Lotte Betts-Dean and Dimitris Soukaras

9 November 2021

Lotte Betts-Dean – mezzo soprano

Dimitris Soukaras – guitar

JOHN DOWLANDCome again, sweet love; Flow my tears; Can she excuse my wrongs
WILLIAM WALTONBagatelles III: Alla cubana (solo guitar)
WILLIAM WALTONAnon in Love
PETROS KLAMPANISAriadne’s Duality (solo guitar)
PHILIPPOS TSALAHOURISHaiKu Op.109 (UK premiere)
MANOS HADJIDAKISOdos Oniron
CLAUDE DEBUSSYThree mélodies (arranged by Tilman Hoppstock)
MANUEL DE FALLAHomenaje pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy (solo guitar)
MANUEL DE FALLAFour folksongs from Siete cançiones populares españolas: El paño moruno; Asturiana; Nana; Cançion
SERGIO ASSADFarewell (solo guitar)
TOM JOBIMChega de Saudade; Aguas de março; Garota de Ipanema
BADEN POWELLCanto de Ossanha

Praised by The Guardian for her "irrepressible sense of drama and unmissable, urgent musicality", Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is a versatile and dynamic concert artist whose performance experience encompasses contemporary repertoire, early music, art song, opera, experimental music and non-classical collaborations. Based in London since 2014 and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Lotte won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and is a member of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme for 2021/22.

Dimitris Soukaras is considered one of the most promising Greek guitarists of his generation. Also a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he is a winner of the International Guitar Foundation’s Young Artists Platform and was a EuroStrings Artist in 2018/19. In October 2021, Dimitris released his latest album ‘Roots: 21st century Greek music for guitar’ on the Naxos label.

In a varied and intimate programme entitled 'Travels with a Guitar', Lotte and Dimitris perform songs and solo guitar music from Elizabethan ballads to Brazilian Bossa Nova together with the UK premiere of a song cycle by the contemporary Greek composer, Philippos Tsalahouris.

For more information about the artists, see www.lottebettsdean.com and www.dimitriossoukaras.com

Photo credits: Shingo Gibson-Suzuki & Dimitris Soukaras