|01||Men Of The Cloth||19980406|
Verdi's clergyman-hero Stiffelio sparks off a parade of priests in opera - pagan, Christian and non-Christian - with music from Mozart to Musorgsky via Rossini, Verdi and Gilbert and Sullivan.
|02||Just Between Ourselves||19980413|
Hans Sachs in Wagner's `Die Meistersinger' - who could never quite tell Eva he loved her - sparks off a whole set of secrets: from `Nessun dorma' to `The Merry Widow' via Handel, Janacek, Sondheim and Gilbert and Sullivan.
|03||Do They Mean Us?||19980420|
EllIan Macgregor - one of the heroine's many alter egos in `The Makropulos Case' - inspires a round-up of operatic Britons in operas by non-Britons. Featuring music by Handel, Mozart and Ravel, kings and queens from Rossini, Donizetti and Saint-Saens, and Verdi's `Falstaff'.
|04||Flora And Fauna||19980427|
A bouquet of operatic numbers, from flower maidens in Parsifal, to leafy shades in Handel's Xerxes.
|05||Fathers And Daughters||19980504|
From the obedient to the wilfully rebellious (the daughters); from the domineering to the frankly hopeless (the fathers).
From Handel to Puccini, with pride of place given to Verdi, whose operatic father/ daughter relationships explore the deepest recesses of human emotions.
|06||All In The Cards||19980511|
Jeremy Sams deals out operatic scenes from the pack, from Verdi's `La Traviata', Puccini's `Fanciulla del West' and Stravinsky's `Rake's Progress'.
|07||The Devil You Know||19980518|
Mephistopheles and other inhabitants of the nether regions, both serious and comic.
This programme focuses on the romantic city of Venice, site of the first public opera house, scene of many major operatic first performances and setting for many other operas. Music includes works by Monteverdi, Verdi, Britten and Offenbach.
|09||Let's Talk About The Weather||19980601|
Chabrier, Janacek, Rameau and Rossini are among the composers in some of whose operas the weather plays an important part.
|10||The Oldest Profession||19980608|
Prostitutes have been something of an obsession with male opera composers and librettists down the ages. Including Monteverdi's Poppea, Berg's Lulu, Verdi's La traviata, and the nieces in Britten's `Peter Grimes'.
This week, Verdi's `I masnadieri' performed by the itinerant Royal Opera in Baden Baden, sparks off a journey through operatic travels.
|12||An Afternoon Of Fauna||19980622|
Gavin Bryars's `Dr Ox's Experiment' inspires an operatic menagerie - flies, frogs, cats, dogs and a plethora of birds and foxes.
|13||Painting And Sculpture||19980629|
Mozart, Puccini and Rameau are among the composers in some of whose operas the visual arts play significant parts.
Naxos, Tahiti and Robinson Crusoe's island are just some of the isolated pieces of land featured in operas by Richard Strauss, Bernstein, Offenbach and others.
|15 LAST||Entirely For Pleasure||19980713|
For the final programme of the series, Jeremy Sams presents a sequence of excerpts from among his own favourites. They range across the centuries, from Monteverdi in 1642 to music which Michel Legrand composed last year.