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Verlaine & Hugo: Elizabeth Watts & Julius Drake

20 October 2015, 18:30 - 20:30


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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Elizabeth Watts soprano
Julius Drake piano

Two giants of French literature are heard through the music of Liszt, Hahn and Debussy, also complemented by a set of songs by Frank Bridge. Elizabeth Watts is one of the UK’s brightest star sopranos, and is joined by internationally-recognised pianist Julius Drake.


Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Settings of Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Enfant, si j'étais roi
S'il est un charmant gazon
Comment disaient-ils
La tombe et la rose
Quand tu changes, bercée
Oh! Quand je dors

Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)

Reverie (Victor Hugo)
Si mes vers avaient des ailes (Victor Hugo)
I'incrédule (Paul Verlaine: 1844-1896)
Fetes galantes (Paul Verlaine)


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Ariettes Oubliées (Paul Verlaine)

  1. C'est l'extase
  2. Il pleure dans mon coeur
  3. L'ombre des arbres
  4. Chevaux de bois
  5. Green
  6. Spleen

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

So early in the morning, O (James Stephens)
Come to me in my dreams (Matthew Arnold)
Day after day (Rabindranath Tagore)
What shall I your true love tell (Francis Thompson)
O that it were so (Walter Savage Landor)
Love went a-riding (Mary Coleridge)

Artist Portrait

Elizabeth Watts

Elizabeth Watts


Elizabeth Watts won the 2007 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and the Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes MIDEM Classique Awards as well as the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Elizabeth was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in February 2011. Her critically acclaimed debut recording of Schubert Lieder (Sony) was followed by an equally acclaimed disc of Bach Cantatas (Har... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Julius Drake

Julius Drake


Julius Drake, described by The New Yorker magazine as the ‘collaborative pianist nonpareil’ lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc. He appears regularly at all the major music centres and festivals: the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre New York; The Kennedy Center, Washington; The Royal Conc... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

Singing Words: Poets and their Songs celebrates the glorious and varied poetry of song and emphasises this unique meeting of words and music. Following the triumph of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’ and our recent Royal Philharmonic Society Award, we are pleased to present another stellar array of world-renowned artists in the heart of Oxford. Many of the programmes are bas...

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