"Imagination creates reality" - Richard Wagner
This week, we celebrate the bi-centenary of the composer who, like a god, re-created opera according to his vision. Tristan und Isolde, Wagner's epic of boundless yearning, features in a superb recording under Karl Böhm.
(Recording: Deutsche Grammophon 449 772-2. Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson, Martti Talvela. Chor & Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele/ Karl Böhm)
Sunday December 8th
A treat for children, young and old- Tales from the Opera ventures into the woods with Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, in an exquisite re-telling of the classic fairytale.
(Recording details: Elisabeth Grummer/ Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/ Philharmonia Orchestra/ Herbert von Karajan)
Sunday December 15th
God forbid it had ended happily- Verona might have had another happily married couple on its books, but the world would have been denied perhaps the greatest story of first love and implacable tragedy. Tales from the Opera celebrates the doomed romance of Roméo et Juliette, in Charles Gounod's lyrical setting.