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A libertine is one devoid of most moral restraints, which are seen as unnecessary or undesirable, especially one who ignores or even spurns accepted morals and forms of behaviour sanctified by the larger society. Libertines put value on physical pleasures, meaning those experienced through the senses. As a philosophy, libertinism gained new-found adherents in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, particularly in France and Great Britain.
This recital will show Reynaldo Hahn, Hugo Wolf, Roger Quilter and Benjamin Britten, among others, response to the works of libertine poets John Wilmot, Paul Verlaine, Theophile de Viau, and Lord Byron.
Caccini to Puccini – Italian songs from the 16th to the 20th Century
English songs of the Regency era
Further details available on request.
International tenor Austin Gunn performs throughout Europe in opera, concert and recital and has worked with English national Opera every season since his debut there.
Austin made his major operatic debut as Vorsinger Zaide with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras in the Edinburgh International Festival. Other notable performances include 1st Tenor Soloist Curlew River and Zweite Lehrbube Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (with Jonas Kauffman as Walther) with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for the EIF, cover Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera, Manager The Waiter’s Revenge and Martin Hummus for the Musica Na Fabrica Festival in Lisbon, Portugal, Aubrey Der Vampyr, Beppe in Donizetti’s Rita, Frederick Pirates of Penzance, Nanki-Poo The Mikado, Dormont in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta for Berwick Festival Opera, Don Jose Carmen for Black Cat Opera and at The Sage Gateshead, Frederick Pirates of Penzance and Nanki-Poo The Mikado for Opera Anywhere, and his extensive work with English National Opera includes cover Pliable/Superstition/Celestial Voice A Pilgrim’s Progress and cover Dantine The Perfect American, Guest John Cage Dinner Party for ENO MusiCircus, Gizmo 3 The Way Back Home and Guard Between Worlds in preproduction showcases, ENO Baylis Know the Show events as Tamino Magic Flute and Alfredo La Traviata, an ENO Late Shift Recital at the National Portrait Gallery, and for the past three years as a member of ENO Opera Squad as Nanki-Poo The Mikado, Don Basilio Marriage of Figaro and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni.
Austin has appeared as a soloist in Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and throughout the UK in oratorio and concert. Recent recital programme’s include Languorous Ecstasy with musical settings of text by libertine poets and librettists, Tennyson’s Lyricism & the Composer’s Response with Tennyson’s biographer John Bachelor, and a selection of Victorian and Edwardian medicinal song for the VIP relaunch of the Wellcome Collection in London. Recitals in preparation include Forgotten Songs
Recording and film credits to date include Montague John Cage Dinner Party, Maxwell Davies Solstice of Light, 1st Tenor Soloist Curlew River, 2nd Lehrbube Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg all for BBC Radio 3, a recital of Scots song for American television network PBS, and as the singing voice of a German soldier in the television series ‘Band of Brothers’ directed by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
Austin was head of studies to the international training, research and performance facility for singers OperaLab and currently teaches singing at Hull, Durham and Leeds universities and has given masterclasses at Hull, York, & Durham universities, Berwick Festival Opera, Rocket Opera, the Cite des Arts Internationale in Paris and in Brussels for OperaLab.
Austin studied at the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, the opera school at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and English National Opera’s artist programme ENO Operaworks.