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The Human Voice: Rolando Villazon and Mark-Anthony Turnage

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 December 2012

In a special recording of Start the Week, Andrew Marr explores the power of the human voice. From the emotional intensity of the tenor Rolando Villazón, singing Rodolfo in La Boheme, to the art of writing for the voice with the composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. Mary King trains the voice, and the neuro-psychiatrist Michael Trimble examines our reactions to it.

  • Michael Trimble

    Professor Michael Trimble is Emeritus Professor of Behavioural Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London.


    Why Humans Like To Cry: Tragedy, Evolution and the Brain is published by Oxford University Press


    Michael Trimble

  • Rolando Villazón

    Rolando Villazón is singing the part of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden until the 10th January 2013 and at the cinema on January 15. His latest CD is of Verdi arias ‘Villazón Verdi’.



    Rolando Villazón

  • Mary King

    Mary King is the Director of Voicelab at the Southbank Centre.


    Mary King

  • Mark- Anthony Turnage

    Mark- Anthony Turnage is a composer and will be the subject of a residency at the London Symphony Orchestra in February 2013.



    Mark- Anthony Turnage

  • Hannah Hipp and Jean-Paul Prunas

    Hannah Hipp, mezzo soprano, and Jean-Paul Prunas, on piano, performed Cara sposa from Handel's Rinaldo.



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