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David McVicar

David McVicar

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First broadcast: Sun 05 Oct 2008

Opera director

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the opera director David McVicar. He is hailed as the opera director of his generation and is in such great demand that he's booked up for the next five years. Opera appealed to him when he was still a boy, offering him a means of escape from his lonely and unhappy childhood in Glasgow. He immersed himself in it so much that now, he says, it's pretty well impossible for him to come to an opera fresh, somewhere it will already be in his memory. He says: "I didn't choose to work in opera - opera chose me. But I think opera made the right choice."

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

Choices

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan tutte)

Soloist: Montserrat Caballe, Janet Baker & Richard Van Allan

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Johannes Brahms

3.

Castaway's favourite

Johannes Brahms

Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43/1

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George Frideric Handel

4.

George Frideric Handel

Cara speme, questo core (from Giulio Cesare)

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Tom Waits

5.

Tom Waits

Somewhere (from West Side Story)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major - 1st movement

Soloist: Mitsuko Uchida Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Jeffrey Tate

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Book

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

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Religious text

Bhagavad Gita

Luxury item

Well stocked bar & fridge

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