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Verdi in Russia

Saturday 11 March 2006 19:55-20:25 (Radio 3)

The version of Verdi's La Forza del Destino most often heard is his revised score, first given at La Scala, Milan, in 1869. But the opera was originally written for, and first performed in, St Petersburg in 1862, at which point the city was in the grip of Verdi mania.

Piers Burton-Page tells the fascinating story of Verdi in Russia, with the help of Roger Parker and Rosamund Bartlett.

Duration:

30 minutes




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