The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

Friday, 7 - 8pm

The Lyric Feature Friday 21 March 2014

Georgie’s Vision

We all know about Maud Gonne, but have you ever heard of George, aka Mrs. WB Yeats? In September 1917, Yeats proposed to 25-year-old Georgie Hyde-Lees and they were married in October of that year. In this programme we learn more about this extraordinary but self-effacing woman who made her husband’s greatest poetry possible, and said “thank-you for leaving me out”. Contributors include Professor Margaret Mills Harper, official biographer, Ann Saddlemyer, grand-daughter and harpist Caitriona Yeats, Mark Patrick Hederman, poet John Montague, and Pat Laffan.  

Narrator : Ali White

Readers : Olwen Fouere (George's voice), Pat Laffan as WB Yeats; Ingrid Craigie, David Heap, Victoria Mary Clarke

Producer : Deirdre Mulrooney

Sound Supervision : Brendan Rehill 

A Deirdre Mulrooney production for RTÉ lyric fm with the support of BAI Sound and Vision Scheme from the Television Licence Fee.

The Lyric Feature

In the first of two programmes, the Italian soprano Renata Scotto looks back on her life and career.

The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by RTÉ lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

Music Played on the Show


Title: We Do The Work

Performer(s): Fromer

Duration: 3:00


Title: Norma

Composer: Bellini

Performer(s): Scotto, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor James Levine

Duration: 2:20


Title: La Sonnambula

Composer: Bellini

Performer(s): Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus, La Fenice Orchestra And Chorus, Conductor Nello Santi

Duration: 2:00


Title: La Wally

Composer: Catalani

Performer(s): Renata Scotto, La Scala Orchestra, Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini

Duration: 3:00


Title: Lucia Di Lammermoor

Composer: Donizetti

Performer(s): Renata Scotto, Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Francesco Molinari

Duration: 3:15


Title: Cavalleria Rusticana

Composer: Mascagni

Performer(s): Renata Scotto, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor James Levine

Duration: 3:55


Title: La Gioconda

Composer: Ponchielli

Performer(s): Renata Scotto, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Conductor Bruno Bartoletti

Duration: 3:05


Title: Madam Butterfly

Composer: Puccini

Performer(s): Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Rolando Panerai, Anna Di Stasio, Silvana Padoan, Rome Opera House Orchestra, Conductor Sir John Barbirolli

Duration: 3:40


Title: Gianni Schicchi

Composer: Puccini

Performer(s): Renata Scotto, London Symphony Orchestra

Duration: 2:15


Title: Nabucco

Composer: Verdi

Performer(s): Renata Scotto, Philharmonia Orchestra And Chorus, Conductor Riccardo Muti

Duration: 3:30



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Producers: Olga Buckley & Eoin O Kelly


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