Here’s a great piece of news for all you classical music fans out there – BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting every opera by Britten, Vivaldi and Wagner throughout the course of this year… a whopping 140 hours of amazing music.
It all kicked off yesterday (January 6th) with Viva Verdi, marking the start of the composer’s anniversary month. In all, five of his operas will be broadcast – Un Giorno di Regno, Il Travatore, Simon Boccanegra, I Vespri Siciliani and I Lombardi.
Recordings and live performances will both be broadcast, with shows from opera houses including English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, La Scala and The Met. You’ll also be able to enjoy lots of programmes looking into the lives of the composers and their works.
Brilliant! We’ll certainly be glued to our radios this year. Who’s with us?
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- Before Opera Was Uptight (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Philip Glass opera shows Walt Disney’s fantasy world in a new light (guardian.co.uk)
- The Royal Opera Thinks Globally (wqxr.org)
- You’re Invited: Verdi’s 200th Birthday Celebration (npr.org)