The Course of True Love: An Introduction to Art Song

Monday 16 March 7:30pm Music
Tickets £11.50

Venue: Third Stage - Theatre Royal

Running time: 2 hours (including interval)

Important Information

This event will take place at the Theatre Royal Dress Circle bar
Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
Age Recommendation: 5+

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April Fredrick  soprano
Eric McElroy  piano

American soprano April Fredrick is on a mission to make us fall in love with lieder, or “art song”. And what better way than with this seductive programme exploring the stages of love, from breathless anticipation to broken hearts? Accompanied by rising star pianist and composer, Eric McElroy, April will be following love’s distinctly unsmooth course through encounters with many of art song’s greatest composers, from the Renaissance courtly couplets of Thomas Campion to the rich Romantic outpourings of Schumann, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

April is one of today’s most imaginative vocal artists with a rare gift for making art song really speak to audiences. Her intimate and immersive programme – which also includes colourful French contributions courtesy of Debussy, Fauré and Poulenc, and twentieth-century English lyricism from Vaughan Williams and John Ireland – is the perfect entry point to a world where music and poetry merge to heart-melting effect.


Purcell  Sweeter than Roses
Sibelius  Kyssens hop
Schumann  Er, der herrlichste von Allen
Campion  Oft have I sighed
Gibbs  Why do I love?
Brahms  Vergebliches Ständchen
Fauré  Claire de lune
Ireland  Tutto è sciolto
Wolf  Das verlassen Mägdlein
Debussy  Apparition
Strauss  Gefunden
Poulenc  Nous avons fait la nuit
Vaughan Williams  Silent Noon
Sibelius  Vår det en dröm
Schumann  Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz
Poulenc  Fleurs
McElroy  Misterioso
Strauss  Befreit
Strauss  Morgen

Under 16s & Go Card holders
All tickets £5

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