Berg and Copland: Lunchtime Concert
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About the Event
Soprano Mimi Doulton and pianist Richard Hall take us on a journey of song with 20th-century composers Alban Berg and Aaron Copland. The programme is as follows:
Alban Berg: Seven Early Songs (selection)
II. Die Nachtigall
III. Im Zimmer
Aaron Copland: 12 poems of Emily Dickinson
I. Nature, the gentlest mother
II. There came a wind like a bugle
III. Why do they shut me out of heaven?
IV. The world feels dusty
V. Heart, we will forget him
VI. Dear March, come in!
VII. Sleep is supposed to be
VIII. When they come back
IX. I felt a funeral in my brain
X. I've heard an organ talk
XI. Going to Heaven!
XII. The Chariot
*Image: Robert Piwko - Mimi Doulton, Leeds Lieder with Dominic Degavino (http://mimidoulton.com/production-photos)
Hailing from Hampshire, and of British-Pakistani heritage - Mimi Doulton is a passionate advocate for contemporary opera and song. She has developed and premiered new works with organisations including the Royal Opera, Mahogany Opera, Wigmore Hall, Presteigne Festival, Graeae and Snape Maltings; working with composers such as Errollyn Wallen, Richard Baker, Philip Venables and Samantha Fernando. On the opera stage, she has covered the role of Jerusha in Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park for Music Theatre Wales and the Royal Opera (2019), and created roles in Giorgio Battistelli’s Wake with Birmingham Opera Company (2018), Jonathan Higgins’ Schutzwall (2017) and Tom Smail’s Blue Electric (2018) at Tête a Tête. She is an alumni of Wild Plum Arts (2020), Aix-en-Provence Festival de-ci-de-la (2020) and the Fondation Royaumont Academie Voix Nouvelles (2017).
Other recent and forthcoming operatic roles include Lapak/Jay in The Cunning Little Vixen with Riverside Opera (2020), Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia with New Palace Opera (2020), Gretel (cover) in Hansel and Gretel with Fulham Opera (2020), Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Merry Opera Company (2019), and PeepBo in The Mikado with Charles Court Opera (2020).
On the concert stage, Mimi is proud to work as a Live Music Now Artist, an Opera Prelude Artist, and a Park Lane Group Young Artist, and was previously a Leeds Lieder Young Artist (2019). She sang Castiglioni in the London Symphony Orchestra's 'This is Rattle' Festival in 2017/18, and performed Copland's 12 poems of Emily Dickinson in the Barbican Hall as part of the orchestra's Bernstein Centenary celebrations. Recital repertoire for the 2020/21 season includes Strauss’ Ophelia Lieder, Tailleferre chansons, Berg’s Seven Early Songs, and Weir’s Scotch Minstrelsy with pianists Dominic Degavino, Richard Hall and Dylan Perez.
She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction in 2018, where her studies were supported by the Guildhall School Trust, the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Charity of Mary Barnes, and three private donors. Previously, Mimi was the Helen Hudson choral scholar at King's College London, graduating with first-class honours in Music and Languages in 2015.