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Lesley Garrett

Sue Lawley's castaway is opera singer Lesley Garrett.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the opera singer Lesley Garrett. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her musical Yorkshire family - both her grandfathers were musical entertainers - and how she learnt to read music before she could read books. Having won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, she moved straight into performing and was snapped up by the English National Opera. She'll be discussing her favourite roles and her passionate belief that opera should lose its elitist image.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Broadway Babe
Book: Photograph album
Luxury: Tightrope

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40 minutes

Music Played

  • Francesco Durante

    Danza Danza Fanciulla

    Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti Orchestra: The National Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Antonio Tonini

    • Pavarotti - Mattinata.
    • Decca.
  • Richard Wagner

    Bridal Procession (from Lohengrin)

    Orchestra: The Grimethorpe Colliery Band

    • Classic Brass.
    • Music For Pleasure France.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ombra mai fu (Largo) (from Xerxes)

    Soloist: Anne Murray Orchestra: Orchestra Of The English National Opera Conductor: Charles Mackerras

    • Xerxes.
    • Philips.
  • Gloria Gaynor

    I Will Survive

    • Greatest Hits.
    • Polydor.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Dance of the Comedians (from The Bartered Bride)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Geoffrey Simon

    • Bartered Bride.
    • Chandos.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Stephen Sondheim

      Broadway Babe (from Follies)

      Artists: Elaine Stritch & Paul Gemignani Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic

      • Follies.
      • RCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

    Soloist: Imogen Cooper

    • Schubert Vol 5.
    • OTR.
  • Kristine Ciesinski

    A Boy Like You

    • Street Scene.
    • Ter Classics.
  • Book Choice

    • Photograph album

  • Luxury Choice

    • Tightrope


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Lesley Garrett


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