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16.05.02

FACTUAL & ARTS TV
RADIO 3


BBC in new TV relationship with Glyndebourne


The BBC today announced a new television relationship with Glyndebourne which will include the live televising on BBC TWO of David McVicar's new production of Carmen on 17 August. With Anne Sofie von Otter in the title role, the production will also be relayed to a big screen in central London at Somerset House.


BBC Radio 3 is continuing its commitment to annual relays of festival productions which this year includes a live broadcast of the new production of Gluck's Iphigenie en Aulide on 8 June, a live broadcast of the new production of Weber's Euryanthe at Glyndebourne's annual visit to the BBC Proms on 12 August, and a recording of Carmen on 17 August for broadcast on 5 October.


The television productions will be co-productions between BBC Classical Music Television, Glyndebourne, BBC Worldwide and Opus Arte and will be distributed for television internationally and released on DVD.


This partnership adds to the overall commitment of BBC Classical Music to broadcasting opera across the BBC networks. With the launch of BBC FOUR, this year's opera coverage is greater than ever, with broadcasts from the Royal Opera House (The BBC and BBC Worldwide are in partnership with the Royal Opera House over a four year period with the commitment to televise at least two productions a year and to broadcast at least 12 operas each year on Radio 3), English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Birmingham Opera Company as well as working with the European Opera Centre on an innovative new animated version of The Cunning Little Vixen for transmission at Christmas 2002.


As well as the live transmission of Carmen, opera plans on BBC TWO over the next few months include the new film version of Tosca with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, The Cunning Little Vixen and early next year live transmissions of The Royal Opera's new productions of The Magic Flute and Madam Butterfly.


On BBC FOUR viewers will be able to see the following productions over the next few months: The Merry Widow from San Francisco Opera, Monteverdi's Orfeo from Barcelona's Teatro del Liceu, The Marriage of Figaro from the Met in New York, Siegfried from Scottish Opera, Il Trovatore and Sophie's Choice from the Royal Opera House. Sophie's Choice, Nicholas Maw's new opera, is a BBC Radio 3 commission with the Royal Opera House.


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