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Programme in detail

Saturday 10 September 2011 - Saturday 17 September 2011

Rodgers and Vignoles on Russian Song

Joan Rodgers and Roger Vignoles course directors

A rare opportunity to work with the legendary soprano Joan Rodgers on a unique area of song repertoire which she has made very much her own. Explore Russian song from Glinka’s and Tchaikovsky’s settings of Pushkin, the great cycle of Rachmaninov songs to more recent responses to poems of Anna Akhmatova by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Britten.

Jointly directed by Roger Vignoles, whom students will also be able to hear accompanying Joan Rodgers in concert, the course will study the unique textures, evocative melodies and intriguing texts of these extraordinary works. Russian-born Helena Bayliss will provide language coaching and input on the poets.

Established duos and individual singers and pianists may apply. Participants must cover their travel, accommodation and food costs (bursaries available).

Masterclasses open to the public.
Recital 17 September 2011, in the Peter Pears Recital Room

Supported by the Scarfe Charitable Trust

‘No non-Russian singer has done more for Russian song than Joan Rodgers’
The Sunday Times

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