THE 2017 ABSOLUTE CLASSICS FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE BETWEEN 11 AND 20 AUGUST

Soraya Mafi, Soprano and Simon Lepper, Piano
Tuesday 15th August 7.30pm
Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Adults £15, Under 26 Free


Programme:

A selection from Jonathan Dove’s ‘Ariel’
Text from ‘The Tempest’, Shakespeare

I. Come unto these yellow sands
II. Full Fathom Five
IV. Where the bee sucks

Dominick Argento Elizabethan songs:
Spring
Winter

Shakespeare songs:
Orpheus with his lute, Arthur Sullivan
Philomel, Julius Harrison

Shakespeare in opera:
Hark the echoing air from The Fairy Queen, Purcell
'Je veux vivre' from Romeo et Juliette, Gounod

SECOND HALF: America's musical love affair

Bernstein 'I hate music'
Cycle of 5 kids songs
1. My Name is Barbara
2. Jupiter Has Seven Moons
3. I Hate Music
4. A Big Indian and a Little Indian
5. I'm a Person Too

A selection of Aaron Copland's 'Old American Songs':
Simple gifts
I bought me a cat
Ching a ring chaw

An American Romance:
‘So in love’ from Kiss me Kate
, Cole Porter
One Perfect Rose, Seymour Barab

Come ready and see me, Richard Hundly

Someone to watch over me, Gershwin

By Strauss, Gershwin


Soraya Mafi, Soprano

Lancashire-born soprano Soraya Mafi studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music, supported by the Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award. Soraya continues her studies with Janis Kelly. Soraya’s many awards and prizes include the Maggie Teyte Prize in 2014 and the Susan Chilcott Award in 2016. She was also the 2nd Prize winner of the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Soraya is a Harewood Young Artist of the English National Opera.

Soraya’s roles for English National Opera have included Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Papagena (Magic Flute) and Karolka (Jeunfa). This season, she returned to the English National Opera as Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) and next year makes her role début as Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). She made her American début in June with Seattle Symphony Orchestra (Ludovic Morlot) and toured with Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Chrisophe Spinosi) to Chapelles Versailles.

Next season Soraya makes role débuts as Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare – English Touring Opera) and Nanetta (Falstaff – Garsington Fesitval Opera).

Simon Lepper, Piano

Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.