The Opera Hour – series 2/episode 22

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

Today: Poulenc‘s cheeky, jazzy and sublimely beautiful art songs and ballet music. Called a half-monk, half-delinquent by critics, Poulenc was as religious as he was a party animal; and he was the first openly gay opera composer. Special guest: Matthew Swann, Chief Executive of The City of London Sinfonia.