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How to say: Alagna

10:36 UK time, Thursday, 14 December 2006

A weekly guide to the words and names in the news from Catherine Sangster of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.

For tenor Roberto Alagna, who walked off stage at La Scala this week, we recommend the pronunciation rob-AIR-toh al-AA-nyuh. He was playing the part of Radames (the anglicised pronunciation is RAD-uh-mez) in Aïda (aa-EE-duh).

Bonus extra pronunciation: his Romanian wife, Angela Gheorghiou, also an opera singer, is pronounced an-JEL-uh gyor-GYOO.

(For a guide to our phonetic pronunciations, click here.)

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