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: Dona Rosita La Soltera

A Poem of Granada By Federico Garcia Lorca
A version by Selma Vaz Dias from the translation by C.A. Rossner
Music for the piano played by Elena Kudian


Author: Federico Garcia Lorca
Translation: C.A. Rossner
A version by: Selma Vaz Diaz
Pianist: Elena Kudian
Production: Frederick Bradnum
Dona Rosita: Sheila Brennan
The Aunt: Madeleine Christie
The Uncle: Denis McCarthy
The Servant: Mary O'Farrell
The Cousin: Patrick Duggan
Senor X: Brian Haines
Don Martin: Robert Bernal
A Young Man: John Graham
Manola Girl: Sally Travers
Manola Girl: Anne McGrath
Manola Girl: Barbara Greenhalgh
Spinster: Sally Lahee
Spinster: Doreen Keogh
Spinster: Annette Kelly
Their Mother: Peggy Marshall
Avola Girl: Sally Travers
Avola Girl: Barbara Greenhalgh

: The Widow's Stratagem

('La Vedova Scaltra')
A lyric comedy in three acts Libretto by Mario Ghisalberti adapted from the comedy of the same name by Carlo Goldoni
English version by Geoffrey Dunn
Music by Wolf-Ferrari
BBC Chorus
(Trained by Alan G. Melville)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Steven Staryk )
Producer, Geoffrey Dunn
(first performance in this country)
The action takes place in Venice in 1742
Act 1
Scene 1: The terrace outside' Bonvecchiati I
Scene 2: A room in Rosaura's house
Scene 3: A walk by a canal
Scene 4: Rosaura's garden on the lagoon
(Geraint Evans broadcasts by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.)
Ernest Bradbury writes on page 4


Unknown: Mario Ghisalberti
Unknown: Carlo Goldoni
Unknown: Geoffrey Dunn
Unknown: Alan G. Melville
Leader: Steven Staryk
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson
Producer: Geoffrey Dunn
Unknown: Geraint Evans
Unknown: Ernest Bradbury
Rosaura widow of Stefanello det Bisognosi: Carmen Prletto
Lord Runnymede, an Englishman: Thomas Hemsley
Monsieur le Bleau, a Frenchman: Lloyd Strauss-Smith
Don Alvaro de Castilla, a Spaniard: Hervey Alan
The Baron di Bosco Nero, an Italian: Ken Neate
Marionette, Rosaura's French maid: Gwen Catley
Arlecchino a waiter: Geraint Evans
St Clair, Lord Runnymede's man: Denis Catlin
Folletto, the Baron's man: Jan van Der Gucht
Pedro, the Don's man: Bassett Stevens

: Science and Civilisation in China

Talk by Dorothy Emmet, Professor of Philosophy in the University of Manchester
The second volume of Dr. Joseph Needham's work has now been published: it is concerned with the history of scientific thought. In this talk Professor Emmet discusses some of the analogies drawn by Dr. Needham between the ancient Chinese conception of the order of Nature and certain Western organic philosophies, particularly that of Whitehead.


Speaker: Dorothy Emmet

: The Widow's Stratagem

Act 2
Scene 1: The terrace outside Bonvecchiati
Scene 2: Another room in Rosaura's house
Scene 3: A square

: Copyright Since 1956

Talk by a barrister.
The Copyright Act of 1956 not only reformed the law but covered a large area which has come into existence since the Act of 1911.

: The Widow's Stratagem

Act 3
Scene 1: Another room in Rosaura's house
Scene 2: A small square
Scene 3: The salon in Rosaura's house

(Another performance: Tuesday at 7.35)

: The Tinderbox

A dramatic poem based on Hans Andersen's story by Aaron Kramer


Writer: Aaron Kramer
Based on a story by: Hans Andersen
Incidental Music: Tristram Cary
Producer: Terence Tiller
[Actress]: Dorothy Black
[Actress]: Wendy Gifford
[Actress]: Yvonne Hills
[Actor]: Michael Acton-Bond
[Actor]: Oliver Burt
[Actor]: David Duncan
[Actor]: Garard Green
[Actor]: Robert Marsden

: Chamber Music

Musica da Camera: Harold Clarke (flute), Roger Lord (oboe), Sidney Fell (clarinet),
Archie Camden (bassoon), Charles Gregory (horn), Hubert Dawkes (piano, harpsichord)


Flautist: Harold Clarke
Oboeist: Roger Lord
Clarinettist: Sidney Fell
Bassoonist: Archie Camden
Horn player: Charles Gregory
Pianist/Harpsichordist: Hubert Dawkes

: Education

A monthly series of talks on current problems and thought.
Secondary Modern by Edward Blishen

"I sometimes wonder if the size and quality of the task the secondary modern school has set itself is generally understood." Mr. Blishen speaks as one who has been teaching in secondary modern schools for the past seven years.


Speaker: Edward Blishen

: Reger: Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op. 73

Played by Ralph Downes (organ)
From the Royal Festival Hall, London
Last of a series of four recitals of organ works by Reger


Organist: Ralph Downes

: Yeats and Byzantium

Talk by Giorgio Melchiori
(The recorded broadcast of October 19)


Speaker: Giorgio Melchiori

: Chamber Music

London String Quartet: Granville Jones (violin), Carl Pini (violin), Keith Cummings (viola), Douglas Cameron (cello)


Violin: Granville Jones
Violin: Carl Pini
Viola: Keith Cummings
Cello: Douglas Cameron

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