Bruno Tonioli At The Opera

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Love20181106

Mimi and Rodolfo, Violetta and Alfredo, Tosca and Cavaradossi, Carmen and Don Jose. Love is in the air as we meet opera's greatest lovers.

His enthusiasm and energy knows no bounds. Dancer, choreographer, and Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli returns to Radio 2 with a second series celebrating his greatest passion - opera. Top Cs, broken hearts, murdering 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 four part series Bruno will explore Love, Opera Villains, Secrets and Lies and in the final programme, great operatic farewells.

In this opening programme he explores the theme of Love. First loves, secret loves, love at first sight, forbidden love and unrequited love. Remember to fasten your seat belts for the path of love in opera is a rocky and bumpy ride!

We discover Queen Victoria's favourite opera and the Verdi masterpiece that Prince Albert forbade her to see. Prepare yourself for seductions and rejections and a colourful cast that includes a cigarette factory girl, a poet, a painter, a prostitute ,her toy boy and nun who is not as chaste as she seems.

Bruno plays tracks from La Boheme(Puccini); Carmen(Bizet); I Puritani(Bellini) and La Traviata(Verdi) recorded by some of his favourite opera stars including - Dame Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza, Mirella Freni, Kiri te Kanawa, Joseph Calleja, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Love is in the air as we meet opera's greatest lovers. Sit down Bruno!

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

Mamas And Papas20191215

His enthusiasm and energy knows no bounds. Dancer, choreographer, and Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli returns to Radio 2 with a third series celebrating his greatest passion - opera. Top Cs, broken hearts, murdering 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 first programme Bruno looks at the mamas and papas of opera. Don’t expect any nursery rhymes or cosy bedtime stories – being a parent in opera is not an easy task and happy families are rare. Bruno uncovers heartbreak, cruelty, betrayal and murder. Mamma mia - an hour of murderous mothers and dearly beloved fathers. The programme includes music from opera’s most famous single mother – Madam Butterfly, fraudulent father Gianni Schicchi and jester Rigoletto – the protective father who concocts a murderous plot to save his daughter from the clutches of the evil Duke of Mantua. We meet Wotan father of the Valkyries, the Queen of the Night from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and there’s a bravura performance by Sir Bryn Terfel as Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La Cenerentola – opera’s re-telling of the Cinderella fairytale

The mamas and papas of opera.

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

Opera's Got Talent20191230

Four-part series in which Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

'What's not to like?' says Bruno. 'Divine music, exquisite voices, passion, stories that take you to places you could never imagine'. Bruno hails from the Emilio Romagna region of Northern Italy - also the birth place of the great Guiseppe Verdi. Bruno's home town of Ferrara boasts its own opera house where a young Gioachino Rossini launched his career. 'Opera is in the Italian DNA, as children we were taught to sing Va Pensiero and La Donna e Mobile before we learnt nursery rhymes. It touches your soul. The effect of seeing and hearing something so perfect is magical.

In his final programme of the series Bruno plays recordings from some of opera’s greatest stars – past and present. Yes – Opera’s Got Talent. Music includes tracks by Fritz Wunderlich, Anna Netrebko, Mario Lanza, Renee Fleming, Dame Janet Baker and Pavarotti. It includes excerpts from La Sonnambula by Bellini, La Boheme by Puccini and L’Amico Fritz by Mascagni.

The world's greatest voices - Opera's Got Talent!

Secrets And Lies20181120

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.

Disguise, deception, secrets and lies

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

Soap Operas20191229

His enthusiasm and energy knows no bounds. Dancer, choreographer, and Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli returns to Radio 2 with a third series celebrating his greatest passion - opera. Top Cs, broken hearts, murdering 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 third programme Bruno explores how the same plots and themes appear in today’s soap operas as in the grand operas of yesterday. EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and the Archers – how Puccini and Verdi would have loved them! Feisty females, moody men, cops and robbers, feuding families, long-lost parents romances, bromances and love triangles. Bruno reveals that opera too has its equivalents of Ken Barlow and Kat Slater. Excerpts include Una Voce Poco Fa from the Barber of Seville(Rossini), Mon Coeur S’Ouvre a ta Voix from Samson and Delilah(Saint-Saens) and Spirito Gentil from La Favorita(Donizetti). Plus a fiery bravura performance by Maria Callas as Tosca.

Soap Operas - just an everyday tale of opera folk.

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

The Great Opera Choruses20191222

In a new four part series Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

'What's not to like?' says Bruno. 'Divine music, exquisite voices, passion, stories that take you to places you could never imagine'. Bruno hails from the Emilio Romagna region of Northern Italy - also the birth place of the great Guiseppe Verdi. Bruno's home town of Ferrara boasts its own opera house where a young Gioachino Rossini launched his career. 'Opera is in the Italian DNA, as children we were taught to sing Va Pensiero and La Donna e Mobile before we learnt nursery rhymes. It touches your soul. The effect of seeing and hearing something so perfect is magical”.

