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Susanna Fairbairn. Looking desperately glamorous even when lying down....

A new review from The Idle Woman of the London Handel Festival's Judgement of Paris by Thomas Arne, performed alongside extracts from Handel's Semele, with "a real dream team of young British singers" including Susanna Fairbairn

"Susanna was a dauntless, feisty Pallas. I loved her solo aria, in which she tries to persuade Paris with offers of martial victory, accompanied by fanfares, drums and the definite odd hint of Arne’s most famous piece, Rule Britannia, all topped with a brilliant high note at the end...Then came Susanna, with O sleep, why dost thou leave me, accompanied only by a harpsichord and cello and – yes, she is a friend of mine, but I say this honestly – it was gorgeous. I always love hearing voices almost unaccompanied and she sang with such delicacy that I felt myself listening with every nerve; breathing almost seemed to spoil that suspended grace. Lovely."

 

Posted on April 20th 2018

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