Aurora Orchestra


Thursday, 2 July 2020

Nicholas Collon conductor • Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano • Andrew Staples tenor

Nicholas Collon conducts the ground-breaking Aurora Orchestra in Song of the Earth, which is inspired by Schoenberg and his circle’s chamber arrangements. The programme features Iain Farrington’s 16-player arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with illustrious soloists Dame Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples.

The concert will be preceded by a a conversation between Nicholas Collon and Nicholas Chalmers, artistic director of Nevill Holt Opera.

Aurora Orchestra is a virtuosic chamber orchestra built of exceptional musicians, giving electrifying performances at the very highest international standard.

‘Aurora is the most bracing breath of fresh air to invigorate the British classical music scene in the past ten years.’ Richard Morrison, The Times

Nicholas Collon is Founder and Principal Conductor of Aurora Orchestra, as well as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Residentie Orkest in The Hague and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.

World-renowned opera singer Dame Sarah Connolly has performed on opera’s great stages from Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and Teatro alla Scala to the Opéra national de Paris. She studied at the Royal College of Music of which she is now a Fellow and was made a DBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours.

Andrew Staples has made his mark singing Das Lied von der Erde and is also a regular guest at the Royal Opera House where he has sung Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Flammand (Capriccio), and Narraboth (Salome). He also performs in Salzburg, Hamburg, Brussels and Prague.