Opera on the BBC features newly-commissioned films, documentaries and performances on BBC TWO and BBC FOUR, which focus primarily on the world of Italian opera, BBC Radio 3 showcases productions from some of the world's greatest opera houses and BBC Radio 2 searches the UK for a new opera star with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Further programmes are planned for broadcast across TV and radio in the autumn.
Please note that broadcast dates and times may change.
BBC Radio 3 at 6pm - Britten's Billy Budd from Glyndebourne Festival Opera. With Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd), John Mark Ainsley (Capt. Vere), Phillip Ens (Claggart) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
BBC Radio 3 at 2pm - Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses from the International Baroque Opera Festival in Beaune. With Furio Zanasi (Ulisse) and Sara Mingardo (Penelope)
BBC Radio 3 at 6pm - Verdi's Rigoletto from Welsh National Opera, with Simon Keenlyside (Rigoletto), Gwyn Hughes Jones (Duke of Mantua), Sarah Coburn (Gilda), Leah-Marian Jones (Maddalena), and the Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Oera, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado
BBC Radio 3 Oct at 6pm - Wagner's Lohengrin from the Bayreuth Festival, with Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin), Annette Dasch (Elsa), Georg Zeppenfeld (King Henry), Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (Telramund), Evelyn Herlitzius (Ortrud), conducted by Andris Nelsons.