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Back to Paris

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and work of Georges Bizet. The years after Bizet's return from Rome are characterised by false starts and an anxious self-doubt. He abandoned many grand projects and those stage works he completed met with a decidedly lukewarm reception. In this programme we'll hear from three of Bizet's operas on the way to Carmen - La Jolie Fille de Perth, Djamileh and The Pearl Fishers - as well as a version of Carmen unlike any other.

Producer Martin Williams.

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1 hour

Last on

Wed 14 Mar 2012 18:30

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