The last of three programmes in which Gordon Stewart follows the comings and goings of opera characters as singers move on and off the stage.
`The Final Exit'.
Old age and misspent youth exact their revenge.
War and revolution take their toll.
Fire and brimstone claim Don Giovanni.
Fire engulfs the Old Believers and the Old Norse Gods.
And water plays its part in purifying the lives of young lovers and a simple soldier.
It's curtains for characters in operas from Purcell, Puccini, Berg, Britten, Mozart, Meyerbeer and Musorgsky.