Michael Bennett (Tenor) and Sandrine Chatron (harp)
One of the busiest English tenors on the international opera circuit makes time in his schedule to present a mouth-watering programme with French harpist Sandrine Chatron of works by Purcell, Dowland, Britten, Berkeley, Sally Beamish and a new commission from Lynne Plowman in the stunning setting of the 19th Century Chapel in the grounds of Rudding Park.
'Michael Bennett’s high English tenor is an apt tool for the lyric passivity of The Visitor.'
The Arts Desk
Educated at Durham University and The Royal Northern College of Music, Michael Bennett first came to public attention as the Madwoman in Yoshi Oida‘s production of Britten‘s Curlew River Aix-en-Provence, in which he also starred in the New York revival. Since then his career has taken him all over the world and he has performed at many of the leading opera houses including La Fenice Venice, Staatsoper Berlin, La Monnaie Brussels and New Israeli Opera.
'...played exquisitely by Sandrine Chatron...the playing is lush and delicate by turns.'
A 1994 graduate of the Paris Conservatory in harp and chamber music, Sandrine Chatron is also the winner of the Louise Charpentier Competition (1998) and the Arles chamber music competition. As a soloist, she has performed at the Champs-Élysées Theatre, the Orsay Museum and the Maison de Radio France, with the Orchestre Colonne, the Ensemble Fa, La Grande Écurie & La Chambre du Roy, the Nederlands Kammer Orkest and the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. She has premiered works by Pierre Boulez and has to her credit two critically acclaimeed albums on the Naïve label. She was appointed solo harpist of the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest in 2009