Sunday Feature

Verdi 200: Viva Verdi

About this programme

In an extended Sunday Feature to mark the start of Radio 3's Verdi 200 coverage, Roger Parker traces the complex reception history of Verdi's so-called Risorgimento operas. He asks what it reveals about the function of opera in Italian society in the 19th century, its role in the cultural nation-building that took place after 1861, and indeed Verdi himself. With contributions from conductor Mark Elder, director Graham Vick, musicologists Emanuele Senici and Susan Rutherford, Milan-based novelist and commentator Tim Parks, and Lucy Riall, a specialist in the Risorgimento.

Cast and crew


Emma Bloxham