Dame Sarah Connolly, Claire Barnett-Jones & Roderick Williams Lead Aldeburgh Festival’s 2022 Season

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Philip Vile)

The Aldeburgh Festival has announced its 2022 season. The festival opens on June 3, and runs through June 26, 2022.

For the purpose of this article we will focus on the vocal works. Here is the full slate.

Baritone Kieran Rayner performs music by Schubert, Debussy, and Finzi alongside pianist Bradley Wood.

Performance Date: June 4, 2022

Soprano Jessica Aszodi and vocalist Laura Bowler present Bowler’s own music alongside the London Sinfonietta. Sian Edwards conducts a production by Katie Mitchell.

Performance Date: June 4, 2022

Soprano Héloïse Werner sings Cecile Chaminade’s romantic miniatures and songs by composers including Kerry Andrew, Freya Waley-Cohen and Ayanna Witter-Johnson, as well as pieces by Britten’s contemporaries, Imogen Holst and Priaulx Rainier.

Performance Date: June 5, 2022

Elizabeth Atherton, Richard Burkhard, Frances Gregory, and Andrew McKenzie-Wicks present Tom Coult and Alice Birch’s opera “Violet.” Andrew Gourlay conducts a production by Jude Christian. A co-production for the Aldeburgh Festival by Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales.

Performance Date: June 5, 2022

Mezzo-soprano Siân Dicke sings songs by Ravel, Copland and Smetana.

Performance Date: June 8, 2022

Young female singers perform Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” alongside pianist Ana Manastireanu.

Performance Date: June 11, 2022

ORA Singers present choral works written during both Elizabethan periods, pairing pieces composed in the 16th century with 21st-century commissions inspired by them.

Performance Date: June 11, 2022, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

Jasmine Morris’ multi-media chamber opera “Animal Farm” is responding to the famed Orvel’s novel.

Performance Date: June 12, 2022

Mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska performs music by Frank Bridge, Nahre Sol, George Crumb and Margaret Bonds alongside violist Timothy Ridout and pianist Kunal Lahiry.

Performance Date: June 14, 2022

The BBC Singers perform a collection of short choral pieces by English composers created to celebrate HM The Queen’s coronation in 1953.

Performance Date: June 14, 2022, Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and baritone Roderick Williams present works by Britten and Higgins. Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Performance Date: June 17, 2022

Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman and Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe perform a mix of Purcell, Dowland and Monteverdi, 16th century Sephardic and Moorish songs, 20th-century pieces by Britten and Takemitsu, and the popular Latin American hit, Cucurrucucu Paloma.

Performance Date: June 18, 2022

Soprano Katy Thomson performs Omri Kochavi’s “Nahar Amok.”

Performance Date: June 21, 2022

Mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean sings works for amplified solo voice with electronics and tape.

Performance Date: June 22, 2022

New chamber opera by Emily Hazrati and librettist Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh “TIDE” will be performed.

Performance Date: June 23, 2022

Organist Anna Lapwood joins singers from her choir to perform music based on plainchant, from composers including Bach, Britten and Dobrinka Tabakova, alongside the original chants.

Performance Date: June 25, 2022

The famed British mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly sings music by Samuel Barber, Ernest Chausson and Kurt Weill, pieces by Schoenberg and Berg, and the first performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Songs of Sleep and Regret.”

Performance Date: June 25, 2022, Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones performs music by Rebecca Clarke, Liza Lehmann, Ethel Smyth and Imogen Holst.

Performance Date: June 26, 2022