Roderick Williams

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Biography

Born: 1965  
Roderick Williams is a bass who rapidly began establishing an operatic career in Britain in the mid-'90s.

After university, Williams was a school music teacher for three years while training for a full-time career as a professional singer. He studied the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music. While there he made his operatic debut as Tarquinius in Britten's Rape of Lucretia, a part he maintains in his active repertory as a
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He began entering competitions and in 1992 won the top prize among basses in the Great Grimsby International Singing Competition. In 1994 he was second prize overall in the Kathleen Ferrier competition. He has also won awards from the South East Arts Music Scheme, and the National Federation of Music Societies, and was granted the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award.

He began establishing himself in the North of Britain, singing the Count in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Opera North, and Schaunard in La Bohčme at the Scottish Opera. For the same companies he has also sung Marcello in La Bohčme, Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore, Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and Masetto in Don Giovanni.

His international debut was in 1998, when he sang Albert in Massenet's Werther for the New Israeli Opera, and in the 1999 Spoleto Festival he took the part of Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in Prokofiev's War and Peace, repeating the role for Chandos' recording of the opera.

He sings solo recitals and concert appearances frequently throughout Britain and abroad, including Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM performances. He is a composer, with works that have been played at the Barbican, Wigmore, the Purcell Room, and on British radio.

He has become something of a specialist in concert performances of operas. In this format he sang Watchful in Vaughan Williams' The Pilgrim's Progress at the Royal Opera, Harlequin in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at the Barbican Centre with the City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox conducting, the Novice's Friend in Britten's Billy Budd with the London Symphony, the roles of Sid in Britten's Albert Herring and Top Moss in Copland's The Tender Land with the City of London Sinfonia, and as Henry Cuffe in Britten's Gloriana with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

His recordings, besides the Prokofiev opera, include the role of Ned Keen in Chandos' prize-winning recording of Britten's Peter Grimes, the parts already mentioned from Billy Budd and The Pilgrim's Progress, and the King's Herald in Verdi's Don Carlos on Philips with Bernard Haitink conducting, and the solo part in Frank Martin's In Terra Pax. He was scheduled to record a part in Vaughan Williams' opera Sir John in Love for Chandos.

Other roles he sings are Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale; the Mozartean roles of the Count in Marriage of Figaro, Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Guglielmo in Cosě fan tutte; The Marquis in Poulencs Dialogues des Carmelites, and the title role of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Read less
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  • 76.
    Schütz: Christmas Vespers / Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463046 Release Date: 08/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Martin Luther,  Samuel Scheidt,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Charles Pott,  Kristian Olesen,  Simon Grant,  Susan Hemington Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Roskilde Cathedral Choir,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 77.
    Shakespeare at Covent Garden / Musicians of the Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456506 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Bishop
    Performer:  Joanne Lunn,  Rachel Elliott,  Mark Tucker,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 78.
    Nutmeg & Ginger / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456507 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anonymous,  George Mason,  William Wigthorpe  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman,  Tom Finucane,  Gary Cooper,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 79.
    The Enchanted Island / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456505 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Locke,  Pelham Humphrey,  Henry Purcell,  John Weldon  ... 
    Performer:  Libby Crabtree,  Rachel Elliott,  Paul Agnew,  Nicki Kennedy  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 80.
    Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's Progress / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Donaldson Bell,  Richard Coxon  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Verdi: Don Carlo / Haitink, Hvorostovsky, Scandiuzzi, Gorchakova
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454463 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Galina Gorchakova,  Olga Borodina  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 82.
    The Caged Byrd / I Fagiolini, Concordia, Sophie Yates
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 609 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Philippe de Monte
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Matthew Brook,  Robin Blaze,  Anna Crookes  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Hollingworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini,  Concordia
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  • 83.
    Shakespeare's Musick / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446687 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Johnson,  William Byrd,  Thomas Morley,  Richard Alison  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman,  Joanne Lunn,  Gary Cooper,  Rosalind Waters  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 84.
    Martin: In Terra Pax, The Four Elements / Bamert, London Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9465 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Judith Howarth,  Della Jones,  Martyn Hill,  Stephen Roberts  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus
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  • 85.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9447 Release Date: 04/23/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Alan Opie,  Ameral Gunson,  John Graham-Hall  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 86.
    The Early Byrd Vol 1 / I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Sophie Yates
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 578 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Performer:  Carys-Anne Lane,  Hugh Wilson,  Richard Roberts,  Robin Blaze  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini,  Fretwork
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Biography

Born: 1965  
Roderick Williams is a bass who rapidly began establishing an operatic career in Britain in the mid-'90s.

