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198A01Making An Entrance19980319

Shakespeare's words work just as well for the characters in opera as they do for the upheavals of life, so a whole operatic industry has devoted itself to getting singers on and off the stage.

In three programmes, Gordon Stewart follows their comings and goings.

1: `Making an Entrance'.

First impressions from Gluck to Wagner and from `Fidelio' to `Der Rosenkavalier', beginning with the arrival of the travelling theatre in `I pagliacci'.

198A02Exit, Stage Left19980326

Three programmes in which Gordon Stewart follows the comings and goings of opera characters as singers move on and off the stage.

2: `Exit, Stage Left'.

Verdi's Falstaff and Mozart's Cherubino go out through the windows, while Offenbach's Greek gods go to hell, passing Monteverdi's Apollo on the way up with his son Orfeo.

Puccini, Sullivan and Richard Strauss are amoung the other composers getting the creatures of their imagination to walk into the wings to make a dramatic point.

198A03The Final Exit19980402

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.