Opera - Mary Stuart
Libretto by Giuseppe Bardari after Schiller
English Translation by Tom Hammond
'Let us wait here'
'Yes, but the French Prince is seeking . . .'
'If fortune one day should send to me . . .'
'In this moment of rejoicing'
Talbot, Chorus, Elizabeth, Cecil
'May the light of wisdom and justice'
Elizabeth, Chorus, Cecil
'But, where is the Earl of Leicester?'
Elizabeth, Cecil, Leicester
'Did you not ask to see me, earlier today?'
'I remember these lovely features'
'If she dare trust in me'
'Do I disturb you?'
'How affecting . . .' 'Is she relenting?'
'When I first looked upon her face'
'My arrogant rival has long sought to rob me'
'Why run so fast, my lady?'
'You murmuring breezes . . .'
'What tumult! Those voices!'
Mary, Chorus, Hannah
'In the peace of my gloomy seclusion'
Mary, Hannah, Ladies
'Ah! May this joy not deceive me'
'Long by the world forsaken'
'All too well I surely know her!'
'Ah! Though my spirit never faltered'
'What place is this then?'
Elizabeth, Leicester, Cecil, Talbot, Mary
'Report has not failed me'
Elizabeth, Mary, Talbot, Hannah, Leicester, Cecil
'Bid her welcome!'
Leicester, Elizabeth, Talbot, Mary
'Dead to justice, throne and kingdom'
Mary, Cecil, Elizabeth, Leicester, Talbot
'Go, prepare yourself for sentence'
Elizabeth, Cecil, Mary, Hannah, Leicester, Talbot, Chorus
'Still pensive? Still delaying?'
'While she's living I'm still in danger'
'Your Highness!' 'You do but speed her execution'
Leicester, Elizabeth, Cecil
'You have conspired a sister's death'
'Elizabeth will continue to mock and insult me'
'Oh faithful Talbot!'
'Once all the radiant joys of youth'
'There still remains another charge'
'No, I never turned from my Saviour'
'Go leave this world of grief behind'
'You saw them?'
'Hannah!' 'Do not disturb her'
Chorus, Hannah, Mary
'Oh, deign to hear our prayer, merciful Saviour!'
All, Cecil, Mary
'Death hovers near me, so take my pardon'
Mary, Hannah, Talbot, Chorus, Cecil
Talbot, Mary, Leicester, Cecil
'Though you once made a vow to protect me'
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