After university, Williams was a school music teacher for three years while training for a full-time career as a professional singer. He studied the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music. While there he made his operatic debut as Tarquinius in Britten's Rape of Lucretia, a part he maintains in his active repertory as a
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Zerreisset, zerspringet, zertrummert die Gruft (Chorus)
Recitative: Ja, ja! Die Stunden sind nunmehro nah (Aeolus)
Aria: Wie will ich lustig lachen (Aeolus)
Recitative: Gefurcht'ter Aolus (Zephyrus)
Aria: Frische Schatten, meine Freude (Zephyrus)
Recitative: Beinahe wirst du mich bewegen (Aeolus)
Aria: Konnen nicht die roten Wangen (Pomona)
Recitative: So willst du, grimmger Aolus (Pomona, Pallas)
Aria: Angenehmer Zephyrus (Pallas)
Recitative: Mein Aeolus, Ach! (Pallas, Aeolus)
Aria: Zurucke, zurucke, geflugelten Winde (Aeolus)
Recitative: Was Lust! Was Freude! Welch Vergnugen! (Pallas, Pomona, Zephyrus)
Aria: Zweig und Aste (Pomona, Zephyrus)
Recitative: Ja, ja! Ich lad euch selbst zu dieser Feier ein (Pallas)
Vivat August, August vivat! (Chorus)
Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten (Chorus)
Recitative: Wen treibt ein edler Trieb (Tenor)
Aria: Zieht euren Fuss nur nicht zurucke (Tenor)
Recitative: Dem nur allein soll meine Wohnung offen sein (Soprano, Bass)
Duet: Den soll mein Lorbeer schutzend decken (Soprano, Bass)
Ritornello
Recitative: Es ist kein leeres Wort (Alto)
Aria: Atzet dieses Angedenken (Alto)
Recitative: Ihr Schlafrigen, herbei! (Tenor, Bass, Soprano, Alto)
Anhang: Marche
Kortte lebe, Kortte bluhe! (Chorus)
No. 1. Prologue: Where are the seeds of the Universal Fire
Reading: The earth of my heart was broken and gaped low - Fanfare
No. 2. Song: We are the darkness in the heat of the day
Reading: In such a heat of the earth
Canticle III, Op. 55, "Still Falls the Rain - the Raids, 1940, Night and Dawn"
Reading: I see Christ's wounds weep in the Rose on the wall
No. 3. Epilogue: So, out of the dark
Recitative: Durchlauchtster Leopold (Soprano)
Aria: Guldner Sonnen frohe Stunden (Soprano)
Leopolds Vortrefflichkeiten (Bass)
Aria: Unter seinem Purpursaum (Soprano, Bass)
Recitative: Durchlauchtigster, den Anhalt Vater nennt (Soprano, Bass)
Aria: So schau dies holden Tages Licht (Soprano)
Aria: Dein Name gleich der Sonnen geh (Bass)
Chorus: Nimm auch, grosser Furst, uns auf (Soprano, Bass)
Aria: Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten
Recitative: Die Welt wird wieder neu
Aria: Phoebus eilt mit schnellen Pferden
Recitative: Drum sucht auch Amor sein Vergnugen
Aria: Wenn die Fruhlingslufte streichen
Recitative: Und dieses ist das Glucke
Aria: Sich uben im Lieben
Recitative: So sei das Band der keuschen Liebe
Aria (Gavotte): Sehet in Zufriedenheit
Schwingt freudig euch empor (Chorus)
Recitative: Ein Herz, in zartlichem Empfinden (Tenor)
Aria: Die Liebe fuhrt mit sanften Schritten (Tenor)
Recitative: Du bist es ja, o hochverdienter Mann (Bass)
Aria: Der Tag, der dich vordem gebar (Bass)
Recitative: Nur dieses Einzge sorgen wir (Soprano)
Aria: Auch mit gedampften, schwachen Stimmen (Soprano)
Recitative: Bei solchen freudenvollen Stunden (Tenor)
