On Saturday, 11th March, mezzo-soprano Emma Brown will give a short lieder recital together with pianist Isolde Troost. They will perform Grieg’s Haugtussa, op. 67 and Isolde Troost will play five of Liszt’s Consolations.

Haugtussa is a song cycle based on a poetry cycle of the same name by the nineteenth-century Norwegian poet Arne Gaborg. It is the story of a young girl who has magical powers. During the course of the song cycle, she falls in love and is rejected. Struggling to come to terms with her rejection and her magical powers, she turns to nature for consolation.

The recital is for the Friends of the Hooglandse Kerk and the Marekerk, a charity which raises funds for the maintenance of these two beautiful, historical churches in the heart of Leiden. Anyone with a genuine interest in supporting the charity is welcome.

The recital follows a short lecture, in Dutch, by Haro Schultz van Haegen, about eating and drinking in the seventeenth century as depicted in the paintings of Jan Steen, Frans van Mieris and David Bailly.

Doors open at 18:30.

For more information, in Dutch, see here