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Newsday: Simon Gronowski

this morning (monday 28th), 3.53-3.59am, on bbc world service radio
newsday concludes with …

“The extraordinary story of holocaust survivor Simon Gronowski is brought to life in an opera‘Push’ – to be performed today in the Houses of Parliament.”

including interview with …
• composer howard moody
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Today: opera Mamzer

this morning (friday 15th), 8.51-8.56am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and john humphrys) includes …

“A most unusual opera is being staged this week at the Hackney Empire … it puts in an operatic setting music inspired by the prayers and the texts sung by a cantor in a synagogue. Unusual too because the story is about life in the closed world of a Hasidic community in New York.”

including contributions from

• bbc reporter james naughtie
• composer na’ama zisser
• cantor netanel hershtik
(see also https://theartsdesk.com/opera/mamzer-bastard-royal-opera-hackney-empire-inert-hasidic-music-drama)
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Wagner and Meyerbeer

this afternoon (wednesday 4th), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3 (repeated from may 2013)
wagner, meyerbeer and palestrina (3rd of 5 daily epsiodes of wagner and his world) (in the composer of the week series)

“Wagner struggled to make ends meet as a young man in Paris but fell under the spell of French Grand Opera, in particular, the influence of Giacomo Meyerbeer.
Wagner would later violently reject Meyerbeer’s work in his hate-filled, anti-Semitic tract “Jewishness in Music”. Yet back in the late 1830s, he had fallen in love with the vast theatrical sweep of Meyerbeer’s work, channelling it into his own opera Rienzi …”

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Ivan Fischer: Hungary’s crusading conductor

this afternoon (monday 17th), 1.45-2.00pm on bbc radio 4:
hungary’s crusading conductor (episode 1 of 5 of europe’s trouble-makers)

“In Hungary, Lucy Ash meets Ivan Fischer – the conductor and composer who is holding up a mirror to Hungarian society and using culture to expose growing racial intolerance.
The success of the extreme right wing party Jobbik in the 2010 elections prompted him to write an opera denouncing anti-Semitism. (more…)

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