This summer Gianandrea Noseda, who's been Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic since September 2002, hands over the baton to Juanjo Mena. Noseda will return in future as Conductor Laureate, but as a climax to his tenure in the top job he conducted a concert performance at the Bridgewater Hall of Verdi's last great tragedy, 'Otello' - and you can hear it as this week's Thursday Opera Matinee.
Verdi's brooding Shakespearean masterpiece is sung by a world-class line up of soloists, led by American tenor Clifton Forbis in the title role and the Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli as his wife Desdemona. Their nemesis Iago is sung by the Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli.
From Monday 11 July, Afternoon on 3 will broadcast a week of programmes celebrating Gianandrea Noseda's work with the BBC Philharmonic.