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Opera North: Lunchtime Concert | 23 October

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23 Oct 2020 1pm

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Leeds Town Hall

The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD

Members of the Orchestra of Opera North
French Melodies: Ravel, Renié, Faure and Debussy
Lunchtime Concert 

Ravel Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp, string quartet 
Henriette Renié Contemplation for solo harp 
Fauré, Debussy, Ravel French melodies for harp and singer  

Heady impressionistic beauty illuminated by flashes of modernism: a journey into the enchanted world of turn-of-the-century French music. 

Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro was commissioned by the Érard company in 1905 to showcase its new double-action pedal harp. Sometimes described as a miniature concerto, it shows the full range of the instrument in an exquisitely scored chamber setting. 

The French harpist Henriette Renié’s virtuosity inspired composers including Ravel and Debussy to write for the instrument, and her own compositions helped to establish it as a solo instrument. Contemplation (1898) is her earliest composition for solo harp.

Mezzo soprano and Opera North Chorister Helen Évora joins the ensemble for a selection of songs by Fauré, Debussy and Ravel. 

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