Joyce DiDonato, Jamie Barton, Roderick Williams, Lucy Crowe Headline Saffron Hall’s Fall 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

Saffron Hall in North Essex, U.K. has announced its 2021-22 season, which will feature some of opera’s greatest stars.

“The past eighteen months have been challenging for everyone, but it’s a testament to Saffron Hall’s staff and supporters that we are able to announce such a such a line-up of great artists and ensembles. We have been open throughout the pandemic, but we are looking forward to welcoming our audiences back to the atmosphere and joy of a full hall,” said Chief Executive of Saffron Hall Angela Dixon in an official press statement.

For the purposes of this article, we will focus solely on vocal and operatic performances.

Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro will kick things off with “My Favorite Things,” which features music by Monteverdi, Dowland, and Händel.

Performance Date: Sept. 18, 2021

Adrian Chandler will lead La Serenissima, soprano Claire Booth, mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupic, and contralto Jess Dandy in music by Vivaldi.

Performance Date: Oct. 23, 2021

James Conway will lead a performance of Händel’s “Amadigi” with the English Touring Opera and The Old Street Band.

Performance Date: Oct. 30 & 31, 2021

The Saffron Walden Choral Society, soprano Miriam Allan, and baritone Richard Carr will headline a performance of Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem. Janet Wheeler conducts.

Performance Date: Nov. 13, 2021

Soprano Courtney Pine will also play the saxophone and ewe in a performance entitled “House of Legends.” The showcase will feature a wide range of musicians.

Performance Date: Nov. 26, 2021

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will lead a recital alongside Jake Heggie which features music by Purcell, Schubert, Brahms, Florence Price, and Heggie.

Performance Date: Dec. 3, 2021

Soprano Lucy Crowe and baritone Roderick Williams will perform MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio under Sir Mark Elder, who conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Performance Date: Dec. 5, 2021

The Britten Sinfonia and Choir of Jesus College Cambridge will perform Händel’s “Messiah” under the direction of David Watkin. Harriet Eyley, Jess Dandy, Stuart Jackson, and James Newby are the soloists.

Performance Date: Dec. 18, 2021

The fall season comes to a close with a New Year’s Celebration featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra under Michael Seal. Soprano Soraya Mafi performs “Glitter and be Gay” from “Candide” on a program that features music by Strauss II, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel.

Performance Date: Jan. 2, 2022