“Willard White has become synonymous with the role of Porgy: his commanding presence yet noble vulnerability captures the character perfectly – and what a voice!” MusicWeb International
Sir Willard White – Bass Baritone
Gweneth Ann Jeffers – Soprano
Jason Thornton – Conductor
Gershwin – Porgy & Bess – Concert Suite
Dvorak – Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’
Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess might just be the Great American Opera, with a score that includes such well-loved numbers such as Summertime, I got plenty o’ nuttin, It ain’t necessarily so and Bess, you is my woman now. Sir Willard White’s portrayal of Porgy is justly famed. Joined by the superb Gweneth Ann Jeffers plus full chorus and orchestra, and paired with Dvorak’s evergreen New World symphony, offers a rousing conclusion to this year’s Festival.
Sir Willard White is one of the most versatile and most loved opera stars of the past 40 years. He has performed in the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls around the world, collaborating with conductors, directors and orchestras of the highest calibre. He was last seen at the Bath International Music Festival in 2011 in Robeson Re-Explored, which was rapturously received by a full capacity audience. We are delighted to welcome Sir Willard back to Bath, performing with Bath’s own professional orchestra, the Bath Philharmonia, and the acclaimed Bath Camerata.
Supported by The Roper Family Charitable Trust.
This year we have expanded our long-standing work with Young Carers to include music, dance and film. Young carers from across Wiltshire will perform their own words and music devised with musicians from Bath Philharmonia, and will also present a new dance film created with Being Frank Physical Theatre.
Supported by Wiltshire Community Foundation and an anonymous donor
Presented in partnership with Youth Action Wiltshire (with funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation), Bath Philharmonia, Being Frank Physical Theatre and Wiltshire College.
Smetana - The Moldau
Korngold – Violin Concerto
Dvořák – Symphony No. 8
Nicola Benedetti – Violin
Jason Thornton – Conductor
Since Nicola Benedetti performed with us in 2012, her career has exploded, making her one of the most influential classical artists today.
We are pleased to bring her back to perform the beautiful Korngold Violin Concerto, a lush, lyrical piece, perfectly suited to her style. We’re coupling it with Dvořák’s fresh and melodious Symphony No. 8.
This concert should be a sell-out, so please make sure to get your tickets in good time!
Beginning on Friday, 3 July, 7:00pm with additional concerts on Sunday, 5 July at 4:30pm and on Sunday, 26 July at 4:30pm
Bath Philharmonia and the Cooper Hall Emerging Artists Opera Workshop are in their third year of successful collaboration, presenting opera in the beautiful, intimate setting of Cooper Hall. This year they have chosen Mozart’s masterpiece Cosi Fan Tutte. Encompassing sublime music, love, lust, desire and deception, this production will be played out in a modern setting; testing fidelity and blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. A wonderful introduction to the genre for newcomers, and a fresh, new production for those familiar with the piece.
Cheese & Grain
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