Mastersingers in association with Rossotrudnichestvo is delighted to present a LIVE concert of Russian song on 10 December at 7pm. Pauls Putnins bass-baritone & Diana Ketler piano perform music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Sviridov.

Leonid Pasternak Alexander Pushkin by the seashore (1896)

A programme of texts and translations will be available online. The concert will end at 8.15. There is a lift in the building but please note that tickets will not be available on the door.

This is a socially distanced event – only 25 seats are available! Tickets at £20 each must be booked in advance by email to: Payment is by BACS transfer.

***Mastersingers and Rossotrudnichestvo will comply with current Government guidelines and in the event of unavoidable cancellation refunds will be made***

Pauls Putnins

Latvian born Pauls Putnins’ appearances in opera include La bohème (ENO, Opéra de Nancy); Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Colorado, Denver and Russian National Orchestra, Moscow); Carmen (New Zealand Opera, Blackheath Opera); Don GiovanniLe nozze di Figaro (Latvian National Opera, Teatru Manoel, Valletta, Malta); Boulevard Solitude (Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona); The Rape of Lucretia (St Petersburg and Riga); Tannhäuser (Barcelona); and I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Moscow Philharmonic). Opera appearances in UK include Idomeneo and Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Idomeneo and Tosca (ENO); Fidelio (Garsington); Das Rheingold (Longborough), Madama Butterfly and Aida (Royal Albert Hall); Flavio (Early Opera Company); Ariadne and La traviata (Birmingham Opera Company). Pauls also has an international concert career and has sung with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel, Moscow and Bucharest Philharmonics and Russian National Orchestra ranging in a wide repertoire including all Bach Passions, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. His audio recording include Ferrondo in Mercadante’s Maria Stuarda regina di Scozia, Ricardo in Meyerbeer’s Margherita D’Anjou (Opera Rara); Everyman in Walford Davies’ Everyman (Duton); as well as DVDs of Jonathan Miller’s production of La bohème at ENO (Warner Classics) and Lehnhoff’s production of Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at the Liceu, Barcelona (Euroarts).

Diana Ketler

As a soloist and chamber musician, Diana Ketler performed at such venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Musiekverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Prinzregententheater in Munich and La Fenice in Venice and appeared in many music festivals, including Lucerne Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Rheingau Musik Festival, Gstaat and Spoletto. Diana is the Artistic Director of the SoNoRo Festival in Romania and Italy and Chiemgauer Musikfrühling in Bavaria. She is a co-founder of Ensemble Raro – one of the most exciting chamber music groups in Europe. They have recorded a number of highly critically acclaimed CDs, which were co-produced by Solo Musica in Munich and Bavarian Broadcasting, BR. Diana is a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Professor of Chamber Music at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 and is a double recipient of the Great Music Award of Latvia.