Radio 3 announces premieres, star names, learning and backstage access for spring 2014

Never has there been a clearer example of the distinct proposition that BBC Radio 3 offers its listeners than in the presentation of our spring season line-up featuring music premieres, broadcast firsts, live events and learning activity."Roger Wright, Controller, BBC Radio 3
Date: 29.01.2014     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.57
Category: Radio 3
  • BBC Radio 3 clears schedule for Maurice Ravel’s birthday: 7 March
  • Never-before-made Dylan Thomas film script immortalised in Drama On 3: 4 May
  • Day of Dylan Thomas centenary programming: 5 May
  • Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston to star in new BBC Radio 3 drama of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra to mark 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth: April 2014
  • BBC Radio 3 to teach production techniques at Southbank Centre Residency: 15–31 March
  • Orchestral Premieres and concerts from the most northerly parts of the UK to the South - including; BBC SSO concert featuring two premieres and James Macmillan’s first return to the Scottish podium in over a decade, Gateshead Jazz Festival, premiere of Sir Maxwell Davies 10th Symphony, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s 50th anniversary concert and more: February – July 2014
  • Contemporary composers interviewed in their workspaces by Sara Mohr-Pietsch in an over 25 part series for Hear And Now: 5 April
  • Music and the Jews – a new series presented by Norman Lebrecht about the complex relationship between music and Jewish identity: 9 March
  • Essay Series on Forgiveness featuring; Madeleine Bunting, Mark Vernon, Baroness Julia Neuberger, Dr David Starkey, Michael Symmons Roberts: 24 February

BBC Radio 3 today announced a raft of spring programming for 2014, highlighting its role as a unique station that broadcasts distinctive classical music and wider arts programming in three dimensions, through radio, live events and context.

Highlights announced today ranged from world premieres of speech and classical concerts including a day devoted to the music of Maurice Ravel and a world premiere of a never-before-produced Dylan Thomas script. To mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth there will also be a new Drama On 3 production of Antony and Cleopatra starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston. This spring, BBC Radio 3 will also be teaching future budding classical music radio producers how to record classical music as part of an arts partnership with Southbank Centre. And other highlights include a major new series looking at music and the Jewish identity, a series of essays on forgiveness and daily live concerts from around the UK through to the start of the BBC Proms in July.

Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms, comments: “Never has there been a clearer example of the distinct proposition that BBC Radio 3 offers its listeners than in the presentation of our spring season line-up featuring music premieres, broadcast firsts, live events and learning activity.

"BBC Radio 3 broadcasts classical music and the arts in three dimensions. We do this through unique radio broadcasts of over 600 full concerts a year, 90 full-length operas, live concerts every evening and over 25 original dramas alongside regular jazz and world programming. We also create and broadcast events that wouldn’t exist without the BBC licence fee, such as the special Ravel programming in March, the never-before-made Dylan Thomas play of The Beach Of Falesa, or later in the year, the full range of BBC Proms. We also use the licence fee to give back to the cultural economy through our learning and outreach programming, which this season includes production workshops as part of our arts partnership with Southbank Centre in March. We’re looking forward to welcoming existing and new listeners to our unique range of content this spring.”

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Ravel Day: Friday 7 March

In the tradition of previous Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Webern and Schubert composer focuses, BBC Radio 3 will clear its schedule on 7 March to explore one of the most successful French composers of all time – Maurice Ravel. Many know Ravel for his Bolero, one of his most well-loved works which also inspired a legion of British ice skaters following its use by Torville and Dean in the 1984 Olympics. BBC Radio 3’s composer focus will not only look at the well-known but in true Radio 3 fashion will present the full spectrum of his work and recordings from Ravel’s time through to the present day. The day of programming will reflect the man and his music including different approaches to interpretation of his work - orchestral, song, piano, opera and chamber music -  all on the composer’s birthday, 7 March, led by expert presenters Tom Service and Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Highlights of the day include special birthday concerts, including one by the great Ravel pianist Pascal Roge and his wife Ami, who will perform a rare performance of Ravel’s own two-piano arrangement of Bolero. Recorded at the Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3 will also broadcast a performance from the Nash Ensemble including two of Ravel’s chamber music masterpieces, alongside the Chanson Madecasses performed with former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Clara Mouriz.

Throughout the day, the music will be complemented by a series of new downloads, Ravel Revealed, which will look at aspects of Ravel’s life and art. There’ll be a chance to hear some rare archive alongside commentary from interpreters performing today such as the soprano Jessye Norman and the violinist Maxim Vengerov, and an evening Ravel Soiree featuring guests and live music.

