Somerset v Essex
If any side can claim to have adapted their skills to the specialist demands of the new League it must be Essex. Despite possessing one of the smaller playing staffs amongst the counties, their application took them to a well-merited third place in the League last year. This season, under the continuing skilled captaincy of Brian Taylor and with knockout specialists Keith Boyce (who was the first winner of the BBC2 Fastest Fifty award) and Robin Hobbs to call upon, they should again be one of the more successful sides in the competition.
During today's tea interval at approximately 4.0 pm, Lord's Taverner JOHN ARLOTT reads a selection of his own writings on Somerset cricket.
FRANK BOUGH introduces the programme, which includes news of all today's other fixtures:
Middlesex v Glamorgan
-Kent v Lancashire
Leicestershire v Sussex
Northamptonshire v Hampshire Worcestershire v Surrey Commentators at
The County Ground, Taunton:
JOHN ARLOTT and JIM LAKER
Television presentation by BOB DUNCAN and JOHN NORMAN
Series producer ALAN MOUNCER
The best of the week's newsfilm from all over the world, together with other subjects of interest. Tor the deaf and hard of hearing a commentary appears visually Presenter ROBERT DOUGALL
Producer BILL NORTHWWOOD and Weather
An opera in three acts by MOZART
Text by GIAMBATTISTA VARESCO English version by M. and E. RADFORD Conducted by Benjamin Britten
Cast in order of singing:
ENGLISH OPERA GROUP CHORUS
ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Leader KENNETH SILLITO Continuo:
VIOLA TUNNARD (harpsichord) BERNARD RICHARDS (cello)
ADRIAN BEERS (double bass) Associate conductor
An English Opera Group production
Introduced by JOHN WARRACK
Idomeneo is a story of human emotion set in Crete at the time of the Trojan Wars. The King of Crete is returning victorious. To propitiate Neptune he has sworn to sacrifice the first man he encounters on the shore. Among the Trojan prisoners he sent ahead was Ilia, daughter of the King of Troy.
Ilia is in love with Idamante, who she is sure loves Elektra. But Idamante shows his feeling for Ilia by releasing the other Trojans. Arbace announces that Idomeneo has been shipwrecked. Elektra is convinced that Idomeneo would never allow his son to marry a Trojan. Idomeneo comes ashore and fails to recognise his son. When he does he is appalled by the significance of his promise of a human sacrifice to Neptune. He urges Idamante to flee.
Idomeneo tells Arbace of his dilemma, who suggests that Idamante should escort Elektra to Greece. She is overjoyed at the prospect of having Idamante to herself but as they are about to embark Neptune sends a sea monster in revenge for the lack of a sacrifice.
Ilia, believing Idamante to have gone, prays for his safe journey. But he returns, determined to slay the monster. They admit their love but are joined by an angry Elektra and Idomeneo, who urges his son to leave. Arbace announces that a plague has struck the city and the priests are determined that the sacrifice be made. Idamante, having killed the monster, offers himself as a sacrifice. Ilia tries to take his
Peter Pears : 7.25 place but is saved by Neptune, who orders Idomeneo to abdicate and let his son become king with Ilia as queen.
Costumes and frieze by DAVID COLLIS
Make-up SHIRLEY BOAKES
Lighting HUGH CARTWRIGHT Sound GRAHAM HAINES
Designer DAVID MYERSCOUGH-JONES Produced by COLIN GRAHAM Directed by BRIAN LARGE
There will be a short interval at
8.17* and at 9.5*
Ilia, daughter of Priam, King of Troy:
Idamante, son of Idomeneo, King of Crete:
Elektra, daughter of Agamemnon,King of Argos .:
Arbace, counsellor to Idomeneo:
Idomeneo, King of Crete:
High Priest of Neptune:
by HENRY JAMES dramatised in four parts by DENIS CONSTANDUROS
Mrs Gereth has taken the contents of Poynton away to Ricks. Owen has come to Ricks to demand their return and Fleda has undertaken to help him, despite her feelings for him.
3: Trial of Strength
Introduced by TONY BILBOW With PHILIP JENKINSON This week's guest:
Marcello Mastroiannl on location in Surrey for The Voyeur, and whose latest film Leo the Last is Britain's entry in this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Production BARRY BROWN Editor ROWAN AYERS