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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 05 June 2010

Tom Service presents a Music Matters Opera Special.

The Panel:
John Mark Ainsley - tenor
John Fisher - chief executive of Welsh National Opera
Nicholas Payne - director of Opera Europa
Penny Woolcock - film and opera director

With contributions from Joyce DiDonato, Stephen Fry, A.C Grayling, David Pountney and Jonathan Dove.

  • Music Matters - Opera Special

    Music Matters - Opera Special

    On Music Matters this week, as part of Opera on the BBC, Tom Service is joined by a distinguished panel of artists and experts to discuss the wide-ranging issues currently facing the world of opera.

    Why should our opera houses get the state subsidies they do? How do they justify this expense – and are they dealing sufficiently responsibly with that funding? Are there enough new operas being performed? Are the many productions directed by film, theatre directors and actors really the future? And what does opera outside the opera house mean – Birmingham Opera Company’s productions in disused warehouses and factories, or the many community projects around the country? How can the art-form shake off its supposedly elitist image – and does the opera world actually want it to? How is Britain doing in the international scheme of things? And what’s the future for this infuriating, expensive, revelatory, life-changing art-form?

    John Fisher, Chief Executive of Welsh National Opera, tenor John Mark Ainsley, director Penny Woolcock and Nicholas Payne, director of Opera Europa, join Tom to debate the issues and answer the questions, including some posed by Music Matters own listeners.

    Plus some thought provoking insights from philosopher AC Grayling, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, composer Jonathan Dove, director David Pountney and actor Stephen Fry.

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  • Tom Service; John Fisher; John Mark Ainsley; Penny Woolcock; Nicholas Payne

    Tom Service; John Fisher; John Mark Ainsley; Penny Woolcock; Nicholas Payne


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