Podcast: Polly – an opera by Samuel Arnold

When Samuel Arnold wrote his opera Polly in 1777, he used John Gay‘s libretto to The Beggar’s Opera as a starting point. Unlike the earlier piece, which never reached the stage due to government censorship, Polly was a huge success and established Samuel Arnold as London’s leading theatre composer of the time. Still, it has taken Naxos, and the Aradia Ensemble under Kevin Mallon to make the first ever recording of this charming and delightful piece.

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Catalogue No.: Naxos 8.660241