Opera - Mary Stuart

   
 GAETANO DONIZETTI
 Mary Stuart 136:06  
  Libretto by Giuseppe Bardari after Schiller  
  English Translation by Tom Hammond  
1 Prelude 1:36
  Act I  
2 'Let us wait here' 2:35
  Chorus, Voice  
3 'Yes, but the French Prince is seeking . . .' 1:13
  Elizabeth  
4 'If fortune one day should send to me . . .' 3:16
5 'In this moment of rejoicing' 1:49
  Talbot, Chorus, Elizabeth, Cecil  
6 'May the light of wisdom and justice' 4:24
  Elizabeth, Chorus, Cecil  
7 'But, where is the Earl of Leicester?' 2:11
  Elizabeth, Cecil, Leicester  
8 'Did you not ask to see me, earlier today?' 2:15
  Leicester, Talbot  
9 'I remember these lovely features' 3:37
10 'If she dare trust in me' 1:47
11 'Do I disturb you?' 2:09
  Elizabeth, Leicester  
12 'How affecting . . .' 'Is she relenting?' 1:47
13 'When I first looked upon her face' 4:36
14 'My arrogant rival has long sought to rob me' 2:15
  Act II  
15 'Why run so fast, my lady?' 3:00
  Hannah, Mary  
16 'You murmuring breezes . . .' 3:45
  Mary  
17 'What tumult! Those voices!' 0:56
  Mary, Chorus, Hannah  
18 'In the peace of my gloomy seclusion' 3:36
  Mary, Hannah, Ladies  
19 'Ah! May this joy not deceive me' 1:47
  Mary, Leicester  
20 'Long by the world forsaken' 4:34
21 'All too well I surely know her!' 3:37
  'Ah! Though my spirit never faltered'  
22 'What place is this then?' 2:24
  Elizabeth, Leicester, Cecil, Talbot, Mary  
23 'Report has not failed me' 2:38
  Elizabeth, Mary, Talbot, Hannah, Leicester, Cecil  
24 'Bid her welcome!' 0:41
  Leicester, Elizabeth, Talbot, Mary  
25 'Dead to justice, throne and kingdom' 7:18
  Mary, Cecil, Elizabeth, Leicester, Talbot  
26 'Go, prepare yourself for sentence' 2:03
  Elizabeth, Cecil, Mary, Hannah, Leicester, Talbot, Chorus  
   
  Act III  
  Scene 1  
27 'Still pensive? Still delaying?' 4:00
  Cecil, Elizabeth  
28 'While she's living I'm still in danger' 3:40
29 'Your Highness!' 'You do but speed her execution' 4:51
  Leicester, Elizabeth, Cecil  
30 'You have conspired a sister's death' 3:44
  Scene 2  
31 'Elizabeth will continue to mock and insult me' 4:53
  Mary, Cecil  
32 'Oh faithful Talbot!' 5:05
  Mary, Talbot  
33 'Once all the radiant joys of youth' 4:18
34 'There still remains another charge' 0:58
35 'No, I never turned from my Saviour' 1:25
36 'Go leave this world of grief behind' 3:03
  Scene 3  
37 'You saw them?' 6:28
  Chorus  
38 'Hannah!' 'Do not disturb her' 4:42
  Chorus, Hannah, Mary  
39 'Oh, deign to hear our prayer, merciful Saviour!' 4:04
40 'The signal' 1:27
  All, Cecil, Mary  
41 'Death hovers near me, so take my pardon' 4:03
  Mary, Hannah, Talbot, Chorus, Cecil  
42 'Leicester approaches' 2:21
  Talbot, Mary, Leicester, Cecil  
43 'Though you once made a vow to protect me' 5:14
  Mary, Leicester, Talbot, Hannah, Chorus, Cecil  
   
 Dame Janet Baker mezzo-soprano - Mary Stuart
 Rosalind Plowright soprano - Queen Elizabeth I
 David Rendall tenor - Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
 Alan Opie baritone - Sir William Cecil
 John Tomlinson bass - George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury
 Angela Bostock soprano - Hannah Kennedy
 Sir Charles Mackerras
  1, 10, 14 & 22 April 1982