Twice through the heart

Turnage, M.-A. (1996) Twice through the heart. [Composition]


Dramatic scena for mezzo-soprano and 16 players, duration 30 minutes, commissioned by the John S. Cohen Foundation. Text by Jackie Kay, based on the story of a woman who has been jailed for killing her abusive husband. This work was premiered on 13 June 1997 by Sally Burgess (mezzo-soprano) and the Orchestra of the English National Opera conducted by Nicholas Kok at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh. It has since been performed in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Australia, Canada, and the USA, the most recent performance taking place on 21 June 2021 in Hamburg with Katrin Wundsam (mezzo-soprano) and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Twice Through the Heart has also been recorded, by Sarah Connelly (mezzo-soprano) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, see This recording is also available on the LPO's YouTube channel (for the first three sections see the video tab below).

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