In this second programme Bruno discusses the great opera choruses. We meet an assorted cast of Servants, Soldiers, Sailors, Monks, Toreadors, Gipsies, Geishas, Prisoners and Slaves. The chorus don’t just stand at the back singing “oo”, “ah” and “tra la la la” - they play an important part in opera – moving the plot along and setting the scene. The programme includes choruses from Carmen(Bizet), Cavalleria Rusticana(Mascagni), Iolanthe(Gilbert and Sullivan) , La Forza del Destino(Verdi) and Mose In Egitto(Rossini). We end with Verdi’s best loved chorus – Va Pensiero. Written at a particularly sad patch in his life. His wife and two infant children had died and in his grief he shut himself away and vowed never to write opera again. But La Scala still had a contract with him - and pestered Verdi continually. They sent him the libretto of Nabucco based on biblical stories about the plight of Hebrew slaves in exile in Babylon. In a rage he threw the libretto on the table and it fell open at the third act where the Hebrew Slaves are longing for their homeland and a return to happier times. He read "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate", meaning "Go, thought, on golden wings". The words inspired Verdi and he set to work. At its first rehearsal at La Scala the whole theatre stopped and everyone demanded an encore.

Time To Say Goodbye20181127

Time to say goodbye. Poignant farewells in opera. In his last programme in the series - Bruno is in bits...oh dear I can feel the tears coming already.

Bruno looks at goodbyes in opera - not always in death but in love, war, travels and ,of course, the lovers' farewell. But prepare yourself - this programme contains scenes of drunken debauchery, stormy seas, stabbings, shootings, executions and broken hearts - albeit on the radio. He includes extracts from La Boheme (Puccini); the Marriage of Figaro (Mozart); The Flying Dutchman (Wagner); Samson and Delilah (Saint-Saens); Turandot (Puccini) and Aida (Verdi). The singers featured tonight include Angela Gheorghiu, Jose Cura, Jonas Kaufmann and Sir Thomas Allen.

Time to say goodbye. Poignant farewells in opera. Bruno is in bits.

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

Villains20181113

Opera Villains - Witches, murderers, liars and thieves. All shall be named and shamed.

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

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 tonight's show Bruno unmasks the bad guys and girls of opera - the villains. His rogues' gallery includes the two-timing Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (Verdi); the immoral Chief of Police - Scarpia in Tosca (Puccini); the scheming Iago from Otello (Verdi); the bigamist Lt Pinkerton from Madam Butterfly (Puccini) the conman Dulcamara from L'Elisir d'Amore (Donizetti) and the queen of cocktails Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti). Bruno illustrates his villains with recordings by Samuel Ramey, Marilyn Horne, Spiro Malas, Carlo Bergonzi and Juan Pons.

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Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

In a new four part series Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli talks about his great passion for opera.

'What's not to like?' says Bruno. 'Divine music, exquisite voices, passion, stories that take you to places you could never imagine'. Bruno hails from the Emilio Romagna region of Northern Italy - also the birth place of the great Guiseppe Verdi. Bruno's home town of Ferrara boasts its own opera house where a young Gioachino Rossini launched his career. 'Opera is in the Italian DNA, as children we were taught to sing Va Pensiero and La Donna e Mobile before we learnt nursery rhymes. It touches your soul. The effect of seeing and hearing something so perfect is magical.'€?

Bruno frequents the opera regularly both here and when back home in Italy and he has performed with Opera North as Bacchus the God of Wine in a production of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld - a role in which he wore little more than a loin cloth and a bunch of grapes!

In this opening programme Bruno's choices include Largo Al Factotum from the Barber of Seville by Rossini; Casta Diva from Norma by Bellini and the Guiseppe Verdi chorus that was almost adopted as the Italian National Anthem - Va Pensiero - from Nabucco.

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Bruno Tonioli at the Opera.

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli continues his series about his great passion - opera.

Tonight's programme Bruno includes the beautiful and simple Humming Chorus from Madam Butterfly by Puccini alongside Verdi' most extravagant score calling for a cast of horses, camels and elephants - Aida. There are also excerpts from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin, Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and La Wally by Catalani

Amongst the great operatic voices featured are Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Montserrat Caballe and Dame Joan Sutherland.

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Bruno Tonioli at the Opera.

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli continues his series about his great passion - opera.

In this week's programme we hear from a broken-hearted clown - Canio in I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo and a broken hearted Countess in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Ear protectors at the ready for the Anvil Chorus from Verdi's Il Trouvatore and we'll hear Florence Foster Jenkins sing part of the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's Magic Flute before soprano Sumi Jo demonstrates how it really should be sung!

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Bruno Tonioli at the Opera.

Strictly judge and choreographer Bruno Tonioli continues his series about his great passion - opera.

In his final programme Bruno plays the Pearl Fishers' Duet by Bizet; we hear the demanding 9 top C's required in the tenor aria Ah Mes Amis from La Fille du Regiment by Donizetti and of course we end with the classic Nessun Dorma from Turandot by Puccini.