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BBC CO - Piccard in Space

2 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 April 2011

Presented by Martin Handley

Piccard in Space - the world premiere of WIll Gregory's spectacular balloon operatic adventure.

Will Gregory's debut opera, written to a libretto by Hattie Naylor, is a classic adventure about the brilliant physicist, Auguste Piccard. On a mission to prove Einstein's Theory of Relativity, he takes to the skies with his assistant in an airtight capsule. Travelling to a record-breaking 51,000 feet, they survive being roasted by the sun, toxic balls of mercury and crashing into the Alps. Clearly not a blackboard and chalk type of scientist, Piccard became world front-page news in 1931 and the inspiration for Hergé's cartoon character Professor Calculus in The Adventures of Tintin series.

Piccard in Space: out of this stratosphere!

Auguste Piccard: Andrew Shore
Paul Kipfer: Robin Tritschler
Einstein:Leigh Melrose
Newton: Nicholas Clapton
Madame Kipfer: Mary Plazas
Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
Kipfer's Cosmic Choir
BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor Charles Hazlewood.


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