The week in broadcasts

We round up the best TV and radio classical music broadcasts of the coming week


What: Opera on 3 from the Met - Madama Butterfly
When: Saturday 3 March, 6.30-10.15pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

The Metropolitan Opera perform Puccini's enigmatic Madama Butterfly, with Ermonela Jaho singing the part of the tragic butterfly Cio-Cio-San and Roberto Aronica as Pinkerton, the man who breaks her heart. Also leading the cast are Maria Zifchak and Roberto Frontali. 


What: Radio 3 in Concert - Barbara Hannigan and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
When: Sunday 4 March, 7.30-9pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Clemency Burton-Hill presents highlights from a concert given by Barbara Hannigan with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris, as both a singer and conductor. Flautist Thomas Prévost will perform Debussy's Syrinx to commence the concert.

Debussy Syrinx
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op. 4, vers. for string orchestra
Berg Lulu 
George Gershwin, arr. Bill Elliot Suite from Girl Crazy


What: Andrea Bocelli - Cinema
When: Monday 5 March, 7.05-9am
Where: Sky Arts

Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs classics from cult movies including The GodfatherDr Zhivago and Breakfast at Tiffany's.


What: Ella Fitzgerald
When: Monday 5 March, 7.30-8pm
Where: Sky Arts

In a 1965 performance of Ella Fitzgerald with the Tommy Flanagan Trio, with hits including Goody GoodyHere's That Rainy Day and Take the A Train.


What: La Traviata on Sydney Harbour
When: Tuesday 6 March, 6.45-9am
Where: Sky Arts

Verdi's La Traviata is performed by Opera Australia on a floating stage on Sydney Harbour, directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring Emma Matthews.


What: Radio 3 in Concert - International Women's Day
When: Thursday 8 March, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 are devoting an entire day of scheduling to celebrate International Women's Day. Fiona Talkington is presenting live from LSO St Luke's, where the BBC Concert Orchestra are performing works by five forgotten female composers, under the baton of Jane Glover. 

Florence B Price Concert Overture No. 2
Marianna Martines Two arias from Sant'Elena Oratorio
Augusta Holmès Allegro Feroce for Orchestra
Johanna Müller-Hermann Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
Leokadiya Kashperova Symphony


What: Radio 3 in Concert - Live from Sage Gateshead
When: Friday 9 March, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

In a live concert broadcast from Sage Gateshead, the Royal Northern Sinfonia perform works by Beethoven, Bruch and Mozart as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival. Julian Rachlin will join them as a conductor as well as playing the violin and viola. The Free Thinking Festival is a weekend of thought-provoking ideas, debate and music.

Beethoven Coriolan Overture
Mozart Violin Concerto in A
Bruch Romance in F, Op. 85
Mozart Symphony No. 36 'Linz'

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