Sponsored by NFU Mutual Salisbury
Celebrate Voice Celebrity Recital
Sunday 25th October, 2015, 7.30pm
Medieval Hall, Cathedral Close, Salisbury
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Susan Bullock, soprano
Phillip Thomas, piano
An die Musik
Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Abschied von der Erde
Gretchen am Spinnrade
Die Liebe hat gelogen
Die junge Nonne
Le Manoir de Rosamonde
L'Invitation au Voyage
Au Pays où se fait la Guerre
Var det en dröm
Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Sky above the Roof
Fair house of Joy
Susan Bullock’s unique position as the world’s most sought-after British dramatic soprano was recognised by the award of a CBE in June 2014.
Of her most distinctive roles, that of Wagner’s Brünnhilde has garnered outstanding praise and she became the first ever soprano to sing four consecutive cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Sir Antonio Pappano. Appearances as Richard Strauss’ Elektra have brought Susan Bullock equal international acclaim and collaborations with some of the world’s leading conductors including Fabio Luisi, Semyon Bychkov, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Mark Elder and Edo de Waart.
Current season highlights include her first Minnie (The Girl of the Golden West) in a new production for English National Opera and her first foray into musical theatre as Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd) for Houston Grand Opera.
Her concert work has included the Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and also with Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Phillip Thomas was born in Neath, South Wales and studied piano and percussion at the Royal Academy of Music where he was a Countess of Munster Scholar. As a student he worked as a repetiteur for Welsh National Opera, and upon graduation he was invited to join the music staff of English National Opera becoming Senior Coach, Casting Associate and Head of Training for the Young Singers Programme.
He has also worked for Opera North, Danish Royal Opera, Victoria State Opera in Melbourne and was visiting Professor at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice. His prolific concert career includes U.S. performances in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston and St. Louis. He has also worked at Bayreuth, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Taipei Tokyo and the Caribbean, as well as countless performances throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Phillip has worked alongside Sir Edward Downes, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Reginald Goodall, Zubin Mehta, Seji Ozawa and Sir Georg Solti. Conducting credits include Verdi La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Ernani and Requiem; Puccini Tosca, Zandonai Francesca da Rimini, Cimarosa Il Matrimonio Segreto, Donizetti L’Ajo nell’ imbarazzo and most recently Beethoven Fidelio.
With thanks to our friends at NFU Mutual Salisbury for Sponsoring this event
"Bullock, always profoundly musical, brings tears to one's eyes with a tenderness of phrasing that seems second nature to her." (Opera Magazine)
“She acts up a storm…with the voice solidly produced, a real trill, her enunciation perfect. When she sings ‘Siegfried, see my anguish’, right before her final monologue, Siegfried listens, transformed…she inhabits the role and the high notes ring out as well.” (International Record Review, January 2015)
“Up at Valhalla, we encounter Susan Bullock’s diminutive, punk-haired Brunnhilde, who exhibits exactly the right passionate energy.” (International Record Review, January 2015)
“Susan Bullock, the much-loved and versatile soprano, was an ideal Minnie: raw, physical, intelligent, driven not by head but heart. She sang the role in concert in 2010 but this is her first staging, and not a minute too soon. This experienced performer knows how to use her voice to maximum effect, exciting in high drama, lyrical when needed, turning any weaknesses into strengths. Above all, she radiates naturalness and humanity.” (The Guardian, October 2014)