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Opera on 3: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

on BBC Radio 3

Stephanie Hughes introduces Gerald Barry's new opera, based on the play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, exploring the tortured connections between desire and power. Fashion designer Petra falls passionately in love with Karin, a beautiful, ambitious young woman. Watching over everything, but never uttering a word, is the enigmatic Marianne, whom Petra takes every opportunity to humiliate.
English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Andre de Ridder
Acts 1 and 2

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephanie Hughes
Composer:
Gerald Barry
Based on the play by:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Singers/Musicians:
English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor:
Andre de Ridder
Petra von Kant:
Stephanie Friede (soprano)
Karin Thimm:
Rebecca Von Lipinski (soprano)
Sidonie von Grasenabb:
Susan Bickley (mezzo)
Valerie von Kant:
Kathryn Harries (mezzo)
Gabriele von Kant:
Barbara Hannigan (soprano)
Marlene:
Linda Kitchen (soprano)

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