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Women in Song

songs written for, by and about women


Friday 21 March 2025
7.30pm in Cairns Church

Clara Schumann

Six Songs, op.13

Robert Schumann

Frauenliebe und Leben, op.42

Pauline Viardot

Hai Luli; Havanaise; Les filles de Cadix

Francis Poulenc

Eight Polish Songs

Amy Beach

Three Browning Songs, op. 44

Madeleine Dring

Take, O take those lips away; It was a lover and his lass

Polish mezzo Hanna Hipp is in great demand at major opera companies, including Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera, Garsington, Scottish Opera, the Royal Danish Opera (where she recently had a great success as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale) and many others world-wide. She also has a busy concert career both in recital and with orchestra. Here, partnered by Italian pianist Emma Abbate, she explores women in song, with Robert Schumann’s great Frauenliebe und Leben songs at the centre. The brilliantly talented Clara Schumann was known as a concert pianist in her lifetime but, as her own songs demonstrate, she was also a very fine composer.

“[Hanna Hipp] sounds impulsively passionate throughout, though her soft singing is exquisite in moments of introspection”
The Guardian