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John Tomlinson

John Tomlinson

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First broadcast: Sun 18 Jan 1998

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]

Choices

Richard Wagner

1.

Richard Wagner

Wotan's Farewell (from Die Walküre)

Soloist: John Tomlinson Conductor: Daniel Barenboim

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

2.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor - 2nd movement

Soloist: David Oistrach Soloist: Igor Oistrach

Others who chose this artist

George Frideric Handel

3.

George Frideric Handel

His yoke is easy (from Messiah)

Conductor: Trevor Pinnock Choir: English Concert and Choir

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Riconosci in quest' amplesso (from The Marriage of Figaro)

Conductor: Daniel Barenboim Soloist: John Tomlinson

Others who chose this artist

Richard Wagner

5.

Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung Act 2 Prelude

Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Bernard Haitink

Others who chose this artist

Giuseppe Verdi

6.

Giuseppe Verdi

Act 1 Duet (from Rigoletto)

Soloist: Renata Scotto, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Others who chose this artist

Richard Wagner

8.

Richard Wagner

Selig wie die Sonne (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Soloist: Karita Mattila Conductor: George Solti

Others who chose this artist

Book

Flora and Fauna of a Tropical Desert Island by

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Luxury item

A box of lenses

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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