The Opera Hour – series 2/episode 17

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

Today, since it’s Valentine’s Day, Richard plays some of the most romantic and heartfelt music ever written for the operatic stage. We’ll hear from Puccini and Verdi’s scandalous courtesans, Schoenberg’s desperate Woman as she searches for the body of her lover in a dark forest, Milhaud’s tragic Orpheus, Tchaikovsky’s over-zealous letter-writing teenager and some sublime duets from the Handel’s and Monteverdi’s war-weary heroes and heroines.

Originally Broadcast on 14th February 2013