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Baritone and Bass

Antonio Pappano explores the great roles and singers through the prism of the main voice types. He concludes by looking at the baritones and basses.

Series in which conductor Sir Antonio Pappano explores the great roles and the greatest singers of the last hundred years through the prism of the main classical voice types - soprano, tenor, mezzo-soprano, baritone and bass. Through discussion, demonstrations and workshops, Pappano explores every aspect of the art of great singing.

Gods, demons, drunks, lechers, silly old codgers, double-dyed villains - life on stage for the bass is rarely dull. The baritone, meanwhile, is the most common male voice type, and yet the parts he sings - especially in the operas of Verdi - are anything but.

Pappano explores the lowest male voice types, and the roles they play, in comedy as well as tragedy. How do basses sing so low? What different qualities does a baritone bring to a Schubert song? He meets the Russian 'oktavists', who sing a whole octave lower than the standard bass. With the help of leading practitioners - Bryn Terfel, John Tomlinson, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Christian Gerhaher, Alessandro Corbelli and Willard White - Pappano uncovers the tricks of the trade. He examines in detail some key performances from the legendary basses and baritones of the past - Feodor Chaliapin, Tito Gobbi, Paul Robeson, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Boris Christoff , Nicolai Ghiaurov and Ezio Pinza.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 1 Oct 2018 01:45

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Giacomo Puccini

    Te Deum, Tosca

    Performer: Bryn Terfel.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    Sweeney Todd

    Performer: Bryn Terfel.
  • Richard Wagner

    Das Rheingold

    Performer: Bryn Terfel.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Non piú andrai, Le nozze di Figaro

    Performer: Tito Gobbi.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Largo al factotum, Il barbiere di Siviglia

    Performer: Tito Gobbi.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Tosca è un buon falco, Tosca

    Performer: Tito Gobbi.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Alfin, t'ho colto, Falstaff

    Performer: Tito Gobbi.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    A un dottor della mia sorte, Il barbiere di Siviglia

    Performer: Alessandro Corbelli.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Va', vecchio John, Falstaff

    Performer: Tito Gobbi.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die müsik

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Neue Liebe, neues Leben

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
  • Franz Schubert

    Erlkönig

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

    Performer: Christian Gerhaher.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Son Pereda son ricco d'onore, La forza del destino

    Performer: Ettore Bastianini.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Urna fatale del mio destino, La forza del destino

    Performer: Ettore Bastianini.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Le veau d'or, Faust

    Performer: Nicolaï Ghiaurov.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Solche hergelaufne Laffen, Die Entführung aus dem Serail

    Performer: Willard White.
  • Henry Purcell

    Wondrous machine! Ode for St Cecilia's Day

    Performer: John Tomlinson.
  • Richard Wagner

    Hoi-ho! Götterdämmerung

    Performer: John Tomlinson.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    In dreams I remember, The Minotaur

    Performer: John Tomlinson.
  • Trad.

    Song of the Volga Boatmen

    Performer: Feodor Chaliapin.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Death of Boris, Boris Godunov

    Performer: Feodor Chaliapin.
  • Trad.

    Song of the Volga Boatmen

    Performer: Boris Christoff.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Death of Boris, Boris Godunov

    Performer: Boris Christoff.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Ella giammai m'amò, Don Carlo

    Performer: Ferruccio Furlanetto.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Là ci darem, Don Giovanni

    Performer: Ezio Pinza.
  • Richard Rodgers

    Some Enchanted Evening, South Pacific

    Performer: Ezio Pinza. Composer: Oscar Hammerstein II.
  • Jerome Kern

    Ol’ Man River, Showboat

    Performer: Paul Robeson. Composer: Oscar Hammerstein II.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Antonio Pappano
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Series Producer David Jeffcock
Director Dominic Best
Producer Dominic Best
Participant Alessandro Corbelli
Participant Cecilia Gobbi
Participant Ferruccio Furlanetto
Participant Christian Gerhaher
Participant Vladimir Miller
Participant Bryn Terfel
Participant John Tomlinson
Participant Willard White

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