A rare opportunity to hear Strauss’ jewel and final work, ‘Four Last Songs’ in Byron Bay to commemorate his 150th Anniversary. In a program of beautiful and contrasting music, Lecia Robertson and Nicholas Routley will showcase the work of two very different composers, who both loved and wrote for the operatic soprano voice – Richard Strauss and Kurt Weill.
Lecia Robertson is a principal artist with Australia’s State Opera companies and has performed and covered more than 25 roles here and in the UK, including Manon Lescaut, Aida, Salome, Marguerite (Faust), Mimi (La Boheme), Micaela (Carmen) and many more. Recently, she performed Leonora in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. Sandra Bowdler from Opera Britannia said of her performance… “Her rich soprano voice is compelling and accurate, with a golden bloom at the top, and she performed with true dramatic involvement.”
Nicholas Routley, pianist, conductor and composer, was for many years a lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Sydney, and has conducted and accompanied many great singers internationally and in Australia. He studied piano in London with Peter Feuchtwanger and specialised in chamber music. Currently Musical Director of the Lismore-based choir Vox Caldera, he was the founder of the Sydney Chamber Choir, and their musical director for 30 years. He is currently engaged in the composition of three operas on the subject of the Indian epic, Mahabharata.
The program includes:
Favourites by Richard Strauss: Zueignung, Ich trage meine Minne, Morgen, Four Last Songs.
And hits by his contemporary, Kurt Weill: The Saga of Jenny, Surabaya Johnny, Lonely House, Mack the Knife, Wie Lange Noch, Solomon Song.