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34. Lotte Betts-Dean & Armida Quartet: Madame ma bonne soeur

13 October 2021, 17:45 - 18:45

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We are thrilled to present the world premiere of a co-commissioned new work for quartet and voice by Brett Dean, one of the most sought-after composers today. Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet, premiered at Glyndebourne in 2017, was a sensation, described by The Sunday Times as ‘the operatic event of the year’. This new piece, Madame ma bonne soeur, draws on texts by Mary Stuart, adapted by Matthew Jocelyn (who was also the librettist for Hamlet). It will be performed by Lotte Betts-Dean, a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist and Brett Dean’s daughter! She is joined by the masterly Armida Quartet, former BBC New Generation Artists, who also perform Mozart’s Quartet in D minor, K421.*

* previously advertised as the Quartet in E flat, K428.
Thank you for your understanding about this slight programme change.



This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in person and at home? 'Hybrid' tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert.

For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The performance duration is approximately 1 hour and there will be no interval.


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Due to COVID-19 we have to do things a little differently this year. In order to keep everyone safe, our seating and concert conditions are subject to change in line with changing government guidance.

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If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund.

Artist Portrait

Lotte Betts-Dean

Lotte Betts-Dean


Praised by The Guardian for her “irrepressible sense of drama and unmissable, urgent musicality”, Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean’s wide ranging repertoire encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song, chamber music and early music. A versatile concert artist performing predominantly in Australia and in the UK, recent highlights include her debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis (Stravinsky Perséphone), performances at Buxton International Festival, St John’s Smith S... Read Full Biography
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Armida Quartet

Armida Quartet

String Quartet

“Without a doubt, the Armida Quartet is one of the young newcomer ensembles that lets us experience music in a new way. We need not worry about the future of chamber music: it is already here.” RONDO magazine, 2 Jan 2016 With their spectacular triumph at the International ARD Competition in Munich in 2012, where they won First Prize, the Audience Prize and six further prizes, the young string quartet from Berlin embarked on a unique musical career. The BBC featured them from 2014 to 2016 in a great number of recitals and bro... Read Full Biography

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