Presented by Martin Handley
Piccard in Space - the world premiere of WIll Gregory's spectacular balloon operatic adventure.
Will Gregory's debut opera, written to a libretto by Hattie Naylor, is a classic adventure about the brilliant physicist, Auguste Piccard.
On a mission to prove Einstein's Theory of Relativity, he takes to the skies with his assistant in an airtight capsule.
Travelling to a record-breaking 51,000 feet, they survive being roasted by the sun, toxic balls of mercury and crashing into the Alps.
Clearly not a blackboard and chalk type of scientist, Piccard became world front-page news in 1931 and the inspiration for Hergé's cartoon character Professor Calculus in The Adventures of Tintin series.
Piccard in Space: out of this stratosphere!
Auguste Piccard: Andrew Shorer
Paul Kipfe: Robin Tritschler
Newton: Nicholas Clapton
Madame Kipfer: Mary Plazas
Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
Kipfer's Cosmic Choir
BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor Charles Hazlewood.
Charles Hazlewood conducts the BBC CO and soloists in Will Gregory's Piccard in Space.