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Proms 81: Verdi - La forza del destino

on BBC Radio 3

(Original version: first UK performance in modern times)
Opera in four acts
Libretto by Piave

Direct from the Royal Albert Hall, London

BBC Singers chorus-master George Badaczonyi
BBC Concert Orchestra leader John Bradbury, conductor John Matheson

Acts 1 and 2


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BBC Singers
George Badaczonyi
BBC Concert Orchestra
Orchestra leader:
John Bradbury
John Matheson
Marquis of Calatrava:
Roderick Kennedy (bass)
Donna Leonora, his daughter:
Martina Arroyo (soprano)
Curra, her chambermaid:
Alison Truefitt (mezzo-soprano)
Don Alvaro:
Kenneth Collins (tenor)
Philip O'Reilly (bass)
Don Carlo of Vargas, Leonora's brother:
Peter Glossop (baritone)
Master Trabuco, muleteer, then second-hand goods dealer:
Kenneth Bowen (tenor)
Preziosilla, a young gypsy:
Janet Coster (mezzo-soprano)
Brother Melitone, Franciscan monk:
Derek Hammond-Stroud (baritone)
Spanish military surgeon:
David Fieldsend (tenor)

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