UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned Reef Television to produce the two-part series exploring the history of the opera in Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera.
Host Lucy Worsley, historian and chief curator, Historic Royal Palaces, in these (2×60) films will explore various important operas against the backdrop of the cities in which they were premiered.
The commission forms the focal point of a wider examination of opera and the role music plays in key historical moments, said the BBC, in a statement. These programs across BBC Television and Radio in fall 2017 coincide with the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new exhibition in collaboration with the Royal Opera House: Opera: Passion, Power & Politics. Sir Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, will also play a key role in the series explaining the music from the operas featured.
Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera (working title) was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning, BBC Music Television and Patrick Holland, BBC2 channel editor. The series will be directed by Guy Evans who made The Secrets of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with Ian Hislop for BBC2 in 2016. Executive producers are Elizabeth Hartford and Ben Weston, Reef Television’s heads of factual.
“Lucy Worsley has become one of UK’s most popular storytellers,” said Younghusband, in a statement. “Along with Sir Antonio Pappano, we really couldn’t have a better team to celebrate and unpack the stories behind the origins of all the great opera tunes we love, and their context in wider history for a mainstream audience. We are delighted that this series marks an extension of the BBCs long-running relationship with the Royal Opera House, bringing the best of opera and ballet to television.”