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Turning Points

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 02 April 2012

Giuseppe Verdi was a leading figure in 19th century Italian opera. But his impact on the cultural and political landscape of the country went much deeper. This week Donald Macleod investigates how Verdi achieved an iconic status which still holds good to this day, beginning with three operas which formed turning points in his career - the first established his international reputation, the second broke new ground with an operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play, and finally, the work which, alongside Rigoletto and Il trovatore, represents a high water mark in Italian operatic history.

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4 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Giuseppe Verdi Act 1 no.3; Libiamo, libiamo ne' lieti calici [Brindisi] La Traviata - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Carlos KLEIBER Performer: Ileana COTRUBAS - Soprano (Violetta) Performer: Placido DOMINGO - Tenor (Alfredo) Performer: Bavarian State Opera Chorus Performer: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 415-132 2

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    Giuseppe Verdi Act 1 sc.2; Surta e la notte [recitative] Act 1 sc.2; Ernani, involami [aria, Elvira]

    Conductor: Riccardo MUTI Performer: Mirella FRENI - Soprano (Elvira) Performer: La Scala Chorus Performer: La Scala Orchestra

    EMI, CDC 747 083-5

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    Giuseppe Verdi Act 1 (extract) Macbeth - opera in 4 acts

    Conductor: Riccardo MUTI Performer: Fiorenza COSSOTTO - Mezzo-soprano (Lady Macbeth) Performer: Jose CARRERAS - Tenor (Macduff) Performer: Ruggero RAIMONDI - Bass (Banquo) Performer: Sherrill MILNES - Baritone (Macbeth) Performer: Ambrosian Opera Chorus Performer: New Philharmonia Orchestra

    EMI, CMS 5671282

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    Giuseppe Verdi Act III from (masked chorus*, then) 'Signora, Che t'accade' La Traviata - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Placido DOMINGO Performer: Ileana COTRUBAS - Soprano (Violetta) Performer: Sherrill MILNES - Baritone (Giorgio) Performer: Bavarian State Opera Chorus Performer: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 4394212

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