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A baritone at Tiromoana

A song-cycle that is one of 65 poems composed by a lovelorn knight-poet who plans to stuff them, along with his pain, into a huge coffin that 12 giants will throw into the sea, will be the highlight of a recital at Tiromoana this month.

Nineteenth century German composer Robert Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love) is part of a programme to be performed by baritone William King with Bruce Greenfield on piano accompaniment.

The penultimate performance in arts patron Jack Richards' summer concert series, the programme includes Ravel's Kaddisch, Vaughan Williams' Silent Noon, Howell's King David, and Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo from Mozart's Cosi Fan tutte.

Second place-getter in last year's Dame Malvina Major Aria Competition with his performance of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, King began singing as a boy soprano and performed with the Auckland Boys Choir and King's School Chapel Choir.

In 2011, he joined the NZ Secondary Students Choir and pursued further vocal training. The Wellington-based baritone's operatic roles include Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Sam in NZ Opera's premiere of Gareth Farr's The Bone Feeder, and Valens in a staged production of Handel's Theodora.

King is also a member of Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus, Voices NZ Chamber Choir and the NZ Youth Choir.

Tiromoana Summer Concert Series presents William King (baritone) and Bruce Greenfield (piano) Sunday, January 26 (2.30pm), Tiromoana, 41 Winifred Street. Tickets $25. Children and students free. Reservations essential. Phone 021 170 7641 or email gillco@gisborne.net.nz

IN CONCERT: Wellington-based baritone William King will be accompanied by Bruce Greenfield on piano in concert at Tiromoana this month. Picture by Phil Houlihan