The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 2

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Richard examines the male composer’s obsession with strong women. From Cleopatra to Joan of Arc, opera composers as diverse as Handel, Samuel Barber and James Macmillan have been portraying queens and female conquerors through aria and recit for hundreds of years. Tune in to hear the bravest, most terrifying and most resourceful women in history literally sing for their lives.

Originally broadcast on 16th January 2014