On the 19 October, Radio 3 will give listeners the opportunity to vote for one of four operas they would most like to hear broadcast in full that evening as part of #OperaPassion day, all in specially recorded performances from the Royal Opera House.

The station has announced four passionate opera advocates who will each champion one of the works on the airwaves and online, convincing audiences to vote online for their chosen work.

The operas and their advocates are:
Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman - Stephen Fry, Actor, Presenter and Writer: ‘You’ll get swept up…inside the world of music and inside the beautiful redemption by love.’

Puccini’s Tosca - Harriet Harman, MP: ‘This is entertainment, this is music, this is drama in primary colours.’

Mozart’s The Magic Flute - Shelley von Strunckel, Astrologer: ‘Flute’ takes you to magic places.’

Gounod’s Faust - James Naughtie, Radio Presenter and Writer: ‘Gounod infuses the old story with a French passion that really has been alluring to audiences for 150 years.’

#OperaPassion day is an unprecedented day of live streaming involving major cultural institutions and leading opera companies across the UK, with the aim of coming together to showcase the very best of UK opera, establish a nationwide creative network and bring opera to new audiences. This is part of the BBC Opera Season, a season of programming featuring new films, documentaries, performances and special projects across BBC Two, BBC Four, Radio 3 and BBC Arts Digital.

Voting opened on Wednesday 11 October, with the winning opera announced on BBC Radio 3’s drive time programme In Tune on Thursday 19 October, broadcast live from the Victoria and Albert Museum.


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