Directed by FRANK CANTELL
GILBERT ASTIN (baritone)
LUCIO SILLA is an early opera of Mozart's, written in Milan in 1772. Mozart was then sixteen, with half a dozen operas already to his credit. Lucio Silla naturally was composed on the Italian model, and it pleased the people of Milan, before whom it was performed more than twenty times in that season. The overture'is a full-length work written with any amount of spirit, but it has, of course, little chance in the repertory against the other overtures of Mozart's maturity.
SEVERAL OF the songs of Thurlow Lieurance have been collected by him from the authentic melodies of the American Indians, particularly of the Chippewa and Sioux tribes, and adapted by him with as little alteration as possible. Lieurance, who lives in Minnesota (an old hunting ground of the Indians, a large number of whom still inhabit the State), has made a lifelong study of the tribal tunes.
Early days on the Variety Halls
An interview between TOM COSTELLO and PERCY EDGAR
TOM COSTELLO got his early training in Birmingham. He was apprenticed to an engraving firm, but left it for variety. Other Birmingham trained artists to achieve fame on the ' halls ' included Vesta Tilley and George Lashwood. Tom Costello 's first broadcast was in October last, at the age of seventy. He then sang his most famous song ' At Trinity Church I met my Doom '. It was Charles Brewer who introduced him to the microphone in Birmingham.
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