The School of Music
University of Leeds



Prices: £25, £23 (conc), £5 (U26/students)
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– Soprano
– mezzo-soprano
– Bass
– piano

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Programme Note

The indefatigable Graham Johnson revolutionised the Lied recital with his Songmakers’ Almanac. A typically wide-ranging programme, tonight’s recital is based on the plot of Così fan tutte (and containing numerous Mozartian echoes), Johnson has devised a programme of Lieder, English songs and duets where the interactions between the Neapolitan sisters, and the manipulative Don Alfonso, progress along Da Ponte’s lines: Sisters in love – ‘Bella vita militar’ – Constancy – Weakening – Capitulation and Abandon – Reconciliation.

‘…young Soraya Mafi lights up the stage and pricks up the ears’
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

‘Thomas has a ‘real’ bass voice: full of ringing right at the bottom; layers of colour that blend smoothly and thickly; sonorous roundness without heaviness’
Opera Today on William Thomas at Wigmore Hall

‘That peerless song accompanist’
The Daily Telegraph on Graham Johnson

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