As part of BBC’s upcoming opera season, two documentaries will explore the past and present of the musical genre.
In BBC2 and Reef Television’s Lucy Worsley’s Night At The Opera, historian Lucy Worsley (pictured) travels to European cities where some of the most famous operas were written.
In the two-part series, Worsley tells the stories of the operas’ composers, and examines how they often reflected the turbulent times in which they were written. Adding insight to Worsley’s investigation is Sir Antonio Pappano, music director of London’s Royal Opera House.
Lucy Worsley’s Night At The Opera premieres Oct. 14 on BBC2.
Also on tap at the BBC is Jonas Kaufmann Tenor For the Ages, a new film from John Bridcut that gives audiences access to one of operas most famed stars.
Produced by Crux Productions, the one-off program follows German tenor Jonas Kaufmann for the last two years on and off the stage. The film captures the singer when his schedule is disrupted due to vocal injury, as well as his recent return to the stage.
Kaufmann is filmed working with the Royal Opera’s music director Sir Antonio Pappano, and the production’s stage director Keith Warner. The tenor talks about his earlier cancellations, about what keeps him going during a run of performances and the challenges of being famous.
Jonas Kaufmann Tenor For The Ages premieres Oct. 15 on BBC4.