Smaller Stages

Piers Burton-page explores the wealth of smaller-scale operas created by 20th-century composers.


01The Beginnings - England19980108

Holst: Savitri.

Janet Baker, mezzo (Savitri), Robert Tear, tenor (Satvayan), Thomas Hemsley, baritone (Death), Purcell Singers, ECO/Imogen Holst.

Vaughan Williams: The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains.

Bryn Terfel, baritone (Pilgrim), Alan Opie, baritone (First Shepherd), Adrian Thompson, tenor (Second Shepherd), Corydon Singers, City of London Sinfonia/Matthew Best.


Today's work was composed in 1927.

Kurt Weill: Mahagonny.

Meriel Dickinson, mezzo (Jessie), Mary Thomas, soprano (Bessie), Philip Langridge, tenor (Billy), London Sinfonietta/David Atherton.

04A Hand Of Bridge19980129

Today's selection takes the story into the postwar period and, as well as looking at examples by Menotti and Walton, includes a complete performance of Barber's `A Hand of Bridge'.

05 LASTKing Harald19980205

The story is brought up to date with a look at the work of Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Glass, and Feldman, and a performance of a grand opera in three acts by Weir - `King Harald's Saga'.

Jane Manning (soprano).