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London Song Festival: An Obsessive Relationship
December 3, 2021
Starring Kieran Rayner, an award-winning Kiwi operatic baritone based in London, this London Song Festival concert explores the 40-year long relationship between Pauline Viardot, composer and celebrity opera singer, and the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, through her songs.
The programme touches on Viardot’s friendships with Chopin, Liszt, Gounod, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky and shines a light on her extraordinary life at the centre of the international musical world of the 19th century, moving from St Petersburg to Paris, their château at Courtavenel, Baden-Baden and back to France.
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