Composer of the Week is a Music programme.

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Composer of the Week

Donald Macleod, in conversation with Sir Antonio Pappano, traces the developmental line of Puccini's meticulously crafted dramatic heroines. On this programme they discuss one of the most passionate and complex of characters, Tosca. Born in 1858 in Lucca into a dynasty of musicians, Puccini was destined to be a church composer. That all changed when at age of 18, he walked to Pisa to see Verdi's Aida. It proved to be a formative experience. In that moment, he determined to become a man of the theatre, writing music exclusively for the stage. When firmly established as an internationally acclaimed figure, there was a lot of hype surrounding a new opera by Puccini. But when Tosca was first heard in Rome on 14th January 1900, the audience simply didn't get what they were hearing. They were confused. Where, they asked was the melody? Vissi d'arte (Tosca, Act 2). Angela Gheorghiu, soprano (Tosca), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano. Tre sbirri, una carrozza (Tosca, Act 1). Ruggero Raimondi, baritone (Scarpia), David Cangelosi, tenor (Spoletta), Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano. Act 3 (Tosca). Gwynne Howell, bass (Carceriere), Roberto Alagna, tenor (Cavaradossi), Angela Gheorghiu, soprano (Tosca),David Cangelosi, tenor (Spoletta), Sorin Coliban, bass (Sciarrone), Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano. episode 3.

Genre: Music

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Composer of the Week next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Radio Three Tomorrow, 12:00pm and on BBC Radio Three October 19th, 12:00pm. See more...