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Prom 45: Tippett - The Midsummer Marriage

Louise Fryer presents a Prom in which Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tippett's great opera The Midsummer Marriage.

with Louise Fryer - and a second chance to hear Tippett's great opera The Midsummer Marriage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis at the BBC Proms.
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage: Act 1

at c. 3pm
Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage: Act 2

at c. 4.05pm
Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage: Act 3

Mark ..... Paul Groves
Jenifer ..... Erin Wall
King Fisher ..... David Wilson Johnson
Bella ..... Ailish Tynan
Jack ..... Allan Clayton
Sosotris ..... Catherine Wyn-Rogers
He-Ancient ..... David Soar
She-Ancient ..... Madeleine Shaw
Stage Director ..... Kenneth Richardson

BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

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.

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