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BFI to run Opera on TV season

Highlights include a screening of Zeffirelli's 1964 Tosca starring Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

3 March 2014 at 2.43pm | Comment on this article

The BFI is to show an Opera on TV season, offering another chance to see iconic stage-to-screen moments such as Act II of Franco Zeffirelli's iconic 1964 Royal Opera production of Tosca, starring Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi.

The season, which runs from late March to the end of April, will also include screenings of The Royal Opera's 1985 production of Don Carlo, ENO's 1987 Jonathan Miller production of The Mikado and John Copley's 1985 Julius Caesar, as well as Glyndebourne's 1978 David Hockney-designed Magic Flute.

Other screenings include Orpheus in the Underground, a 1975 BBC film inspired by Offenbach's opera and based around eight pop songs; and Italian Opera Company, a short documentary directed by John Schlesinger, following a touring company's performance at Drury Lane Theatre in 1958.

A panel discussion debating the future of opera on TV will close the season on 30 April.

The BFI's Opera on TV series runs from 31 March-30 April 2014.

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