Lotte Betts-Dean and Dimitris Soukaras
Lotte Betts-Dean – mezzo soprano
Dimitris Soukaras – guitar
|JOHN DOWLAND||Come again, sweet love; Flow my tears; Can she excuse my wrongs|
|WILLIAM WALTON||Bagatelles III: Alla cubana (solo guitar)|
|WILLIAM WALTON||Anon in Love|
|PETROS KLAMPANIS||Ariadne’s Duality (solo guitar)|
|PHILIPPOS TSALAHOURIS||HaiKu Op.109 (UK premiere)|
|MANOS HADJIDAKIS||Odos Oniron|
|CLAUDE DEBUSSY||Three mélodies (arranged by Tilman Hoppstock)|
|MANUEL DE FALLA||Homenaje pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy (solo guitar)|
|MANUEL DE FALLA||Four folksongs from Siete cançiones populares españolas: El paño moruno; Asturiana; Nana; Cançion|
|SERGIO ASSAD||Farewell (solo guitar)|
|TOM JOBIM||Chega de Saudade; Aguas de março; Garota de Ipanema|
|BADEN POWELL||Canto 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.
Photo credits: Shingo Gibson-Suzuki & Dimitris Soukaras