Mendelssohn's enchanting music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream has to be the most famous and beloved Shakespearean score of all time, but, what is a ‘Walpurgisnacht’? Think Halloween crossed with Beltane. In April, people across Northern and Eastern Europe dress up as witches and wizards, light bonfires, feast and are jolly. Mendelssohn celebrates by setting Goethe’s tale of ancient Druids outwitting the intolerant local Christians who want to ban their pagan rituals, and quite simply has a lot of choral fun with it. From the cracking overture to the big triumphant close, the pace never lets up.
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Laurence Equilbey is a French conductor, particularly known for her work with choral repertoire. She founded the chamber choir Accentus in 1991 and is its Music Director. She is also an associate artist of the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence and a companion of the Philharmonie de Paris. This concert marks her debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Born in South Wales, contralto Hilary Summers studied at Reading University, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera studio. She has recorded over forty albums spanning works from the early baroque period to the present day and has sung in most of the major concert halls and opera houses of the world.
Austrian tenor Martin Mitterrutzner had his first experience on stage aged ten as First Boy in Mozart’s Magic Flute, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. He was trained by Brigitte Fassbaender. Recent and future operatic roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute (Semperoper Dresden and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden); La Calisto at the (Bavarian State Opera, Munich)...
Rising young baritone Huw Montague Rendall is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music. As a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, he sang the role of Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for which he was also awarded the much coveted John Christie Award 2016.