1/5 Donald Macleod on how Louis XIV of France encouraged Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.
5/5 Donald Macleod uncovers the story behind the completion of Verdi's Requiem.
4/5 Exploring the effect on Verdi of the outbreak in 1870 of the Franco-Prussian war.
3/5 Verdi's agreeing to supply a new work for the Paris Opera, based on Schiller's Don Carlos.
2/5 How, after the ordeal of the Sicilian Vespers, Verdi focused on Simon Boccanegra.
1/5 How Verdi rushed to complete his first work for the Paris Opera: the Sicilian Vespers.
5/5 Donald Macleod explores Ethel Smyth's career after her resumption of music in 1912.
4/5 Donald Macleod focuses on Ethel Smyth's association with the suffragettes.
3/5 Donald Macleod on Smyth's relationships with writer Henry Brewster and Empress Eugenie.
2/5 Donald Macleod considers the impact of Ethel Smyth's earliest romantic entanglements.