Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Radio 3 announces opera vote

5:23, 11th October 2017

Radio 3 is giving listeners the opportunity to vote for one of four operas they would most like to hear broadcast in full on #OperaPassion day (19 October).

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

The opera which receives the most votes will be broadcast as a specially recorded performance from the Royal Opera House.

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 will feature live streaming from major cultural institutions and leading opera companies from the UK.

The day aims to showcase the very best of UK opera, establish a nationwide creative network and bring opera to new audiences.

It is part of the BBC Opera Season, which includes new films, documentaries, performances and special projects across BBC Two, BBC Four, Radio 3 and BBC Arts Digital.

Voting is now open, and the winning opera will be announced on In Tune on 19 October, live from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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