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Sigh No More (from Much Ado About Nothing)

A song from Terry Hands’ celebrated production which toured extensively, including seasons in Los Angeles (as the centrepiece of the Olympic Arts Festival) and on Broadway. The score, together with Cyrano de Bergerac (playing in repertory with Much Ado), won the New York Drama Desk Award for ‘Outstanding Music in a Play’. 

"Remarkably catchy music (Shakespeare's greatest hits?) is supplied by Nigel Hess. His more solemn setting of ‘Sigh no more, ladies’ deserves to be more than a hit: a standard." (Robert Cushman, The Observer)


Description: tenor voice, cello and strings

Duration (mins): 3

Genre: Solo Voice - Tenor, Orchestral - String Orchestra, Orchestral - Solo Voices with Orchestra

Text: William Shakespeare

Instrumentation: strings

Languages: English

First Performance: April 1982, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon,UK: Royal Shakespeare Company/Dir. Terry Hands

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