Wednesday, 12 May 2010

BBC TV goes opera

IF you are lucky enough to live in the UK, you can spend your time with BBC TV in May and June. WHEN do we get something like this on TV in poor opera countries in northern Europe?

24 May BBC FOUR - Opera Italia (1/3) Antonio Pappano on a journey through Italy exploring the central role that opera plays in Italian history and culture. Followed by a performance of Le Nozze di Figaro, in David McVicar's production for the Royal Opera.

25 May BBC FOUR - Fry on Wagner Stephen Fry explores his passion for Wagner

26 May BBC FOUR - Diva Diaries An insight into the life of Danielle de Niese, beginning with her final performance of Giulio Cesare (pictured) and following her as she prepares and performs Susanna

29 May BBC TWO - What Makes a Great Soprano? Dame Kiri Te Kanawa explores the technical, physical and artistic demands of her craft

31 May BBC FOUR - Opera Italia (2/3) Followed by a performance of Aïda

1 June BBC FOUR - Rick Stein's Taste of Italian Opera TV chef Rick Stein traces the role that food played in the creation of Italian opera and discusses this with experts from the opera world

2 June BBC FOUR - What Makes a Great Tenor? Rolando Villazón explores the technical, physical and artistic demands of his craft

7 June BBC FOUR - Opera Italia (3/3) followed by a performance of La Bohème

12 June BBC TWO - Verdi – The Director's Cut traces new productions by Graham Vick of Aida and Othello

19 June BBC TWO - Verdi: Othello Graham Vick's production with the Birmingham Opera Company

22 June BBC TWO - Gareth Goes To Glyndebourne (1/3) Gareth Malone joins the production team at Glyndebourne in the role of youth chorus leader on his first opera

29 June BBC TWO - Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne (2/3)

3 July BBC TWO - Imagine: Plácido Domingo A repeat of the profile broadcast last year

6 July BBC TWO - Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne (3/3)

10 July BBC TWO - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra featuring Plácido Domingo in the title role, from Covent Garden.

8 September BBC TWO - Rigoletto From Mantua

Christmas 2010 BBC TWO - Don Giovanni Glyndebourne Festival Opera's new production, directed by Jonathan Kent

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