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7 May 2011

The rich diversity of art song will be showcased in the opening recital of 2011, with songs from a range of countries and periods, from Grieg to Granados to Richard Rodney Bennett.

Mezzo-soprano Yann Kee will present a selection of songs by Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Jesus Guridi.

Granados' Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, settings of a group of poems by Fernando Periquet for voice and piano, "have long and widely been considered a precious peak in the Spanish song repertoire. In this collection, which was first published in 1912, Granados' love of radiant but subtle harmonies, shimmering piano textures, and of archaic-sounding and often folklike melodies finds full expression." (Classical Archives) Yann will sing La maja dolorosa I, II and III, El majo timido, El majo discreto, and El tra-la-la y el punteado

Yann will also sing Seis canciones castellanas by Jesus Guridi, first published in 1939. Strongly influenced by Richard Wagner, and other late Romantic composers, Guridi found inspiration in the roots of Basque folklore in his early scores.

Soprano Zoe Kikiros will sing a selection of songs by Edvard Grieg and Richard Strauss, and Samuel Barber's Four Songs Op. 13 (1937-1940).

Said Zoe: "I decided to prepare a programme of songs that I had not sung before but were songs that I would like to hear if I were in the audience. I was drawn to three wonderful composers: Grieg, Richard Strauss and Samuel Barber. What became apparent, especially with the latter two composers, was that they really understood the human voice. Strauss, having married the soprano Pauline de Ahna, favoured the soprano voice and much of his most beautiful songs and arias were written for that voice type. Barber's background was deeply entrenched in singing and he had an astonishing appreciation of the voice. After learning Sure on This Shining Night, I loved it so much that I decided to perform all of the four songs in the Opus."

From the French repertoire, emerging artist Krystl Ride (soprano) will perform three pieces set around the theme of dreams and dreaming: Serenade by Charles Gounod, Reve d'amour and Apres un reve, both by Gabriel Fauré. "I love the charming qualities of music by Fauré and Gounod. The three pieces I have chosen by these composers embrace the wonders of the subconscious, veiled with love, after being serenaded into a dreamy state."

Emerging artist Alasdair Kent (tenor) will sing a selection of songs by Roger Quilter.

The singers will be accompanied by Tommaso Pollio, Principal Repetiteur with West Australian Opera.

The recital will be followed by supper where artists and audience can mingle and share conversation and a love of music.

Enrique Granados

Yann Kee

Zoe Kikiros

Tommaso Pollio