virtuosi baroque romanticismWe would like to invite you to a unique event – something which promises to be a stunning recital from two rising stars and the beautiful evening of exquisite musical highlights! And in the most haunting and evocative of London settings — Lord Leighton’s legendary house whose interior is an amalgam of European dreams and Orientalist reveries. The evening will start with the illustrated talk by the connoisseur and historian of music, expert and leading lecturer at Christie’s Education Patrick Bade. Patrick’s style of presentation is so lively and engaging — you will not notice the time flying by while enjoying great music.  You will also gain a new perspective on Alyabiev’s Nightingale and see how it continues the tradition of classical virtuoso singing both within Russian and European traditions. Composers throughout the ages have thrilled and delighted audiences with writing of virtuosic display, both vocal and instrumental. This programme takes in a range of dazzling works, from the ease and grace of arias from Handel’s Baroque operas Almira and Rinaldo and the Classical wit and charm of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, via the coloratura brilliance of Alabiev’s The Nightingale and Verdi’s “Caro nome”, to the “mad, bad and dangerous to know” Romantic virtuosity of composer-pianist Liszt, whose breathtaking performances resulted in ladies fainting in the aisles and, on occasion, the composer himself collapsing at the piano. By all accounts, an evening not to miss! The performers during the evening are: Theodora Raftis soprano Andrew Yiangou piano Arias from Handel’s Almira and Rinaldo Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro  Verdi’s Rigoletto Liszt and Alabiev Selected vocal works Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor 15 March 2017, 7.30pm Leighton House    12 Holland Park Rd London, W14 8LZ To purchase your tickets, please follow the link: