Relayed from the Town Hall
DOROTHY SILK (Soprano)
MARGARET BALFOUR (Contralto)
STEUART WILSON (Tenor)
ARTHUR CRANMER (Baritone)
WANDA LANDOWSKA (Harpsichord)
THE FESTIVAL CHORAL SOCIETY and City OF BIRMINGHAM ORCHESTRA
Conducted by ADRIAN BOULT
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO CHORUS and AUGMENTED ORCHESTRA
(Leader, FRANK CANTELL)
Conducted by JOSEPH Lewis
ELSIE GRIFFIN (Soprano)
' Susanna's Secret '
A BRILLIANT member of the modern
Italian school, Wolf-Ferrari has shown himself to be at homo both in serious and in lighter music. In this opera, as the Overture makes clear, he has given us music of exactly that delicate and whimsical order which the slight little tale demands. The story centres round the discovery by Suzanna's husband of the trace of tobacco smoke in her boudoir, and the jealous suspicions which that aroused in an ago before smoking by women was at all usual. Only at the end does Suzanna confess that she herself smoked the offending cigarette.
ELSIE GRIFFIN and Orchestra
THE best-known number from Gounod's opera on the Shakespeare story, this is sung by Juliet at the ball in her father's house in the first Act. If one remembers that Juliet was supposed to be only fourteen and that this was her first appearance at a great ball, the air may seem to be rather brilliant and full of assurance, but opera conventions are not wont to heed such considerations, and the air has always been a favourite with sopranos. It is eloquent of youthful pleasure in dancing and brilliant surroundings, and expresses the wish that all life might bo fu!l of such gaiety.
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