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Roland Taylor Roland Taylor | 15:28 UK Time, Friday, 26 June 2009

roh1.jpg This Saturday, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Donald Macleod introduces a performance of Wagner's Lohengrin, starring South African tenor Johan Botha, with soprano Edith Haller as Elsa. If you can't listen live on Saturday evening you can catch up via the Radio 3 website for the following seven days. 


It's been very exciting to have the opportunity to offer these operas on-demand. We've also been very keen to add extra content to the productions. The Opera on 3 team and interactive team have created a rich offering to support each broadcast.

Each of the eight operas, aside from being available in their entirety, online for seven days, are accompanied by rich supporting material on our website.

For example, this Saturday's opera, Wagner's Lohengrin, also offers up the following content for you to explore long after broadcast.

Donald Macleod and John Deathridge in conversation about Wagner 

Donald Macleod talks to Petra Lang

Sean Raffery in conversation with Semyon Bychkov and Johan Botha

You can also view photographs from the production and read a full synopsis of the production on the episode page. 

This rich offering has been available for each of the productions. To hear exclusive interviews with international stars, read the plots and see photographs of the productions, choose from any from the season.

As ever, I'm very interested to hear your thoughts on this content. 

Best wishes

Roland Taylor, Interactive Editor BBC Radio 3


  • Comment number 1.

    Unfortunately, your most loyal respondent, kleines c, has reportedly been banned from the messageboards and this may mean the blogs too. If so, we must try to chivvy some more people to comment :o)

  • Comment number 2.

    But I need the visuals too can we have some of this new fangled radio vision for opera?

  • Comment number 3.

    I agree. Opera by radio was a nice idea when TV didn't exist, and continued to be a good idea when TV cameras/lights interrupted the performance. But in 2009 opera by radio makes as much sense as tennis by radio - better than nothing but verging on the pointless

  • Comment number 4.

    I disagree, Gertbrixton.

    You have in your head the perfect production. If you want traditional you get traditional, if you want postmodern ironic spaceman knights you can have them. With radio or CDs you are the producer, desginer, and you can even sing along and be the lead tenor as well (my wife objects to the latter).

    I find that I watch my opera DVDs very occasionaly, much less than listening to a whole opera on my CDs.

  • Comment number 5.


    Interesting. My personal feeling is that if the music works then the likelihood is it doesn't necessarily require visuals. I feel the Opera that appears on BBC TV is, for want of a better word, sensational.

    However, I certainly hold with the notion that radio creates great pictures. I love listening to Drama on 3, Between the Ears, the Sunday Feature etc. The last few weeks have been unmissable, but I would never want to 'watch' the Archers.

    Last year I went to a conference where NY Metropolitan Opera's Peter Gelb spoke about his work there and the filming they'd done. He felt that the LIVE element was essential. You can still experience the thrill of something happening several thousand miles away especially if you know it's happening right now, digital delays put to one side.

    When I was younger I was lucky enough to attend a whole host of new productions at the ENO including Jonathan Miller's groundbreaking production of Rigoletto and Kent Opera's King Priam. Now, there's no doubt you had to SEE those, along with Richard Jones' memorable scratch-and-sniff production of Prokofiev's The Love For Three Oranges, first staged at Opera North in 1989. For that you needed all your senses!

    I think we're still some way off smelly-vision, but with technology these days, you just never know! All suggestions welcome!

    best wishes

    Interactive Editor, BBC Radio 3


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