The BFI Southbank is the location for a mini-operafest in April with its programming strand Broadcasting the Arts: Opera on TV.
Examining the way that television has covered opera over the years, it will include both individual opera productions and arts documentaries.
Unfortunately it looks for the most part like a wasted opportunity. The focus is firmly on ancient stagings, with no room for the groundbreaking likes of Channel 4's The Death of Klinghoffer or Powder her Face. However look closely and you may just find something that isn't available on YouTube.
The full programme is:
- Callas Sings Tosca + The Southbank Show: Maria Callas Mar 31, 2014 6:00 PM
- The Tragedy of Carmen Apr 7, 2014 5:50 PM
- Don Carlo at Covent Garden Apr 12, 2014 3:45 PM
- The Magic Flute Apr 14, 2014 5:30 PM
- Tobias & the Angel + Parade – All the King's Men Apr 16, 2014 6:15 PM
- The Mikado + Source of Innocent Merriment Apr 18, 2014 2:45 PM
- Julius Caesar Apr 25, 2014 7:00 PM
- The Lively Arts: Orpheus in the Underground + Monitor: Italian Opera Company Apr 30, 2014 6:15 PM
Tickets for all go on sale from 11:30 on 11 March.