Helena Dix sings Verdi and Harty
November 4, 2018, 2:45 pm
Assembly Hall, Worthing

Helena Dix
Worthing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons

 

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet
Verdi: Overture 'The Force of Destiny'
Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
Hamilton Harty: Ode to a Nightingale
Verdi: Desdemona's final scene - Otello

£19, 25, 29 - students and under 18s: £1

“Dix is a tour de force. She has a voice that ranges from the delicate to the overwhelming, soft declamation alternating with coloratura fireworks, and excellent comic timing. If that’s not enough, Dix can really act. Her portrayal of the aging queen’s hopes, uncertainties, rage, and jealousy was riveting. Put simply, it was one of the most thrilling nights at the opera I have ever experienced – an opinion shared by many in the enthusiastic audience. If you haven’t heard of Melbourne born soprano Helena Dix yet – you will. This is the most exciting voice I have heard since Joan Sutherland”

 

Roberto Devereux, Melbourne Opera, November 2017 -Paul Selar, Opera Chaser.

 

Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies inspired Tchaikovsky and Verdi to compose two of their most popular and astonishing works. Sensational Australian soprano Helena Dix returns to Worthing to sing Desdemona’s intensely moving closing scene at the end of Otello, whilst the orchestra brings us the heart-rending tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Helena also sings the beautiful setting of Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale by Hamilton Harty, perhaps best known for his orchestral suites of music by Handel and John Field and his conductorship of the Hallé Orchestra. The concert also includes the poignant Rhapsody “A Shropshire Lad” inspired by A.E. Houseman’s poetry and composed by George Butterworth who was killed in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. The concert opens with Verdi’s hugely popular overture “The Force of Destiny” – known to millions as the ‘Stella Artois’ advert.

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