Tamsin Greig swaps comedy for Opera

Tamsin Greig is best known for her comedic portrayals of characters on television playing the lead in plenty of great TV series such as Green Wing and Episodes. However, starting next week Greig is going to try something new when she heads into the world of music.

The actress will be teaming up with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera in order to pay tribute to Alma Mahler the famed ‘femme fatale’ during a Cardiff concert. As part of the tribute, Olivier award winning Greig will be in charge of reading excerpts from the diary of Alma Mahler during the performance.

Alma Mahler is best known as a composer that was also the wife of fellow composer Gustav Mahler. Towards the 20th century her work was very famous within Viennese social circles. She was admired by several famous artists of the time including Gustav Klimt and Alexander Zemlinsky the composer. Although she was known for breaking social boundaries, it is her legacy as a free spirit that made her who she was.

Lothar Koenigs, the WNO music director, will be in charge of the conducing the concert that is a part of the WNO Free Spirits theme for spring. The concert will feature soprano Michelle Breedt tackling the Four Songs for Middle Voice written by Alma Mahler and a song cycle that was written by Alexander Zemlinsky during his affair with Alma.

David Adams is the soloist that will tackle the Berg Violin Concerto that was composed following the death of Alma’s daughter. The concert will then close with the Adagio from the 10th Symphony of Gustav Mahler that was written to convey his emotions over his wife’s betrayal. The concert will be held in Cardiff at St. David’s Hall next Friday at 7L30pm with tickets on sale now.