The Opera Hour – series 2/episode 5

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes – politics, power, greed, the abominable, magic, lust, comedy.

On today’s show we chart the continuing influence of the Bible and its stories on opera composers, looking at Strauss’s erotic and perverse Salome, the blind and desperate Samson as portrayed by Handel and Saint-Saens and Schoenberg’s unfinished Moses and Aaron.

Originally broadcast on 1st November 2012