliers (English National Opera)‚ Anne Egerman A Little Night Music‚ Johanna Sweeney Todd  and Carrie Carousel (Théâtre du Châtelet‚ Paris) and the Maid in Ades’ Powder Her Face and Semira in Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Linbury Studio.

Rebecca has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Gabrieli Consort and Players under Paul McCreesh; she has sung Charmeuse in ’Thais’ under Eschenbach  with Renee Fleming and also performed with the AAM and the RAI Turin under Christopher Hogwood; the CBSO‚ the Halle and the Manchester Camerata under Stephen Bell; St John Passion with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan; the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras; and the Tonhalle Zürich under Sir Mark Elder.

Recordings include Cis Albert Herring with Richard Hickox and EMI and two Rossini roles for Opera Rara‚ Eurice Adelaide di Borgognia and Cleone Ermione. TV appearances include BBC2’s Television documentary The Genius of Beethoven with the English Chamber Orchestra‚ David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy , and Hugh Wood’s Epithamalion at the BBC Proms and the role of a singer in Steven Poliakoffs acclaimed film Capturing Mary.

Future performances include Despina Cosi fan Tutte with the Classical Opera and concerts with the Hong Kong Philarmonic Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis, Haydn’s Creation with Zurich Opera and the world premiere of ‘The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko’ by Anthony Bolton with Grange Park Opera.