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From Genesis to Judges, there's hardly a story in the books of the Old Testament which hasn't inspired an opera or oratorio, or a verse that hasn't been set to music. Here are 10 to get to know better.
The Old Testament Book of Ruth tells the story of the marriage of Boaz and Ruth, a significant event in Jewish and Christian history because it marked the founding of the house of David, from which Jesus came. Lennox Berkeley was a lifelong Christian, who converted to Roman Catholicism. At the premiere, Boaz was sung by Peter Pears and the conductor was a young Charles Mackerras.
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