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BBC celebrates the classical voice with three weeks of special programming

The season runs until 4 July 2015 and includes a four-part series presented by Antonio Pappano, the finals of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and a broadcast of WNO’s Peter Pan.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

18 June 2015 at 11.59am | 21 Comments

The BBC has launched a three-week season of programming celebrating the classical voice and the skill required to master and develop the human instrument.

Featuring a host of the classical music world’s top stars, the Classical Voice season runs until 4 July and features broadcasts of documentaries, performances, discussion and coverage of the esteemed BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Among the documentaries screened will be the four-part series 'Pappano's Classical Voices' presented by Music Director of the Royal Opera Antonio Pappano on BBC Four (with the first episode to be broadcast at 9pm on 28 June), and ‘La traviata: Love, Death and Divas’, a BBC Two documentary broadcast on 20 June exploring the real-life drama behind one of the world’s most popular operas presented by Amanda Vickery and Tom Service.

Throughout the season, Kiri Te Kanawa is introducing her 20 favourite classical voices on BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast. The legendary soprano will also be a guest presenter on a special edition of BBC Radio 3’s Saturday Classics on 20 June. The following week the programme will be presented by soprano Felicity Lott.

Opera on 3 performances during the season include Welsh National Opera’s Peter Pan (now on BBC iPlayer and to be performed at the ROH in July) and Glyndebourne’s Poliuto on 22 June.

The final of BBC Cardiff Singer of The World will be broadcast on BBC Four on 21 June. Previous winners of the competition include Karita Mattila, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Bryn Terfel, and Anja Harteros.

Find out more about the BBC Classical Voice season, including full listings

The Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners. Find out more.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

18 June 2015 at 11.59am

This article has been categorised Music and tagged Antonio Pappano, BBC, BBC Four, BBC Radio 3, BBC Two, broadcast, by Richard Eyre, Classical Voice, documentary, Kiri Te Kanawa, La traviata, Production, radio, TV

This article has 21 comments

  1. Mark responded on 18 June 2015 at 12:33pm Reply

    What is the four part series on BBC4, presented by Antonio Pappano, and when is it to be broadcast? Thanks!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 18 June 2015 at 1:24pm

      Hi Mark,

      The series is called 'Pappano's Classical Voices'. The first episode will be centred around the soprano voice and will be broadcast on BBC Four on 28 June at 9pm.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  2. Stephen Smith responded on 6 July 2015 at 12:07am Reply

    I just wanted to say that Antonio Pappano's love for, and critical analysis of singing in this series so far, moves me as much as the superb singers he has selected. And Tom Allen should also be asked to develop a series on vocal technique. Can't say how much I loved the first 2 programmes - watched both twice immediately!

  3. Wendy Stilwell responded on 11 July 2015 at 8:02am Reply

    As Membership Secretary of the British Mario Lanza Society, I have to praise Pappano on this this series, obviously my interest was the Tenors. Strangely enough, I shall be visiting the ROH in August for a meeting to do with the Educational side of our Society.

  4. Leighton McCarthy responded on 7 August 2015 at 7:52pm Reply

    Please release these so that international opera lover can enjoy them on DVD'. Do not make the same mistake as the NT

  5. I only found out about Pappano's Classical Voices belatedly and saw the ones on the Mezzo and Baritone voices. Both were superb. Please release the whole series on DVD or, at least, rerun it on TV.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 10 October 2015 at 7:41pm

      Thanks for the comment. Any decision about whether to release the series would need to be made by the BBC.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  6. Ann Mullen responded on 13 November 2015 at 10:18pm Reply

    I agree with a DVD of the series Pappano's Classical Voices to mark a most enjoyable and educational series. It is an attractive introduction to the opera repertoire.

  7. G McVeigh responded on 17 November 2015 at 9:52am Reply

    I second the idea for a release of the Classical Voices series on DVD, what an ideal present for Christmas it would make.
    Who at ROH can persuade BBC to take this on?
    Many thanks

  8. glenda magowan responded on 17 November 2015 at 10:32pm Reply

    Would love to have this beautiful series on d.v.d. Could never tire of listening to such wonderful performances which are further enhanced by Antonio Pappano`s obvious depth of admiration and wealth of knowledge.

  9. Jean Turton responded on 20 November 2015 at 8:44pm Reply

    Just watched pappanos classical voices again.Any plans for a dvd? How sad if it is not going to be readily available to all who love the singing voice.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 24 November 2015 at 3:13pm

      Hi Jean,

      A DVD release is a decision for the BBC, I'm afraid and not something we have any control over. Glad you like the series though!

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  10. Sheila Murphy responded on 22 November 2015 at 1:54pm Reply

    Yes, please go ahead and make DVD of Pappano's Classical Voices, go on, go on, go on!! please.

  11. Olwen Broadley responded on 22 December 2015 at 9:00am Reply

    We missed the series on BBC 4 .Please can you advise me has the DVD been released and if so where I can buy one ,thanks

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 22 December 2015 at 12:50pm

      Dear Olwen

      There are no plans to release the series on DVD at the present time, but any decision to do so would be made by the BBC.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  12. jean waller responded on 9 January 2016 at 4:34pm Reply

    My sister thought Antonio Pappano's classical voices series was a really impressive and enjoyable must-see. It is rare to get such an enthusiastic recommendation. We missed it. It would be great if it was available on DVD - I was looking for it as a present for my husbands birthday. How can the BBC be persuaded to produce it?

  13. Eva- maude responded on 21 January 2016 at 11:50am Reply

    No DVD ? Will they be repeated ? Please .

  14. Alan Munch responded on 2 April 2016 at 9:44pm Reply

    I am watching this series again, and enjoying it just as much second time around. Whom should we contact (and how) in the BBC to ask them to release it on DVD? It is so interesting and informative, and a good reference to return to time and again.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 11 April 2016 at 11:04am

      Hi Alan,

      I'm asking our Broadcast team about who's the best contact to ask. I'll let you know asap.
      Thanks,
      Rose

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 11 April 2016 at 11:57am

      Hi Alan,
      I've just heard from the team that there are currently no plans to release this on DVD.
      We announce all upcoming releases on our social media channels and the news sections of our website.
      All best wishes,
      Rose

  15. David L responded on 8 September 2016 at 3:48pm Reply

    Pappano's Classical Voices is available on DVD at PremiereOpera.com. I've already gotten 2 of them.

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