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…