7 August 2013
Eight Songs for a Mad King and The Killing Flower to be broadcast on R3's flagship programme Hear and Now
BBC Radio 3: Saturday, August 10 & Saturday, August 17
Operas performed by Music Theatre Wales are prominently featured on BBC Radio 3's flagship contemporary music programme Hear and Now on two consecutive weeks in August - Saturday 10 August and Saturday 17 August.
BBC Radio 3's late night programme is currently celebrating its fiftieth anniversary while Music Theatre Wales marks its 25th year in 2013.
On Saturday, August 10 at 22.30 Hear and Now will broadcast Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King, in a performance given last month at the Buxton Festival by Welsh baritone Kelvin Thomas and the Music Theatre Wales Ensemble, conducted by Michael Rafferty.
The following Saturday 17 August at 22.15, Hear and Now will broadcast Music Theatre Wales's UK premiere production of The Killing Flower by Salvatore Sciarrino, also in a recording made at this year's Buxton Festival and again featuring the Music Theatre Wales Ensemble, conducted by Michael Rafferty.
Eight Songs for a Mad King is recognised as one of the most celebrated British compositions of the 1960s, while the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino is known as one of the most innovative voices in modern European music whose sparse and quiet musical gestures inhabit a territory somewhere between song and speech. His opera The Killing Flower tells the story of the 16th century composer Carlo Gesualdo, who notoriously murdered his wife and her lover. In Music Theatre Wales's production, the opera is charged with a tense eroticism.
Both operas can also be heard online for seven days after their first broadcast.