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Barbara Hannigan, Alice Coote, King Roger, Charles Mackerras

In a live edition of the programme Tom Service is joined by singers Alice Coote and Barbara Hannigan, and the director Susannah Waters. He discusses a new book about conductor Charles Mackerras and reviews the Royal Opera House's new production of Szymanowski's masterpiece King Roger.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • SZYMANOWSKY'S KING ROGER AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

    Duration: 07:07

  • BARBARA HANNIGAN

    Duration: 09:53

  • CHARLES MACKERRAS

    Duration: 12:25

  • ALICE COOTE & SUSANNAH WATERS - BEING BOTH

    Duration: 13:58

SZYMANOWSKY'S KING ROGER AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

SZYMANOWSKY'S KING ROGER AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

In this live edition of Music Matters Tom Service and the musicologist and broadcaster Gavin Plumley review Kasper Holten's new production of Szymanowski's masterpiece, King Roger conducted by Antonio Pappano, following its opening performance last night at the Royal Opera House.


As a prelude to this, last week’s edition of Music Matters was dedicated to the life and music of Karol Szymanowski - click on the link below to listen.

More information:

King Roger at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden until 19th May

King Roger being Broadcast in Opera on 3 - Saturday 16th May - 6.50pm

Listen to the Music Matters Special on Karol Szymanowski

BARBARA HANNIGAN

BARBARA HANNIGAN

Soprano Barbara Hannigan is one of the foremost performers of contemporary music working today, creating new roles on the opera stage and having many pieces commissioned for her formidable technique. Now establishing herself as a conductor as well she talks to Tom about her dual life and musical passions.

More information:

Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan in Live in Concert - Tuesday 5th May

Listen to Barbara Hannigan in conversation with Gerald Barry in Modern Muses on Hear and Now

CHARLES MACKERRAS

CHARLES MACKERRAS

The musical passions of conductor Charles Mackerras are brought to light in a new book about the conductor who died in 2010, whether this was his championing of the operas of Leos Janacek, his love of Mozart or reinvigorating Gilbert and Sullivan. Tom talks to Nigel Simeone, one of the book's editors, while Nicholas Kenyon casts his critical eye across it.

More information:

Charles Mackerras edited by Nigell Simeone and John Tyrrell

ALICE COOTE & SUSANNAH WATERS - BEING BOTH

ALICE COOTE & SUSANNAH WATERS - BEING BOTH

Internationally acclaimed for her performances of roles in Handel's operas originally written for castrati, mezzo soprano Alice Coote discusses the experience and perception of gender in opera together with director Susannah Waters ahead of their Brighton Festival show 'Being Both'.

More information:

Alice Coote in Being Both at the Brighton Festival - Thursday 14th May

Alice Coote sings Handel Arias at the BBC Proms - Thursday 3rd September

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest Alice Coote
Interviewed Guest Barbara Hannigan
Interviewed Guest Susannah Waters
Interviewed Guest Nigel Simeone
Interviewed Guest Nicholas Kenyon
Interviewed Guest Gavin Plumley

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