Ivan Hewett debates the pros and cons of surtitles for opera as the Royal Opera
House's production of Britten's Turn of the Screw opens. Plus a report from Milan on the homeless La Scala and a review of Granta's new collection of writing on music.
Michael Berkeley 's guest is actress Juliet Stevenson , whose choices include Bach's St Matthew Passion, Britten's Turn of the Screw. Strauss's Four Last Songs, Bonnie Raitt singing I Can't Make You Love Me, and Jennifer Warnes in Leonard Cohen 's hit, Famous Blue Raincoat. Repeat
' Opera is encrusted with barnacles and seaweed and the accumulated mess of virtually 100 years of often very thoughtless productions. I think it's often necessary to scrape that off in order to get back to the clean lines of its original artificiality.' JONATHAN MILLER discusses With GRAHAM SHEFFIELD his attitude to opera and some of the works in his repertory as a producer; with music, on records, from Monteverdi's Orfeo. The Cunning Little Vixen, Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn oi the Screw
' Opera is encrusted with barnacles and seaweed and the accumulated mess of virtually 100 years of often very thoughtless productions. I think it's often necessary to scrape that off in order to get back to the clean lines of its original artificiality.'
Jonathan Miller discusses with Graham Sheffield his attitude to opera and some of the works in his repertory as a producer.
With music on records from Monteverdi's Orfeo, The Cunning Little Vixen, Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Turn of the Screw.
John Eliot Gardiner talks to Sean
Rafferty today as he prepares for a three-concert series called
Schumann Revealed at the Barbican
Centre at the weekend. And what are the mysteries behind the writing of a composer's greatest work? That is what the Natural Theatre Company are exploring in Bath this week with the opening of their musical show
William Tell - How a Humble Bramley Saved the World. Sean Rafferty talks to director John Abulafia , and Rossini's Overture is featured in his choice of music for today, alongside Chopin nocturnes, a Handel concerto grosso and Janacek's wind sextet Mladi. Deborah Warner is the third director this week to encapsulate an opera in one piece as her production of Britten's Turn of the Screw opens. And there is news of the Dimensions
Festival of Russian Music.
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' One of the most satisfactory things about working in opera Is the wide contrast of styles and periods of music which may come my way in any one year,' says opera producer ANTHONY BESCH. He discusses and Illustrates four operas from his recent repertory: Mozart's Cost fan tutte, Britten's The Turn of the Screw, Szymanowski's King Roger and Mozart's La clemenza di Tito. gramophone records
Presented from Birmingham by David Owen Norris , who talks to the new principal oboe of the CBSO,
Jonathan Kelly. Including at approximately
5.03 Britten The Piano
(The Turn of the Screw)
6.02 Sibelius Symphony No 3 in City of Birmingham
Symphony Orchestra, conductor Simon Rattle
7.02 Koechlin Les
Producer Jeremy Hayes
with Piers Burton-Page .
10.03 Brahms Hungarian Dances Nos 1-5
Yaara Tal and Andreas
Groethuysen (piano duet)
10.15 Mateo Flecha
Ensalada: La Justa
Collegium Vocale of Cologne
10.30 Artist of the Week:
James Blades (percussion) Britten The Turn of the Screw (excerpts)
Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano) English Opera Group
11.20 Chabrier Trois valses romantiques
Andrew Ball and Julian
11.40 Debussy Printemps BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Christopher Adey Producer Piers Burton-Page
5: James Blades
Richard Fawkes meets the 93-year-old percussionist who talks about working with Benjamin Britten over a 40-year period and who played in almost all of Britten's opera premieres, including the Venice opening of The Turn of the Screw.
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The first of five conversations in which
Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. Tonight, Joan Rodgers and Andrea Gascoigne on the Governess in Henry James 's Turn of the Screw. Producer Fiona McLean
Peter Porter explores the dramatic device of the letter in opera. Including excerpts from Britten's The Turn of the Screw; Verdi's Macbeth, La Traviata and Falstaff; and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin , with the most famous letter scene of them all.
Producer Alan Hall
With Peggy Reynolds. Tonight, boy soprano turned actor
David Hemmings , singer Joan Rodgers , directors Jonathan Miller and David
Leveaux and conductor Wasfi Kani examine the mysteries surrounding the corruption of the boy Miles through the haunting aria Malo that he shares with his governess in Britten's version of the Henry James ghost story The Turn of the Screw.
Gabriel Gbadamosi presents the arts discussion programme. Tonight, a first-night review of the new English National Opera and Mariinksy theatre production of Benjamin Britten 's ghost story opera, The Turn of the Screw. Producer Aasiya Lodhi
With Mary Miller.
Berio Opus No Zoo
10.08 Locatelli Concerto Grosso in F, Op 4 No 12
Musica Antiqua Koln , director Reinhard Goebel
10.21 Berg Seven Early Songs Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), Vienna Philharmonic, conductor Claudio Abbado
10.38 Artist of the Week:
Antony Pay (clarinet)
Rimsky-Korsakov Clarinet Quintet in B flat Nash Ensemble
11.10 Britten Turn of the Screw
Aldeburgh Ensemble, conductor Steuart Bedford
11.17 Berg Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano
Antony Pay, Daniel Barenboim (piano)
11.25 Britten Violin Concerto
Rebecca Hirsch ,
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk
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