BBC Arts Digital is working with eight leading UK opera companies and major cultural institutions for an unprecedented day of live streaming on 19th October - #OperaPassion Day, part of the BBC’s Opera Season this autumn.

A wealth of talent including opera star Lesley Garrett, SB.TV Founder Jamal Edwards, spoken word artist George The Poet, singers Be Charlotte and Caral J.Easton and BBC Presenters Katie Derham, Nihal Arthanayake (DJ Nihal) and Lindsey Chapman are involved in the day.

Partners include the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera as well as the V&A, BBC Radio 3, Tomorrow’s World and Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry. The day is supported by the British Council, BBC Tomorrow’s World, Radio 3, BBC Connected Studio, Radio Ulster and the newly launched OperaVision platform (www.operavision.eu).

The online live streams will transport audiences to every corner of the UK during #OperaPassion Day with insights from inside the company’s theatres and tour. Through interview, archive, innovative technology and exclusive performances, the companies will take you behind the scenes to explore and demystify opera in a celebration of its raw emotive power and engaging an ever-wider audience for opera.

Highlights include:
- BBC Arts Digital and Tomorrow’s World perform live experiments from Manchester Museum of Science and Industry exploring the science of opera to find out if a soprano really can shatter glass with the power of her voice.
- Jamal Edwards, founder of SB.TV brings his digital music expertise to a new genre: opera as part of English National Opera’s live presenting team.
- Opera star Lesley Garrett performs live from the V&A to celebrate major exhibition Opera: Passion, Power & Politics.
- Scottish Opera in collaboration with award-winning singer Be Charlotte and lead singer of TeenCanteen Carla J. Easton present the premiere of operatic re-workings of their songs One Drop and Impossible Stuff.
- Spoken word artist and musician George the Poet shares his first impressions of opera with the Royal Opera House.
- Actor Samuel West, star of Howard’s End and The Hollow Crown, and who played an acclaimed Hamlet for the RSC, joins Glyndebourne to discuss their new opera of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
- Welsh National Opera working with BBC Connected Studio to present a masterclass using Facebook 360 placing the audience in the centre of a rehearsal.
- The V&A and The Royal Opera present a performance of some of Verdi’s best loved operatic choruses live from St Pancras International, performed by the Royal Opera Chorus.

#OperaPassion Day will conclude on BBC Radio 3, where listeners will be treated to a broadcast in full of one of four operas they’ve been invited to vote for over the past week, in an all-star recording from the Royal Opera HouseFurther Radio 3 activity on #OperaPassion day includes an In Tune live OB from the V&A.

#OperaPassion Day is part of the wider BBC Opera Season which features new films, documentaries, performances and special projects across BBC Two, BBC Four, Radio 3 and BBC Arts Digital.

The day will be available to watch live and in full at http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts

1100 Join BBC Presenter Katie Derham and Curator Kate Bailey at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for a walk around the landmark exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics
1115 From Manchester’s Museum of Science and Technology, the BBC Tomorrow’s World team perform a live experiment to find out just how loud an opera singer can sing.
1130 Nihal Arthanayake discusses the joy of opera from the Royal Opera House with guests including George the Poet, sword fighting, tap dancing noses and a live masterclass from the stage.
1230 At Glyndebourne, Alexandra Coghlan explores how music can enhance words, illustrated by extracts from Brett Dean’s operatic version of Hamlet, which premiered at the Sussex opera house earlier this year, and Shakespeare’s unadorned words performed by Samuel West.
1300 Opera North present Opera in a Nutshell, live from Dock 29 in Leeds, featuring extracts from Tosca, Carmen, The Magic Flute and La Traviata plus music by Bernstein, Lehar, Ravel and Gounod.
1345 In their second experiment of the day Tomorrow’s World find out whether an operatic soprano really can shatter glass using just her voice.
1400 From Bowmore on Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Scottish Opera presents live performances of arias from The Pearl Fishers, The Coronation of Poppea and The Gondoliers.
1430 We return to the V&A to chat to one of the UK’s favourite sopranos, Lesley Garrett, and see her exclusive performance of the enchanting Song to the Moon from Dvorak’s opera Rusalka.
1445 Welsh National Opera with Connected Studio presents a Facebook 360 broadcast with spatial sound placing the audience in the centre of a special music rehearsal. There will also be an opportunity for audiences to put their questions to the chorus master and chorus
1500 Tim Yealland, ETO Head of Education and director and librettist of ETO’s work with young people, will introduce a South London primary school, who will perform a song from Bessie’s Wings, a new opera devised by ETO and an excerpt from a new production of Rameau's rare classic, Dardanus filmed in 360 degrees.
1545 Live from the Teatro Real in Madrid, General Director Ignacio García-Belenguer explains how he’s opening up Spain’s leading opera house to new and younger audiences.
1600 BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show, presented by Marie-Louise Muir, goes behind the scenes of Northern Ireland Opera’s production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Belfast’s Grand Opera House to see how opera has become a vital part of the city’s cultural make-up.
1630 Tomorrow’s World’s final experiment aims to reveal how the human body responds to live opera. Volunteers from the audience will be wired up while a soprano and a baritone sing two different arias and the team analyse the results.
1645 Joan Matabosch, Artistic Director of Madrid’s Teatro Real, marks the theatre’s 200th anniversary by discussing its past achievements, contemporary challenges and the future of opera.
1700 Backstage at the London Coliseum, Jamal Edwards, founder of SB.TV, joins English National Opera singers Eleanor Dennis and David Webb to meet the breadth of artistic talent involved in their performance of Aida that evening.
1805 A live Touch Tour of WNO’s Die Fledermaus set from the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. A tool used to allow visually impaired audiences to feel and examine some of the elements of the set, props and costumes.
1830 To round off this operatic marathon, members of the Royal Opera Chorus perform the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore, the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana and Va Pensiero from Nabucco, live at St. Pancras Station in London.


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