Chorus and Recitative: Wie die Jahre sich verneuen (Tenor, Bass, Soprano)
Act I Scene 1: To the Children
Act I Scene 1: In the village of Bourcelles in the Swiss ...
Act I Scene 1: Just then a lamplighter ...
Act I Scene 1: At that time, Henry had told him about the old railway ...
Act I Scene 1: ... the mother of them all
Act I Scene 1: Oh! But I'm forgetting the most important one of all.
Act I Scene 1: They were always eager to hear his poetry
Act I Scene 1: And suddenly a new, enormous thing stirred in their father's heart
Act I Scene 1: As though on cue
Act I Scene 1: To the Children: That's odd, said Mother
Act I Scene 1: ... gold and had put it on for warmth against the cool evening air
Act I Scene 1: Before them stood an extremely dishevelled figure holding a suitcase
Act I Scene 1: As Daddy took charge of the luggage
Act I Scene 1: We want to tell you something
Act I Scene 1: All the rules I swear to keep
Act I Scene 1: Are you sure you have everything you need?
Act II Scene 1: The Blue-eyed Fairy
Act II Scene 1: They found a clearing with the open sky above them
Act II Scene 1: Henry explained that the Pleiades had been attendants upon Artemis ...
Act II Scene 1: The Sun has Gone
Act II Scene 1: The Sun has Gone: Now, cats are curious creatures, and Riquette was no exception
Act II Scene 1: Turning towards the open window ...
Act II Scene 1: At length Jinny came out of the cave and came over to them
Act II Scene 1: Then there's Madame Jequier and dear Miss Waghorn
Act II Scene 1: Could it be?
Act II Scene 1: And with that the first passenger hurried by them
Act II Scene 1: The Sweep
Act II Scene 1: Then a fantastic, light, twirling creature ...
Act II Scene 1: I'm ev'rywhere
Act II Scene 1: And the shabby Tramp, playing his barrel organ
Act II Scene 1: Well, let's see now
Act II Scene 1: Wake up, you little Night Winds
Act II Scene 1: Dance of the Winds
Act II Scene 1: But where's Cousin Henry?
Act II Scene 1: I'm ev'rywhere: Ah! Anyone gazing skywards at that moment ...
Act II Scene 1: Sun Dance
Act II Scene 2: Madame Jequier's constant anxiety ...
Act II Scene 2: Dandelions, Daffodils
Act II Scene 2: In her attic chamber above
Act II Scene 2: Henry turned to the children
Act II Scene 3: At the Citadelle
Act II Scene 3: O, stars shine brightly
Act II Scene 3: The Sprites had almost finished their task
Act II Scene 3: The Sprites flitted out, back to the Starlight Express
Act II Scene 3: Dawn Song
Act III Scene 1: My Old Tunes
Act III Scene 1: Dandelions, Daffodils
Act III Scene 1: Miss Waghorn, whose confusion of mind ...
Act III Scene 1: My main idea is this ...
Act III Scene 1: Then Mother spoke ...
Act III Scene 1: A few days later Henry left to return to London
Act III Scene 2: It was late evening on the day of his arrival
Act III Scene 2: And suddenly he remembered an extraordinary conversation ...
Act III Scene 2: All three children, perhaps sent back from their nocturnal enterprises ...
Act III Scene 2: Sympathy - Hearts must be soft-shiny dressed'
Act III Scene 2: Jinny said, with her characteristic gravity ...
I. To the Children
II. Andantino
III. The Blue-eyed Fairy
IV. The sun has gone
V. Andantino
VI. Lento
VII. Allegro
