Soraya Mafi & Adrian Kelly

Fri 12 July 2019

Soraya Mafi, soprano

Schumann Lied der Suleika, Op 25
Schubert Suleika 1 D720, Suleika 2 D717
Hugo Wolf Goethe Lieder
Bizet Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe, Op 21 No 4
Fauré Les roses d’Ispahan, Op 39 No 4
Saint-Saëns Mélodies persanes
Charles Stanford An Irish Idyll in six miniatures
Britten Moore’s Irish melodies
E J Moeran The Tinker’s Daughter, The Roving Dingle Boy
Dunhill The Cloths of Heaven
Bax I heard a piper piping
Michael Head A piper

Soprano Soraya Mafi presents a recital of contrasting halves, Soraya celebrates poetry and music inspired by her Iranian and Irish heritage. Fittingly she opens with settings by Schumann, Schubert and Wolf of texts from Goethe’s West-Eastern Diwan, a collection of poems inspired by the 14th-century Persian poet, Hafez. There follow three beautiful examples of French late 19th-century exoticism by Bizet, Fauré and Saint-Saëns. The second part of her recital focusses on the rich melodic tradition of the Emerald Isle, including works by Stanford, Moeran and Bax, as well as Britten’s haunting arrangement of ‘The last rose of summer’. She is accompanied by the Festival’s Artistic Director, Adrian Kelly.