ON Sunday October 15th BBC4 are broadcasting the recent Otello from the ROH which was the debut of Kaufman in the title role. While he’s not quite the Otello of my dreams it should look and sound great on TV.
There will be a season of documentaries on TV and Radio to follow. Details are sketchy at present.
It’s had great reviews but the only person I know who’s seen it, wasn’t so impressed. I will go but my expectations aren’t that high. Opera exhibitions don’t seem to be able to capture any of the vibrancy and excitement of what is after all a performance art. At least it’s not just costumes and models of scenery, that’s been done to death. We’ll see.
Yesterday I stumbled upon this www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4CvzyxwvmXRPsRnm5tY0crc/watch-semele-from-garsington-opera on the BBC's website as part of their opera season. I haven't watched it yet but the production got reasonable reviews & I listened to & enjoyed the radio broadcast of it on R3 a few months ago. (Quite why the BBC are doing both a radio broadcast & a webcast of it I don't know.) Unfortunately the website doesn't seem to say anywhere how long it'll be available to watch.
Went to the V&A exhibition today and it's great. If you go, really allow some time (they recommended at least 70 minutes.) It's beautifully curated and ends with large screen showings of some key recent operas.
Yes, two hours should be good (we did it in a bit less than that) - just make sure you leave a good amount of time for the last room. That is the one where you can sit and there are huge surrounding screens showing excerpts from operas like 'Einstein on the Beach' or 'Written on the Skin.' Hope you enjoy it!