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Troilus and Cressida

Synopsis
Walton’s opera relayed live from the Royal Opera House, London, in a production by Opera North, performed by English Northern Philharmonia, conductor Richard Hickox. The broadcast is presented by James Naughtie. With a 20-minute interval between Acts II and III in which Humphrey Burton looks at the genesis of the opera in conversation with Lady Walton. Extracts from the letters between Walton and his librettist Christopher Hassall are read by Bob Peck and Christopher Fairbank.
Series
Live from Covent Garden
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
2 Feb 1995 at 19:25 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
175 mins

Credits

Music
William Walton
Contributor
Bob Peck; Christopher Fairbank; Humphrey Burton; James Naughtie; Richard Hickox
Cast
Arthur DaviesTroilus
Judith HowarthCressida
Nigel RobsonPandarus
Alan OpieDiomede (Diomedes)
Brian CooksonThird Watchman
Bruce BuddFirst Watchman
Clive BayleyCalkas (Calchas)
David Owen-LewisHoraste
James ThorntonAntenor
Stephen DowsonSecond Watchman
Yvonne HowardEvadne

Additional Details

Theatre company
Opera North
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Troilus and Cressida
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
opera; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Chandos Records recorded an earlier version of this production on 19 January 1995. The double CD can be purchased directly from www.chandos.net or from any other online music retailer.
General
In 1947, the BBC commissioned William Walton, who also wrote the score for Olivier’s HAMLET to write an opera. It took Walton six years to finish the score of Troilus and Cressida which was first performed in 1955.
History
One of the Shakespeare productions to be presented during ‘Fairest Isle’, BBC Radio 3’s year-long celebration of British music and culture. This live broadcast was sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation. The programme has two intervals, 15 and 20 minutes, broadcast in between the three Acts of the opera.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
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Fax
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