Performing Verdi

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago this month. In the first of the series, he is joined by conductor Mark Elder to discuss `Simon Boccanegra', Verdi's sombre drama about love and politics in medieval Genoa.

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Aida20010114

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago this month. In this edition, the conductor Sir Edward Downes discusses `Aida', Verdi's grand opera written for the opening of a new opera house in Cairo.

Aida20010114

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago this month. In this edition, the conductor Sir Edward Downes discusses `Aida', Verdi's grand opera written for the opening of a new opera house in Cairo.

Don Carlos20010311

Rodney Milnes is joined by British bass-baritone Robert Lloyd, who discuses his approach to the role of King Philip II of Spain in Verdi's `Don Carlos'. The work exists in both French and Italian versions, and Lloyd talks about the pros and cons of each.

Don Carlos20010311

Rodney Milnes is joined by British bass-baritone Robert Lloyd, who discuses his approach to the role of King Philip II of Spain in Verdi's `Don Carlos'. The work exists in both French and Italian versions, and Lloyd talks about the pros and cons of each.

Falstaff20010325

Jonathan Miller, who is about to direct his fourth production of Verdi's last opera - the Shakespearean comedy `Falstaff' - discusses his approach to the opera with Michael Oliver.

Falstaff20010325

Jonathan Miller, who is about to direct his fourth production of Verdi's last opera - the Shakespearean comedy `Falstaff' - discusses his approach to the opera with Michael Oliver.

Il Trovatore20010304

Rodney Milnes talks to the conductor Paul Daniel about `Il trovatore', a new production of which he is soon to be conducting at the ENGLISH National Opera. One of Verdi's great middle-period operas, `Il trovatore' was based on a Spanish tragedy set during the Aragonese civil wars of the early 15th century and revolves around misunderstood family relationships and a thirst for revenge.

Il Trovatore20010304

Rodney Milnes talks to the conductor Paul Daniel about `Il trovatore', a new production of which he is soon to be conducting at the ENGLISH National Opera. One of Verdi's great middle-period operas, `Il trovatore' was based on a Spanish tragedy set during the Aragonese civil wars of the early 15th century and revolves around misunderstood family relationships and a thirst for revenge.

La Forza Del Destino20010121

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago this month. Director Elijah Moshinsky discusses the differences between Verdi's two versions of `La forza del destino' - the original opera written for performance in St Petersburg in 1862, and the revision made seven years later for La Scala, Milan.

La Forza Del Destino20010121

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago this month. Director Elijah Moshinsky discusses the differences between Verdi's two versions of `La forza del destino' - the original opera written for performance in St Petersburg in 1862, and the revision made seven years later for La Scala, Milan.

La Traviata2001012820010826

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi. Baritone Sir Thomas Allen discusses the role of Germont, the father of Violetta's lover in `La traviata'.

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago this month. Baritone Sir Thomas Allen discusses the role of Germont, the father of Violetta's lover in `La traviata'.

La Traviata2001012820010826

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi. Baritone Sir Thomas Allen discusses the role of Germont, the father of Violetta's lover in `La traviata'.

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago this month. Baritone Sir Thomas Allen discusses the role of Germont, the father of Violetta's lover in `La traviata'.

Macbeth20010401

Michael Oliver and David Pountney discuss Verdi's first Shakespearean opera, `Macbeth'. Including music from Claudio Abbado's recording with the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, and Piero Cappuccilli, baritone (Macbeth) and Shirley Verrett, mezzo (Lady Macbeth).

Macbeth20010401

Michael Oliver and David Pountney discuss Verdi's first Shakespearean opera, `Macbeth'. Including music from Claudio Abbado's recording with the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, and Piero Cappuccilli, baritone (Macbeth) and Shirley Verrett, mezzo (Lady Macbeth).

Macbeth2001040820011231

Michael Oliver and David Pountney discuss Verdi's first Shakespearean opera, `Macbeth'. Including music from Claudio Abbado's recording with the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan.

In the last programme in the series, Rodney Milnes is joined by Dennis O'Neill, who has sung all Verdi's major tenor roles. They discuss the vocal demands of different operas, including `Macbeth', `Luisa Miller', `Il trovatore' and `Un ballo in maschera', and talk about their range of styles, from lyric to heroic.

Macbeth2001040820011231

Michael Oliver and David Pountney discuss Verdi's first Shakespearean opera, `Macbeth'. Including music from Claudio Abbado's recording with the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan.

In the last programme in the series, Rodney Milnes is joined by Dennis O'Neill, who has sung all Verdi's major tenor roles. They discuss the vocal demands of different operas, including `Macbeth', `Luisa Miller', `Il trovatore' and `Un ballo in maschera', and talk about their range of styles, from lyric to heroic.

Nabucco2001021820010819

David Pountney talks to Michael Oliver about the challenges involved in staging Verdi's early masterpiece `Nabucco'. First staged in Milan in 1842, the opera takes place amid the decadent splendours of ancient Babylon.

