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Secrets and Lies

What makes a great opera? Divine music - of course! But there are two ingredients every opera has - secrets and lies.

What makes a great opera? Divine music - of course. But there are two ingredients every opera has - secrets and lies

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 this programme Bruno attempts to unravel the plots and complicated scenarios of operas. He uncovers secrets, lies, deceptions and mistaken identities in - Cosi Fan Tutte(Mozart); The Tales of Hoffmann(Offenbach); La Forza del Destino(Verdi); Lucia di Lammermoor(Donizetti); Suor Angelica(Puccini); Lohengrin(Wagner) and Beethoven's masterpiece and only opera - Fidelio. Bruno features recordings by Leontyne Price, Dame Janet Baker, Montserrat Caballe and Natalie Dessay.

57 minutes

Last on

Tue 20 Nov 2018 21:00

Music Played

  • Geoff Love & His Orchestra

    Puccini: La Boheme: Che Gelida Manina

    • Opera Without Words.
    • EMI.
  • Janet Baker, Montserrat Caballé & Richard van Allan

    Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte: Soave Sia Il Vento

    • Cosi Fan Tutte.
    • Philips.
  • Plácido Domingo

    Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West: Ch'ella Mi Creda

    • La Fanciulla Del West.
    • DG.
  • Natalie Dessay

    Offenbach: The Tales Of Hoffmann: The Doll Song

    • Natalie Dessay.
    • Erato.
  • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Claudio Abbado

    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino: Overture

    • Verdi.
    • DG.
  • Robert Shaw Chorale

    Wagner: Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus

    • Music For All Occasions.
    • 6.
  • Leontyne Price

    Puccini: Suor Angelica: Senza Mamma

    • Leontyne Price.
    • RCA.
  • Joan Sutherland

    Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor: Spargi D'Amaro Pianto

    • Lucia di Lammermoor.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna

    Lehar: The Merry Widow: Waltzes

    • Waltzes.
    • Angel.
  • Renée Fleming & Susan Graham

    Delibes: Lakme: Flower Duet

    • Classical Masters Opera.
  • Plácido Domingo

    Verdi: Luisa Miller: Quando Le Sere Al Placido

    • Greatest Hits of Opera.
    • SONY.
  • Helga Dernesch, Helen Donath, Karl Ridderbusch & Horst Laubenthal

    Beethoven: Fidelio: Mir Ist So Wunderbar

    • Fidelio Highlights.
    • Warner.

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