Messiaen’s Harawi: Lotte Betts-Dean & Joseph Havlat


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes

Artists Lotte Betts-Dean, Joseph Havlat


£10 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 19th August 5:15 pm

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About this event

A rare chance to hear Messiaen’s epic, Wagner-inspired Tristan song cycle written in 1945, drawing on symbolist poetry and love songs of the South American Andes, performed by two of Australia’s rising stars.

Messiaen – Harawi: Song of Love and Death

  1. La ville qui dormait, toi (The city that slept, you)
  2. Bonjour toi, colombe verte (Hello there, you green dove)
  3. Montagnes (Mountains)
  4. Doundou tchil
  5. L’amour de Piroutcha (Piroutcha’s love)
  6. Répétition planétaire (Planetary repetition)
  7. Adieu (Farewell)
  8. Syllabes (Syllables)
  9. L’escalier redit, gestes du soleil (Staircase retold, gestures of the sun)
  10. Amour oiseau d’étoile (Love star-bird)
  11. Katchikatchi les étoiles (Katchikatchi the stars)
  12. Dans le noir (In the dark)


Lotte Betts-Dean soprano
Joseph Havlat piano


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Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean has been based in London since 2014 and works internationally. Lotte is Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia and a member of the contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019. Lotte is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev, and one of the inaugural art song bursars with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. Lotte has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin In The Fields, Handel House Museum and St James’ Palace. In Australia, she has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne’s Hamer Hall and the Recital Centre, and has collaborated with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Elsewhere, Lotte has performed at Musikfest Erzgebirge Germany, Anghiari Festival Italy, Kronenboden Galerie Berlin, and with new music group Chamber Cartel in Atlanta, USA.


Joseph Havlat was born in Hobart, Australia in 1994. Joseph completed his Masters degree in 2018 at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Professor Joanna MacGregor for piano, and Patrick Nunn for composition. He has performed around the UK and in Europe, America and Australia as a soloist, most notably in Wigmore Hall, Perth Concert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Sage Gateshead, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, King’s Place, as well at Aldeburgh.  An avid composer, Joseph toured Japan with the LSO in 2018, premiering a new piece by John Adams.

About our Summer Concerts

This concert is part of the Dartington International Summer School & Festival, a month-long musical celebration, encompassing shared music making, learning and listening.

Our extensive public concert series utilises a faculty of internationally renowned and emerging musicians to create a stunning cross-genre programme of over 100 concerts and events. Set against the backdrop of Dartington’s striking medieval Great Hall, the Summer School’s concert series presents the highest levels of performance in a carefully curated collection of classic works and “made for Dartington” exclusives. Full listings for the Summer School concert series can be found here.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Summer School’s music courses, you can find out further details here.

Food and drink

Head up to the Dartington estate early to enjoy our pre-concert food offerings. The Green Table café will be staying open late during the festival, plating up fresh and seasonal local food and drinks. Next to the Great Hall, The White Hart restaurant and bar will be serving a selection of food, along with a broad range of quality drinks and between concert nibbles.

Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

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Monday 19th August

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