Richard Stokes (18 January)Peter Avis

Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music, Richard Stokes is a regular juror at international song competitions. For the operatic stage he has translated Wozzeck and La voix humaine (Opera North), and Parsifal, Lulu, L’Amour de loin and Jakob Lenz (ENO). His books include The Spanish Song Companion (with Jacqueline Cockburn), J.S. Bach – The Complete Cantatas (Scarecrow Press), A French Song Companion (with Graham Johnson) (OUP), The Book of Lieder (Faber), a translation of Jules Renard’s complete Histoires Naturelles in a dual-language edition (Alma Classics) and The Penguin Book of English Song – Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden, now available in paperback. With Alfred Brendel he collaborated on the latter’s Collected Poems: Playing the Human Game (Phaidon). His translations of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial have been published by Hesperus Press, and Alma Books published his translation (with Hannah Stokes) of Kafka’s Letter to his Father. His translation of Helmut Deutsch’s Memoirs of an Accompanist appeared in the autumn of 2020 (Kahn and Averill). 

Richard Stokes was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012. A keen follower of sports, he played at Junior Wimbledon many moons ago. He also delights in visiting churches and looking at paintings, sculpture and architecture. Dining with friends in restaurants is also a passion, preferably outside as he cannot abide piped music or waiters who pour his wine (Claret and Sauternes are especial favourites). His latest book, Memoirs of an Accompanist (Kahn and Averill) is a translation of Helmut Deutsch’s fascinating memoirs that describe, among much else, his duo partnerships with such singers as Irmgard Seefried, Hermann Prey, Olaf Bär, Thomas Quasthoff, Brigitte Fassbaender,  Julian Banse, Diana Damrau, Angelika Kirchschlager, Matthias Goerne, Peter Schreier, Grace Bumbry, Barbara Bonney and Andreas Schmidt. The book will be on sale at a reduced price. Richard’s next volume, The Complete Songs of Hugo Wolf (Faber), will be launched at the Wigmore Hall on 2 October 2021.

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