Composer: Betty Roe
Words by: Jacqueline Froom
Date of composition: 1995
Publisher: Thames Publishing (TH978655)
Forces: High Soprano, Piano
Duration:  3:20
Vocal Range(s): C4 to C6
Genre:  Art Song/Cabaret

This song was premièred in 1995, the 400th anniversary of Henry Purcell's death.  The work contains Purcellian elements such as the ground bass introduction and the double dotted sequence quoted below.  The title 'Diva's Lament' is an reference to Dido's lament from Dido and Aeneas.

This song was written for, and is dedicated to, Carol Caplan as part of the fund raising activities for Summer Music Summer School.  Jackie Froom had offered a poem as a tombola prize and Carol suggested as a subject the perennial problem that Soprano roles are generally (very) young women and the lack of roles for more mature Sopranos.  The lyric was then set to music by Betty Roe and continues to be one of her best selling and most popular songs.

Listen to Salrah Leonard's wonderful performance on Spotify;

I'm a Mimi who's over the hill,
My Butterfly's faded,
My Gilda is jaded
Pamina? She's been through the mill.