Tippett's great opera The Midsummer Marriage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis live at the BBC Proms
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor
Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage: Act 1
Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage: Act 2
Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage: Act 3
Mark ..... Paul Groves (tenor)
Jenifer ..... Erin Wall (soprano)
King Fisher ..... David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)
Bella ..... Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Jack ..... Allan Clayton (tenor)
Sosotris ..... Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo)
He-Ancient ..... David Soar (bass)
She-Ancient ..... Madeleine Shaw (mezzo)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)
Stage Director, Kenneth Richardson
Last heard at the Proms in 1977, The Midsummer Marriage is Tippett's answer to Mozart's The Magic Flute, an opera rich in symbolism and psychology, trials and transformations. Paul Groves and Erin Wall are Mark and Jenifer, Ailish Tynan and Allan Clayton, Bella and Jack, two couples tested by a series of supernatural interventions on the shortest night of the year.
One of today's leading Tippett exponents, Sir Andrew Davis conducts the centrepiece of this summer's Proms focus on Tippett's music alongside Britten's centenary.
An edited version of this Prom will be broadcast on Tuesday 20th August at 2pm.