Programme Index

Discover 10,004,282 listings and 227,869 playable programmes from the BBC

Regional Variations (2)

London Regional Programme

Regional Programme Western

Acts II and III of Puccini's Opera 'Tosca'
Members of the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conductor, Maestro CARLO SABAJNO

The grimly h'agie story of Tosca, founded on Bardou's drama, is one of Rome in the days of the first Napoleonic Wars. Cavaradossi, an artist in love with Tosca, a celebrated singer, has befriended Angelotti, a revolutionary, and has got into the toils of Scarpia, Chief of Police. When the second Act begins, Cavaradossi is in prison, and Scarpia has summoned Tosca to tell her so. When she comes, he opens a door through which she can hear the agonised screams of her lover under torture. If Tosca will reveal the secret of Angelotti's hiding place, so he tells her, the torture shall cease. Tosca tells him and then Scarpia, having learned what he wished to know, announces that Cavaradossi will be shot. Only if Tosea will yield herself to him can her lover's life be saved, and the execution turned into a mock one, with blank cartridges instead of tall. She demands a passport for herself and Cavaradossi to leave in safety, and when Scarpia has written it,he steps forward to take her in his arms. She stabs him, and, setting a crucifix beside his body, hastens to set her lover free.
When the third Act opens, dawn is about to break. Cavaradossi is brought in by guards and handed over to a gaoler; an hour of life is left to him. He begins to write a farewell letter, but breaks off to meditate on the starlit night when he first met Tosca. Tosca is brought to him, and shows him the safe conduct she has won for him from Scarpia. Cavaradossi is led out to execution, and when the bring party has gone.Tosca finds, toherhorror,that Scarpia has been false to his promise: her lover is dead. Cues from without proclaim that Scarpia's murdered body has been found, and Tosca springs from the battlements to her own death.
Time Signal, Greenwich, at 1.0


FIoria Tosca:
Carmen Melis (soprano)
Mario Cavaradossi:
Ptebo Fallu (tenor)
Baron Scarpia:
Apollo Gitanforte (baritone)
Nelm Palal (tenor)
Giovanni Azzimonti (bass)

Regional Variations (3)


Regional Programme Midland

London Regional Programme

Regional Programme Western

Relayed from The Queen's Hall, London
(Me ZeMcM, .MeMM. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
HELEN PERKIN (Pianoforte)
(Principal First Violin, CHARLES WooDHOUSE)
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
Overture, The Consecration of the House Rondino in E Bat for wind instruments
PARRY JONES and Orchestra
Song, Adelaide
HELEN PERKiN and Orchestra
Concerto No. 3 in C minor
1. ADegro con brio; 2. Largo; 3. Rondo: AUegro
Symphony No. 8 in F
1. Allegro vivace e con brio; 2. Allegretto scherzando ; 3. Tempo di Minuetto ; 4. Finale : Allegretto vivace
(Tickets can be obtained from [address removed], and usual Agents... Prices (including Entertainments Tax), 7s. 6d., 6s., 5s. (Reserved); 3s.


Helen Perkin
Conducted By:
Sir Henry Wood

Regional Programme London

About Regional Programme

Regional Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

Appears in

About this data

This data is drawn from the Radio Times magazine between 1923 and 2009. It shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was subject to change and may not be accurate. More