Dame Sarah Connolly

and Joseph Middleton

Monday 2 October 2023

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The unrivalled Dame Sarah Connolly receives the highest plaudits wherever she sings.

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A prolific recording artist, she has a matchless international reputation as an interpreter of the iconic mezzo roles of Handel, Strauss and Wagner. Alongside her regular pianist, Joseph Middleton, she brings her fierce intellect and thrilling theatrical intensity to Mahler’s Rückert Lieder.

The programme also includes Night Thoughts, a special Leeds Lieder commission and world premier from Errollyn Wallen, which nods to Sarah’s student days when she performed jazz in bars and clubs, and displays the soulful depth of the outstanding mezzo’s voice.

“…superlative… This was everything a recital should be.”
– The New York Times

In association with Leeds Lieder.

Night Thoughts was commissioned by Leeds Lieder for Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton with the generous support of Peter Hirschmann, Martin Staniforth and the Vaughan Williams Foundation.



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Brahms ‘Ständchen’
‘Da unten im Tale’
‘Die Mainacht’
‘Von ewiger Liebe’

Mahler Rückert-Lieder
‘Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft’
‘Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder’
‘Liebst du um Schönheit’
‘Um Mitternacht’
‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen’


Debussy Chansons de Bilitis
‘La flûte de Pan’
‘La chevelure’
‘Le tombeau des Naiades’

Wallen Night Thoughts (A Leeds Lieder commission – world premiere)

Weill ‘My Ship’
‘Speak Low’
‘Trouble Man’
‘Je ne t’aime pas’

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Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

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