Dylan Thomas centenary: Sunday 4 May and Monday 5 May

Radio 3 will be marking the 2014 centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, whose celebrated Under Milk Wood was first performed on Radio 3’s predecessor the Third Programme. Thomas is one of the best-known poets and writers of the 20th century and the BBC played a vital role in his career. In May, Drama On 3 will be broadcasting the world premiere of a never-before-produced Dylan Thomas script, The Beach Of Falesa. Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson short story, the play was never turned into a film in Thomas’ lifetime, and was published posthumously as a novella in 1963. Richard Burton bought the rights and approached Christopher Isherwood to work further on the script but the plans failed to come to fruition. As a centenary tribute, Radio 3 will finally be bringing this work to life as a radio drama.

Also on Sunday 4 May, the Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis will present a documentary about the importance of the incredible and distinctive voice in Thomas’s work through exploring his BBC broadcasting, public readings and the famous commercial discs he made in America.

The following morning on Bank Holiday Monday, 5 May, Radio 3 begins a day dedicated to Thomas's poetry. Throughout the day, Radio 3 will be broadcasting one of Thomas's poems every hour, including archive recordings from the poet himself alongside new readings and other activities to be announced in due course.

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Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston to star in new BBC Radio 3 drama of Antony And Cleopatra for Shakespeare’s Birthday: Sunday 20 April

Actors Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston will be cast as Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra in a special production directed by BBC Radio drama’s Alison Hindell for BBC Radio 3 to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

Commenting on the announcement, Kenneth Branagh said: "I'm so happy to be teamed again with Alison Hindell, whose brilliant production of Life And Fate was one of the great pleasures of my work in radio. I'm also excited to be reunited with Alex Kingston after our hugely rewarding partnership in Macbeth on stage. To play another pair of Shakespeare's great couples, and for a personally beloved medium, is a privilege."

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BBC Radio 3 to teach production techniques as part of Southbank Centre Residency: 15-31 March

BBC Radio 3 and Southbank Centre’s Learning and Participation team will be training the next generation of radio makers as part of a groundbreaking partnership from Saturday 15 March to Monday 31 March. The residency will also see a pop-up studio built in Royal Festival Hall, where the public will be able to witness daily live broadcasts and learn about the art of broadcasting. BBC Radio 3 will bring an array of its regular programmes to Southbank Centre, as well as live concert broadcasts and participatory projects unlocking the mysteries of radio.

For the length of the residency, Behind the Microphone is an initiative which will aim to address burning questions about how radio is made. Visitors and listeners will be invited to the pop-up studio where someone from BBC Radio 3 will be on hand to answer queries ranging from broadcasting technique through to advice on the rest of the Radio 3 residency.

From the Concert Hall to Your Radio: Sunday 23 March, 3pm – 4pm, Saturday 29 March, 2pm-3pm. BBC Radio 3’s programme of live broadcasts brings world-class music and the ambience of the concert hall to thousands of listeners’ homes every year. The public will be invited to join BBC technicians for a free talk explaining the process of live broadcast and including a look at the complexity of recording the organ.

BBC Radio 3 Invitation Concert - New Generation Artists: Sunday 23 March, 7.30pm. Featuring members of BBC Radio 3’s international showcase scheme for the very best of young musical talent, including the Apollon Musagete Quartet playing Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet. Plus free Friday Lunch performances from clarinettist Mark Simpson (21 March, 1pm) and saxophonist Trish Clowes (28 March, 1pm).

Mix Your Own Multitrack with Radio 3 at Royal Festival Hall. BBC Radio 3 will be offering the chance for budding engineers to mix their own multitrack with BBC sound engineers. This opportunity for one-to-one tuition puts the public in charge of the mixing desk. More details will be available on both Radio 3’s and Southbank Centre's websites.

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Hear and Now: Composers Rooms: Wednesday 5 March

On Radio 3’s weekly contemporary music programme Hear and Now (Saturdays at 10pm) Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents Composers’ Rooms, a major new series of conversations with composers in their workspaces. Sara will be visiting the garden studios of Harrison Birtwistle and Gavin Bryars, the experimental studios of Dai Fujikura, Matthew Herbert and Kaffe Matthews, and the homes of George Benjamin, Tansy Davies, James MacMillan, Anna Meredith and Judith Weir among others.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch says: “Everyone can imagine what an artist's studio or writer's room looks like, but we rarely think about the space where new music is written. When I've stepped foot inside a composers' room I've been struck by how they arrange their creative space – the objects they display, the position of a desk, the view from the window – and how it tells a story about them and their music. I’m thrilled to be bringing these rooms and their inhabitants alive for listeners of Hear & Now”.

