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Classical Voice Season

Matthew Sweet presents a special live programme from Cardiff focusing on the film world's relationship with opera, from the Marx Brothers to Citizen Kane and beyond.

Matthew Sweet brings the Sound of Cinema live from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as part of the BBC's coverage of Cardiff Singer of Year. He is joined by composer John Hardy and together they consider the movie world's relationship with opera, introducing a selection of recordings where the two genres come head to head. Laurel and Hardy in Fra Diavolo and The Bohemian Girl; the Marx Brothers with A Night At The Opera; Bernard Herrmann and Citizen Kane. Matthew looks at the use of operatic music in films such as Raging Bull, Gallipoli, Apocalypse Now, Pretty Woman, Diva, Fitzcarraldo etc. The programme also explores some of the Silver Screen's great voices.

The Classic Score of the Week is The Great Caruso.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Walter Jurmann Bronisław Kaper

    Cosi Cosa

    Performer: Allan Jones.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    The Aria from Salammbo

    Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    "Dammi tu forza!" (La Traviata)

    Orchestra: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    The Tales of Hoffman Prologue to Act 2 - Barcarolle

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: Sadlers Wells Chorus.
  • Richard Wagner

    Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)

  • Pietro Mascagni

    Cavalliera Rusticana - Intermezzo

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Dammi tu forza! (La Traviata)

    Orchestra: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra. Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli.
  • Alfredo Catalani

    "Ebben? Non andro lontana" (La Wally)

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo

    Vesti la giubba (Ridi Pagliaccio)

    Performer: Enrico Caruso.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Una Furtiva Langrima (L'Elisir d'amore)

    Performer: Mario Lanza.
  • Hans Zimmer Patrick Cassidy

    Vide Cor Mea


Six great classical film scores about love

Six great classical film scores about love

Matthew Sweet chooses romantic film scores which express love in all its moods.