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Royal Opera broadcasts for autumn and winter 2016/17 announced

Upcoming radio broadcasts from Covent Garden include Così fan tutte, Norma and The Barber of Seville.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

25 August 2016 at 3.14pm | 17 Comments

Eight Royal Opera productions will be broadcast over the coming months on BBC Radio 3. Each broadcast will be available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after broadcast.

Details are as follows:

Il barbiere di Siviglia LIVE - 17 September 2016 (6.30pm BST)

Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) has a score that fizzes with musical brilliance, from Figaro’s famous entrance aria ‘Largo al factotum’ to the frenzy of the Act I finale, when the five principal voices all pile on top of each other.

Werther - 15 October 2016 (6.30pm BST)

Werther's excellent libretto, written by Edouard Blau and Paul Milliet, distills Goethe’s Romantic masterpiece and intensifies Goethe’s depiction of two passionate people, each intent on hurting the other. The score displays Massenet’s gift for melody, with the ‘Clair de lune’, ‘Lied d’Ossian’ and Charlotte’s ‘Prière’ now some of the composer's most loved music. This broadcast offers another chance to hear two of the finest performances at Covent Garden last Season from Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo.

Il trovatore - 22 October 2016 (6.30pm BST)

Verdi’s Il trovatore is probably best known for its ‘gypsy’ music: the Anvil Chorus, Azucena’s ‘Stride la vampa’ and Manrico’s heroic ‘Di quella pira’ are key examples. But Verdi wrote wonderful music for all four of his leads and the score boasts a host of thrilling ensembles and chorus numbers including the Count's aristocratic aria ‘Il balen del suo sorriso’ and Leonora’s prayer.

Norma - 5 November 2016 (6.30pm GMT)

Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece Norma is perhaps most acclaimed as a vehicle for the lead soprano – key arias include ‘Casta diva’, Norma’s Act I hymn to the chaste moon; and Act II’s ‘Dormono entrambi’, as she contemplates the unthinkable act of killing her children. But the opera’s dramatic potency rests in its breathtaking ensembles, most strikingly in Norma’s duets with Pollione and Adalgisa, the Act I trio ‘Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno’ and the blistering Act II finale.

Così fan tutte - 12 November 2016 (6.30pm GMT)

Mozart’s final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte followed Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni and exemplifies the heights opera can reach when the skills of composer and librettist are perfectly matched. But Così’s reception has always been more complex than that of the other Mozart/Da Ponte operas, with the opera variously considered immoral, unfinished, cruel or simply odd since its 1790 premiere. Now finally accepted as one of Mozart’s masterpieces, it is celebrated as much for its nuanced depiction of love as for its glorious music.

Der Rosenkavalier LIVE - 14 January 2017 (5.45pm GMT)

Der Rosenkavalier was Richard Strauss’s first original collaboration with the playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal, following quickly on the heels of Strauss’s adaption of Hofmannsthal’s play Elektra. It marked the start of one of 20th century opera’s most important artistic partnerships. Renée Fleming takes on the role of Marschallin in this new production, one of the great soprano roles in the repertory.

The Nose and Les Contes d'Hoffmann will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the coming months. Details of these broadcasts will be released shortly.

The Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners. Please note broadcast schedules are subject to change.

This article has 17 comments

  1. David responded on 25 August 2016 at 4:47pm Reply

    This is very welcome of course but if the Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners why don't we see more televised broadcasts!!!! There have been quite a few fine cinema relays that haven't found their way onto Opus Arte disks, including Royal Ballet performances that don't lend themselves readily to radio broadcasts! Is it beyond the wit of the present Chief Executive and his predecessor, the Director General to repeat them on BBC TV?

  2. Elaine responded on 25 August 2016 at 5:54pm Reply

    Yes, more live TV opera broadcasts please. The BBC quite easily put sport down our throats 24/7, especially at the weekends. Could the BBC please remember that they are the British Broadcasting Corporation and NOT the London Broadcasting Corporation. We do not all have access to WC2 readily to go to the opera. AND we all pay the same BBC licence fee, It would be great to be treated fairly nationwide . I am not being greedy, 4 operas a year televised would be great. MAny questions for the BBC, but doubtful to receive any answers.

  3. Sasha responded on 26 August 2016 at 1:25am Reply

    I agree with David!

  4. Emile Myburgh responded on 26 August 2016 at 2:54pm Reply

    How can I listen to this in South Africa?

  5. Nina Battleday responded on 27 August 2016 at 10:48pm Reply

    totally agree that,we need to see more of both ballet and opera on tv. I find it difficult to get to the cinema and would dearly love to see productions that are sold out, or
    too expensive for me to attend.

  6. Eileen Khalid responded on 1 October 2016 at 8:44pm Reply

    I've outside london at times with the upheaval of trains find it difficult to get up,to Convent Garden ... More televised Opera on BBC please would be very nice

  7. Catherine W. responded on 2 November 2016 at 3:18pm Reply

    Hello, please, as for Norma's radio broadcast, which performance? The same as the cinema relay (September 26th)? Thanks.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 3 November 2016 at 12:21pm

      Hi Catherine,

      BBC Radio 3 actually recorded the performance on a different night – on Saturday 1 October. Full listings available here.
      All best,

  8. Derek Johnston responded on 7 December 2016 at 1:55am Reply

    As for the Cosi fan tutte broadcast, which performance was broadcast?
    It would be nice to make this clear for each recorded performance.
    I would also like to back up the appeal for more televised opera on the BBC. As taxpayers, we fund the arts and should get some return.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 8 December 2016 at 11:44am

      Hi Derek,
      Thanks for your comments. Così fan tutte was broadcast live on 17 October 2016.
      All best wishes,

  9. Lindsay G. H. Hall responded on 31 December 2016 at 11:24am Reply

    Why the horrid "upcoming" rather than "forthcoming" or simply "future"?

    More seriously, is there to be an opportunity to see the delicious Renée Fleming's Marschallin, and if so, when?

  10. Lindsay G. H. Hall responded on 31 December 2016 at 2:48pm Reply

    Sorry for previous impertinence. Is there planned a cinema broadcast of the new "Rosenkavalier", please? And if so, when?

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 20 March 2017 at 11:15am

      Hi Lindsay,
      No plans to broadcast this production yet. But do keep an eye on the news section and our social media channels, we release all broadcast plans on there.
      All best wishes,

  11. janet warburton responded on 24 January 2017 at 10:14pm Reply

    Will the Royal Opera Meistersinger be broadcast?
    I do very much hope so.

  12. Cadogan West responded on 1 April 2017 at 8:08pm Reply

    Try doing an FOI request to ask why no opera on TV. BBC schedule is dire. I want to see Bayreuth not naff Bellini!

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