"I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” To celebrate the of composer Benjamin Britten, plus whatever class of a summer we've been given, Tales from the Opera partakes in A Midsummer Night's dream- the composer's entrancing setting of Shakespeare's festive comedy.
(Recording details: James Bowman, Della Jones, Jill Gomez, Lillian Watzon, Donald Maxwell. City of London Sinfonia/ Richard Hickox. Virgin Classics label)
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.