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Tuesday 10 September - Charlotte Trepess (soprano) - St Martin-in-the-Fields

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‘Hark the Ech’ing Air!’ from The Fairy Queen  - Henry Purcell                                    

Hans und Grete -  Gustav Mahler                       

Die Loreley  - Clara Schumann                           

‘One Dark Night’ from The Cunning Little Vixen - Leoš Janácek                                       

Nacht und Träume, D. 827 - Franz Schubert    

Der Wanderer an den Mond                                                                                    

‘The Moon’ - Josh Brown                                         

Clair De Lune - Gabriel Fauré                                     
Les Berceaux;  Après Un

Oh, quand je dors - Franz Liszt                                           

Alice Alone from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  - Will Todd                               

On the Steps of the Palace from Into the Woods  - Stephen Sondheim        

PROGRAMME NOTES              

‘Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives’ – William Dement

Today’s recital centres around dreams and fairytales, delving into song and opera repertoire that depicts stories of mythical fairytale characters, the fascinating mystery of dreams, and the magic of the night.

Song is such a powerful medium for storytelling, which lends itself so naturally to the world of fairytales. Characters explored today include Hansel and Gretel, Die Lorelei (a mermaid in German folklore who lures seamen into the sea and their death) and Alice in Wonderland. Alongside that, song repertoire for the moon, the fears of the night, and the effect of dreams all demonstrate composers’ fascination with these night-time themes. Together with a new commission by composer Josh Brown, based on the lesser-known Grimms’ Fairytale ‘The Moon’, and a finale from the musical theatre genius Stephen Sondheim, this programme will hopefully offer a mix of imagination, colour and emotion to inspire our dreams to come.


Charlotte Trepess recently completed her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was winner of the RNCM Gold Medal, Elizabeth Harwood Prize and Frederic Cox Award.

Roles at RNCM included Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Gabrielle (La Vie Parisienne). Charlotte made her Opera North debut as Emmie in Albert Herring, and since worked with companies including Longborough Festival Opera, and Buxton Festival Opera. Charlotte regularly sings with early music ensemble Sestina, including recently the title role in Handel’s Theodora with them and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Charlotte returns to Opera North in 2019 in The Mini Magic Flute, and joins Garsington Opera Festival in Offenbach’s Fantasio and Smetena’s The Bartered Bride.

Charlotte is a Samling Artist and Concordia Artist, and has recorded numerous times with the BBC Philharmonic. Charlotte also works in education and outreach with the Royal Opera House, Opera North and Leeds Lieder Festival.

Marina Kan Selvik is a Russian-Norwegian pianist. She is currently studying at Royal Academy of Music with professor Ian Fountain, receiving generous support from Ingar Doubloug Trust. Prizewinner of several international piano competitions, Marina regularly gives solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe.

She was selected among young Scandinavian musicians as soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Rory Macdonald) and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (conductor Lars-Thomas Holm).

She performed Rachmaninov´s Third piano concerto on tour with St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in Russia, Finland and Norway, under conductor Alexander Titov with great success. Her regular concerts in the Edvard Grieg Museum "Troldhaugen" got great acclaim, where she also gave a special concert for Her Majesty Queen Sonja.

Most recently she was a soloist with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lijepaja Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonica de la Region de Murcia. Marina is Concordia Foundation Artist 2019-2020.