The Opera Hour – series 2/episode 8

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’re talking to the countertenor Owen Willetts about performing Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream
with Marionette puppets and singing Purcell’s The Fairy Queen; both are works based on the Shakespeare play. We’ll also
hear some Mendelssohn and some Henze, who have been similarly inspired by Puck, Oberon and the whole forest of mischievous

Originally broadcast on 22nd November 2012