The Opera Hour – series 2/episode 15

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

On today’s show he opens the operatic Menagerie to hear how composers have been influenced by bird song and animal calls throughout the centuries. We’ll hear Messiaen and Handel’s take on the nightingale, Birtwistle and Bizet’s take on the bull, Dove and Schubert’s take on the fish and Poulenc – well, he portrays any animal he turns his pen to…

Originally broadcast on 31st January 2013 (Resonance FM, London).