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Verdi - Oberto

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 17 May 2012

Verdi: Oberto

We're in thirteenth-century Italy where Count Riccardo is about to be wed to Cuniza. But as you might expect, there's a problem. The wicked count has form, and satisfaction is demanded of him by Oberto, the father of Leonora, the girl he has seduced and ruined. A duel is fought which leaves Oberto dead, Riccardo guilt-ridden, and Leonora in a convent. With its powerful choruses, striking ensembles, and rhythmic vitality, Verdi's rarely-heard first opera has many of the hallmarks of his later style.

Presented by Katie Derham.

Oberto........Michele Pertusi (bass)
Leonora........Maria Guleghina (soprano)
Cuniza.........Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)
Imelda.........Sophie Pondjiclis (mezzo)
Riccardo.......Vater Borin (tenor)

Chorus of Radio France
French National Orchestra
Carlo Rizzi, conductor.

Music Played

3 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Thursday Opera Matinee

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      Giuseppe Verdi Oberto

      Performer: Michele Pertusi (bass) as Oberto Performer: Maria Guleghina (soprano) as Leonora Performer: Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo) as Cuniza Performer: Sophie Pondjiclis (mezzo) as Imelda Performer: Vater Borin (tenor) as Riccardo Performer: Chorus of Radio France Performer: French National Orchestra Conductor: Carlo Rizzi

  • Image for Lennox Berkely

    Lennox Berkely Flute Concerto

    Performer: Emily Beynon (flute) Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales Conductor: Bramwell Tovey

  • Image for Jonathan Dove

    Jonathan Dove The Magic Flute Dances

    Performer: Emily Beynon (flute) Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales Conductor: Bramwell Tovey


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