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Antonio Pappano presents a series tracing the history of Italian opera. It opens with a whistle-stop tour of the beginnings of opera, from Monteverdi to Rossini.

Three-part series tracing the history of Italian opera presented by Antonio Pappano, world-renowned conductor and music director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The series features sumptuous music, stunning Italian locations and some of the biggest names in opera as contributors.

In the first programme, Pappano takes a whistle-stop tour of the beginnings of opera, from Monteverdi to Rossini. He also looks at the works of two non-Italian composers, Handel and Mozart, both of whom were pivotal in the development of the art form. Along the way he enlists the help of some of the world's greatest singers - Juan Diego Florez, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese, Sarah Connolly and Pietro Spagnoli.

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Fri 8 Apr 2011 19:30

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Role Contributor
Presenter Antonio Pappano
Producer Flavia Rittner
Director Flavia Rittner
Executive Producer Peter Maniura

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