Oliver Knussen, recorded at his Suffolk home: “I like to work in a nest. I like the idea of sitting at one’s desk and inventing and writing it down and contemplating and reacting to the way it looks”.

Fujikura, who works in a warehouse studio, says: “The act of composing is obviously deeply a part of composers' everyday life whether they like or not, and it is great that Hear and Now is focusing on the most intimate part of creation”.

Composers’ Rooms will also be available as a permanent collectable series of downloads via the Radio 3 website, along with photos and related content about the composers featured.---

BBC SSO concert featuring two premieres and James Macmillan’s first return to the Scottish podium in over a decade – Saturday 22 February

Hear and Now will broadcast a specially recorded concert from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James MacMillan. The concert marks the first time in over a decade that Scotland’s foremost composer took to the podium in his native country for a public concert. The programme features two World Premieres of works written early in his MacMillan’s career – The Keening and his Symphonic Study – alongside a number of his other works, and provides a fascinating overview of the composer and conductors life in music.

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Music And The Jews: Sunday 9-Sunday 23 March

Norman Lebrecht presents a three-part series about the complex relationship between music and Jewish identity. Spanning thousands of years, from King David and the creation of the Psalms, to composers writing today including Steve Reich and Robert Saxton, Norman uncovers a wealth of fascinating stories about the role music has played at some of the key points in Jewish history.

The acclaimed Ladino singer Yasmin Levy explains why music and memory became so intertwined when the Jews were expelled from Spain at the end of the 15th century, and rabbi Shlomo Levin tells the amazing story of how a marching tune sung by Napoleon and his troops in 1812 became a integral part of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people.

In programme two we hear from some of the most successful women singing in Israel – and indeed on the world stage – today, including Myriam Fuks and Achinoam Nini, and Norman looks at why Jewish women have had such a huge impact on music over the past half century.

Programme three takes as its starting point the moment at which the Jews were finally able to enter the Western classical music tradition in a professional capacity, and Norman investigates the idea of a “Jewish thumbprint” in the music of Mendelssohn and others. Leading Israeli composer Noam Sheriff and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas talk about why Mahler’s Jewishness speaks so strongly to them through his symphonies, and Michael Grade explains how the Jewish art of being one step ahead impacted so strongly on the entertainment industry in the 20th century.

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Essays on Forgiveness – Week of 22 February

At the end of February, BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, 10:45pm Tuesday – Friday 22 February, will look at Forgiveness in a series of daily essays by (in order) Madeleine Bunting, Mark Vernon, Baroness Julia Neuberger, Dr David Starkey and Michael Symmons Roberts. The series explores topics ranging from what Forgiveness is, what Forgiveness most definitely isn't or shouldn't be (but often is), and how to ‘do’ forgiveness.

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Concert Highlights

Live In Concert

Radio 3 Live In Concert continues its unique offer of a live broadcast of orchestral, choral, chamber or instrumental music every night (Saturdays and Mondays are shared with Opera On 3). The concerts come from venues across the length and breadth of the UK and Radio 3 is able to reflect an extraordinarily rich range of musical activity week by week.

This week Radio 3 broadcasts the LSO at the Barbican – joining the Association of British Orchestras at its annual Conference – and returns to the LSO a few days later for the premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 10th Symphony. In February, highlights include the final concert of a Richard Strauss focus with the Manchester Camerata. Celebrity recitalists include soprano Soile Isokoski and pianist Yuja Wang.

March is notable for the two-week Radio 3 Residency at London’s Southbank Centre, and also includes a visit from the Vienna Tonkunstler to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and a 50th anniversary concert for Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir at King’s College, Cambridge.

In April there Mahler from the LSO and Daniele Gatti in April, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra comes to the Barbican with Mariss Jansons. Sir Andrew Davis returns to the BBC SO for Elgar’s The Apostles and there is a chance to hear the National Youth Orchestra – some of the UK’s finest young orchestral musicians – tackling challenging works by Tom Adès and Richard Strauss.

May sees the start of festival season, with visits to the Newbury Spring Festival, Lufthansa Festival, Bath Festival and the English Music Festival. Meanwhile, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the OAE in Haydn’s The Creation, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra plays the four Brahms Symphonies with Kiril Karabits, and Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s epic opera, Gawain, is given in a concert performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

Bernard Haitkink brings the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to the Barbican in June, and Thomas Zehetmair says goodbye to the Royal Northern Sinfonia as he steps down as Music Director. And Live In Concert continues to visit the UK’s music festivals, from Spitalfields to Aldeburgh to Orkney.

