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The Covent Garden Opera – the evolution of greatness, Part One

Jon Tolansky covers the early years of the Covent Garden Opera, with the formation of an orchestra, chorus and a body of principal singers under the Music Director Karl Rankl, soon joined by major international stars, such as Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad and conductor Erich Kleiber for some outstanding performances. Illustrating the company's work, we hear excerpts from Peter Grimes, Götterdämmerung, Der Rosenkavalier and Wozzeck.

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