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With Penny Gore. The BBC Concert Orchestra is joined by soprano Svetlana Ignatovich and tenor Ben Johnson to perform Italian music, including famous arias.

Penny Gore presents a week of light music in its many guises, continuing the celebrations of the Light Fantastic Weekend.

Featuring performances from the BBC Orchestras and brass music from the Cory Band, you can hear a daily Rossini Overture plus a whole range of music at the popular end of the classical spectrum - from the enduring popular Italian classics of Verdi and Puccini, via the sweeping film scores of Korngold and Steiner, to the much-loved British works of Elgar, John Ireland and Eric Coates.

Our Thursday Opera Matinee takes a stroll on the lighter side too with the quintessentially British partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan and their comic masterpiece, The Mikado. The Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davies, relishes the chance to perform this joyous Japanese jape.

In today's programme, the BBC Concert Orchestra is joined by soprano Svetlana Ignatovich and tenor Ben Johnson to open a box of Italian delights. Johannes Wildner conducts a concert of well-known arias from Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti and Tosti, and kicks off with the legendary Overture to Rossini's last opera, William Tell.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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Mon 27 Jun 2011 14:00

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Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    'Overture' from William Tell

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Gaetano Donizetti

    'Una Furtiva lagrima' from L' Elisir d'amore

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    'Overture' from Aida

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Giacomo Puccini

    'Che gelida manina', 'Mi chiamano Mimi', and 'O soave fanciulla' from La Boheme

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor) Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano)

  • Giacomo Puccini

    'Un Bel di vedremo' from Madama Butterfly

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano)

  • Leroy Anderson

    Plink plank plunk

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Performer: Students from Hertfordshire and London Schools

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    'Overture' from La Forza del destino

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    'Pace, pace, mio Dio', from La Forza del destino

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano) Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Francesco Cilea

    'E la solita storia del pastore' from L' Arlesiana

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Giacomo Puccini

    'O mio babbino caro' from Gianni Schicchi

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano) Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Sir Paolo Tosti

    L' Alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Giacomo Puccini

    'Intermezzo' from Manon Lescaut

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Sir Paolo Tosti

    Ridonami la calma

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Pietro Mascagni

    'Intermezzo' from Cavalleria rusticana

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Sir Paolo Tosti

    Marechiare (Neapolitan serenade)

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    'Libiamo, libiamo ne' lieti calici' from La Traviata

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor) Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano)

  • Giacomo Puccini

    'Vissi d'arte' from Tosca

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano)

  • Sir Paolo Tosti

    La Serenata

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Eric Coates

    The Jester at the wedding

    Conductor: John Wilson Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

  • John Malcolm

    Non-stop

    Conductor: John Wilson Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

  • Fred Hartley

    Rouge et noir

    Conductor: John Wilson Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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