Ukrainian Mezzo soprano Anna Starushkevych at Guildhall concert, 26-05-2015

May 8, 2015 • Cultural, Past Events • Views: 987



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)
Jubilee Quartet

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

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