Deception and Reality

A programme of English, French, German and Spanish song, examining the many faces of deceit: how we deceive others playfully, benignly or dangerously, with white lies, secrecy, artifice and betrayal; how we deceive ourselves consolingly or neurotically, with wishful thinking or blindness to reality; how our minds deceive us with illusions, inviting bliss, enlightenment or, when traumatised, madness.

Variations – Two recitals, separate or as a series, one looking at deceit in love – flirtation, seduction, infidelity, elopement, rose-coloured spectacles, and the other exploring deceit in the wider social world and the inner psychological world.

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