Heniamino Gigli (tenor): Tombe degl' avi mei (Lucia di Lammermoor) (Donizetti) ; Che gelida manina (La Boheme) (Puccini) ; E lucevan le stelle (Tosca) (Puccini) ; La donna e mobile (Rigoletto) (Verdi) ; No Pagliaccio) (I Pagliacci) (Leoncavallo)
Beniamino Gigli (tenor), and Dusolina Giannini (soprano) : Tu qui Santuzza, No, no, Turiddu (both from Cavalleria rusticana) (Mascagni)
Beniamino Gigli (tenor) : A canzone
'e Napole and Lucia, Luci (de Curtis)
A Chronicle of the Disaster of 1839 Compiled from Contemporary Records
Produced by HENRY MCMULLAN
January 1839. The date of a phenomenon which was remembered all their lives by those who experienced it. A gale of unbelievable violence swept Ireland. Thatched roofs were lifted off in the tornado. Crops were devastated. People killed. A tall factory chimney crashed into a nearby building. Until about 20 years ago the Big Wind was used to establish people's ages; Ministry of Pensions officials would ask applicants for the old age pension if they could remember the ' Big Wind' and so test their eligibility. The events of that awful disaster, gathered from contemporary records, form the basis of tonight's historical reconstruction programme.
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