The Stage Works: Shakespearean Portraits
Donald Macleod explores Vaughan Williams's works on Elizabethan and Tudor themes as well as the chequered performance history of his operas.
The experience of working with the RSC on the music for a number of plays in 1913 sowed the seeds for Vaughan Williams's Falstaffian opera Sir John in Love. This, like most of his operas, was first produced by amateurs, as opportunities for an English composer to get an opera performed were almost non-existent in the early 20th century. With Donald Macleod.