Preloader Operavision
Nadja Michael as Salome in Salome, Royal Opera House, 2008 © Robbie Jack – Corbis/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images

#OperaPassion Day

A live celebration of opera’s raw emotive power

Eight opera companies from the UK celebrate the power and emotion of opera in an eight hour live stream.

The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera in partnership with BBC Arts and the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London are coming together to celebrate the emotion and power of opera across the UK - and beyond. The event coincides with the V&A’s major exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics - a spectacular and vivid journey through 400 years of operatic and European history - which runs from 30 September 2017 until 25 February 2018.

Through 8 hours of live stream, you can enjoy interviews, archive, innovative technology and exclusive performances, through which the UK opera companies will take you behind the scenes to explore and demystify opera. A live celebration of opera’s raw emotive power to engage diverse audiences.

Operavision Royal Opera House

12h30 CET | Back stage at Covent Garden


Royal Opera House, London


Special access into the work of the Royal Opera House in London, including insights into the life of an opera singer, live rehearsal access and a special feature on sword fighting.


14:15 CET | Opera Experiment 1

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

How loud is an opera singer?  Singers from the Royal Northern College of Music and scientist from the University of Salford put the operatic voice to the test.


14:00 CET | Opera North, Leeds

A 30 minute performance offering opera’s best arias and duets in a nutshell.
John Savournin | Narrator
Elin Pritchard | Soprano
Milo Harries | Baritone
Miloš Milivojević | Accordion


15:45 CET | Opera Experiment 2

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

Can a soprano shatter a glass?


16:30 CET | Lesley Garrett, soprano

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London

Interview and performance by Lesley Garrett of the Song to the Moon from Dvořák’s Rusalka.


18:00 CET | Così fan Tutte in rehearsal

Opera Northern Ireland, Belfast

It’s the first week of rehearsals at Grand Opera House, Belfast for Così fan Tutte, which opens on 17 November. Follow interviews with conductor Nicholas Chalmers, first time opera director Adele Thomas and the cast.


18:30 CET | Opera Experiment 3

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

How do our bodies respond to an aria? Can we measure the physical response of our bodies as we respond emotionally to different arias?


20:30 CET | Singing with the Royal Opera Chorus

St Pancras Station, London

Enjoy the fabulous might of the Anvil Chorus from Verdi’s Il trovatore, and the beautiful Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, sung by soprano soloist Sarah-Jane Lewis and members of the Royal Opera Chorus, led by Chorus Director William Spaulding. The chorus will invite members of the public to sing-along with them beside the station’s iconic statue of Sir John Betjeman.