Opera - Sir John in Love

   
 RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
   
 Sir John in Love 136:39  
  An opera in four acts  
  The libretto based on Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'  
  Act I  
1 Orchestral introduction - 6:48
  Shallow, Sir Hugh Evans: 'What hoa, what hoa!'  
2 Anne Page: 'Ahem' 1:46
3 Anne Page: 'This is my father's choice' 8:03
4 Page: 'How now, what does Master Fenton here?' 1:02
5 Dr Caius: 'Vere is dat knave Rugby?' 6:52
6 Episode 2:22
7 Bardolph, Nym, Pistol: 'How now, mine Host of the Garter' 2:49
8 Sir John Falstaff: 'I spy entertainment in her . . .' 3:37
9 Pistol: 'Wilt thou revenge . . .?' 2:20
10 Ford: 'Love my wife? I will be patient' 3:33
  Act II  
11 Orchestral introduction - 6:25
  Scene 1  
  Mrs Page: ' ''Thine own true knight'' '  
12 Mrs Qucikly: 'Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more' 3:00
  Scene 2  
13 Sir John Falstaff: 'Bardolph! Bardolph, I say!' 5:28
14 Sir John Falstaff: 'Go thy ways, go thy ways, old Jack!' 5:10
15 Ford: 'Sir, my name is Brook' 5:31
16 Ford: 'Ha, is this a vision?' 3:12
  Act III  
  Scene 1: Interlude  
17 Orchestral introduction - 5:41
  Fenton: 'Yet hear me speak'  
18 Chorus of Young Women: 'Fair and fair and twice so fair' 2:40
19 Anne Page: 'But listen, good mine Host' 2:25
  Scene 2  
20 Orchestral introduction - 3:49
  Sir Hugh Evans: ' ''When as we sat in Papylon'' '  
21 Peter Simple: 'Yonder he's coming' 2:29
22 Page: 'Come, Master Ford' 1:46
23 Orchestral introduction - 2:23
  Scene 3  
  Mrs Ford: 'What, John! What, Robert!'  
24 Mrs Ford: 'Alas, my love, you do me wrong' 2:48
25 Mrs Quickly: 'Mistress Ford!' 2:07
26 Ford, Chorus of Men: 'Ah!' 4:23
  Act IV  
27 Orchestral introduction - 3:35
  Scene 1  
  Ford: 'Pardon me, wife'  
28 Mrs Page: 'There is an old tale that goes Herne the hunter' 6:37
29 (Interlude) 2:03
  Scene 2  
30 Orchestral introduction - 1:58
31 Sir John Falstaff: 'The Windsor bell hath struck twelve' 2:47
32 Mrs Ford: 'Ah' - 3:29
  Sir John Falstaff: 'Who comes here?'  
33 Mrs Qucikly: 'But till 'tis one o'clock' 0:57
34 Dance of the Fairies 1:57
35 Sir Hugh Evans: 'But stay! I smell a man of middle earth' 2:09
36 Page: 'Nay, do not fly' 4:24
37 Mrs Page: 'My heart misgives me' 2:58
38 Sir John Falstaff: 'Stand not amazed' 5:04
  Characters (in order of appearance)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor (solo parts) - Shallow
 Stephan Loges baritone (ensemble parts) - Shallow
 Stephen Varcoe bass - Sir Hugh Evans
 Daniel Norman tenor - Slender
 Henry Moss baritone - Peter Simple
 Roderick Williams baritone - Page
 Donald Maxwell baritone - Sir John Falstaff
 John Bowen tenor - Bardolph
 Richard Lloyd-Morgan bass - Nym
 Brian Bannatyne-Scott baritone - Pistol
 Susan Gritton soprano - Anne Page
 Laura Claycomb soprano - Mrs Page
 Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano - Mrs Ford
 Mark Padmore tenor- Fenton
 Adrian Thompson tenor - Dr Caius
 Mark Richardson bass - Rugby
 Anne-Marie Owens mezzo-soprano - Mrs Quickly
 Stephan Loges baritone - The Host of the 'Garter Inn'
 Matthew Best bass - Ford
 Richard Hickox
  7-10 December 2000