Singer Rebecca Allison (Martin) has been my musical partner in a bewildering range and number of projects. As Mezzopiano we performed opera, musical theatre, recitals, concerts and shows, including my verse play Smoke & Mirrors, based on the music of one of our favourite composers, Kurt Weill. Becca’s portrayal of twin sisters across four decades—singing in several languages—was a tour de force. She was an inspiration and a very dear friend. Becca died suddenly on 21st March 2016 after contracting meningitis. I’m immensely grateful to have known and worked with this lovely woman, and to have many recorded memories of her beautiful voice.
Here are two tracks of us performing together: Lost, from my new musical Melody Smart; and No-one Is Alone, by Stephen Sondheim, a song with particular meaning for Becca and her family.