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Donizetti - Lucrezia Borgia

Katie Derham presents Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia performed at the Vienna State Opera in 2010, featuring celebrated coloratura soprano Edita Gruberova in the title role.

A young man falls in love with an older woman. So far so good. But -- oh dear -- the woman not only happens to be Lucrezia Borgia, that embodiment of evil and sexual depravity, but also is his mother. Things are bound to turn out badly, as indeed they do. Recorded last year at the Vienna State Opera, and starring legendary coloratura soprano Edita Gruberova in the title role as the woman with conflicted maternal instincts.

Presented by Katie Derham

Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia ..... Edita Gruberova, soprano
Alfonso D'Este, Duke of Ferrara ..... Michele Pertusi, bass
Maffio Orsini ..... Laura Polverelli, contralto
Gennaro, young nobleman ..... José Bros, tenor
Jeppo Liverotto, young nobleman ..... Gergely Németi, tenor
Don Aposto Gazella, young nobleman ..... Adam Plachetka, bass
Ascanio Petrucci, young nobleman ..... Dan Paul Dumitrescu, baritone
Oloferno Vitellozzo, young nobleman ..... Benedikt Kobel, tenor
Rustighello, in the service of Don Alfonso ..... Peter Jelosits, tenor
Gubetta, in the service of Lucrezia ..... Hans Peter Kammerer, bass
Astolfo, in the service of Lucrezia ..... Marcus Pelz, tenor

Vienna State Opera Chorus & Orchestra
Friedrich Haider (conductor)

Leoncavallo: Intermezzo from I Pagliacci
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Mascagni: Intermezzo from L'Amico Fritz
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major
BBC Scottish Symphony
Christoph König (conductor).

3 hours