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Lesley Garrett

Sean Rafferty visits soprano Lesley Garrett at her home to learn about her career and passions, including her many interests outside the world of music.

Sean visits the soprano Lesley Garrett at her home for a cup of tea and to talk about her career and passions.

Lesley is one of the UK's most recognisable sopranos thanks to the breadth of her work: from Monteverdi at Glyndebourne and Mozart at ENO, to The Sound of Music in the West End, contemporary opera, not to mention a side career as a TV presenter.

Brought up in Yorkshire but now based between there and London with her family, her Yorkshire roots are still hugely important to her. She talks to Sean about those roots, her struggles starting out as a singer, and why there need to be more roles for 60-year-old sopranos.

45 minutes

Last on

Christmas Eve 2016 12:15

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Voi che sapete - from the Marriage of Figaro

    Singer: Lesley Garrett.
    • Silva Screen Records.
  • Johann Strauss II

    The Laughing Song - from Die Fledermaus

    Singer: Lesley Garrett.
    • Silva Screen.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Un bel di vedromo - from Madame Butterfly

    Singer: Lesley Garrett.
    • Silva Screen.
  • Trad

    A North Country Lass

    Singer: Lesley Garrett.
    • Music Infinity.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Dance of the Comedians (The Bartered Bride)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Georges Bizet

    Seguidilla - from Carmen

    Singer: Lesley Garrett.
    • BMG.
  • Georges Bizet

    I could have danced all night - from My Fair Lady

    Composer: Frederick Loewe. Singer: Lesley Garrett.
    • BMG.
  • Joseph Canteloube

    Baïlèro (Chants d'Auvergne Set 1)

    Singer: Lesley Garrett. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Greenwood.
    • Diva! Lesley Garrett: A Soprano at the Movies.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 8.

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