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Witches, murderers, liars and thieves. All shall be named and shamed - the opera villains. Bruno returns to Radio 2 with a second series celebrating his greatest passion - opera.

Opera Villains - Witches, murderers, liars and thieves. All shall be named and shamed.

Dancer, choreographer, and Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli returns to Radio 2 with a second series celebrating his greatest passion - opera. Top Cs, broken hearts, murdered mothers, sparkling cadenzas and record-breaking curtain calls - that's what we have in store as Bruno brings the red and gold of the world's finest opera houses to your front room via Radio 2.

In tonight's show Bruno unmasks the bad guys and girls of opera - the villains. His rogues' gallery includes the two-timing Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (Verdi); the immoral Chief of Police - Scarpia in Tosca (Puccini); the scheming Iago from Otello (Verdi); the bigamist Lt Pinkerton from Madam Butterfly (Puccini) the conman Dulcamara from L'Elisir d'Amore (Donizetti) and the queen of cocktails Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti). Bruno illustrates his villains with recordings by Samuel Ramey, Marilyn Horne, Spiro Malas, Carlo Bergonzi and Juan Pons.

57 minutes

Last on

Tue 13 Nov 2018 21:00

Music Played

  • Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Neville Marriner

    Mozart: Don Giovanni: Overture

    • Amadeus.
    • Metronome.
  • Luciano Pavarotti

    Verdi: Rigoletto: La Donna E Mobile

    • Essential Pavarotti.
    • Universal Music (UK) Limited.
    • 1.
  • Marilyn Horne

    Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: Il Segreto Per Esser Felici

    • Lucrezia Borgia.
    • Decca.
  • Birit Lindholm, Birgit Nilsson, Brigitte Fassbaender, Claudia Hellmann, Helen Watts, Helga Dernesch, Marilyn Tyler & Vera Schlosser

    Wagner: Die Walkure: Ride Of The Valkyries

    • Music of Steel.
    • Decca.
  • Spiro Malas

    Donizetti: L'Elisir D'Amore: Udite, Udite O Rustici

    • L'Elisir D'Amore.
    • Decca.
  • Samuel Ramey

    Mozart: Don Giovanni: Madamina, Il Catalogo E Questo

    • Don Giovanni.
    • DG.
  • Philharmonia Orchestra

    Rossini: The Thieving Magpie: Overture

    • Rossini Overtures.
    • DG.
  • Chorus of the Staatsoper Dresden

    Verdi: I Lombardi: O Signore Dal Tetto Natio

    • Famous Opera Choruses.
    • Philips.
  • Joseph Calleja & Vittorio Vitelli

    Verdi: Otello: O Mostruosa Colpa - Si Pel Ciel

    • Verdi.
    • Decca.
  • Carlo Bergonzi

    Puccini: Madam Butterfly: Addio, Fiorito asil

    • Madam Butterfly.
    • EMI Seraphim.
  • Juan Pons

    Puccini: Tosca: Te Diem

    • Tosca.
    • Sony.
  • Pl├ícido Domingo

    Verdi: Il Trovatore: Di Quella Pira

    • Il Trovatore.
    • DG.
  • Jennifer Larmore & Rebecca Evans

    Humperdinck: Hansel And Gretel: Evening Prayer

    • Hansel and Gretel.
    • Chandos.

Broadcast