Then in July it’s the turn of the East Neuk, City of London, Cheltenham and York Festivals to round off the live broadcast season, before Live In Concert takes up residence at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC’s own summer of live music making at the BBC Proms from the 18 July.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival on Radio 3: Saturday 12 April

Alyn Shipton will present Jazz Record Requests from the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at 11am on Saturday 5 April at The Sage, Gateshead. Special guests Jason Yarde and Andrew McCormack will discuss their own favourites and play some live requests. There is also the opportunity for the audience to submit requests in advance by emailing jazz.record.requests@bbc.co.uk or by post to Jazz Record Requests, BBC Radio 3, Broadcasting House, London, W1A 1 AA. The programme will be broadcast on Saturday 12 April at 5pm.

Opera On 3

While Radio 3 broadcasts the Winter/Spring radio series from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, BBC production teams will be recording operas around the UK which include important productions of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek based on Steven Berkoff’s play, as powerful now as it was when first performed a quarter century ago; a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with an international cast at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; and English National Opera’s new production of Handel’s Rodelinda.

Also in Opera on 3 Radio 3 will continue its Richard Strauss celebrations in this the 150th anniversary year of his birth with possibly his most popular opera Der Rosenkavalier live from the Met, Arabella also from the Met and from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden a new production of Die Frau Ohne Schatten (the Woman without a Shadow) and a revival of Ariadne auf Naxos, all contributing to Radio 3’s complete Strauss opera series in 2014 and each having a related Radio 3 Opera Guide available as a download.

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Notes to Editors

Highlights from the Live In Concert Schedule, January to July 2014:

January

30 ABO Conference Concert: LSO/Pappano at the Barbican

February

2 Premiere of Maxwell Davies Symphony No.10: LSO/Pappano at the Barbican

7 Mahler’s 9th Symphony: BBC NOW/Sondergard at St David’s Hall , Cardiff

11 Celebrity Recital: Soile Isokoski at the Wigmore Hall

16 Celebrity Recital: Yuja Wang at the Barbican

22 Finale of the Richard Strauss Series in Manchester: Manchester Camerata/Takacs-Nagy at Bridgewater Hall

26 Bruckner’s 2nd Symphony: LPO/Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall

March

2 Visiting orchestra: Vienna Tonkunstler/Orozco-Estrada at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

4 Celebrity Recital: Leif Ove Andsnes at the Barbican

5 Monteverdi Vespers: John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir 50th anniversary performance at King’s College, Cambridge

10 Commonwealth Day Concert: BBC SSO/Macmillan at City Halls, Glasgow

15-31 Radio 3 Southbank Residency: live concerts every day

April

4 Visiting orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansens at the Barbican

6 Commonwealth Day Concert: BBC SSO/Macmillan at National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai

12 Elgar’s The Apostles: BBC SO/Davis at the Barbican

19 Young Artists Showcase: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Roth at the Royal Festival Hall

27 Mahler’s 7th Symphony: LSO/Gatti at the Barbican

May

6 Haydn’s The Creation: OAE/Rattle at the Queen Elisabeth Hall

7+8 Complete Brahms Symphonies: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Karabits at The Lighthouse, Poole

13 Newbury Spring Festival: Yevgeny Sudbin recital at the Corn Exchange, Newbury

16 Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain: BBC SO/Brabbins at the Barbican

17 Lufthansa Festival: Arte dei Suonatori/Podger at St John’s Smith Square

18 BBC Young Musician of the Year: Final at Usher Hall, Edniburgh

20 Bath Festival: Gould Piano Trio at the Guildhall, Bath

23 English Music Festival: BBC CO/Yates at Dorchester Abbey

June

5 Visiting orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Haitink at the Barbican

6 Spitalfields Festival: OAE/Howarth at Christ Church Spitalfields

11 Farewell Concert: Thomas Zehetmair ends his term as Music Director of the Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead

14 Aldeburgh Festival: Richard Goode piano recital at Snape Maltings

22 Celebrity Recital: Alice Coote and Christian Blackshaw at Wigmore Hall

25 Orkney Festival: BBC SSO/Dausgaard at St Magnus Cathedral

July

East Neuk Festival: Sean Shibe ‘Celebrating Julian Bream’ at Largo and Newburn

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1 City of London Festival: LSO/Harding at St Paul’s Cathedral

