Archive for the 'The Opera Hour' Category

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 26 (Journeys)

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Journeys. Richard plays some of the greatest operatic journeys or quests ever, from Gluck to Wagner to Birtwistle to Knussen, with guest Bill Bankes-Jones, the artistic director of The Tête à Tête  Opera Festival. Originally broadcast on 31st July 2014

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 25

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Structured Mutterings. Richard talks to the critic and writer Fiona Maddocks about her new book Wild Tracks – A Conversation Diary with Harrison Birtwistle, which details 6 months of intense conversations between her and the famously allusive composer. Fiona will also be […]

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 24

Opera singer Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Originally broadcast on 17th July 2014.  

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 23

Opera singer Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Handel Redux. Richard examines the continued influence of Handel on opera composers and talks to composer Tim Benjamin about his new opera Madame X. Originally broadcast on 3rd July 2014

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 22

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: The Aviary. Richard talks to the emerging LSO Soundhub composer Maxim Boon about his new ballet, Flock, inspired by the complex murmurations of flocks of starlings; and we’ll also be exploring other extraordinary works which feature the feathered and the flocking by […]

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 21 – David Lang

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Crowds and Choruses. Richard talks to the dynamic and passionate composer David Lang about his new work for 1,000 voices, Crowd Out, inspired by being in a crowd watching Arsenal F. C. play; and we’ll also be hearing other riotous, bombastic and […]

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 20

Opera singer and poet Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Dresden – an essay in six melodies. Richard travels to The Dresden Music Festival in an essay exploring the dramatically complex and baroque city of Dresden, alongside a Schubert piano duet, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Strauss’ rarely performed opera Feuersnot. […]

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 19 – Edwin Burdis

Opera singer and poet Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Richard is joined at The Science Museum by the artist Edwin Burdis, who has been on a sonic pilgrimage around the U.K collecting material for his latest opera Light Green and Dark Grey. Edwin will be talking to Richard about […]

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 18 (What The Horn Would Have Heard)

Opera singer and poet Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: What The Horn Would Have Heard. Broadcasting live from The Science Museum through Denman’s Exponential Horn Loudspeaker, Richard plays operas written, recorded and premiered between 1929- 1939 by Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, Weill, Paul Abraham, Schoenberg and Strauss; these are the […]

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 17 – Witches

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. On today’s show we meet witches, hags, sayers and seers as Richard invokes opera’s fascination with witches. From Purcell to Birtwistle, composers have been besotted with a particular type of woman – one who is intelligent, powerful and sexual. richardrmscott.tumblr.com Originally broadcast on […]