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Glamour

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: a glamorous working girl...

Note: the audio for this show will be available on March 4, 2011

The main female character in this opera is a high-class prostitute who makes the mistake of going beyond the call of duty and truly falling in love. As a high-priced “gentleman’s companion,” she lived quite a glamorous life, as became a woman who associates with rich and powerful men. Her love for one man in particular changes her life. Unfortunately, the gentleman who returns her love has a father who doesn’t much care for having a “demi monde” for a daughter-in-law. Needless to say, all does not end well. His father lets the two lovers back together, only for her to die in her love’s arms.

Music Heard On This Episode

Samuel Barber: Vanessa: Under the Willow Tree
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus — Barber - Vanessa (RCA, 1990)
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Samuel Barber: Vanessa: Under the Willow Tree
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus — Barber - Vanessa (RCA, 1990)
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Hans Zimmer: Old Souls
Studio Orchestra — Inception (WaterTower Music, 2010)
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Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens: Prelude
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit, cond — Berlioz - Les Troyens (Decca Import, 1994)
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George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar: As the Crafty Huntsman
David Daniels, countertenorOrch of the Age of Enlightenment/Roger Norrington, dir — Handel - Julius Caesar (RCA, 1990)
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Gustav Holst: Egdon Heath
BBC Orchestra/Andrew Davis, cond — Holst: The Planets; Egdon Heath (Wea Apex Classics UK, 2002)
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Vic Mizzi: Green Acres Theme
Eddie Albert/Eva Gabor — TV Land Presents: Favorite Tv Theme Songs (Rhino / Wea, 2002)
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Frederick the Great: Flute Concerto in C: Allegro
Manfred Friedrich, fl/CPE Bach Chamber Orch/Hartmut Haenchen, cond — Frederick the Great: Symphonies and Concertos (Capriccio, 1992)
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John Williams: Theme and End Credits
Yo-Yo Ma, cello/John Williams, cond — Memoirs of a Geisha (Sony, 2005)
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Alma Mahler: With you I am at Peace; In my Fathers Garden; Balmy Summer Night
Renée Fleming, sop/Jean-Yves Thibaudet, p — Alma Mahler-Werfel: Complete Songs (Globe, 2006)
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Alan & Margaret Bergman; David Grusin: It might be you
Stephen Bishop, singer — Tootsie
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Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata; “Sempre libera”
Anna Netrebko, sop/Vienna Philharmonic/Carol Rizzi, cond. — Violetta: Arias and Duets from Verdi's La Traviata (Deutsche Grammophon, 2006)
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Rodion Shchedrin: Anna Karenina: Anna’s Love
USSR Symphony Orch/Evgeny Svetlonov, ond — Carmen Suite, Anna Karenina (MHS)
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Stars Are Blind
Paris Hilton — Stars Are Blind (Wea International, 2006)
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