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An opera in two acts
Libretto by Felice Romani Music by BELLINI sung in Italian and villagers
Covent Garden Opera Chorus
Chorus-Master, Douglas Robinson Covent Garden Orchestra Leader, Charles Taylor
Conducted by TULLIO SERAFIN Producer, Enrico Medioli
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
The action takes place in Switzerland at the beginning of the nineteenth century
Act 1
Scene 1: The village green


Unknown: Felice Romani
Chorus-Master: Douglas Robinson
Leader: Charles Taylor
Conducted By: Tullio Serafin
Producer: Enrico Medioli


by Gwyn Williams
The litter-boxes in Benghazi, eastern capital of Libya, carry an image of Ladon, the dragon who once protected the golden apples of the Garden of the Hesperides. Gwyn Williams , Professor of English in the University of Libya, speculates on the antecedents and relations of the mythical beast. : second broadcast


Unknown: Gwyn Williams
Unknown: Gwyn Williams


Acr I
Scene 2: A bedroom at the inn


by Alex Comfort
Animals seem to play ' simply for the sake of doing it, because they feel better for it; but man takes it all in deadly earnest.


Act 2
Scene 1: A shady valley between the village and the castle
Scene 2: The village near Teresa's mill


A monthly series of programmes
Excerpts from his narrative poetry chosen by D. G. Bridson
Mary Wimbush , C. Day Lewis Douglas Leach


Readers: D. G. Bridson
Readers: Mary Wimbush
Unknown: Lewis Douglas Leach

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