Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: Mrs Katalin Landon

(c) Tony Nandi

Corn Exchange

John Tomlinson with Counterpoise

The Art of Love and Kokoschka’s Doll

Wednesday 16th May, Corn Exchange Newbury RG14 5BD
7.30pm (ends approx 9.30pm)




John Tomlinson bass baritone
Rozanna Madylus mezzo soprano
Fenella Humphreys
Deborah Calland trumpet
Kyle Horch saxophone
Iain Farrington piano


A fascinating evening of two halves, focussing on the dramatic affair between artist Oskar Kokoschka and composer Alma Mahler, starring operatic legend Sir John Tomlinson.


In the first half, mezzo-soprano Rozanna Madylus adopts the role of Alma in The Art of Love: Alma Mahler’s Life and Music (text by Barry Millington), a sequence of music by Alma and Gustav Mahler, Zemlinsky, Webern and Wagner (arranged by David Matthews).


In the second half Sir John and Counterpoise perform Kokoschka’s Doll, created specially for them by composer John Casken and writer Barry Millington, which tells the dramatic tale of the curious relationship between Oscar Kokoschka and his muse.


"Tomlinson [gives a] titanic, heart-rending performance." The Telegraph


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