Bryn Terfel

Friday 7th June

Symphony Hall

Manchester Concert Orchestra

Bryn Terfel bass-baritone

Gwawr Edwards soprano

Caryl Hughes mezzo-soprano

Programme:

Mozart            Don Giovanni:  Overture

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Donizetti        Linda di Chamounix: O luce di quest’ anima

Mozart             Le nozze di Figaro: Overture

Bizet               Carmen: Toreador Song

Offenbach      Les Contes d’Hoffman: Allez! Pour te livrer combat…scintilla, diamant

Gounod          Faust: Faites lui mes aveux

Delibes           Lakmé: Sous le dome épais (Flower Duet)

Verdi               Falstaff: Ehi! Paggio! … L’onore!

Verdi               Nabucco: Overture

Verdi               Don Carlo: Ella giammai m’amo

Wagner           Tannhäuser: O du mein holder Abendstern

Rossini           La Cenerentola: Non piu mesta

Gounod          Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre

Mozart             Don Giovanni: Fin ch’han dal vino (Champagne aria)

Lerner and Loewe     Camelot: How to Handle a Woman

Loewe and Lerner     My Fair Lady: I Could Have Danced All Night

D’Hardelot     Because

Bock and Harnick     Fiddler on the Roof: If I Were a Rich Man

Richards        Cymru Fach (Dearest Wales)

Encores

Rossini           Duetto buffo di due gatti (Meow Song)

Hughes (Welsh lyrics)    Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night)

A commanding presence in the international music world, the acclaimed and award winning operatic powerhouse
Bryn Terfel performs specially chosen arias by  Mozart, Rossini and Gounod. www.thsh.co.uk

 

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Review by Katherine Dixson, BachTrack:

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…     “More Verdi for “Ella giammai m’amo” from Don Carlo, in which Terfel’s heartfelt outpourings were matched by laments on the principal cello, rightly acknowledged during the applause.  Following several helpings of Italian and French, the evening’s one German offering was “O du mein holder Abendstern” from Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Terfel masterfully inhabiting the role of Wolfram while atmospheric strings shimmered like a shroud over the land.

A foray into the world of musical theatre gave us a few songs in English, including a fabulous “If I were a rich man” from Fiddler on the Roof, although Terfel claimed to have only sung it in Welsh before!  Lilting Welsh folksong Cymru Fach rounded off the official programme, Terfel, Edwards and Hughes joining together in exquisite harmony, evoking hills, valleys, emotion and pride.  Dearest Wales indeed.”     …

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Review by David Harte, Birmingham Post:

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…     “And he’s a very fine singer, even when shouting top notes, as he did in Leporello’s Catalogue aria (Don Giovanni) and the Toreador’s Song from Carmen. The Diamond aria from Les Contes d’Hoffman and Falstaff’s tirade to Bardolph and Pistol, however, were more subtly moulded to Terfel’s ebullient delivery, and he threw off Don Giovanni’s tongue-twisting Champagne aria with terrific precision.

The evening’s high spots were undoubtedly ‘Ella giammai m’amo’ from Verdi’s Don Carlo (with a gorgeous cello solo) and ‘O du mein holder Abendstern’ (Tannhäuser), sung with poker face integrity and demonstrating just how sensitive Terfel can be when not striving for effect.”     …

Friday Night Classics: Puttin’ on the Ritz

Friday 1 July 2011 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orhcestra

John Wilson conductor
Kim Criswell vocalist
Gary Williams vocalist

Youmans/Kahn/Eliscu: Flying Down to Rio
Berlin: Top Hat
Berlin: Cheek To Cheek
Kern/Fields: Pick Yourself Up
Kern/Fields: A Fine Romance
Kern/Dougall: I’ll Be Hard To Handle
Kern/Fields: The Way You Look Tonight
Berlin: Puttin’ On The Ritzv Conrad/Magidson: The Continentalv Gershwin: Walking The Dog
Gershwin/Gershwin: Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Gershwin/Gershwin: Slap That Bass
Gershwin/Gershwin: They All Laughed
Gershwin/Gershwin: Shall We Dance?

interval

Berlin: Steppin’ Out With My Baby
Berlin: It Only Happens When I Dance With You
Berlin:A Couple of Swells
Lane/Lerner: You’re All The World To Me
Lane/Lerner: Too Late Now
Lane/Lerner: How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life?
Schwartz/Dietz: Dancing In The Dark
Gershwin/Gershwin: They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Gershwin/Gershwin: Let’s Kiss and Make Up
Gershwin/Gershwin: Clap Yo Hands

Encore Schwartz/Dietz: That’s Entertainment

Pick yourself up and dust yourself off at the end of the week, and indulge in an evening of great music from the golden age of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Conductor John Wilson has a real passion for these songs, and it’s easy to see why, with hit after hit by George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern – brought to you by star vocalists Kim Criswell and Gary Williams. Top hat, white tie and tails are optional, but expect smooth glamour and tuneful exuberance perfect for an uplifting summer’s night. That’s entertainment! www.cbso.co.uk