Mezzo soprano returns to jazz roots
This article is from 2010.
Among other things, 2010 is likely to be memorable as the year of the mezzo-soprano at the Edinburgh International Festival. Joyce DiDonato, Petra Lang and Christine Brewer, who replaces the indisposed Susan Graham, are just three of the famous names appearing in recital, opera and orchestral concerts. One of Britain’s other great singers in the darker hued range of the female voice is Sarah Connolly, whose impressive catalogue of opera roles includes a brilliantly portrayed Octavian for Scottish Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier four years ago.
Her late evening performances with pianist John Horler appear, however, not in the classical section of the festival programme, but under the jazz and contemporary music heading. They are, says EIF Director Jonathan Mills, a chance for her to ‘return to the origins of her career in a jazz inspired concert.’ Connolly, whose ambition to be a classical artist overtook her toying with the idea of pursuing a career as a jazz singer and pianist, comes to Edinburgh with a programme of British and American song from the 1930s and 1940s, including songs from Ivor Novello’s ‘Glamorous Night and Connolly’s own long-time favourite, George Gershwin.
Sarah Connolly/John Horler, The Hub, 473 2000, Fri 20 Aug, Sat 21 Aug, 9.30pm, £17.50.