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Concert at Lauderdale House
Overview
The performers

A recital by Ingunn Gyda Hrafnkelsdóttir and Veronika Rettich soprano, Siobhan Mooney mezzo-soprano and Julie Aherne, piano. 

The three singers from Iceland, Germany and the UK present an autumnal programme that comprises repertoire from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It reflects the diversity of Europe’s rich intertwined cultural heritage, sung in the performers’ mother tongues but also in French, Italian and Hebrew.  

The influence of folk music was abundant during the Romantic epoch and permeates much of the programme. It shines through the rarely sung ‘The Trees on the Mountains’ by Floyd, the Respighi, the Wolf-Ferrari songs and the music of Carmen. It is present in Schaposchniks "Mogen ovos" written for the Jewish liturgy and will be sung by female voice. The ultimate romanticism of Berlioz’ opera Béatrice et Bénédict is expressed in the ravishing Act II trio between Ursule, Héro and Béatrice. It finds reference in Schubert’s ‘Die Junge Nonne’ and the Runólfsson song, where a raging storm acts as a vehicle for the turmoil of surrendering to love and loss. The programme diverges into the spartan, lyric minimalism of the arietta, ‘I bought this suitcase…’ from Dove’s opera Flight and into the languid atonalism of the Copland, Emily Dickinson settings. 

 

Tickets are £10 via Ticket Tailor. Tickets will also be available on the door, £10 or £7 concession - cash only. 
 

Siobhan Mooney appeared as the Opera Singer in the experimental opera, "View from Behind the Futuristic Rose Trellis" by Ravioli Me Away, a European tour will follow in 2020. She will be appearing in Darren Berry's opera "The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow" summer 2020 and is currently in the process of writing an experimental song cycle, based around her poetry, with acclaimed band, Gentle Stranger.

Veronika Rettich gained her Master of Music in Performance at the London College of Music in 2018. She sang in the widely reviewed production of Samson and Delilah at Grimeborn Opera Festival 2017. This year, she performed in ‚Wonder Reels:Vindicatrix+Wild at Heart’ at the Cinema Museum, created an art performance for ‚The Ides of March’ and sang Penelope in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the ‚Arte Lirica Festival Asolo’ in August. 

Ingunn Gyda Hrafnkelsdóttir appeared in the premiere of Aurora by Noah Mosley at Bury Court in February 2019 which was revived for the Grimeborn Opera Festival in August. This autumn she covered the role of Annina in a concert performance of La traviata for the Teddington Society and sang chorus in Instant Opera’s production of La bohème.

Julie Aherne is a British/Irish pianist, coach and music director. She studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, with James Kirby, and later with Matthew Stanley.
She works as a pianist and coach for Melofonetica, an organisation whose research-based method helps singers achieve better pronunciation, musicality and expression in Italian opera and song. She is a co-founder of The Black Cat Opera Company, with whom she has worked on productions of Don Giovanni, Carmen, Falstaff, Così fan tutte, and La Bohème as répétiteur and producer. In 2016, the company was invited to take their production of Così fan tutte to the Birgitta Festival, Tallinn, with Julie playing harpsichord continuo alongside the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Julie is a keen advocate for community music-making. She directs Woking Ladies Choir, a thriving community group with a repertoire from Mozart to Dolly Parton, and is in demand as a choral rehearsal pianist. She regularly gives recitals alongside soprano Claudia Wood for Celebrating Age Wiltshire, and has recently enjoyed collaborating with the pioneering organisation Intergenerational Music Making.