Dr Christopher Wiley writes programme notes for Bard Music Festival

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Dr Christopher Wiley has written programme notes for a performance of Ethel Smyth’s opera Fête Galante given as part of the Bard Music Festival/Bard SummerScape at the Fisher Center, New York, on Saturday 14 August 2021

The Bard Music Festival takes place in August each year, dedicated to a specific composer (this year’s festival centred on Nadia Boulanger), on the campus of Bard College.

An internationally acknowledged expert on Smyth, Dr Wiley has previously given many public talks on the composer and written programme notes and liner notes including for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and for the CD recording of Fête Galante.

The full text of Dr Wiley’s programme note is available for download here: https://www.academia.edu/65112002/Programme_note_for_Ethel_Smyth_F%C3%AAte_Galante

Dr Christopher Wiley co-writes essay in CD booklet for new Ethel Smyth recording

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FeteG_front_coverDr Christopher Wiley has co-written, with Dr Valerie Langfield, an essay published in the accompanying booklet to Retrospect Opera’s new CD of Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galante, entitled ‘Fête Galante: Ethel Smyth’s Neoclassical Dance-Opera’. He also contributed the work’s synopsis.

The disc represents the first recording of Smyth’s opera Fête Galante, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez. It also includes Liza Lehmann’s recitation The Happy Prince, recorded at the University of Surrey (Dr Wiley arranged and helped out with the recording sessions), together with some historical transfers of recordings of Smyth’s operas made during her lifetime.

This is the seventh CD release by Retrospect Opera, for whom Dr Wiley serves as one of four Trustees. Dr Wiley previously wrote essays for the liner notes to Retrospect Opera’s releases of Smyth’s operas The Boatswain’s Mate and The Wreckers.

For further information, and to buy the CD: https://retrospectopera.org.uk/SMYTH/FeteG.html

Full text

The full texts of both Dr Wiley’s synopsis and co-written essay are available for free download under licence from Surrey Research Insight Open Access: https://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/853063/

Update: Dr Wiley has also co-written, with Lucy Stevens and Odaline de la Martinez, the liner notes for the CD Dame Ethel Smyth: Songs and Ballads (SOMM 2020), featuring Lucy Stevens (contralto), Elizabeth Marcus (piano), and the Berkeley Ensemble conducted by Odaline de la Martinez. Further information: https://www.somm-recordings.com/recording/dame-ethel-smyth-songs-and-ballads/