Performing Janacek

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0120040717

Leos Janacek, born 150 years ago this summer, is now hailed as one of the greatest operatic composers of the early 20th century. He turned to opera relatively late in life, producing a series of dazzling masterpieces under the influence of an obsessive but passionate love for a much younger woman. In this series, Ivan Hewett talks to eight distinguished interpreters of Janacek - conductors, directors and singers - about their approach to performing Janacek. Today the director Jonathan Miller talks about Janacek's most humane and touching opera, The Cunning Little Vixen.

0220040724

Series in which Ivan Hewett talks to eight distinguished interpreters of Janacek. Today, the soprano Josephine Barstow discusses the role of Janacek's tragic heroine Kat'a Kabanova.

0320040731

The third in a series of programmes celebrating the 150th anniversary of Leos Janacek's birth, in which Ivan Hewett talks to eight distinguished Janacek interpreters - conductors, directors and singers - about their approach to performing Janacek.

Today the conductor Mark Elder discusses Janacek's last great choral work, the Glagolitic Mass.

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The fourth in a series of programmes celebrating the 150th anniversary of Leos Janacek's birth, in which Ivan Hewett talks to eight distinguished Janacek interpreters - conductors, directors and singers - about their approach to performing Janacek. Today the director David Pountney discusses one of Janacek's less well-known operas, the comedy The Excursions of Mr Broucek to the Moon and the 15th Century.

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Today the soprano Amanda Roocroft talks about performing the title-role of Janacek's first great opera, 'Jenufa'.

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Ivan Hewett talks to eight distinguished interpreters of Janacek. Conductor Richard Armstrong discusses Janacek's last opera From the House of the Dead, based on a Dostoevsky novel.

0720040828

The seventh in a series of programmes celebrating the 150th anniversary of Leos Janacek's birth, in which Ivan Hewett talks to eight distinguished Janacek interpreters - conductors, directors and singers - about their approach to performing the composer's work. Today the great Swedish soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom talks about one of her most celebrated roles, that of the opera singer Emilia Marty, the 337-year-old heroine of The Makropoulos Case.