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Celebrity Recital: James Westman | Town Hall, Bayfield, ON
Songs and operatic arias from one of Canada's leading baritones

date: June 9, 2007

James Westman, a leading Canadian baritone, with operatic successes all over the world, travelled from his home in Stratford, ON, just an hour away from Bayfield, to deliver the first of our “Celebrity Recitals”.  He presented some of his favourite songs, in English and Russian, and then (with the help of Laura Albino and Adam Luther, two of our visiting young artists) he finished the programme with some of his operatic favourites.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Music for a while (Oedipus) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Purcell, Henry, real. Tippett, Sir Michael Dryden, John
I attempt from love’s sickness to fly (The Indian Queen) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Purcell, Henry, real. Britten, Benjamin Dryden, John
I’ll sail upon the dog-star (A Fool’s Preferment) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Purcell, Henry, real. Britten, Benjamin D’Urfey, Thomas
Loveliest of trees (A Shropshire Lad) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
When I was one-and-twenty (A Shropshire Lad) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
Look not in my eyes (A Shropshire Lad) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
Think no more, lad (A Shropshire Lad) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
The lads in their hundreds (A Shropshire Lad) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
Is my team ploughing? (A Shropshire Lad) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
She is as fair as day, Op.14/9 Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Minsky, Nikolai
In the silent night, Op.4/3 Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Fet, Afanasy
Christ is risen, Op.26/6 Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Merezhkovsky, Dmitri Sergeyevich
Oh, do not leave! Op.4/1 Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rachmaninov, Sergei Merezhkovsky, Dmitri Sergeyevich
INTERMISSION
Canadian Boat Song Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Moore, Thomas Moore, Thomas
Sea Fever Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ireland, John Masefield, John
The Wreck of the Hesperus Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Hatton, John Liptrott Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Là ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni, K527) Albino, Laura, soprano; Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Ponte, Lorenzo da
Au fond du temple saint (Les Pêcheurs de perles) Luther, Adam, tenor; Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Bizet, Georges Cormon, Eugène / Carré, Michel
Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Carmen) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Bizet, Georges Meilhac, Henri / Halévy, Ludovic
Champagne’s delicious bubbles (Die Fledermaus) Albino, Laura, soprano; Luther, Adam, tenor; Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Strauss the younger, Johann Haffner, Karl / Genée, Richard
Di Provenza il mar, il suol (La traviata)   – ENCORE Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Verdi, Giuseppe Piave, Francesco Maria
The St. John’s Girl (Four Love Songs) – ENCORE Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Beckwith, John anon.