VIII. I'm ev'rywhere
IX. Wake up, you little Night Winds
X. Dance of the Winds
XI. Lento
XII. Sun Dance
XIII. Andante
XIV. Allegretto
XV. O, Stars Shine Brightly
XVI. Dawn Song
XVII. My Old Tunes
XVIII. Dandelions, Daffodils
XIX. Moderato
XX. Hearts must be soft-shiny dressed
XXI. Grandioso
No.1. I praise the tender flower
No. 2. Thou didst delight my eyes
Recitative: Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd! (Soprano 1)
Aria: Jagen ist die Lust der Gotter (Soprano 1)
Recitative: Wie? Schonste Gottin! Wie? (Tenor)
Aria: Willst du dich nicht mehr ergotzen (Tenor)
Recitative: Ich liebe dich zwar noch! (Soprano 1, Tenor)
Recitative: Ich, der ich sonst ein Gott in diesen Feldern bin (Bass)
Aria: Ein Furst ist seines Landes Pan! (Bass)
Recitative: Soll denn der Pales Opfer hier das letzte sein? (Soprano 2)
Aria: Schafe konnen sicher weiden (Soprano 2)
Recitative: So stimmt mit ein (Soprano 1)
Lebe, Sonne dieser Erden (Chorus)
Duet: Entzucket uns beide (Soprano 1, Tenor)
Aria: Weil die wollenreichen Herden (Soprano 2)
Aria: Ihr Felder und Auen, lasst grunend euch schauen (Bass)
Ihr lieblichste Blicke! Ihr freudige Stunden! (Chorus)
I. Proverb I: The pride of the peacock
II. London
III. Proverb II: Prisons are built
IV. The Chimney-Sweeper
V. Proverb III: The bird a nest
VI. A Poison Tree
VII. Proverb IV: Think in the morning
VIII. The Tyger
IX. Proverb V: The tygers of wrath
X. The Fly
XI. Proverb VI: The hours of folly
XII. Ah! Sun-flower!
XIII. Proverb VII: To see a World
XIV. Every Night and Every Morn
No. 3. Hans und Grethe
Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 2: No. 2. Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grunen Wald (arr. L. Berio for voice and orchestra)
No. 1. Fruhlingsmorgen
No. 5. Phantasie aus Don Juan
Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 3. Scheiden und Meiden (arr. L. Berio for voice and orchestra)
No. 2. Erinnerung
Prelude
Exaudi
Dies irae -
Tuba mirum
Interlude
Rex tremendae
Lacrimosa
Libera me
Postlude
No. 1. Loveliest of trees
No. 2. When I was one-and-twenty
No. 3. Look not in my eyes
No. 4. Think no more, lad
No. 5. The lads in their hundreds
No. 6. Is my team ploughing?
No. 7. A brisk young sailor courted me
No. 8. Seventeen come Sunday
No. 9. Roving in the dew
No. 10. The true lover's farewell
No. 11. Tarry trousers
No. 1. Bredon Hill
No. 2. O Fair enough are sky and plain
No. 3. When the lad for the longing sighs
No. 4. On the idle hill of summer
No. 5. With rue my heart is laden
No. 1. Yonder stands a lovely creature
No. 2. A blacksmith courted me
No. 3. Sowing the seeds of love
No. 4. A lawyer he went out one day
No. 5. Come my own one
No. 6. The cuckoo
No. 1. When smoke stood up from Ludlow
No. 2. Farewell to barn and stack and tree
No. 3. Say, lad, have you things to do?
No. 4. The lads in their hundreds
No. 1. Strings in the earth and air
No. 2. The Merry Green Wood
No. 3. Bright cap
No. 4. The Pleasant Valley
No. 5. Donnycarney
No. 6. Rain has fallen
No. 7. Now, O now, in this brown land
No. 1. The Lowestoft Boat
No. 2. Fate's Discourtesy
No. 3. Submarines
No. 4. The Sweepers
No. 5. Inside the Bar
No. 5. Inside the Bar
No. 1. Summer Schemes
No. 2. Her Song
No. 3. Weathers
