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20031217

Stephanie Hughes explores Sondheim musicals.

And in the Real Story of Sweeney Todd, Christopher Cook traces a victim's steps down Fleet Street and the British obsession with pies.

20040211

Christopher Cook is joined live by opera historian Sarah Lenton to discuss the colourful background to Les Contes d' Hoffman and this evening's revival of the classic John Schlesinger production. They'll also be hearing from conductor Richard Hickox and other Offenbach experts from both the UK and France.

20040218

During the interval Stephanie Hughes explores the world of Thomas Adès, and discusses the way he and Meredith Oakes have adapted Shakespeare's text. With contributions from composer Richard Baker, The New Yorker music critic, Alex Ross, and expert on Shakespeare in music, Christopher Wilson.

20040522

During the interval between operas, Alexandra Wilson explores the curious history of the one-act opera, including its fascination with the workings of the human psyche.

Stephanie Hughes talks to Opera North's general director Richard Mantle, conductor David Parry and Viv Gardner about the challenges of mounting such an ambitious project of one-acters.

Writer Ian Mcmillan also contributes to the throng with his thoughts on brevity in literature.

20040605

Stephanie Hughes and guests explore some of the themes of tonight's opera, and David Huckvale looks for clues in the letters between Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

20040619

During the interval Stephanie Hughes finds out about the history of Goethe's masterpiece and its various operatic transformations. Also, in Fortunes of Faust, Richard Langham-Smith explores the reputation of Gounod's version, which has been both lauded and criticised right from its premiere.

20041002

During the interval Stephanie Hughes talks to opera historian Sarah Lenton about the story of Werther, which not only inspired Massenet's opera but also started a fashion craze amongst the young men of nineteenth century England, and French music exoert Roger Nicholls takes a closer look at the composer himself.

20041030

Stephanie Hughes talks to people involved in tonight's production of Verdi's Falstaff and Alex Wilson explores the chequered history of Shakespeare in opera.

Stephanie Hughes talks to people involved in tonight's production of Verdi's Flastaff and Alex Wilson explores the chequered history of Shakespeare in opera.

20041106

During the interval of La Forza del Destino Stephanie Hughes talks to Roger Parker about Verdi's "opera of ideas", and Sarah Lenton explores the passionate Spanish culture found in this opera.

20050525

Stephanie Hughes discusses the production with critic and author D J Taylor.

Librettists J D McClatchy and Thomas Meehan discuss the challenges of adapting the book for the stage.

20050924

Stephanie Hughes is joined at the Royal Opera House by Puccini expert Alexandra Wilson, and Christopher Cook talks to Monica Mason to help mark the 75th anniversary season of the Royal Ballet.

20051001

During the interval, Margit Carstensen (Petra in Fassbinder's film) talks about her memories of working with the great director.

Film critic Derek Malcolm considers the film's place in Fassbinder's oeuvre and composer and conductor Richard Baker joins Stephanie in the box to discuss tonight's performance.

20051008

Stephanie Hughes is joined at the Royal Opera House by translator Amanda Holden; Peggy Reynolds goes undercover into the world of operatic disguises, and Christopher Cook continues his series marking the 75th anniversary season of the Royal Ballet, in which he talks to Monica Mason.

20051029

David Huckvale explores the idea of the 'Superman' invented by Wagner's one time friend Nietzsche, and Stephanie Hughes is joined in the opera box by artist Jonathon Brown.

Featuring diary entries written by Wagner's wife Cosima while he was working on Siegfried.

20051203

Stephanie Hughes is joined in the box by Britten expert Dr John Evans, and veteran Oberon James Bowman talks about his view of the role.

Plus Christopher Cook continues his series of interviews with the Director of the Royal Ballet, Monica Mason

20060325

Stephanie Hughes is joined by opera director Francesca Zambello to explore the role of the Metropolitan Opera in the life of New York City.

20060701

Stephanie Hughes is joined by theatre historian Sarah Lenton, as members of the cast talk about their roles in this new production of Tosca.