Carolyn Sampson

Renowned soprano shares an unmissable evening of song
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WHEN:

7.30pm, Thursday 4 August 2022

PERFORMERS:

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Gavin Roberts (piano)

VENUE:

Great Hall, Dartington Trust, South Devon

PRICING:

£18 Central Rake | £15 Unreserved Benches & Balcony

About this event

Praised for her consummate artistry and vocal agility, acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson returns to Dartington with a captivating programme that pays tribute to the power of language: “A Writer’s Voice”. This unmissable recital, with pianist Gavin Roberts, honours the poets and writers – from William Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson – whose words have inspired composers over the centuries, with songs by Franz Schubert, Clara Schumann, Francis Poulenc, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Huw Watkins and more. 

About the performers

 Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable successes in the UK as well as throughout Europe and the US.

On the opera stage her roles have included the title role in Semele and Pamina in The Magic Flute for English National Opera, various roles in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera (released on DVD) and both Anne Truelove The Rake’s Progress and Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande in Sir David McVicar’s productions for Scottish Opera.  Internationally she has appeared at Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Montpellier and Opéra National du Rhin. She also sang the title role in Lully’s Psyché for the Boston Early Music Festival, which was released on CD and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy.

Carolyn’s numerous concert engagements in the UK have included regular appearances at the BBC Proms, and with orchestras including Britten Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Concert, Hallé, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Carolyn works with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Harry Bicket, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Harry Christophers, Philippe Herreweghe, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Louis Langrée, Trevor Pinnock, and Donald Runnicles.

A consummate recitalist, Carolyn Sampson appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall where she was a “featured artist” in the 14/15 season. She has given recitals at the Oxford and Leeds Lieder, Saintes and Aldeburgh Festivals as well as at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Barcelona, Freiburg, Oper Frankfurt, Vienna Konzerthaus, and recently her debut recital tour of Japan.

Gavin Roberts enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the recital series Song in the City. He has appeared at The Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Festival, The Ludlow Weekend of English Song, The Ryedale Festival and The Oxford Lieder Festival. He works regularly with soprano Lucy Hall, with whom he was the winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and actor Rosamund Shelley, with whom he performs her one-woman shows Novello & Son and War Songs.

He has played for The BBC Singers, The Joyful Company of Singers, Constanza Chorus, The Hanover Band, Tiffin Boys’ Choir, and as a repetiteur for Sir Roger Norrington and the late Richard Hickox. Gavin has appeared regularly on BBC Radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist, often giving premiere performances of new works. He has played on numerous recordings for the BBC, ASV, Guild and Priory Records. His most recent project is a CD recording of London-themed song commissions for Song in the City.

Gavin studied piano with Andrew West and Eugene Asti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a Professor. He previously read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he also held the organ scholarship. Following this, Gavin gained a Master’s degree from King’s College London. Gavin is Organist and Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church.  

About the dartington music festival

This event is part of the annual Dartington Music Festival, a thrilling summer of live classical, jazz, folk and experimental music on the Dartington estate, running this year between 23 July and 19 August.

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For more information about the Dartington Music Summer School & Festival , which includes an exciting range of intimate chamber music, spectacular outdoor performances, family-friendly concerts, workshops and talks, visit the Festival website.

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The Dartington Music Festival 2022 is delighted to welcome audiences back into the Great Hall (unless specified otherwise on the event page).

With guidance around Covid-19 constantly changing, we are monitoring the advice and will update audiences if there are any changes. We hope that you’ll join us for what promises to be a very special summer of live music.

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Thursday 4th August


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