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The Thrill of the Countertenor Voice - Breaking Expectations

Opera Prelude Spring Season 2016

Venue: Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall

Performers

Benjamin Williamson
countertenor

Since Alfred Deller shocked and delighted audiences, countertenors have grown hugely in popularity, and are now in increasing demand in opera houses across the world. The resurgence of Baroque opera, as well as the increasing number of new works being written for countertenors, means that they are establishing themselves firmly in the operatic mainstream: Deutsche Grammophon has just signed Franco Fagioli, the first countertenor in the label’s history.

In his debut recital, Benjamin will explore every dimension of the countertenor voice – discussing musical, historical, and psychological themes in relation to Baroque and contemporary opera.

Expect fiery coloratura, florid ornamentation, and a look at how composers such as Jonathan Dove and John Adams write for the countertenor voice.

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