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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Lady Macbeth (1970)
commissioned for the Bergen Festival in Norway
Text Writer
Novello & Co Ltd
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
9 Minutes

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Programme Note
Joseph Horovitz Lady Macbeth (1970)
The Scena Lady Macbeth for mezzo-soprano and piano was commissioned for a special Shakespeare Evening at the Bergen Festival, Norway, on 24 April 1970. I constructed the Scena by selecting three scenes in which Lady Macbeth’s speeches would portray the development of the character from early aspirations to grandeur, to later power and finally to guilt and madness. The scenes are taken from Acts 1, 2 and 5, forming a miniature operatic role. The dramatic implication is that the Scena begins after Lady Macbeth has read her husband’s report of his military victory at the start of Shakespeare’s play.

Joseph Horovitz

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    Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano) Graham Johnson (pno)
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    Susan Graham, mezzo soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
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    Kitty Whately, mezzo soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano
    Champs Hill Records:
  • 13 JUN 2016
    Wigmore Hall, London
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano
  • 27 APR 2016
    St. James's, Piccadilly, London
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano
  • 21 OCT 2015
    Oxford Lieder Festival
    Holywell Music Room, Oxford
    Catherine Hopper, mezzo-soprano; James Baillieu, piano
  • 21 OCT 2015
    Sage, Gateshead
    Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Iain Burnside, piano
  • 19 SEP 2015
    Norwegian National Opera, Oslo
    Hege Hoisaeter, mezzo-soprano; John Lidal, piano
  • 30 JUN 2015
    Aix-en-Provence Festival, France
    Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Edwige Herchenroder, piano
  • 25 JUN 2015
    City of London Festival
    St Olave's Church, London
    Holly Marie-Bingham, mezzo-soprano; Tamara Lorenzo Gaberas, piano
  • 13 JUN 2015
    Glimmerglass Festival
    Glimmerglass Festival, NY
  • 11 MAY 2015
    Champs Hill, W. Sussex
    Kitty Whately, mezzo soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano
  • 11 MAY 2015
    Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK
    Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano
  • 03 MAY 2015
    Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
    Matthew Schellhorn, Susanna Fairbairn
  • 27 APR 2015
    St Margaret's, Westminster, SW1, London
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano
  • 07 FEB 2015
    St Alfege's Church, Greenwich
    Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano; Sachika Taniyama, piano
  • 29 JAN 2015
    Tucson Desert Song Festival
    University of Arizona, USA
    Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
  • 06 JAN 2015
    Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series
    Purcell Room, Southbank, London
    Susanna Fairbairn (soprano) Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
  • 06 JAN 2015
    Park Lane Group Young Artists Series
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano; Christopher Stripp, clarinet; Lucy Colquhoun, piano
  • 06 NOV 2014
    Rose Theatre, Kingston, UK
    Katie Coventry (mezzo-soprano) Paul McKenzie (piano)
  • 05 NOV 2014
    University of Toronto, Canada
    Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano) Steven Philcox (piano)
  • 12 SEP 2014
    Minehead and West Somerset Arts Society
    West Somerset College, Minehead
    Laura Margaret Smith, mezzo-soprano; Timothy End, piano
  • 09 AUG 2014
    St Andrews and St George's West, Edinburgh
    Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano) Colin Kingsley (piano)
  • 08 AUG 2014
    St Lawrence Jewry, London
    Claire Barnett-Jones (mezzo soprano), Chad Vindin (piano)
  • 29 JUL 2014
    Saarburg Festival
    Saarburg, Germany
    Kristin Dauphinais (mexxo-soprano) Nigel Foster (piano)
  • 16 MAY 2014
    St Martin-in-the-Fields, WC2
    Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano), Timothy End (piano)
  • 04 MAY 2014
    Victoria and Albert Musuem, London
    Katie Coventry (Mezzo Soprano), Paul McKenzie (Piano)
  • 21 APR 2014
    Akron, Ohio
    Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano) Bradley Moore (piano)

    Other Dates:
    29 April - Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, USA
  • 14 OCT 2013
    Melbourne Conservatorium, Australia
    Vivien Hamilton (soprano) Len Vorster (piano)
  • 13 OCT 2013
    Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe, Germany
    Rebecca Raffell (mezzo soprano) John Parr (piano)
  • 05 OCT 2013
    Tres Cantos Festival of Contemporary Music
    Tres Cantos, Madrid; Spain
    Marta Knorr, mezzo-soprano; Aurelio Viribay, piano
  • 23 JUL 2013
    Petworth Festival, Sussex
    Dame Felicity Palmer, mezzo soprano; Simon Lepper, piano
  • 13 MAY 2013
    Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    Fiona Mackenzie, mezzo soprano; Ian Tindale, piano

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