Behind the Curtain: A Royal Opera House special with Wynne Evans

Bank Holiday Monday 26 May 2014, 8pm-10pm

Wynne Evans Roberto Alagna Royal Opera House

Tenor and broadcaster Wynne Evans gets exclusive access behind the scenes at one of the world's greatest opera houses, talking to key players including superstar tenor Roberto Alagna, and opera's golden couple Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez. 

In a Classic FM special for Bank Holiday Monday, Wynne takes us on a personal backstage tour of the Royal Opera House where he speaks to key members of staff.

They include the Head Armourer, the Wig and Make-up Technician, and even the Opera Footwear Supervisor to discover just what it takes to create the unique Covent Garden experience. 

And there are plenty of singers to meet also including a dressing room visit to superstar tenor Roberto Alagna; a meeting with opera's latest golden couple, Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello; chats with chorus members Neil Gillespie and Emma Smith; and Rachel Kelly, a Mezzo-soprano on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

Over the course of the programme, there will also be music from many of the world's best-loved operas, including favourites by Puccini, Verdi and Rossini, as well as uncovering the stories behind some of the operas that are particularly associated with this iconic venue.

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