BARBARA MARIA RATHBONE soprano
Monday 29 April 2024
Concert: 6.30pm (approx 60 minutes, no interval)
Tickets: £20, £15 Concessions
Celebrate the emotion that drives composers of song the most - love in all its forms, from romantic to familial. In turns dizzying, reflective or simply the deep connection that the poet feels with their song as they survey a sometimes lonely but enchanted world.
Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben
Den första kyssen
Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte
Ich wandle unter Blumen
Liebst du um Schönheit
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Sieben Frühe Lieder:
Knoxville Summer 1915
Barbara Maria Rathbone
Barbara Maria's website
London born lyric soprano Barbara Maria Rathbone established her career across London and Europe as a choral, concert and recital singer. She has performed at a wide variety of venues, such as the Barbican Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Grieghallen, Bergen, and the Royal Festival Hall. She made her operatic debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and encouraged by German born conductor and pianist, Peter Gellhorn, developed a deep passion for art song and lieder. Recently she has sung for Fulham (now Regents) Opera as an apprentice in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and developed an art song performance project called Découpage.
Barbara studied voice and piano at The London College of Music and at Trinity College of Music. After her early career she began to develop skills in the administrative side of the business and took a sabbatical from singing to pursue a career as an artist’s manager and established her own company, Musica Universalis, successfully representing instrumentalists and conductors nationally and internationally and co-curating concerts at Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms. Missing performance and singing she returned to her former career in 2017 and studied vocal technique and pedagogy in-depth. Barbara has long been fascinated by vocal health and singing in education and, as well as running a successful teaching practice, she is a trained vocal massage therapist and also trained as a learning facilitator at the Royal Opera House for its opera outreach programme. Barbara maintains a portfolio as a teacher, choral singer, recitalist and opera singer.
Nigel Foster was born in London and studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Graham Johnson, and also privately with Roger Vignoles. At both the Academy and the Guildhall he won every prize and award available for piano accompaniment, and has been appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Nigel enjoys a busy schedule performing on the concert platform. He has played for artists including the late Philip Langridge, Sarah Walker, Ian Partridge, Roderick Williams, Neil Jenkins, Yvonne Kenny, Jeremy Huw Williams, Maire Flavin, Anna Devin, Ruby Hughes, Gillian Keith, Nicky Spence, Jane Manning, Marcus Farnsworth, Benedict Nelson and violinist Madeleine Mitchell, as well as many of Britain's leading young singers. He performs at major venues including the Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, St John Smith Square and Royal Opera House (Crush Room) in London, and St David's Hall in Cardiff.
In his formative years Nigel played for Graham Johnson's Songmakers Almanac, the Park Lane Group and several opera companies including Glyndebourne. Nigel has worked with John Eliot Gardiner CBE, and he has happy memories of his time as a rehearsal pianist for the late Georg Solti, playing for singers including Renee Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. Nigel worked closely with Sarah Walker in the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Nigel's CD recordings include several discs of contemporary music and anthologies of songs of Alun Hoddinott and Mansel Thomas with baritone Jeremy Huw Williams for the Sain label. He features on the soundtrack of the French film L'Homme est une Femme Comme les Autres.
Nigel performs extensively abroad. He has played all over Europe, Asia (Japan, Malaysia), New Zealand and the Americas (USA, Canada, Colombia) and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and on French, Welsh and Greek television.