26 May 2015, 7.30pm
Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 9BH
Ukrainian-born Anna Starushkevych recently graduated from the International Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Success in competitions includes winning the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2013 and becoming a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2013. Anna is the first mezzo-soprano to win the Handel Singing Competition 2012 in London, taking the first prize (the Adair Prize), the Audience Prize and the York Early Music Prize. This followed winning the Susan Longfield Award and third prize in the Jackdaws Vocal Award at the Wigmore Hall in 2010. She returned to the Wigmore Hall to perform the role of St Mary Cleophas in Handel’s La Resurrezione for the Handel Festival 2013.
Read more about Anna at her website.
Anita Watson soprano
Anna Starushkevych mezzo-soprano
Nicky Spence tenor
James Platt bass
Lada Valešová piano (Professor of Russian Vocal Repertoire)
Haas Fata Morgana, Op 6 (UK premiere)
Seven Songs on in Folk Style, Op 18
Chinese Songs for alto and piano, Op 4
Four songs on Chinese Poetry (1944)
Pavel Haas (1899 – 1944) was a Czech-Jewish composer, pupil of Leoš Janáček, who perished in Auschwitz after spending nearly three years of detention in the Terezín concentration camp. Directed by pianist and Guildhall School professor Lada Valešová, this concert celebrates the music and life of this witty, life-affirming and original composer.
The programme includes the UK premiere of Haas’s Fata Morgana, inspired by the love poems of Rabindranath Tagore, and song cycles performed by acclaimed young singers including Guildhall alumni Nicky Spence, James Platt and Anna Starushkevych.
This concert will be recorded for Euroclassical Online