Opera Star to sing at 16th Ripon International Festival

Ripon Festival 5-28 September 2013

Sir John Tomlinson, famous as Wotan in Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Covent Garden and Bayreuth, and for roles in Vienna, New York, Berlin, Paris and other great opera houses, is to give a costumed and semi-staged performance of settings of Michelangelo’s poems, including sonnets on aspects of love by Britten, Wolf’s simple and heart-wrenching lied, and Shostakovich’s Suite on the timeless themes of love, death, and art.



Sir John takes the role of Michelangelo and delivers an extraordinary performance of sublime intensity and beauty. David Owen Norris is the interpreter of the challenging piano part. After his visit to Ripon, Sir John goes on to sing Michelangelo at Frankfurt Opera.

This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s great voices in an intimate setting. The performance is at the splendidly refurbished Holy Trinity Church, Ripon (Friday 13th September).

Ripon Festival

The hottest tickets in the Festival are the two symphony concerts conducted by Janusz Piotrowicz: the Orchestra of Opera North: Dvorak Carnival Overture and four Slavonic Dances, Mozart Horn Concerto no 3, Tchaikovsky Symphony no 4 (Sat 7th Sept Ripon Cathedral) and Royal Northern Sinfonia: Mendelssohn Overture Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beethoven Violin Concerto (soloist Alexandra Soumm, Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2012), Brahms Symphony No 1, at the Royal Hall (Sat 21 Sept). Also, Raphael Wallfisch, plays the Bach Cello Suites at the ancient church of St. Mary’s, Masham (Wed 11 Sept).

Box Offices: Ripon 01765 603994, 01423 502116 and on-line www.riponinternationalfestival.com



ay 13 September – one of the highlights of Ripon International Festival.

 

Famous as Wotan in Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Covent Garden and Bayreuth, and for roles in Vienna, New York, Berlin, Paris and other great opera houses, Sir John will give a costumed and semi-staged performance of settings of Michelangelo’s poems, including sonnets on aspects of love by Britten, Wolf’s simple and heart-wrenching lied, and Shostakovich’s Suite on the timeless themes of love, death, and art.

Accompanied by David Owen Norris interpreting the challenging piano part, Sir John takes the role of Michelangelo and delivers a performance of intensity and beauty which after his visit to Ripon he will go on to sing at Frankfurt Opera.

This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s great voices in an intimate setting. Tickets are £18 from Ripon Box Office on 01765 603994, Harrogate Theatre on 01423 502116, and on-line at www.riponinternationalfestival.com

Festival highlights also include a magnificent programme of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Brahms by the Royal* Northern Sinfonia at the Royal Hall, conducted by the inspiring Janusz Piotrowicz, and the celebrated cellist, Raphael Wallfisch, playing Bach Cello Suites.

For the full programme of events visit the website or pick up the turquoise brochure from your local tourist information centre.


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