Last Songs for Sinfonia

DISTINGUISHED soprano Naomi Harvey is set to appear at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe on Saturday to perform Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs when North Devon Sinfonia make their annual visit to the town. Born in Cornwall, Naomi has performed with man

DISTINGUISHED soprano Naomi Harvey is set to appear at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe on Saturday to perform Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs when North Devon Sinfonia make their annual visit to the town.Born in Cornwall, Naomi has performed with many high profile ensembles including English National Opera. The concert will open with Brahms' rousing Academic Festival Overture which parodies a number of student drinking songs and will conclude with Tchaikovsky's mighty Symphony no 5.Last year with the Welsh National Opera, Naomi sang the role of Berta in Rossini's Barber of Seville and she will return to WNO this summer as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme. Four Last Songs were among Strauss' last works, written in 1948 and not premiered until after his death. They are often regarded as his acceptance of his impending death and the writing is ethereal and extremely haunting as a result. Few doubt that they are among his greatest works. The concert begins at 8pm and tickets cost �10 and are available from the Box Office on (01271) 324242.


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