José Carreras and Sir Thomas Allen Lead Support as Classical Music Stars Perform Benefit Concert for Motor Neurone Disease Sufferer
On 8 April 2017 at 7pm, London’s Milton Court concert hall will be host to a star-studded gala to support New Zealand soprano Anna Leese and her family following her husband, Stefano’s, devastating diagnoses of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease.
The concert aims to raise £25,000 and will be hosted by renowned baritone Sir Thomas Allen with many other star singers include Sophie Bevan, Sarah Castle, Alisdair Hogarth, Jacques Imbrailo, David Butt Philip, Jennifer Johnston, Madeleine Pierard and Wendy Dawn Thompson, accompanied by Bryan Evans, Alisdair Hogarth, Gary Matthewman and Lada Valesova.
Last year, shortly before the birth of their son, Anna’s husband Stefano was diagnosed with ALS, the most aggressive form of motor neurone disease, and has been given two years to live. Stefano is already facing many frightening challenges, which require great emotional, physical and financial support.
The concert will be dedicated to the theme of love and features an array of musical gems. The first half will be dedicated to Lieder with some of the highlights including Jennifer Johnston performing ‘Liebst du um Schönheit’ from Gustav Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder; Thomas Allen singing ‘Limehouse Reach’ by Michael Head; Jacques Imbrailo performing ‘Morgen’ by Richard Strauss; and the company singing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ beautiful Serenade to Music.
The second half celebrates Opera and features Sophie Bevan performing ‘V’adoro, pupille’ from Handel’s Giulio Caesare; Thomas Allen singing ‘Donne mie’ from Così fan tutte by Mozart; and Jennifer Johnston performing ‘Amour! Viens aider ma faiblesse!’ from Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila.
For more info and to buy tickets or donate, www.azurialopera.com/stefano . Please come to this great concert and support this heartrending cause.