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Puccini - Il Tabarro

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 29 November 2012

Louise Fryer introduces the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra's production of Puccini's Il Tabarro.

Daniel Harding conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in this one-act opera by Puccini at the Berwaldhallen, Stockholm. The first in a trilogy of short operas by Puccini, Il Tabarro - The Cloak - is a dark passionate opera with a love triangle at its core and is set on a barge on the banks of the river Seine.

Recorded just a few days ago and featuring an international cast, Paoletta Marrocu is Giorgetta, Lucio Gallo is her husband Michele and Thiago Arancam plays the young docker Luigi. At the climax of the opera the cloak reveals its dark secret.

And at 3pm, live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra performs music by Dvorak and Sibelius, introduced from the stage by John Toal.

Puccini: Il Tabarro
Giorgetta ..... Paoletta Marrocu (soprano)
La Frugola (the rummager) ..... Ingrid Tobiasson (mezzo-soprano)
Luigi ..... Thiago Arancam (tenor)
Michele ..... Lucio Gallo (baritone)
Il Tinca & ballad-seller ..... Niklas Björling Rygert (tenor)
Il Talpa ..... Jeremy Carpenter (baritone)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding (conductor)

c. 3pm
Dvorak: The Midday Witch, Op.108
Ulster Orchestra
Jac van Steen, conductor

c. 3.20pm
Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite Op.22
Ulster Orchestra
Jac van Steen (conductor).

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Daniel Harding Puccini Il Tabarro conducted in Stockholm by Daniel Harding

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Suite for cello solo no. 1 (BWV.1007) in G major, Prelude

    Bach: The Cello Suites; Steven Isserlis, Hyperion, 1


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