REVIEW – A Celebration of Shakespeare: Anne Sofie von Otter, Julius Drake and Henry Goodman

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Anne Sofie von Otter

Ann Sofie Von Otter. Photography: Mats Bäcker

A Celebration of Shakespeare in Words and Music at Middle Temple Hall on 26 October 2016 was a late celebration of Shakespeare 400 in the only surviving venue from Shakespeare’s time where his plays were performed (Middle Temple Hall saw a performance ofTwelfth Night in 1602). Presented by Temple Music as part of their Temple Song series, the evening featured mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter accompanied by pianist Julius Drake, with actor Henry Goodman. The programme was curated by Sophie Hunter and featured songs by Purcell, RVW, Britten, Schubert, Korngold, Berlioz, Sibelius, Tippett, Rufus Wainwright and Cole Porter, interleaved with readings from Shakespeare.

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