This week sees Fatma Said, Toby Spence & Christopher Maltman join pianist Joseph Middleton at the second Pembroke Festival of Voice in Cambridge, for a series of beautiful recitals in the intimate setting of Pembroke College’s Old Library:
Musician in Residence at Pembroke College, Joseph is also Director of Leeds Lieder, Cambridge and Professor and Fellow of his alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music.
This weekend’s festival continues an exciting season for “the absolute king of programming” (Gramophone magazine), who recently had great success curating a song series for BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime concerts celebrating the work of Richard Strauss at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. These concerts are still available on BBC Sounds for the next couple of weeks, and can be listened to here:
Joseph is a frequent guest at the world’s major music centres with internationally established singers, and has an award-winning and fast-growing discography. He won the Young Artist Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2017 – the first accompanist to do so.
“Joseph Middleton: rightful heir to legendary accompanist Gerald Moore”
“Middleton … again demonstrates that he’s one of the most talented, intuitive collaborative pianists of his generation”
Classical Music magazine
Fatma Said (soprano) & Joseph Middleton (piano)
8 March 2019, 8pm, The Old Library, Pembroke College
Ravel, Strauss, Debussy, Schumann, Obradors & Gershwin
Eqyptian soprano Fatma Said has not only distinguished herself in opera houses and on concert stages, but also in a humanitarian capacity, regularly representing her home country as an ambassador for culture and education. She is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and in 2016, made her sensational role debut at Teatro alla Scala as Pamina in Peter Stein’s critically-acclaimed new production of Die Zauberﬂöte, conducted by Adam Fischer.
This season Fatma will perform Die Schöpfung at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and in Budapest; concerts in Lucerne, Vienna and Salzburg with Rolando Villazón; Strauss Lieder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Birmingham; and will give recitals in Perth, Leeds, Dresden, Bonn, Mallorca, and at Wigmore Hall. Fatma will make her debut at the Salzburg Mozartwoche, and will give gala concerts at The United Nations in Geneva, and in Muscat with Juan Diego Flórez.
“The flawless radiant Fatma Said is a real discovery”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Toby Spence (tenor) & Joseph Middleton (piano)
9 March 2019, 8pm, The Old Library, Pembroke College
Beethoven, Britten & Schumann
Toby Spence is widely regarded as one of the finest tenors appearing on the world’s stages. He has sung with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Paris Opera, English National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Real, Madrid, Theater an der Wien, and the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and at the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh festivals. On the concert platform he works with Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adés, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Semyon Bychkov.
“This was certainly a concert of rare intensity … Spence was in strong and confident voice … He was absolute master of the texts, and at every point feeling and meaning carried the songs forward.”
The Telegraph on Toby Spence at Wigmore Hall
Christopher Maltman (baritone) & Joseph Middleton (piano) – Carnival of the Animals
10 March 2019, 1pm, The Old Library, Pembroke College
Poulenc, Schumann, Ravel, Reger, Charbier, Wolf & Flanders
Grammy Award-winning baritone Christopher Maltman is regarded as one of the world’s finest singers. Following his degree in Biochemistry, he studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music. A globally-renowned Don Giovanni, he has sung the role in London, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Toulouse, San Sebastian, Beijing and Chicago, and adds New York and Edinburgh this year. He won the Lieder prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World early in his career and has continued to delight audiences with his sensitive and engaging song performances, many of which are documented in acclaimed recordings.
“with this superbly executed recital, Maltman leaps in a single bound into the front rank of Lieder interpreters today.”
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