BBC Two broadcast for The Minotaur

BBC – Press Office – BBC Two to broadcast world premiere of The Minotaur

BBC Two is to broadcast the world premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur from the Royal Opera House, London, offering opera lovers across the UK the chance to see this critically-acclaimed opera.

It is the second opera commissioned from Sir Harrison Birtwistle by the Royal Opera and was recorded at Covent Garden in April for the Royal Opera House.

Roly Keating, Controller, BBC Two, said: “Any new work from Harrison Birtwistle is a bit of an event but the acclaim that greeted The Minotaur instantly marked it out as something special. It’s fantastic to be able to bring it to a television audience so soon after its world premiere.”

The Minotaur will be broadcast on Saturday 7 June 2008; the first act starts at 7.35pm and finishes at 9.00pm and the second runs from 9.40pm until 10.35pm.

Update: I’ve just discovered that the ‘interval talk’ between the two halves of the Minotaur broadcast will be … Have I Got News For You. What a bizarre bit of scheduling that is. Takes me back to the bad old days of ITV inserting the News At Ten halfway through their Friday night film. Still, better than footage of John Tomlinson mucking around on Facebook I suppose…

4 thoughts on “BBC Two broadcast for The Minotaur

  1. Alright you UK bootleggers, get on it, rip it to the file theft services ASAP.

    Can’t wait to hear it on Saturday on BBC 3, thanks for the heads up!

  2. I’m guessing, based on Keating’s comments and the relative lack of advance publicity, that The Minotaur was something of a last-minute addition to the schedules, and Have I Got News For You was already in there.

    And to back this up, one of the Sunday papers last weekend had most of the BBC2 Saturday schedule blanked out with ‘To Be Announced’ – with ‘Have I Got News For You’ the only thing confirmed.

    Great news, though.

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