A West Side Horror Story

When Bernstein subjected a young tenor to studio misery

Leonard Bernstein

This evening, Bernstein's West Side Story will be performed at the BBC Proms, as centenary celebrations of the composer's birth continue apace. Many singers would regard appearing in Bernstein's masterful musical as a highlight of their career. When, however, a young José Carreras was invited to record it in the studio with the composer himself conducting back in 1984, the experience proved anything but fun…

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What's on at the Proms tonight?

Proms 38 & 39: Saturday 11 August 2018, 3.30pm & 8pm

Bernstein West Side Story (concert performance)

Mikaela Bennett (Maria)
Ross Lekites (Tony)
Students from ArtsEd and Mountview
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

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This Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3