Acclaimed soprano Nadine Benjamin joins Norfolk Symphony Orchestra for concert
- Credit: Devon Cass
The British singer's charismatic and versatile voices seeing is much in demand and arrives in King's Lynn for a concert of works for listeners young and old.
British lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin is set to join the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra for a concert of well-known works suited for young as well as experienced listeners
Much in demand for her magnificent lyrical voice, Nadine will make her Norfolk debut at the concert at St Nichols Chapel in King's Lynn on April 2, joining the orchestra as soloist for a performance of Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss. The programme also includes Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Mussorgsky's suite Pictures at an Exhibition.
Nadine's charismatic and versatile singing is seeing her in increasingly demand on both the operatic stage and the concert platform.
Her career to date has already included performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and with Opéra National de Lyon.
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Amongst the principal roles she has performed are the title role in Aida, Cio San in Madama Butterfly and La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro.
Most recently you may have heard her as Mrs Waters on Radio 3's broadcast of The Boatswain's Mate.
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Mussorgsky's suite Pictures at an Exhibition with its famous recurring trumpet line is one of the most famous from the Russian composer. Originally written for piano, it was orchestrated by many composers, most notable Ravel; this is the version the NSO will play under the NSO music director Phillip Hesketh.
The powerful descriptive work takes a journey through 10 different images from an art gallery, including a bustling market in Limoges, a hut in the woods belonging to the witch Baba Yaga on its chicken legs, and finally, the Great Gate at Kiev.
The gallery theme continues with Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss. These are musical settings of beautiful and haunting poems by German writers. They are infused with feelings of peace, nostalgia, ending and repose. Into them Strauss poured the most fundamental aspects of his musical personality – a rainbow of orchestral colour, radiant lyricism and his life-long love affair with the soprano voice. They were completed by Strauss at the end of his life.
Brahms Academic Festival Overture, written as a light hearted piece, features well known student drinking songs of the time.
• An Image Gallery, St Nichols Chapel, King's Lynn, April 2, 3.30pm, £16, under-18s free, 015553 764864, www.nso-uk.co.uk