Wotan's Farewell (from Die Walküre)
Soloist: John Tomlinson Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Presented byKirsty Young
Opera singer - bass
Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the British bass John Tomlinson. He is most famous as Wotan - ruler of the gods in Wagner's Ring Cycle. In fact, it's a role he has made so much his own that the composer's grandson says it could almost have been written with him in mind. Growing up in a Methodist family music was a natural part of life, yet he studied to be an engineer until the urge to sing became too powerful to ignore.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
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