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7 October 2006

Listen Up! 2006

Saturday 7 October 2006 18:30-21:45 (Radio 3)

Opera North's new production of Rigoletto (in three Acts), set in contemporary Italy, and marking the reopening of the Grand Theatre in Leeds. Presented by Stephanie Hughes.

Rigoletto is an ugly man in a world of beautiful people, twisted inside by the harsh life he has been forced to lead. The only thing he lives for is his daughter. When bitterness and bravura get the better of him, the consequences for his most precious possession are fatal.

Duration:

3 hours 15 minutes

Playlist:

Duke of Mantua ...... Rafael Rojas (tenor)
Rigoletto ...... Alan Opie (baritone)
Gilda ...... Henriette Bonde-Hansen (soprano)
Sparafucile ...... Brindley Sherratt (bass)
Maddalena ...... Rebecca de Pont Davies (soprano)
Monterone ...... Stephen Richardson (bass)
Marullo ...... Olafur Sigurdarson (bass)
Matteo Borsa ...... Ben Kerslake (tenor)
Ceprano ...... A Galloway Bell (bass)
Ceprano's wife ...... Hazel Croft (mezzo-soprano)
Court Usher ...... Garrick Forbes (baritone)
Monterone's daughter ...... Nicola Unwin (mezzo-soprano)

Men of the Opera North Chorus
Anthony Kraus (chorus master)
Orchestra of Opera North
Martin André (conductor)

During one of the intervals, Stephanie Hughes is joined by Richard Mantle, General Director of Opera North, to discuss the recent refurbishment and development of the Grand Theatre in Leeds.




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