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Vincenzo by Henry Reed
Produced by Douglas Cleverdon
BBC Third Programme, Tuesday 29th March 1955.

The music was arranged by Denis Stevens from the work of Mantuan composers of the period, including Claudio Monteverdi, the Italian master who was Stevens' particular passion. Monteverdi's patron was none other than Duke Vincenzo.

SummaryEdit

On March 29th, 1955, the BBC's Third Programme broadcast for the first time Henry Reed's radio play, "Vincenzo". The play, advertised as a "tragi-comedy," was something of a prequel to Reed's 1952 "The Great Desire I Had". Both plays recount episodes in the life of Duke Vincenzo I of Gonzaga, patron of the arts and ruler of the Italian Duchy of Mantua from 1587 to 1612.
The play traces Vincenzo's life from his eighteenth year until his death in 1612, framed in "choric narration" spoken by his wives and mistresses.


The CastEdit

Vincenzo Gonzaga, Prince of Mantua.................Hugh Burden 
The Duke of Mantua..........................................Newton Blick
The Duchess, Leonora of Austria........................Mary O'Farrell
Barbara Sanseverino, Countess of Sala...............Margaretta Scott
Ippolita Torelli....................................................Rachel Gurney
Agnese del Caretto............................................Barbara Couper
Adriana Basile..................................................Marjorie Westbury
Elena..............................................................Molly Lawson
Margherita Farnese, Vincenzo's First Wife..........Gwen Cherrell
Ranuccio, Margherita's brother, as a boy............Glyn Dearman
Ranuccio, as a Man.........................................Derek Hart
Carlo Borromeo................................................Neville Hartley
Eleanora dé Medici, Vincenzo's Second Wife.........Barbara Lott
Francesco dé Medici, Eleanora's Father.................Norman Shelley
Bianca Cappello, Francesco's Second Wife...........Gladys Young
Silvio Gonzaga.....................................Denise Bryer
Gianfrancesco Sanvitale............................Frank Duncan
Marcello Donati....................................Robert Marsden
A Florentine Mother................................Cecile Chevreau

ReferencesEdit

http://www.suttonelms.org.uk/HREED2.HTML

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