Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music


A reading of poems and sonnetts by William Shakespeare and John Donne, with songs and instrumental music by John Dowland and Philip Rosseter

Christopher Robson, Countertenor
Axel Wolf, Lute

The highly regarded Scottish countertenor Christopher Robson, who is currently appearing at Oper Frankfurt, where roles in the past have included Satirino in a new production of La Calisto (2011/2012), as Trinculo in The Tempest. He made his debut at English National Oper in 1981, in Monteverdi's Orfeo. He has enjoyed great success with many interesting roles including Arsamene (Xerxes), Polinesso (Ariodante), Handel's Giulio Cesare, Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Akhnaten, Mystery Man (Lost Highway), Edgar (Reimann's Lear), Claire (The Maids) and Edward Kelley (Doctor Dee). He has appeared all over the world at leading opera companies including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, the Semperoper in Dresden, Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen, Ópera São Paulo, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera and in Edinburgh. His most recent engagements were Purcell's The Fairy Queen at the International Istanbul Music Festival and the world premiere of Reiserer's President Jekyll in the Amerikahaus in Munich. Engagements in 2014 include the title role in Andre Tchaikovsky's Der Kaufmann von Venedig/The Merchant of Venice at the Wielki Theatre in Warsaw. Christopher Robson was a member of the ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich until 2006, where he was made a Kammersänger in 2003.

Axel Wolf performs regularly as a guest with ensembles including Musica Fiata Cologne, Ars Antiqua Austria, the Freiburg Barockorchester, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The English Concert London, often at leading international festivals such as those in Bruges, Edinburgh and Utrecht and concert halls in Rome, Tokyo and New York, to name but a few. He has been a regular guest at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich since 2000. Conductors with whom he has worked have included Ivor Bolton, Harry Bicket, Christopher Moulds, Peter Schreier, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Alan Curtis, Paul McCreesh and Joshua Rifkin. He can be heard playing continuo and accompanying on many recordings. His three solo albums: Opera for Lute by Johann Adolph Hasse, Musik für Laute/Music for Lute by J.S. Bach and Chiaccona, with works by Alessandro Piccinini (accompanied by the United Continuo Ensemble), were followed by Friends of the Lute, works for solo lute and chamber music by S.L. Weiss, J.S. Bach and E.G. Baron. Axel Wolf worked as a professor at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Hannover from 1986-2003.

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Monday 13.01.2014 20:00 h

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