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Opening Concert: Die schöne Müllerin

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We are extremely sorry to announce that Simon Keenlyside has been forced to withdraw from the opening concert of the Leeds Lieder Festival because of bronchitis.

We are grateful to the Dutch baritone Henk Neven for stepping in at such short notice. He will perform Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, alongside Joseph Middleton. All purchased tickets remain valid.

Dutch baritone Henk Neven is one of the most exciting song interpreters of his generation, having made regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, La Monnaie in Brussels, Musée d’Orsay in Paris and London’s BBC Proms. A recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, he has an ongoing recording contract with Onyx and his discs have received the highest critical praise.

Neven was a member of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme and in 2011 received the Dutch Music Prize, the highest honour that the Netherlands Ministry of Culture awards to a classical musician. In Wigmore Hall’s ongoing survey of the complete songs of Schubert, a project which includes the greatest Lieder singers of our time, Neven was selected to sing the cycle Die schöne Müllerin. We are thrilled that Leeds audiences will have the chance to hear him in this work.

‘Rarely do you hear, even in the rarefied world of French melodie and German Lieder, a baritone who sings with such subtlety in shading of dynamic and tone…Neven’s voice is headily beautiful … with the most seductive and responsive singing.’  Gramophone.

Supported by Elizabeth and Olav Arnold

Photo: Marco Borggreve

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Book on line here. Tickets: £28; £25 Unwaged/Disabled. £5 Under 26s/Full-time Student

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