LESLEY Garrett will serve up a glittering showcase at a concert for the Queen's Theatre's classical season. The Doncaster diva will perform with resident orchestra, Sinfonia Classica and popular trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins.
"My programme is very varied and demanding," she said. "There are some virtuoso arias which are very joyous and florid, like the Bach Alleluia, and then others which require great drama with intense legato, for instance Handel's Lascia Chio Pianga. Pacing the evening will be tough, as will matching the impossibly high performance standard of the orchestra. But then I love a challenge."
It's not the first time the singer has performed with the orchestra.
"Singing with the Sinfonia is a joy," she added. "Making chamber music is a special experience and I feel humbled and honoured to be performing with such extraordinary musicians. The quality of their playing is like no other I have ever heard. They listen to each other so acutely."
The singer likes to stand among musicians and feel as if she is a musician herself. "I don't feel like a soloist. I feel as if the music we are making is much greater than the sum of its parts, and I am just one of those parts. It's wonderful."
Lesley Garrett with Sinfonia Classica perform at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple on Thursday, April 17, 7.30pm. Tickets: £18.50 to £22.50. Box office: 01271 324242 or visit www.north devontheatres.org.uk.