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Adele Leigh

Adele Leigh

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 10 Jan 1988

Opera singer - soprano

Of Adele Leigh, a critic once said that she put paid to the myth that to be good, a soprano had to look like a Hoffnung cartoon. The youngest principal of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden when she joined in 1948, she became a television star in the 1960s with the show All Kinds of Music and appearances on Eric Robinson’s Music For You. After leaving Covent Garden she married a diplomat and settled in Vienna where she began singing the operetta roles that were to bring her fame at the Volksoper there. In conversation with Michael Parkinson she looks back over her life and her career in music.

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

Choices

Maggie Teyte

2.

Maggie Teyte

Si Mes Vers Avaient Des Ailes

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Noël Coward

3.

Castaway's favourite

Noël Coward

Let's Do It

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Eartha Kitt

4.

Eartha Kitt

Just An Old Fashioned Girl

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Franz Lehár

5.

Franz Lehár

Lippen Schweigen

Soloist: Nigel Douglas, Adele Leigh

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Imre Kálmán

6.

Imre Kálmán

Komm, Zigány (from Countess Maritza)

Soloist: Placido Domingo Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

7.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Would a maid be worth the winning? (from Cosi fan tutte)

Soloist: Lillian Watson Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Book

Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 11 Oct 1965

Opera singer - soprano

Roy Plomley's castaway is soprano Adele Leigh.

Choices

Maurice Ravel

1.

Maurice Ravel

Daphnis and Chloe -Daybreak

Choir: Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent Garden Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Pierre Monteux

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Franz Schubert

2.

Franz Schubert

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Soloist: Dinu Lipatti

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

3.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ach, ich fühl's (from The Magic Flute)

Soloist: Tiana Lemnitz Orchestra: Belin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Thomas Beecham

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Giacomo Puccini

4.

Giacomo Puccini

Nessun dorma! (from Turandot)

Soloist: Harry Secombe

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Johann Strauss II

5.

Johann Strauss II

Watch Duet (from Die Fledermaus)

Soloist: Adele Leigh, Eberhard Wächter Orchestra: Vienna State Opera Orchestra

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Ella Fitzgerald

6.

Castaway's favourite

Ella Fitzgerald

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

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Franz Liszt

7.

Franz Liszt

La campanella (from Transcendental Studies after Paganini)

Soloist: Yehudi Menuhin, Hubert Giesen

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Book

The Second World War by Sir Winston Churchill

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Luxury item

Make-up table

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Occupations

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