Alice Coote was at the Library of Congress a couple weeks ago, on tour with the English Concert and violinist Rachel Podger. The extraordinary British mezzo-soprano returns to Washington next Thursday (November 4, 7:30 pm), for what promises to be a remarkable recital of English songs, presented by Vocal Arts D.C. at the Kennedy Center. The kind folks at Vocal Arts D.C. are offering some free tickets to this recital to you, faithful Ionarts readers. Just send an e-mail message, with "COOTE" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org, listing your first and last name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, and let them know how many seats you want (a limit of two seats per e-mail address).
Embedded below is video of Alice Coote's performance of Brahms's Alto Rhapsody at the opening concert of the 2009 Proms, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Almost as entertaining is the little introductory panel discussion about the piece, led by Proms presenter Clive Anderson.
See Part 2 of this performance