• Date and time: Saturday 19 February 2022, 7.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Tickets: £23; concessions £21; students £7

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Siân Dicker  soprano I
Kathryn Rudge  mezzo-soprano
Rowan Pierce  soprano II
Christopher Glynn  piano

Strauss and his sopranos

Strauss had a life-long love for female voices. In opera, he brought a gallery of powerful heroines to the stage. In life, his greatest bond was with his fiery wife, the soprano Pauline de Ahna, who was in every sense a diva. In song, he explores the beauty, complexity, glamour and variety of the soprano voice like no other composer. This programme journeys through Strauss's life, from his first song, composed aged six, to the Four Last Songs, where he takes his leave of the sensual world with the question 'Is this perhaps death?' and culminates in the sublime trio from Der Rosenkavalier, which he requested should be performed at his funeral.

Song Day 2022

Our 2022 Song Day programmes are devised by pianist and festival director, Christopher Glynn, who is joined by four outstanding young singers in two concerts, plus an afternoon masterclass with selected student singers and pianists. The first concert explores the response of composers to the world of Shakespeare in settings of texts from his plays and sonnets. Richard Strauss’s life-long love of the female voice is the focus of the evening programme with songs from his childhood through to the sublime trio from Der Rosenkavalier. All in all, a truly memorable musical day!