I. Youth's Spring-Tribute
II. Penumbra
III. Spleen
I.
II. In Boyhood
III. Spring will not wait
No. 1. Summer Schemes
No. 2. When I Set Out for Lyonesse
No. 3. Waiting Both
No. 4. The Phantom
No. 5. So I Have Fared
No. 6. Rollicum-Rorum
No. 7. To Lizbie Browne
No. 8. The Clock of the Years
No. 9. In a Churchyard
No. 10. Proud Songsters
No. 1. To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence
No. 2. On Parent Knees
No. 3. Intrada
No. 4. The Birthnight
No. 5. June on Castle Hill
No. 6. Ode on the Rejection of St Cecilia
No. 1. Paying Calls
No. 2. Where the Picnic Was
No. 3. The Oxen
No. 4. The Master and the Leaves
No. 5. Voices from Things Growing in a Churchyard
No. 6. Exeunt Omnes
The Vagabond
Let Beauty awake
The Roadside Fire
Youth and Love
In Dreams
The Infinite Shining Heavens
Whither must I wander?
Bright is the ring of words
I have trod the upward and the downward slope
Love-sight
Silent Noon
Love's Minstrels
Heart's Haven
Death in Love
Love's Last Gift
Motion and Stillness
Four Nights
The New Ghost
The Water Mill
Scene 1: A mountainous place near Bethlehem
Scene 1: Once more I see your green and golden hills, O Judah! (Naomi, Ruth, Orpah)
Scene 1: Turn back, my daughters (Naomi, Ruth, Orpah)
Scene 1: Almighty Father, let my cry come unto thee! (Naomi, Orpah, Ruth)
Scene 1: Ah, must I leave thee? Must we part? (Orpah, Naomi, Ruth)
Scene 1: Whither thou goest, I will go (Ruth, Naomi)
Scene 1: See! Is this Naomi!? (Women, Naomi)
Scene 1: Ah, call me not Naomi, let Mara be my name (Naomi)
Scene 1: Where, ah, where is Naomi? (Women, Naomi, Ruth)
Scene 2: A harvest field belonging to Boaz - Gold grows the barley on hillside and valley (Men)
Scene 2: Greetings, men of Judah! (Women, Head Reaper)
Scene 2: The scatter'd ear of corn (Women, Men)
Scene 2: Come, let us go forth together (Head Reaper, Women, Men, Ruth)
Scene 2: Stay, men of Judah! (Boaz, Men, Women, Head Reaper, Ruth)
Scene 2: I had no wish to anger them (Ruth, Boaz, Head Reaper)
Scene 2: Ah, let not anger fill your eyes! (Ruth, Boaz)
Scene 2: Whence cometh this to me, that thou should'st deign to notice me? (Ruth, Boaz)
Scene 2: The scatter'd ear of corn (Women, Men, Boaz)
Scene 3: A threshing-floor, at night - This is the place! Come, daughter (Naomi, Ruth)
Scene 3: Fear not, beloved Ruth! (Naomi, Ruth)
Scene 3: Golden ripe the barley grows (Women, Men, Naomi, Ruth, Head Reaper, Boaz)
Scene 3: Lord of the Harvest, what are thy commands? (Men, Head Reaper, Women, Boaz)
Scene 3: Winter time is time to plough, aie, the wind does bite! (Men, Women)
Scene 3: Across the field the long slow line of reapers goes a-reaping (Women)
Scene 3: Dance, come dance, dance within the ring (Women, Men, Head Reaper)
Scene 3: O clap your hands, all ye people! (Boaz, Women, Men)
Scene 3: Go now, my daughter (Naomi, Ruth)
Scene 3: Master! (Ruth, Boaz)
Scene 3: Thou comest in the stillness of the night (Boaz, Ruth)
Scene 3: Lo, my beloved, my soul's delight, to thee I give my hand (Boaz, Ruth)
Scene 3: Ho there, my people! (Boaz, Ruth, Naomi, Women, Men)
Scene 3: Behold this maid (Boaz, Ruth, Naomi, Head Reaper, Women, Men)
Scene 3: Rejoice, O Israel, rejoice (Head Reaper, Women, Men, Ruth, Naomi, Boaz)