In an often hilarious interview Jonathan Miller imitates his more irritating colleagues, rails at certain opera audiences and explains his approach to direction from Rigoletto to Tosca, Mikado to Rosenkavalier.
By kind permission of Chandos Records we were given permission to include excerpts from the original production in 1983 starring John Rawnsley as Rigoletto, Helen Field as Gilda, John Tomlinson as Sparafucile, Jean Rigby as Maddalena, Norman Bailey as Monterone and Alan Opie as Marullo. With the English National Opera orchestra and chorus, conducted by Mark Elder.
If you are interested in getting a copy of this recording, please click here to go through to the relevent page on the Chandos website.
The recording of Vissi d'arte at the end of the interview is from Naxos entitled 'soprano arias from Italian Operas' and is sung by Miriam Gauci with the BRT Philharmonic Orchestra (Brussels) conducted by Alexander Rahbari. If you are interested in this recording you can find the relevant page on the Naxos website by clicking here.