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Soraya Mafi, Soprano Simon Lepper, Piano

Theatre Royal, Dumfries



Tuesday 15th August Theatre Royal, Dumfries 7:30pm 

Adults £15, Under 26 Free


Dominick Argento Elizabethan songs: Spring, Sleep, Winter, Dirge, Diaphenia, Hymn

Sullivan, Orpheus with his lute
Jonathan Doves 'Ariel Songs', 'I boarded the king's ship'
Julius Harrison, Philomel
Britten, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Be kind and courteous
Gounod, from Romeo et Juliette, 'Je veux vivre'

America's musical love affair
Bernstein, 'I hate music' cycle of 5 kids songs
My Name is Barbara
Jupiter Has Seven Moons
I Hate Music
A Big Indian and a Little Indian
I'm a Person Too

A selection of Aaron Copland's 'Old American Songs' Simple gifts
I bought me a cat
Ching a ring chaw

An American Romance: 

Cole Porter, from 'Kiss me Kate', So in love
Seymour Barab, One perfect rose
Richard Hundly, Come ready and see me,
Gershwin, Someone to watch over me
Gershwin, By Strauss

Soraya Mafi, Soprano Lancashire-born soprano Soraya Mafi studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music, supported by the Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award. Soraya continues her studies with Janis Kelly. Soraya's many awards and prizes include the Maggie Teyte Prize in 2014 and the Susan Chilcott Award in 2016. She was also the 2nd Prize winner of the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Soraya is a Harewood Young Artist of the English National Opera.
Soraya's roles for English National Opera have included Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Papagena (Magic Flute) and Karolka (Jeunfa). This season, she returned to the English National Opera as Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) and next year makes her role début as Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream). She made her American début in June with Seattle Symphony Orchestra (Ludovic Morlot) and toured with Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Chrisophe Spinosi) to Chapelles Versailles. Next season Soraya makes role débuts as Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare - English Touring Opera) and Nanetta (Falstaff - Garsington Fesitval Opera).
Simon Lepper, Piano Simon Lepper was educated at King's College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.


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