Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm
Image © Teresa Elwes
Songs and arias by Puccini and Verdi. Acclaimed as ‘one of the greatest vocal talents around today’ by Scene and Heard International, we welcome leading soprano Nadine Benjamin MBE to Thaxted.
Celebrating the 100th year since Puccini’s death, Nadine will bring her powerful emotional interpretation to a selection of his much-loved arias and songs, together with those of Verdi, of whose work she is a leading exponent. She is accompanied by Jan Karl Rautio, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, who has appeared across a range of platforms in the UK and abroad, as well as in numerous BBC Radio 3 broadcasts.
Nadine made her Royal Opera House debut in 2020 and her Glyndebourne debut in 2021 in the title role of Luisa Miller. She performed the leading role in the UK première of the opera Blue for English National Opera, for which she won the Best Opera Performer Award at the Black British Theatre Awards in 2023.
She has performed in numerous operatic roles and recitals to wide critical acclaim, and made her BBC Proms debut in 2019 as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. In addition, she founded her opera and mentorship programme Everybody Can! In 2015 to encourage and support others in recognising and achieving their own visions.
After this concert from approximately 9.30pm there will be Morris and country dancing outside as part of the Church’s Patronal Festival celebrations, with the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance at approximately 10.15.
‘Benjamin sang exquisitely; her voice has the texture and balance for later Verdi and she uses it with style and expertise.’ Opera Magazine
Venue: Thaxted Parish Church
Tickets: £38*, £34, £30, £22, £14. Age 30 and under: £10
*Premium seating in centre front rows.