Two of the Grads’ favourite soloists, Anna Dowsley (mezzo) and Andrew Goodwin (tenor) recently played starring roles at the annual Coriole Music Festival in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Anthony Steel, who has directed a number of Adelaide Festivals, reprised his role as Director of this year’s festival.
Anna starred in our memorable Verdi Requiem in April 2013, after being highly commended by the judges in the 2012 Joan Carden Award, and has sung with us on several other occasions, most recently in the von Suppé Requiem in May 2016. Andrew has performed with us on several occasions, including Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation in late 2016, and our most recent concert, ‘La Belle Ėpoque’ on 21 May.
At Coriole, Anna sang Mahler’s Rṻckert Lieder, while Andrew performed Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles, among other solo numbers. Together, they performed Janáček’s fascinating unstaged drama, The Diary of One Who Disappeared. This was the first time that these two fine young singers have performed together.
They both received good reviews for their performances at Coriole.
On the Janáček, The Australian commented that “tenor Andrew Goodwin gave this with the most intimate emotion, but the high point was when mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley joined with total conviction to sing the role of the gypsy seductress who leads a farmer’s son to despair.”
The Adelaide Advertiser wrote that the Ravel songs were “beautifully sung” by tenor Andrew Goodwin” and that Anna “impressed” in the Rṻckert Lieder.
Andrew’s Russian wife, Maria Timofeyeva, who sang the mezzo solo in our performance of Mendelssohn’s Paulus in May 2012, was also at Coriole for the festival. The Australian reported, “to cap off a superb weekend of music-making, the audience was treated over lunch to an impromptu Russian duet sung by Goodwin and his wife, mezzo-soprano Maria Timofeyeva. This was one of those special moments that make small festivals such as Coriole really shine”.