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Ethel Smyth - The Boatswain's Mate

Katie Derham introduces the first complete recording of Ethel Smyth's comic opera The Boatswain's Mate. Plus the BBC NOW in music by Bax and Grace Williams.

Katie Derham introduces this week's Thursday Opera Matinée: Ethel Smyth's comic opera The Boatswain's Mate, one of six she wrote between the 1890s and 1920s.
Smyth's previous opera The Wreckers was very much in touch with the Late Romantic musical world of Germany; the music in The Boatswain's Mate is by contrast more simple and folk-like, with some wonderfully lyrical and melodious music. The story, setting Smyth's own libretto, focuses on three main characters - a strong widow, Mrs Waters, her unwanted suitor the retired boatswain Harry Benn, and his accomplice Ned Travers.
Katie Derham introduces the first complete recording of this opera, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.

Mrs Waters.....Nadine Benjamin (soprano)
Harry Benn.....Edward Lee (tenor)
Ned Travers.....Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone)
Policeman.....Simon Wilding (bass)
The Man.....Ted Schmitz (tenor)
Mary Ann.....Rebecca Louise Dale (mezzo soprano)
Chorus.....Mark Nathan and other members of the cast
Lontano Ensemble
Odaline de la Martinez (conductor)

c.3.30pm
Bax: Tintagel - symphonic poem
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Vernon Handley , conductor

c.3.50pm
Williams: Four Illustrations for the Legend of Rhiannon
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Perry So, conductor.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 9 Mar 2017 14:00

Music Played

  • Dame Ethel Smyth

    The Boatswain's Mate Part 1

    Singer: NADINE BENJAMIN. Singer: Edward Lee. Ensemble: Lontano Ensemble. Conductor: Odaline de la Martinez.
    • Retrospect Opera.
  • Dame Ethel Smyth

    The Boatswain's Mate Part 2

    Singer: NADINE BENJAMIN. Singer: Edward Lee. Ensemble: Lontano Ensemble. Conductor: Odaline de la Martinez.
    • Retrospect Opera.
  • Arnold Bax

    Tintagel - symphonic poem

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
  • Grace Williams

    Four illustrations for the legend of Rhiannon for orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Perry So.
  • William Alwyn

    Blackdown - a tone poem from the Surrey hills for orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
  • George Butterworth

    Idyll: The Banks of Green Willow

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Kriss Russman.

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