Opera Stories provides a perfect introduction to the drama, characters and spectacle of opera. Each of these five programmes tells the story of a single opera, bringing the drama and emotion of the plot vividly to life. Charlton Heston narrates each programme from the original location stipulated by the composer, giving great insight into the featured productions from The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
The Royal Opera productions of:
Falstaff (Verdi) with Renato Bruson, Barbara Hendricks and Katia Ricciarelli
The boisterous rogue’s adventures are amusingly narrated from the Garter Inn and the beautiful setting of Windsor Castle.
La Bohème (Puccini) with Ileana Cotrubas and Neil Shicoff
This story is told from the Latin quarter of Paris, from the garret and sidewalk café where Mimi and Rodolfo fall in love.
Andrea Chénier (Giordano) with Placido Domingo and Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Revolutionary France provides the backdrop to this opera, as Heston tells the story from a magnificent French chateau.
Manon Lescaut (Puccini) with Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa
Heston tells this story from the French countryside, a glittering Parisian home, a squalid jail and a barren landscape where Manon meets her tragic end.
Der Fledermaus (J Strauss) with Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey
From the entrancing setting of a sumptuous Viennese mansion, Heston humorously presents the intrigues of this tale of mistaken identity at a masquerade ball.