SAMANTHA CRAWFORD & LANA BODE: Soprano & piano

We are delighted to be working with Samantha Crawford and Lana Bode on their recital tour dream.risk.sing.

This innovative programme celebrates the many intelligent and talented working women who juggle the demands of family life and still manage to achieve incredible things in the workplace.

Samantha Crawford – Soprano | Lana Bode – Piano

“dream.risk.sing was ablaze with originality, fierce pride, strength and vulnerability – and humanity…The maturity and tenderness in their playing and singing cast light on the broad palette of moods and colours that this programme has to offer, and it was the symbiotic relationship between Crawford and Bode which brought each piece its magic.”

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dREAM.RISK.SING

This season Samantha and Lana come together to present and tour dream.risk.sing, a recital programme that gives voice to women’s experiences which are rarely heard in song, an initiative that they brought to fruition during 2020. The programme includes a specially commissioned piece by Charlotte Bray – Crossing Faultlines – a song cycle exploring women’s experiences in the workplace.

Samantha and Lana brought dream.risk.sing to Oxford Lieder Festival in October 2021 during which Crossing Faultlines received its world première. You can watch Charlotte Bray and writer Nicki Jackowska discuss the process of composing the song cycle here.

Watch performance highlights of dream.risk.sing below.

For bookings, or to find out more information about the duo, please contact us here.

dream.risk.sing highlights five specific aspects of a woman’s life: growing up, love and lust, motherhood, career and legacy. As well as Charlotte Bray’s Crossing Faultlines, the programme also includes music by a diverse array of living composers including Helen Grime, Libby Larsen, Carson Cooman, Ricky Ian Gordon and Michele Brourman, alongside songs by names such as Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Florence Price and Alma Mahler, illustrating the historical legacy of women’s voices from centuries past in paving the way for gender equality today.

Following their performance at Oxford Lieder, Samantha and Lana will head to the studio to record dream.risk.sing for Delphian Records. The album will feature the first ever recordings of Charlotte Bray’s new song cycle Crossing Faultlines, Libby Larsen’s songs from her The Birth Project, Michele Brourman’s song My Daughters, and the two new piano and voice arrangements of songs from Judith Weir’s woman.life.song.

“The visceral imagery was shaped with lyrical intensity by Crawford, the vocal leaps weaving through Bode’s swirling, crystalline arpeggios.”

Opera Today

In addition to their live programme, the duo will record Pregnant and First Miracle – Superhero from Libby Larsen’s The Birth Project, Rebecca Clarke’s setting of William Blake’s Infant Joy, Clara Schumann’s Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen; and Alma Mahler’s Waldseligkeit and Lobgesang. The duo will release their recording in early 2023.

For more information, or to book the duo, please contact us.

the artists

SAMANTHA CRAWFORD

ABOUT

British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford is equally at home on the opera stage as she is on the concert platform. She has been praised for her ‘crystalline tone and diction’ (The Arts Desk) and ‘fine cut soprano which brought singing of class’ (Opera). In concert, her performances have included engagements at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Cadogan Hall, the Barbican, Hong Kong City Hall and Schlosstheater Schönbrunn.

Recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Gloucester Cathedral, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder at Newbury Spring Festival, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder at the City of London Festival and Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer at Milton Court.

This season, Samantha will be working at ENO on Poul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, covering the role Ofglen. This new production is directed by ENO’s Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon and conducted by contemporary music specialist Joana Carneiro.

LANA BODE

ABOUT

Lana Bode is an American-British pianist, programmer and artistic director. Her performances have been described as ‘absolutely thrilling’ (Opera Today) and ‘expertly calibrated’ (BBC Music Magazine). She is well known for her work in contemporary music and innovative cross-arts programming. As a recitalist, Lana has performed at major London venues and festivals around the UK. These include Aldeburgh Festival, Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room, Snape Proms and Wigmore Hall. She has collaborated with leading singers and instrumentalists including Marcus Farnsworth, Robert Murray, Mark Padmore and James Turnbull, and is currently performing with the Tailleferre Ensemble.

dream.risk.sing

For bookings, or to find out more information about the duo, please contact us here.