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Iqbal Khan

Michael Berkeley's guest is opera and theatre director Iqbal Khan. He introduces music by Verdi, Mozart, Wagner, Mahler, Britten and Nitin Sawhney, plus Paul Scofield as King Lear.

Michael Berkeley's guest is the opera and theatre director Iqbal Khan.

He has brought to the stage everything from Madame Butterfly and Sondheim's Into the Woods to an RSC production of Much Ado About Nothing set in modern India.

In Private Passions, Khan explores his favourite operas, with extracts from Verdi, Mozart, and Wagner, and chooses other music which inspires him, from Mahler's 2nd Symphony and Britten's War Requiem, to an extraordinary percussive piece by Nitin Sawhney. He plays, too, a historic recording of Paul Scofield as King Lear. And he talks movingly about his childhood and difficult teenage years, growing up in Birmingham, after his father died and the family was left penniless. Khan was inspired by his older brother, who encouraged him to aim for the highest academic honours, and read to him at night by candlelight - to make the books more exciting. Dracula was a particular favourite.

Produced by Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 28 Feb 2016 12:00

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Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Forza del Destino (La Vergine degli angeli)

    Orchestra: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra. Conductor: Francesco Molinari‐Pradelli. Singer: Renata Tebaldi. Singer: Cesare Siepi. Choir: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome Chorus.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Forza del Destino (Act 2, finale)

    Singer: Renata Tebaldi. Conductor: Francesco Molinari‐Pradelli. Orchestra: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome Orchestra. Singer: Cesare Siepi.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.2 (Resurrection) (5th mvt, excerpt)

    Performer: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.2 (Resurrection) (5th mvt, excerpt)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem (Libera Me - Strange Meeting)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem (Libera Me - Strange Meeting)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Chanson de la mort de Don Quichotte

    Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Kent Nagano. Singer: José van Dam.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Chanson de la mort de Don Quichotte

    Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Kent Nagano. Singer: José van Dam.
  • Richard Wagner

    Der Fliegende Hollander (Wie aus der Ferne)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Clemens Krauss. Singer: Hans Hotter. Singer: Viorica Ursuleac.
  • Richard Wagner

    Der Fliegende Hollander (Wie aus der Ferne)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Clemens Krauss. Singer: Hans Hotter. Singer: Viorica Ursuleac.
  • Nitin Sawhney

    The Conference

  • Nitin Sawhney

    The Conference

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, a cenar teco)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink. Singer: Thomas Allen.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, a cenar teco)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink. Singer: Thomas Allen.

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