performs the Great American Songbook
25 September 2016
Internationally renowned soprano Susan Bullock brings to the Orange Tree an evening of classic songs from the Great American Songbook, featuring work by Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. Subtitled ‘Songs my father taught me’, Susan learned all of these standards whilst growing up. Amongst the numbers included in the programme will be ‘Someone to watch over me’, ‘Stormy weather’, ‘If I loved you’, ‘My funny Valentine’ and ‘Losing my mind’. She will be accompanied by acclaimed cabaret pianist Richard Sisson.
“Bullock, always profoundly musical, brings tears to one’s eyes with a tenderness of phrasing that seems second nature to her.” Opera Magazine
Susan Bullock’s unique position as one of the world’s most sought-after British dramatic sopranos was recognised by the award of a CBE in June 2014.
Of her most distinctive roles, Wagner’s Brünnhilde has garnered outstanding praise, leading her to become the first ever soprano to sing four consecutive cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House under Sir Antonio Pappano as part of the London 2012 Festival. Appearances as Richard Strauss’ Elektra have brought equal international acclaim and collaborations with some of the world’s leading conductors including Fabio Luisi, Semyon Bychkov, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Mark Elder and Edo de Waart.
Susan Bullock has added a wealth of roles to her repertoire in recent seasons including Minnie (La fanciulla del West), which she debuted on stage in a new production for English National Opera and, in a new departure, Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd) which she debuted at Houston Grand Opera.
Popular appearances have included the Last Night of the Proms in 2011 and a special appearance at the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony.
Richard Sisson is a composer, arranger and pianist. Alongside a wide-ranging catalogue of some 50 concert works, his theatre compositions include scores for The Magistrate (National Theatre), The History Boys (National Theatre, West End and Broadway) and The Lady in the Van (West End).
Richard has performed as a cabaret pianist for over 35 years. Lately this has involved musical adventures with Alan Titchmarsh, Janie Dee, Kitty Whately, Jamie Parker and Martin Jarvis, including a Sondheim anniversary concert last summer at the BBC Proms.
Photo: Christina Raphaelle