Nabucco2001021820010819

David Pountney talks to Michael Oliver about the challenges involved in staging Verdi's early masterpiece `Nabucco'. First staged in Milan in 1842, the opera takes place amid the decadent splendours of ancient Babylon.

Otello20010204

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago last month. Conductor Mark Elder talks about Verdi's late Shakespearean masterpiece `Otello' and about singing his operas in ENGLISH. Featuring a performance recorded live at ENGLISH National Opera, with tenor Charles Craig in the title role.

Otello20010204

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago last month. Conductor Mark Elder talks about Verdi's late Shakespearean masterpiece `Otello' and about singing his operas in ENGLISH. Featuring a performance recorded live at ENGLISH National Opera, with tenor Charles Craig in the title role.

Rigoletto2001022520010729

Michael Oliver is joined by director Jonathan Miller to discuss his production of Verdi's middle-period masterpiece `Rigoletto' in which the action was transposed from 16th-century Mantua to the mafiosi dens of 1950s NEW YORK. Music from the ENO production features John Rawnsley as Rigoletto, Helen Field as his ill-fated daughter Gilda and Arthur Davies as the Duke. Mark Elder conducts.

Michael Oliver is joined by director Jonathan Miller, who discusses his production of Verdi's middle-period masterpiece `Rigoletto', in which the action was transposed from 16th-century Mantua to the mafiosi dens of 1950s NEW YORK. Music from the ENO production features John Rawnsley as Rigoletto, Helen Field as his ill-fated daughter Gilda and Arthur Davies as the Duke. Mark Elder conducts.

Rigoletto2001022520010729

Michael Oliver is joined by director Jonathan Miller to discuss his production of Verdi's middle-period masterpiece `Rigoletto' in which the action was transposed from 16th-century Mantua to the mafiosi dens of 1950s NEW YORK. Music from the ENO production features John Rawnsley as Rigoletto, Helen Field as his ill-fated daughter Gilda and Arthur Davies as the Duke. Mark Elder conducts.

Michael Oliver is joined by director Jonathan Miller, who discusses his production of Verdi's middle-period masterpiece `Rigoletto', in which the action was transposed from 16th-century Mantua to the mafiosi dens of 1950s NEW YORK. Music from the ENO production features John Rawnsley as Rigoletto, Helen Field as his ill-fated daughter Gilda and Arthur Davies as the Duke. Mark Elder conducts.

Simon Boccanegra2001010720010722
Simon Boccanegra2001010720010722
Stiffelio2001031820010812

Rodney Milnes is joined by conductor Sir Edward Downes, who talks about Verdi's opera `Stiffelio'. When first produced at the Teatro Grande in Trieste in 1850, it was a failure, and Verdi revised it under the title `Aroldo'. Edward Downes resurrected the earlier version, and the programme includes excerpts from his 1993 recording of the celebrated COVENT GARDEN production.

Rodney Milnes is joined by conductor Sir Edward Downes, who talks about Verdi's opera `Stiffelio'. First produced at the Teatro Grande in Trieste in 1850, it was a failure, and Verdi revised it under the title `Aroldo'. Edward Downes resurrected the earlier version, and the programme includes excerpts from his 1993 recording of the celebrated COVENT GARDEN production.

Stiffelio2001031820010812

Rodney Milnes is joined by conductor Sir Edward Downes, who talks about Verdi's opera `Stiffelio'. When first produced at the Teatro Grande in Trieste in 1850, it was a failure, and Verdi revised it under the title `Aroldo'. Edward Downes resurrected the earlier version, and the programme includes excerpts from his 1993 recording of the celebrated COVENT GARDEN production.

Rodney Milnes is joined by conductor Sir Edward Downes, who talks about Verdi's opera `Stiffelio'. First produced at the Teatro Grande in Trieste in 1850, it was a failure, and Verdi revised it under the title `Aroldo'. Edward Downes resurrected the earlier version, and the programme includes excerpts from his 1993 recording of the celebrated COVENT GARDEN production.

Un Ballo In Maschera2001021120010805

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago.

Soprano Dame Josephine Barstow discusses the demanding role of Amelia in Verdi's middle-period work `Un ballo in maschera'.

Including excerpts from the 1989 Vienna State Opera recording made by Herbert von Karajan shortly before his death, with Josephine Barstow as Amelia and Placido Domingo as the doomed count Riccardo.

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago last month.

Un Ballo In Maschera2001021120010805

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago.

Soprano Dame Josephine Barstow discusses the demanding role of Amelia in Verdi's middle-period work `Un ballo in maschera'.

Including excerpts from the 1989 Vienna State Opera recording made by Herbert von Karajan shortly before his death, with Josephine Barstow as Amelia and Placido Domingo as the doomed count Riccardo.

Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago last month.