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Opera On 320130112

Verdi 200 on BBC Radio 3

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth, BBC Radio 3 continues its year-long survey of all Verdi's operas.

Live from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with commentary by Ira Siff.

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Jealousy, vengeance and war intertwine in Verdi's melodrama, Il Trovatore. Set in wartime Spain, it revolves around the Count di Luna and his exploits in love and in battle, and Azucena, a gyspy who took revenge for her own mother's death by killing the count's baby brother many years earlier. When her own son, Manrico, rival to the Count in love and war, is captured, the events set in motion in the past play out with inevitably tragic consequences.

Leonora - Patricia Racette (soprano)

Manrico - Marco Berti (tenor)

Count di Luna - Alexey Markov (baritone)

Azucena - Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)

Ferrando - Christophoros Stamboglis (bass)

Ines - Edyta Kulczak (soprano)

Ruiz. - Hugo Vera (tenor)

An old gypsy - Brandon Bayberry (bass)

A messenger - David Lowe (tenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Daniele Callegari, conductor

Throughout the year, as part of Verdi 200, there will be added features supporting the broadcasts, including podcasts and interviews, context and synopsis that will be available all year as part of Radio 3's unmissable guide to Verdi's operas.

01Opera On 320130107

Presented by John Shea

Verdi 200: I Lombardi, Verdi's opera set at the time of the First Crusade, in a performance given at the Maggio Musicale 2005 in Florence, conducted by Roberto Abbado and starring Erwin Schrott and Ramon Vargas.

To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth, Radio 3 will broadcast all of Verdi's operas during the course of 2013. Tonight John Shea presents a story of fraternal strife set in the time of the First Crusade. When I Lombardi was first performed in Milan in 1843,contemporary accounts noted that the opera touched a chord of Italian nationalism: the Milanese decided that they were the Lombards, the Holy Land they were defending was Italy, and the Austrians were akin to the Saracens. But against this background is the story of two brothers who both love the same woman, and the tragic discord that arises as a result. Arvino is the lucky one - he marries Viclinda and is chosen to lead the Lombard crusaders - but his brother Pagano, tormented by jealousy, ends up as a hermit in the hills outside Antioch, in an attempt to expatiate his past sins.

Giselda: Dimitra Theodossiou (soprano)

Oronte: Ramón Vargas (tenor)

Pagano: Erwin Schrott (bass)

Arvino: Massimiliano Pisapia (tenor)

Viclinda: Katia Pellegrino (soprano)

Pirro: Marco Spotti (bass)

Accian: Cesare Lana (bass)

Sofia: Daniela Schillaci (soprano)

Prior: Enrico Cossutta (tenor)

Orchestra and chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Roberto Abbado, conductor.

02Opera On 320130108

Presented by Louise Fryer

Verdi 200: I Vespri Siciliani, recorded at the Vienna State Opera, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, with Gregory Kunde as Arrigo, Angela Meade as Elena, Gabriele Viviani as Monforte and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Procida.

To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth, Radio 3 will broadcast all Verdi's operas during the course of the coming year. Tonight Louise Fryer presents a story of divided loyalties, set against the background of the Sicilian Vespers of 1282. Elena, a feisty young Sicilian, hates the French because they have occupied her country and killed her brother. She loves Arrigo, who like her, is a Sicilian patriot. But things get complicated when it turns out that he is actually the son of the French oppressor, Monforte.

Arrigo - Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Elena - Angela Meade (soprano)

Monforte - Gabriele Viviani (baritone)

Procida - Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Bethune - Alexandru Moisiuc (bass)

Vaudemont - Hans Peter Kammerer (bass)

Ninetta - Alisa Kolosova (contralto)

Danieli - Marian Talaba (tenor)

Tebaldo - Carlos Osuna (tenor)

Roberto - Tae-Joong Yang (bass)

Wiener Staatsoper orchestra and chorus

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor.

03Opera On 320130110

Presented by Martin Handley

Verdi 200: Verdi's Simon Boccanegra recorded at La Scala, Milan, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, with Placido Domingo in the title role.

To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth, Radio 3 will broadcast all Verdi's operas during the course of the coming year. Tonight Martin Handley presents a story set in 14th century Genoa. The city is riven by faction between the Plebeians and the Patricians, and when Boccanegra is declared Doge, there are many out to topple him. They include Gabriele, whose loyalties are complicated when he falls in love with Boccanegra's daughter, and Paolo, who will eventually administer the poison that will kill him. Recorded in 2010.

Simon Boccanegra - Plácido Domingo (baritone)

Amelia Grimaldi - Anja Harteros (soprano)

Gabriele Adorno - Fabio Sartori (tenor)

Jacopo Fiesco - Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Paolo Albiani - Massimo Cavalletti (baritone)

Pietro - Ernesto Panariello (baritone)

Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan

Daniel Barenboim, conductor.

01High Noon20131007

Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the aging composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.

Having written 16 operas in 11 years at the height of his productivity, he then dedicated much of his time to accumulating and cultivating a huge estate, with the help of his second wife, Giuseppina Strepponi. Their relationship began in Paris, and while this was an intensely creative period during which Verdi composed some of his best-loved works - Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata - it was also a difficult time for him privately, the unmarried couple facing scandal when they moved back to the small Italian town of Bussetto.

01High Noon20131007

Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the aging composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.

Having written 16 operas in 11 years at the height of his productivity, he then dedicated much of his time to accumulating and cultivating a huge estate, with the help of his second wife, Giuseppina Strepponi. Their relationship began in Paris, and while this was an intensely creative period during which Verdi composed some of his best-loved works - Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata - it was also a difficult time for him privately, the unmarried couple facing scandal when they moved back to the small Italian town of Bussetto.

02The Gentleman Farmer20131008

Donald Macleod focuses on Verdi's activities in the 1860s.

(Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the aging composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.)

Donald Macleod looks at Verdi's activities in the build-up to writing Aida, by which time he had become a major landowner. His life as a 'gentleman farmer' distracted him from composition - instead of writing music, he wrote to a friend, 'I only plant beans and cabbages'. In addition he tried his hand at a political career, had a mid-life crisis, and possibly an affair. But in the midst of all this he completed Aida for the opening of the Suez canal, and the eyes of the world were on him once more.

03A New Generation20131009

Donald Macleod on Verdi's relationship with the younger generation of Italian artists.

03A New Generation20131009

(Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the aging composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.)

Donald Macleod examines the beginnings of Verdi's collaborative relationship with Arrigo Boito, a man almost 30 years his junior. It started badly - at a banquet at which both men were present, Boito called on 'young Italian Art' to throw off the shackles imposed by the 'old and cretinous'. Verdi took it as a personal insult, but they managed to recover from this and Boito would become the librettist of Verdi's final works.

03A New Generation20131009

Donald Macleod on Verdi's relationship with the younger generation of Italian artists.

(Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the aging composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.)

Donald Macleod examines the beginnings of Verdi's collaborative relationship with Arrigo Boito, a man almost 30 years his junior. It started badly - at a banquet at which both men were present, Boito called on 'young Italian Art' to throw off the shackles imposed by the 'old and cretinous'. Verdi took it as a personal insult, but they managed to recover from this and Boito would become the librettist of Verdi's final works.

04Old Age20131010

Donald Macleod explores the projects of Verdi's later years.

04Old Age20131010

(Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the aging composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.

Donald Macleod explores the rejuvenating influence on the aging Verdi of his librettist Arrigo Boito and his publisher Giulio Ricordi. The fruit of their collaboration was Otello, but two other projects also took up the composer's time in his seventies: the building of a hospital near his estate, and a musicians' rest home in Milan.

04Old Age20131010

Donald Macleod explores the projects of Verdi's later years.

(Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the aging composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.

Donald Macleod explores the rejuvenating influence on the aging Verdi of his librettist Arrigo Boito and his publisher Giulio Ricordi. The fruit of their collaboration was Otello, but two other projects also took up the composer's time in his seventies: the building of a hospital near his estate, and a musicians' rest home in Milan.

05 LASTWe're Still Here! Roll Up!20131011

Donald Macleod focuses on Verdi's last opera, the comic masterpiece Falstaff.

05 LASTWe're Still Here! Roll Up!20131011

(Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the ageing composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.)

Donald Macleod looks at Verdi's last opera, the comic masterpiece Falstaff, written with the librettist Arrigo Boito, and completed in the composer's 80th year. Having lived through most of the 19th century, and revitalised Italian opera, Verdi died in 1901, with Boito at his side.

05 LASTWe're Still Here! Roll Up!20131011

Donald Macleod focuses on Verdi's last opera, the comic masterpiece Falstaff.

(Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the ageing composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.)

Donald Macleod looks at Verdi's last opera, the comic masterpiece Falstaff, written with the librettist Arrigo Boito, and completed in the composer's 80th year. Having lived through most of the 19th century, and revitalised Italian opera, Verdi died in 1901, with Boito at his side.