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The Real History of Opera

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2/4. The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill is a simple story of 18th-century life in London's Soho, or so it appears. John Gay 's The Beggar's Opera of 1728, on which it was based, is a satirical panning of British society and establishment, with prime minister Sir Robert Walpole and the composer Handel directly in the line of fire. Huw Edwards looks at why Weill's version was as relevant and explosive to its 20th-century Weimar Republic audience as its predecessor had been in 18th-century London. Producer Paul Evans Repeated on Saturday at 3.30pm

Contributors

Unknown: Kurt Weill
Unknown: John Gay
Unknown: Sir Robert Walpole
Unknown: Huw Edwards
Producer: Paul Evans

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The Real History of Opera

BBC Radio 4 FM, 18 October 2005 13.30






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