Newbury Spring Festival presents...

John Tomlinson with Counterpoise - The Art of Love and Kokoschka’s Doll

Wednesday 16th May 2018, Corn Exchange


  • © Tony Nandi

A fascinating evening of two halves, focusing on the dramatic affair between artist Oskar Kokoschka and composer Alma Mahler, starring operatic legend Sir John Tomlinson. 

In the first half, mezzo-soprano Rozanna Madylus adopts the role of Alma in The Art of Love: Alma Mahler’s Life and Music (text by Barry Millington), a sequence of music by Alma and Gustav Mahler, Zemlinsky, Webern and Wagner (arranged by David Matthews). 

In the second half Sir John and Counterpoise perform Kokoschka’s Doll, created specially for them by composer John Casken and writer Barry Millington, which tells the dramatic tale of the curious relationship between Oscar Kokoschka and his muse. 

John Tomlinson bass baritone

Rozanna Madylus mezzo soprano


Fenella Humphreys violin

Deborah Calland trumpet

Kyle Horch saxophone

Iain Farrington piano 

  • “Tomlinson [gives a] titanic, heart-rending performance.”
    The Telegraph
  • “superb [and] unmissable”
    The Independent on The Art of Love
  • “a compelling 35-minute monodrama...with the incomparable John Tomlinson”
    The Independent on Kokoschka's Doll

Duration: 7.30pm (ends approx 9.30pm)

Sponsored by Mrs Katalin Landon