The Opera Hour – series 2/episode 23

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

Today he examines opera’s portrayal of the night sky. We’ll hear Handel’s solar eclipse, how John Cage tried to musically trace the universe, prominent British astronomer William Herschel’s oboe concerto, Herschel discovered Uranus and her moons, and from Philip Glass’s opera, Kepler, who witnessed the great comet of 1577.
Originally broadcast on 11th April 2013.