Casanova

Benedict Cumberbatch reads from Ian Kelly's biography.

show more detailshow less detail

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
RepeatedComments
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911217]

or The Just Desserts of Don Giovanni Casanova shared many of Mozart's friends in Prague and knew his librettist, da Ponte, well. Mysteriously, after his death, a sketch for a redrafted scene from Mozart's opera was discovered among Casanova's papers. An entertainment by Kate Fenton with music by Mozart. Withjohn Rye, David King , Jane Whittenshaw , Joanna Myers and Timothy Bateson. Ivor Bolton (harpsichord) Director John Powell. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Don Giovanni

Unknown: Kate Fenton

Unknown: David King

Unknown: Jane Whittenshaw

Unknown: Joanna Myers

Unknown: Timothy Bateson.

Harpsichord: Ivor Bolton

Director: John Powell.

GiacomoCasanova: Peter Jeffrey

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Nigel Carrington

Constanze, Mozart's wife: Tara Dominick

Henrietta: Eva Haddon

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911217]

Unknown: Don Giovanni

Unknown: Kate Fenton

Unknown: David King

Unknown: Jane Whittenshaw

Unknown: Joanna Myers

Unknown: Timothy Bateson.

Harpsichord: Ivor Bolton

Director: John Powell.

GiacomoCasanova: Peter Jeffrey

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Nigel Carrington

Constanze, Mozart's wife: Tara Dominick

Henrietta: Eva Haddon

012008062320100215 (BBC7)
20110530 (BBC7)

Casanova's parents send him away from Venice for his health.

When he returns, he has a career in the Church.

Born to a family of actors in Venice, sickly Giacomo is expected to die.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Ian Kelly's biography.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads the libertine's biography.

022008062420100216 (BBC7)
20110531 (BBC7)

When Casanova's scandalous affair with a married woman becomes the talk of Rome, he is encouraged to leave the city.

Before long the unlikely cleric is embarking upon a trip to Constantinople, where the delights of the harem lead him into uncharted waters.

The young cleric's scandalous affair with a married woman leads to a flight to Constantinople.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The young cleric's affair with a married woman leads to a flight to Constantinople.

032008062520100217 (BBC7)
20110601 (BBC7)

Casanova inveigles himself into the lavish court of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour at Versailles, where he immediately gains something of a reputation.

After causing something of a stir, he finds himself without income or employment.

He decides to return to Venice, where an affair with an enigmatic masked nun brings him to the attention of the Venetian Inquisition.

Giacomo Casanova creates a stir at the French court of King Louis XV.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Ian Kelly's biography.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads the libertine's biography.

042008062620100218 (BBC7)
20110602 (BBC7)

Casanova arrives in London, where he unexpectedly falls for the city's most infamous courtesan.

Giacomo Casanova's intrigues in London lead him to a soaking in the Thames.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Ian Kelly's biography.

Benedict Cumberbatch the libertine's biography.

05 LAST2008062720100219 (BBC7)
20110603 (BBC7)

Casanova attends a ball in St Petersburg, but his introduction to Catherine the Great proves fruitless.

The Italian goes to a ball in St Petersburg, but meeting Catherine the Great proves fruitless.

Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Italian goes to St Petersburg, but meeting Catherine the Great proves fruitless.