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Brush up your Shakespeare! – May 10, 1987 | Walter Hall, Toronto
Settings of Shakespeare, or music connected with his plays

date: May 10, 1987

From the vast body of available repertoire, we chose solo songs dating from 1599 to 1979, together with examples of incidental music, some fragments of opera and excerpts from a Broadway musical which ended the concert in ebullient style. Fragments of dialogue from the plays interspersed the musical items. The concert was repeated in Walter Hall in November 1993 and was adapted as a new touring programme, “The Food of Love”, in July 2005.

Song Artist Composer Poet
O mistress mine Boutté, Tony, tenor; Walton, Bradley, lute Morley, Thomas Shakespeare, William
O mistress mine, Op.6/2 (Three Shakespeare Songs) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Quilter, Roger Shakespeare, William
An Sylvia, D891 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Shakespeare, William, trans. Bauernfeld, Eduard von
Who is Sylvia? Op.18/2 (Let us Garlands Bring) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Finzi, Gerald Shakespeare, William
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Four Sonnets of Shakespeare) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Parry, Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Shakespeare, William
When Orpheus played Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Hundley, Richard Shakespeare, William
Spring (When daisies pied) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Hundley, Richard Shakespeare, William
It was a lover and his lass, Op.23/3 (Five Shakespeare Songs) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Quilter, Roger Shakespeare, William
Pretty Ring Time Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Warlock, Peter Shakespeare, William
Greensleeves (Sir John in Love) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Vaughan Williams, Ralph n/a
She never told her love Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph Shakespeare, William
La Mort d’Ophélie, Op.18/2 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Berlioz, Hector Shakespeare, William, trans. Legouvé, Ernest
Fear no more the heat o’ the sun, Op.18/3 (Let us Garlands Bring) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Finzi, Gerald Shakespeare, William
Sigh no more, ladies, Op.30/4 (Four Shakespeare Songs) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Quilter, Roger Shakespeare, William
Come unto these yellow sands (Songs for Ariel) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tippett, Sir Michael Shakespeare, William
Full fathom five (Songs for Ariel) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tippett, Sir Michael Shakespeare, William
Where the bee sucks (Songs for Ariel) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tippett, Sir Michael Shakespeare, William
Fancie Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Shakespeare, William
INTERMISSION
Entr’acte, Op.57/2 (Shylock) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel n/a
Madrigal, Op.57/3 (Shylock) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Haraucourt, Edmond
Fancy Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Shakespeare, William
Nocturne, Op.57/5 (Shylock) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel n/a
L’Amour qui pourtant n’est pas bête (Le Marchand de Venise) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Hahn, Reynaldo Zamacoïs, Miguel
I hate men! (Kiss me, Kate) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
I’ve come to wive it wealthily in Padua   (Kiss me, Kate) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Tom, Dick or Harry (Kiss me, Kate) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Brush up your Shakespeare (Kiss me, Kate) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
I am ashamed that women are so simple (Kiss me, Kate) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Finale (Kiss me, Kate) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Brush up your Shakespeare (Kiss me, Kate)   – ENCORE Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole