9 shows

Swan Lake

December 25, 2018

The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake was broadcast on Christmas Day 2018 at 7pm GMT. The production - choreographed by Liam Scarlett and designed by John Macfarlane - was captured at the Royal Opera House in June 2018 and stars Marianela Nuñez as swan princess Odette and black swan Odile and Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Siegfried. Tchaikovsky's memorable score is conducted by Koen Kessels. It was acclaimed by audiences and press alike.

The Phantom of the Opera

March 18, 1990

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1990 NBC two-part drama television miniseries directed by Tony Richardson and stars Charles Dance in the title role. It is adapted from Arthur Kopit's book for his then-unproduced stage musical Phantom, which is based loosely on Gaston Leroux's novel.

This is Opera

March 8, 2015

An exploration of opera in unconventional ways attempting to attract not just existing opera fans, but also those less familiar with the art form. The host guides the viewer to the places of origin of each opera, and explores the culture, history—and modern and current trends and how they apply to opera.

The Genius of Mozart

March 19, 2004

Looks at Mozart's extraordinary short life and revolutionary music through a distinctive mix of costume drama and documentary.

Òpera en Texans

October 2, 2011

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Graines d'étoiles

September 1, 2013

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For centuries in western culture, opera has been the greatest show on earth. Historian Lucy Worsley explores how history and opera go hand in hand. She visits the great European cities where some of the most famous operas were written, tells the stories of the colourful characters who composed them, and shows how they reflected the turbulent times they were composed in and the lives, hopes and fears of the people who lived in them. Whilst Lucy visits the cities and European opera houses, Antonio Pappano, music director of London's Royal Opera, helps us understand some of those operas' greatest musical moments.

Contemporary Rome is the setting for this unique and highly innovative version of Puccini's Tosca, performed in the Roman locations - and at the times of day - as Puccini had written into his score. Thus the action opens in the beautiful 16th-century church of Sant'Andrea della Valle at noon, where Cavaradossi (Placido Domingo) is painting a portrait, moves to the Farnese Palace that evening where Tosca (Catherine Malfitano) dramatically stabs the lustful Scarpia (Ruggero Raimondi), and finally to the battlements of the Castel Sant'Angelo at dawn the following day where the final drama is played out.

The Metropolitan Opera and PBS have joined forces to create a new series of live opera performances.

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