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Penny Gore presents Verdi's Stiffelio from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in a performance conducted by Mark Elder. Plus the BBC Singers in A Choirbook for the Queen.

Verdi 200: Stiffelio.

As part of Radio 3's Verdi 200 celebrations, this Thursday Opera Matinee is another chance to hear the the Royal Opera's 2007 production of Verdi's Stiffelio, featuring tenor Jose Cura in the title role. S tiffelio, a Protestant priest, returns from a mission to find his wife Lina acting strangely towards him. When he finds out she's having an affair he has to decide if he can forgive her.

Plus more contemporary anthems for the Queen performed by the BBC Singers: music by John Rutter, Peter Maxwell Davies and John Tavener.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Verdi: Stiffelio
Stiffelio, a minister ...... Jose Cura (tenor),
Lina, Stiffelio's wife ...... Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano),
Stankar, Lina's father ...... Roberto Frontali (bass),
Raffaele di Leuthold ...... Reinaldo Macias (tenor),
Jorg, an elderly minister ...... Alastair Miles (bass),
Dorotea, Lina's cousin ...... Liora Grodnikaite (mezzo-soprano),
Federico di Frengel, Lina's cousin ...... Nikola Matisic (tenor),
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,
Mark Elder (conductor).

Choirbook for the Queen:
John Rutter: I my best-beloved's am
*Peter Maxwell Davies: Advent calendar
John Tavener: Take him, earth, for cherishing
BBC Singers,
*with Stephen Disley (organ),
Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Stiffelio, Act I

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Stiffelio, Act II

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Stiffelio, Act III

  • John Rutter

    I my best-beloved's am

  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Advent Calendar

  • John Tavener

    Take him, Earth, for Cherishing