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John Copley

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 January 2010

Kirsty Young's castaway is the opera director John Copley.

Throughout his sixty year career he's worked with all the greats at the major opera houses of the world. He introduced Luciano Pavarotti to a London audience, charmed Georg Solti with his piano playing and was even called upon to stand in for Maria Callas. He was just ten years old when he first saw an opera and he loved it straight away; "I caught opera," he says, "like the measles".

Record: Janet Baker singing Handel's Ariodante
Book: Grove's Operatic Dictionary of Music
Luxury: My 49-year-old double bed.

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Maria Callas

    Maria Callas Vien, Diletto –Come Beloved

    Bellini: I Puritani, EMI

  • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Rose Adagio

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor: Riccardo Muti

    Swan Lake & the Sleeping Beauty, EMI

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    Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Verve

  • Favourite Track

    • Image for George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel Dopo Notte – After a Dark Night

      Soloist: Janet Baker Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Raymond Leppard

      Handel: Ariodante, Philips

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Final Sonata in D Major

    Soloist: Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinvitch

    Mozart: Piano Duets…, Teldec

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten The Salley Gardens

    Soloist: Thomas Allen Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia Conductor: Steuart Bedford)

    Complete Folk Songs, Collins Classics

  • Image for Leontyne Price

    Leontyne Price He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

    The Essential Leontyne Price, RCA

  • Image for Federico Mompou

    Federico Mompou That Night an Identical Wind (from The Struggle in the Dream)

    Soloist: Victoria de Los Angeles Orchestra: Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire Conductor: Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos

    The Fabulous Victoria de Los Angeles, EMI

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Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
John Copley

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