Jennifer Johnston, Miah Persson, Sophie Bevan, Nicky Spence, Roderick Williams Headline Leeds Lieder’s Spring 2023 Program

By David Salazar

Leeds Lieder has announced a series of recitals that it will be present this spring in anticipation of its festival, which is set to take place between June 9-17, 2023.

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and pianist and Festival Director Joseph Middleton, will showcase music from 20th and 21st century British and American composers. Audiences will hear music by Jonathan Dove, Benjamin Britten, Joseph Horovitz, Ned Rorem, Samuel Barber, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

“It’s 12 years since I sat having lunch with Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Sophie Hannah in Cambridge, discussing what we thought a song cycle about the life of a woman in the 21st century should look like, and a decade since Joseph Middleton and I premiered One Life Stand at Opera North.  Much has changed in the world since then, but the universal themes of love and loss remain consistent, and it’s a great pleasure for us to perform it again at Leeds Lieder,” Johnston said in an official press statement.

Performance Date: Feb. 10, 2023

Next up, audiences will see Miah Persson and Joseph Middelton take on music by Grieg, Nystroem, Sibelius, and Strauss.

Performance Date: Feb. 15, 2023 

Next up is a concert headlined by Mary Bevan and Nicky Spence. Joseph Middleton will accompany them in a performance featuring music by Coward, Weill, Novello, Berg, Messager, Rorem, Lehar, Sullivan, Oscar Strauss, Satie, Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, and Brecht.

Performance Date: March 4, 2023

The series comes to a close with a concert starring Roderick Williams and Joseph Middleton as they take on music by Schubert.

Performance Date: April 20, 2023