Lotte Betts-Dean performs at Oxford International Song Festival
October 17 @ 1:00 pm - October 18 @ 5:00 pm
Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean will perform at two events for this year’s Oxford International Song Festival.
Praised by The Guardian for her “irrepressible sense of drama and unmissable, urgent musicality”, Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is fast establishing herself as one of today’s most creative and exciting voices.
Concerto Grosso – 17 October
What to expect: Music by Tom Phillips, including his own graphic scores; music that inspired his artworks, including by Eric Satie and John Cage; and music that he loved, including songs by Schubert and Schumann.
The artists: This fascinating programme will be performed by Lotte, who is a former Oxford Song Young Artist, and Joanna MacGregor, one of the pre-eminent pianists of today who is particularly acclaimed for her insightful performances of contemporary music. Well-known actor Samuel West joins them to read extracts of Tom Phillip’s writings.
Voice Electric – 18 October
Taking to the stage with video artist Purple Taiko, Lotte developed this show for solo voice, electronics and vintage CRT monitors for Britten Pears Arts’ Festival of New last year. The performance includes ground-breaking works by Luigi Nono and Kurt Schwitters alongside newer works by Kaija Saariaho, Erin Gee, Stuart MacRae and Mathis Saunier. Using analogue processing and effects to create a visual collage of lo-fi imagery, textures and colour, Purple Taiko’s visuals complete a thrilling evening.