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Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 16 Aug 2009

Opera singer - tenor

Kirsty Young's castaway is the singer Roberto Alagna. He is one of the most celebrated tenors in the world and one half of opera's golden couple; his wife is the soprano Angela Gheorghiu. Yet, his is not a voice that was honed through early years in a conservatoire. He was brought up in Paris in a family of keen amateur musicians. He used to sing in nightclubs and in those early years, he says, the world of opera was, to him, no more than an impossible dream.

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

Choices

François-Adrien Boïeldieu

1.

François-Adrien Boïeldieu

This Hand is so Pretty

Soloist: Erna Spoorenberg, Nicolai Gedda Orchestra: Chorus & Orchestra of Radio Hilversum Conductor: Jean Fournet

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Giacomo Puccini

3.

Giacomo Puccini

Guardate! Pazzo son (from Manon Lescaut)

Soloist: Benjamino Gigli, Giuseppe Noto Conductor: Umberto Berrettoni

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

4.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Faint echo of my youth (Lensky's aria) (from Eugene Onegin)

Soloist: Ivan Kozlovsky Orchestra: The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra Conductor: Alexander Orlov

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Giuseppe Verdi

5.

Castaway's favourite

Giuseppe Verdi

Belli di gloria, un giorno (from Attila)

Soloist: Giorgio Zancanaro Orchestra: E Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano, Conductor: Riccardo Muti

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

6.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

To love both young and old (Gremin's aria) (from Eugene Onegin)

Soloist: Nicolai Ghiaurov Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Conductor: Claudio Abbado, Edward Downes

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Jules Massenet

7.

Jules Massenet

Baigne d'eau mes mains (from Thaïs)

Soloist: Renee Fleming & Thomas Hampson, with Choeur de L’Opera de Bordeaux Orchestra: Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine Conductor: Yves Abel

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Godard-Silvestre-Capoul

8.

Godard-Silvestre-Capoul

The Lullaby Berceuse

Soloist: Andre D’Arkor

Book

The works by Victor Hugo

Others who chose this author

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