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Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall
The School of Music
University of Leeds



Wolfgang Amadeus MozartCosi fan tutte: Overture
Gabriel FauréTarentelle, Op.10 no.2
Camille Saint-SaënsEl desdichado
Benjamin BrittenMother Comfort
Benjamin BrittenUnder the Abject Willow
Hugo WolfHerz, verzage nicht geschwind (Spanisches Liederbuch)
Hugo WolfTrau’ nicht der Liebe (Spanisches Liederbuch)
Charles GounodTrust her not
Kurt WeillOne Touch: 'That's him'
Herman DarewskiSister Susie
George W. MeyerIf he can fight like he can love
Johannes Brahms4 Duets, Op.61: no.1 Die Schwestern
Irving BerlinSisters
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartCosi fan tutte: duet 'A guarda, sorella'
Cole PorterWhere is the life that late I led


Soraya Mafi – Soprano
Anna Huntley – mezzo-soprano
William Thomas – Bass
Graham Johnson – 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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