KARAKA COLLECTIVE

ABOUT

The Karaka Collective is a new ensemble of old friends who have collaborated on numerous projects since the 1990s. For this tour, they have put together a rich and varied programme of love songs and duets.

Pianist and music director Lindy Tennent-Brown returned to Aotearoa in 2018 to become Head of Music and New Zealand Opera. Before this she worked through the UK’s major festivals and concert halls, performing with the likes of Ann Murray, DBE, Sir Simon Keenlyside, CBE, Michael Collins and Isabelle van Keulen. She specialises in curating and performing song recitals.

Mezzo-soprano Wendy Dawn Thompson’s opera highlights include the title role of Isabella/L’italiana in Algeri for New Zealand Opera, Charlotte/Werther for both Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon and Vilnius City Opera, and Magdalena/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Edinburgh International Festival. Most recently Wendy featured as Teresa Salieri in two sold-out seasons of Amadeus at London’s Royal National Theatre, broadcast worldwide with NT Live.

Baritone James Harrison has recently appeared in Tosca, Candide, Trial By Jury, and Carmen for New Zealand Opera. Previous opera highlights include Conte Alamaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Sør in Norway, Escamillo/Carmen for Opera UpClose, Bello/La Fanciulla del West for Opera Holland Park, and Hortensius/La Fille du Regiment for Opera della Luna.

PROGRAMME

Songs and Duets of Love and (In)fidelity

BRITTEN
“Tell me the truth about love”

GERSHWIN
“Love walked in”

GURNEY
‘Thou didst delight my eyes

BRAHMS
Songs from Duets, op 28

BEETHOVEN
“Adelaide”, op 46

R. SCHUMANN
‘Meine Rose’, op 90 no 2

BRITTEN
Songs from Albert Herring

FRANK BRIDGE
“Love went a-riding”

TOSTI
“L’ultima canzone” and “Ideale”

—interval—

WILLIAM BOLCOM
“Waitin’”

H. DUPARC
“Chanson triste” and “Extase”

DONIZETTI
Songs from Roberto Devereux

K. WEILL
“Je ne t’aime pas”

R. STRAUSS
“Befreit”, op 39 no 4

C. SCHUMANN
“Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen’, op 13 no 1”

JOHN KANDER
“All I care about is love”

JASON ROBERT BROWN
“I’d give it all for you”

THE MUSICIANS

Wendy Dawn Thompson Mezzo-Soprano
James Harrison Baritone
Lindy Tennent-Brown Piano

MEDIA

INFORMATION

TOUR DATES
29 March – 2 April 2020

DURATION
101 minutes including an interval

LOCATIONS
Wellington, Tauranga & Cromwell

PRESENTERS
This concert is presented in association with Cromwell & Districts Community Arts Council, Tauranga Musica Inc. & Wellington Chamber Music Trust.

WHEN AND WHERE

WELLINGTON

Sun 29 Mar

St. Andrew’s on The Terrace

TAURANGA

Tue 31 Mar

St. Peter’s Church

CROMWELL

Thu 2 Apr

Coronation Hall

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