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Alex James takes a look at all the classical music anniversaries in the week ahead, including the 50th birthday of violinist Tasmin Little.
Alex James invites you to join him for another whistle-stop tour through the week ahead in classical music, as he picks out all the most important dates, anniversaries and ‘on this day’ events.
Tonight’s programme includes a celebration of the world-famous Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, born 60 years ago today. Looking ahead over the rest of the week, Alex uncovers money troubles for Wagner, encounters a famous French composer embroiled in a libel case, and celebrates the reopening of the famous La Scala opera house in Milan in May 1946, after the original building was bombed during the Second World War.
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There will also be 50 birthday candles on the cake for the acclaimed English violinist Tasmin Little, pictured; and we find out why a member of the Polish nobility awarded a 15-year-old Frederic Chopin with a diamond ring, 190 years ago this week.
And Alex recounts the story of the soprano who instigated a number of lawsuits against the French composer Gounod for libel, attempting to sue him for £10,000.