BBC broadcasts reopening concert at Royal Opera House


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Covent Garden site has been closed since March 17

The BBC is scheduled to air the Royal Opera House’s first post-foreclosure performance on TV and radio later this month.

The concert, which will take place without an audience, is scheduled for June 13, led by the venue’s musical director, Antonio Pappano.

He will present a dance premiere by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet, as well as music by Britten, Handel and Butterworth.

Radio 3 will air the show on June 15, with TV clips later this month.

Like all cultural venues in the UK, the Opera closed in March when the government banned gatherings to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Since then, hall revenue has dropped 60%, said general manager Alex Beard last month.

The reopening performance will also be free to watch on YouTube and Facebook, with subsequent concerts on June 20 and 27 available for live viewing and on demand for £ 4.99.

BBC coverage was announced by general manager Tony Hall as part of a series of cultural commissions.

Peter Capaldi will play Ludwig van Beethoven in a new drama on Radio 3 marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of the German composer, while BBC Four will present a “new major series” on his life.

A representation of his opera Fidelio, shot at the Royal Opera House before its closure, will also be shown.

The musical family of royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason will participate in a new BBC One film, which will culminate in a lockout concert from their home; while BBC Four will profile conductor Bernard Haitink for his 90th birthday.

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And with the summer music season on hold, a number of performances will be made available on iPlayer by operas that had to close their doors during the lockout.

Among them, Barber of Seville by Glyndebourne, Turn of the Screw and The Marriage of Figaro by Garsington, and a performance of La Traviata by Opera North filmed behind the scenes.

Lord Hall said the BBC would also expand its Culture In Quarantine program, with “unique projects focused on museums and galleries” and the release of archived concerts from the BBC’s vaults.

“The pandemic has had a serious impact on the UK’s creative industries, which, before the lock-up, were worth £ 100 billion a year,” said the managing director.

“The BBC wants to do everything it can to bring British creativity to the widest possible audience. That’s why we’re working with cultural organizations and artists to get there. “

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