Rozanna Madylus to make Wigmore Hall debut


2020 City Music Foundation Artist Rozanna Madylus will make her professional debut at Wigmore Hall on Thursday 26 January. She will perform in a double bill of The Shackled King & Brünnhilde’s Dream with Counterpoise and Sir John Tomlinson.



Fenella Humphreys violin
Kyle Horch saxophone
Deborah Calland trumpet
Anna Tilbrook piano

Sir John Tomlinson bass
Rozanna Madylus mezzo-soprano



John Casken The Shackled King (London première)

Brünnhilde’s Dream: A sequence of words and music:
Richard Wagner Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Sleep music from Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)
Fanny Mendelssohn Fichtenbaum und Palme and Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh
Karol Szymanowski Lullaby Op. 52
Alban Berg Op. 4 Nichts ist gekommen from Altenberg Lieder 
Franz Schubert So lasst mich scheinen from Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister D877
Othmar Schoeck Verbogen und zerkniffen from Gaselen Op. 38 
Alexander Zemlinsky Als ihr Geliebter schied Op. 13 No. 4
Rebecca Clarke Midsummer Moon
Vilma von Webenau Erinnerungen
Robert Schumann Du Ring an meinem Finger from Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42
Johanna Müller-Hermann Willst du mit mir wandern Op. 2 No. 1

Sir John Tomlinson, who has been striding the world’s opera stages for several decades, notably in the role of Wotan in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, has long been contemplating the role of Shakespeare’s Lear and sees parallels between the two characters. This new monodrama by John Casken affords him the opportunity to incarnate the aging, delusional king in a musical setting that incorporates Shakespeare’s text in the form of speech, Sprechstimme and singing.

Brünnhilde’s Dream is a sequence of words and music imagining the state of mind of Wotan’s favourite Valkyrie daughter as she lies on the rock, surrounded by fire, after the end of Die Walküre. Music by WagnerFanny MendelssohnSzymanowskiBergSchubertSchoeckZemlinskyRebecca ClarkeVilma von WebenauSchumann and Johanna Müller-Hermann. Text by Barry Millington.

Described as having “an engaging stage presence” (The Daily Telegraph) and giving “compelling performances, offering fluid line and gripping conviction” (Opera Magazine), Rozanna is a graduate of The Royal Academy Opera School, where she was recipient of The Karaviotis Scholarship, The Sir Charles Mackerras Award and The Carr-Gregory Trust Award.


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