Sumptuous Strauss at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Photo credit: Caroline Taylor

2017 has flown by and already it’s December…so I thought it was high time to catch up on my blog posts from this summer and autumn!

In August, I was delighted to join bass Brian Bannatyne-Scott, mezzo-soprano Catherine Backhouse, soprano Catherine Hooper and pianist Walter Blair for a concert of Richard Strauss scenes and songs, entitled A Rosenkavalier Extravaganza. This took place in the beautiful St Andrew’s and St George’s West as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; we had a near sell-out audience with many familiar faces from Edinburgh and St Andrews, which was a lovely surprise.

The programme comprised lieder from all periods of Strauss’ life, as well as scenes from his opera Der Rosenkavalier. I sang “Ich wollt ein Str√§usslein binden” and “Morgen” and performed as Sophie in the Presentation of the Rose and the Act III trio and duet. I have always felt a great affinity for the works of Strauss and it was a great pleasure to explore his repertoire with the other singers and with Walter, who brought out some spectacular colours in the piano.

The Edinburgh Festival had an exciting line-up of events this year and I managed to catch Britten Peter Grimes at the Usher Hall with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and the Edvard Grieg Kor. Several friends from the RNCM were also singing on stage and I was very proud to support them! The opera was magnificent, with stellar singing and haunting characterisation; I left the venue feeling chilled to the bone, remembering how Peter Grimes had made his final exit into the audience. It was a shining example of how a ‘concert performance’ could be brought to life.

Many thanks to all those who came to support us!

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