2 Cheltenham Festival: John Wilson and his Orchestra ‘Celebrating Sinatra’

11 York Early Music Festival: Hesperion XXI and Jordi Savall at the University of York

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Highlights from the Opera Schedule February - July

Mon 3 February at 6pm – PUCCINI – MADAME BUTTERFLY from The Met

Amanda Echalaz and Bryan Hymel with the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Philippe Auguin

Mon 10 February at 7.30pm – DVORAK – RUSALKA from The Met

Renée Fleming, Piotr Beczala and Dolora Zajick with the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Seguin

Mon 17 February at 7.30pm – TURNAGE – GREEK from the ROH

Marcus Farnsworth, Sally Silver, Louise Winter and Gwion Thomas with the Music Theatre Wales Ensemble, conducted by Michael Rafferty

Mon 24 February at 7.30pm – STRAUSS – DER ROSENKAVALIER from The Met

Alice Coote, Martina Serafin and Peter Rose with the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner

Sat 1 March at 5pm – BORODIN – PRINCE IGOR Live from The Met

Ildar Abdrazakov, Oksana Dyka and Mikhail Petrenko with the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda

Mon 3 March at 7.15pm – MOZART – DON GIOVANNI from the ROH

Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito, Malin Bystrom and Veronique Gens with the Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Nicola Luisotti

Sat 8 March at 5.50pm – HANDEL – RODELINDA Live from ENO

Rebecca Evans, Iestyn Davies, John Mark Ainsley and Susan Bickley with the English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Christian Curnyn

Sat 29 March at 5.45pm – STRAUSS – DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN Live from the ROH

Johan Botha, Johan Reuter and Emily Magee with the Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Semyon Bychkov

Sat 5 April at 7.15pm – CAVALLI – L’ORMINDO Live from The Globe Theatre, London

Samuel Boden, James Laing and Joelle Harvey with the Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Christian Curnyn

Sat 12 April at 6pm - GIORDANO - ANDREA CHENIER Live from The Met

Patricia Racette and Marcelo Alvarez with the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda

Mon 14 April at 6.45pm – GOUNOD - FAUST Live from the ROH

Joseph Calleja, Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside with the Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Maurizio Benini

Mon 21 April – STRAUSS – ARABELLA from The Met

Malin Bystrom, Michael Volle and Genia Kuhmeier with the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Philippe Auguin

Sat 26 April at 6pm – MOZART - COSI FAN TUTTE Live from The Met

Isabel Leonard, Susanna Phillips, Danielle de Niese and Matthew Polenzani the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by James Levine

Sat 3 May at 6pm – BELLINI – I PURITANI Live from The Met

Olga Peretyatko, Lawrence Brownlee, Mariusz Kwiecien and Michele Pertusi the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Michele Mariotti

Sat 10 May at 6pm – ROSSINI – LA CENERENTOLA Live from The Met

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez with the Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Luisi

Mon 19 May at 7.30pm – PUCCINI - La FANCIULLA DEL WEST from Vienna State Opera

Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann with the Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser-Most

Mon 26 May at 7.30pm – JULIAN ANDERSON – World Premiere of THEBANS from ENO

Roland Wood, Susan Bickley and Peter Hoare with the English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner

Mon 2 June – TBC

Sat 7 June at 6.45pm – POULENC – DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES Live from the ROH

Sally Matthews, Emma Bell and Sophie Koch with the Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle

Mon 16 June at 7.30pm – SCHOENBERG – MOSES AND ARON from WNO

John Tomlinson and Rainer Trost with the Welsh National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Lothar Koenigs

Mon 23 June at 7.30pm – BERLIOZ – BENVENUTO CELLINI from ENO

Michael Spyres, Corinne Winters and Willard White with the English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner

Tues 1 July at 6.45pm – PUCCINI – MANON LESCAUT Live from the ROH

Kristine Opolais, Jonas Kaufmann and Christopher Maltman with the Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Antonio Pappano

Mon 7 July at 7.30pm – HENZE – BOULEVARD SOLITUDE

Sarah Tynan, Benjamin Bevan and Jason Bridges with the the Welsh National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Lothar Koenigs

Sat 12 July Time tbc – STRAUSS - ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

Karita Mattila, Roberto Sacca and Jane Archibald with the Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Antonio Pappano

Mon 14 July at 7.15pm – DONIZETTI – MARIA STUARDA Live from the ROH

Joyce DiDonato, Carmen Giannattasio and Matthew Rose with the Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Bertrand de Billy