[Susan Graham as Handel’s “Ariodante”, San Francisco 2008. – Photo Credit: Terrence McCarthy via the San Francisco Sentinel]
No, Graham isn’t celegrating women as Ariodante tonight (that would be a nice idea too, though), but you know me, I’ll post a White Shirt image whenever I can.
What is happening tonight, however, is BBC3 broadcasting the Susan Graham Song Recital live from Wigmore Hall, starting 8.30 p.m. (GMT+1). After a first look at the program I found it a wild mix wiht a lot of Mignon songs, but BBC3 has the intel and states that
“From Purcell to Porter, Susan Graham celebrates womanhood in an extraordinary range of song spanning some 400 years. Great works by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf and Berlioz are combined with music from the twentieth century by Cole Porter, Joseph Horovitz, and the composer Ben Moore’s operatic parody “Sexy Lady”.”
If you aren’t familiar with Graham as a songstress, do yourself the favor and immediately look up her Reynaldo Hahn album; Graham may very well be the finest singer in French song repertory at the moment. There’s a bit of French around tonight, too but also some English and German and Russian, including a great Purcell piece (The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation) that, strangely enough, doesn’t get much repertory spotlight these days.
Full program listing:
PURCELL: Tell me, some pitying angel (aka “The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation”)
BERLIOZ: La Mort d’Ophélie
SCHUBERT: Heiss mich nicht reden, Op.62 no.2
SCHUMANN: So lasst mich scheinen, bis ich werde, Op.98a, no.9
LISZT: Kennst du das Land
TCHAIKOVSKY: None but the lonely hear
DUPARC: Romance de Mignon
WOLF: Kennst Du das Land
HOROVITZ: Lady Macbeth
POULENC: Fiançailles pour rire
MESSAGER: J’ai deux amants
PORTER: The Physician
DUKE: Ages Ago (arr. Roger Vignoles)
MOORE: Sexy Lady
So… feel like kicking off your weekend with a mezzo soprano presenting a woman-centered song program (Malcolm Martineau accompanies), which apparently includes references to the appeal of female opera singers?
Count me in.