Broadcast highlights

Our pick of the week's classical music programmes on TV and radio


Radio highlights


Performance on 3
Wednesday 1 July, 7pm
In a concert given at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and a cast of soloists perform Lost in the Stars, Kurt Weill’s last stage work. Completed in 1949, it is a musical which aspires to the condition of serious opera. It was based on the famous novel by Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country, a dramatic tale of social struggles in South Africa in the years before apartheid.

Afternoon on 3
Thursday 2 July, 2.25pm
Next up in Radio 3’s complete cycle of Handel operas is a performance of Poro, re dell’Inde, premiered in 1731. As Alexander the Great forges his way into India defeating all in his path, Poro – his latest victim – considers taking his own life for the first of several times in the opera. He is only saved by his love for Queen Cleofide, and thus ensues a tale of deception, lust, jealousy and great intrigue. Presented by Penny Gore, this performance stars countertenor William Towers as Poro.

Opera on 3
Saturday 4 July, 6pm
In this rare outing for Alban Berg’s Lulu, director Christof Loy throws light on the dark psychological corners of a disturbing tale. Agnet Eichenholz plays the title role in a tragic story about a woman who destroys all who come within her orbit. Lulu’s journey takes her from society darling of the glittering salons of Vienna and Paris, to the pitiful squalor of prostitution in East End London, the victim of Jack the Ripper. From the Royal Opera House, London.

TV highlights

Summer-night concert from Vienna
Friday 3 July, 7.30pm
From the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace, Katie Derham introduces the Vienna Philharmonic’s spectacular summer-night concert. Daniel Barenboim conducts a programme on the theme of ‘night’, including Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Musorgky’s Night on Bare Mountain and Johann Strauss’s Thousand and One Nights. The evening ends with a encores and a firework finale.


Wagner: Das Rheingold
Wednesday 1 July, 8pm
As part of the SkyArts Wagner season, the Barcelona-based La Fura dels Baus performs Das Rheingold, the first part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Conducted by Zubin Mehta, this production blends music, dance, acrobatics and technology and stars tenors Germán Villar and John Daszak, bass Ilya Bannik and bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo.