Verismo Voices

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01Singers, Poets, Clowns And Revolutionaries1997052219971030

Gordon Stewart presents four programmes which take the lid off the hotpot of Italian verismo - its seething passions, heart-throbbing emotions and lurid violence, as expressed through some of the hottest sets of vocal cords in the business.

1: `Singers, Poets, Clowns and Revolutionaries'.

Featuring excerpts from `Tosca', `La gioconda', `La boheme', `I pagliacci' and `Andrea Chenier', with singers including Caruso, Del Monaco, Pavarotti, Bergonzi, Gobbi, Callas and Tebaldi.

02Waifs, Courtesans And Viragos1997052919971106

Gordon Stewart presents four programmes which take the lid off the hotpot of Italian verismo - its seething passions, heart-throbbing emotions and lurid violence, as expressed through some of the hottest sets of vocal cords in the business.

2: `Waifs, Courtesans and Viragos'.

Today's programme concentrates on the women, with excerpts from `La boheme, Iris, Manon Lescaut, Lodoletta, Turandot' and `La wally'.

The singers include Te Kanawa, Tebaldi, De los Angeles, Eva Turner, Claudia Muzio, Freni, Callas, Di Stefano and Carreras.

Gordon Stewart presents four programmes which take the lid off the hotpot of Italian verismo - its seething passions, heart-throbbing emotions and lurid violence, as expressed through some of the hottest sets of vocal chords in the business.

03Fatal Passions1997060519971113

Gordon Stewart presents four programmes which take the lid off Italian verismo - its seething passions, heart-throbbing emotions and lurid violence, as expressed through some of the hottest sets of vocal cords in the business.

3: `Fatal Passions'.

This programme looks at those characters with their fingers on auto-destruct, with excerpts from `La gioconda', `Turandot', `Madame Butterfly', `Mefistofele', L'arlesiana' and `La fanciulla del west'.

The voices include Gina Cigna, Scotto, Caballe, Simionato, Ponselle, Gigli, Siepi and Ruffo.

Gordon Stewart presents four programmes which take the lid off Italian verismo - its seething passions, heart-throbbing emotions and lurid violence, as expressed through some of the hottest sets of vocal chords in the business.

04 LASTMurders And Vendettas1997061219971120

Gordon Stewart presents the last programme taking the lid off Italian verismo - its seething passions, heart-throbbing emotions and lurid violence, as expressed through some of the hottest sets of vocal cords in the business.

`Murders and Vendettas'.

This programme focuses on operatic characters with homicidal tendencies, with excerpts from operas including `Cavalleria rusticana', `Tosca', `Andrea Chenier', `Francesca da Rimini' and `Adriana Lecouvreur'.

Among the voices are Cosotto, Raimondi, Scotto, Gobbi, Muzio, Price, Olivero and Corelli.

Gordon Stewart presents the last programme taking the lid off Italian verismo - its seething passions, heart-throbbing emotions and lurid violence, as expressed through some of the hottest sets of vocal chords in the business.