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Opera on 3

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Don Carlos
One of Verdi's grandest operas: his moving setting of Friedrich Schiller 's drama of conflict between love, honour, loyalty and political ambition in a new production of the composer's revised, more compact, four-act version. Don Carlos , the heir to the Spanish throne, takes the side of the Flemish, fighting for their independence against Carlos's father, King Philip II, and the sinister Grand Inquisitor. This act of filial disobedience is aggravated by Carlos's love for Elisabeth, his father's new young wife. Sung in Italian.
Paris Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conductor James Conlon
Act
7.10 Why Do We All Hate Philip So? Was Philip II of Spain too conscientious to appeal to the likes of Schiller and Verdi? Novelist Adrian
Mourby asks why some monarchs are loved by history and others loathed. The words of the real and operatic Philip are read by Peter Jeffrey , and the testimony of those who knew the king is spoken by Cyril Shaps and Alice Arnold. Repeat
7.30 Act 2
8.10 A Sound Read
Ivan Hewett is joined by writer and broadcaster Christopher Cook and Dermot Clinch , music critic of New Statesman, to review the latest books on music. This month, a comprehensive new history of jazz, a biography exploring the extraordinary musical talent of Jacqueline du Pre, and A Women Scorn'd - Responses to the Dido Myth.
8.30 Acts 3 and 4

Contributors

Unknown: Don Carlos
Unknown: Friedrich Schiller
Unknown: Don Carlos
Conductor: James Conlon
Read By: Peter Jeffrey
Spoken By: Cyril Shaps
Spoken By: Alice Arnold.
Unknown: Ivan Hewett
Unknown: Christopher Cook
Unknown: Dermot Clinch
Unknown: Dido Myth.
Don Carlos: Neil Shicoff(tenor)
Philip II: Samuel Ramey(bass)
Rodrigo: Vladimir Chernov(baritone)
Grand lnquisitor: Kristinn Sigmundsson(bass)
Elisabeth de Valois: Carol Vaness(soprano)
Princess Eboli: Dolora Zajick(mezzo)
Old monk: Michael Druiett(bass)
Tebaldo: Isabelle Cals(soprano)
Voice from heaven: Henriette Bonde-Hansen (soprano)
Count of Lerma: Hugh Smith(tenor)

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