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Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell

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First broadcast: Sun 14 May 2006

Ballerina

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the ballerina Darcey Bussell OBE. At the age of twenty, she became the Royal Ballet's youngest Principal and went on to dance on the international stage in Paris, New York, St Petersburg and Milan. She was spotted by the great choreographer Sir Kenneth Macmillan at the age of 16, and though tall for a ballerina, she had an energy that he found refreshing. In 1989 she made her debut in Covent Garden as Princess Rose in The Prince of the Pagodas, a role created for her. Her classical repertory has included principal roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

Her first child was born prematurely as a result of the life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia. Her speedy recovery she put down to her strength and fitness, and she returned to dance three months later. She has announced her decision to retire as a Principal of the Royal Ballet next month, though she will continue to dance as a guest artist.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

2.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Balcony scene (from Romeo and Juliet)

Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden Conductor: Mark Ermler

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem in D minor - Lacrymosa

Orchestra: Academy and Chorus of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Neville Marriner

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Jules Massenet

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Jules Massenet

Méditation (from Thaïs)

Soloist: Josef Sakonov Orchestra: The London Festival Orchestra

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Gabriel Fauré

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Gabriel Fauré

Libera me (from Requiem)

Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Choir: The City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus Conductor: Yuri Torchinsky

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Jamiroquai

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Castaway's favourite

Jamiroquai

Virtual Insanity

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Book

A biography of Audrey Hepburn by

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Luxury item

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