The Cast :
PARRY JONES (Tenor), THORPE BATES (Baritone),
KENNETH ELLIS (Bass), MARY HAMLIN (Soprano), DORIS OWENS (Contralto), GLADYS
The WIRELESS CHORUS
(Chorus Master : CYRIL DALMAINE )
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by CHARLES WEBBER
It is Tonio, the clown, who comes before the curtain, to explain that the theme of his play is borrowed from real life, and that the actors, though they appear to bo acting, are but flesh and blood, with the passions of other men.
Valentine, brother of Marguerite, and his comrades are returning from the wars. As the rousing lilt of the Soldiers' Chorus dies away Faust enters in the company of Mephistopheles, who sings a mocking serenade to Marguerite. Valentine appears. He challenges Faust, the betrayer of his sister, to a duel. Valentine falls, mortally wounded.
At the inn of Lillas Pastia Carmen sings a gypsy song. Later, Escamillo makes a boisterous entrance, at the head of a procession of enthusiastic admirers. He sings the famous Toreador Song.
The opera's tragic climax is approaching.
Outside the church, where Santuzza has told Alfio of Lola's infidelity, Turiddu is drinking with his friends. Alfio enters. A challenge ensues. Soon the cry is heard, ' Turiddu is killed.'