A Price Worth Paying

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01A Place For Opera1999040320000408

A five-part series in which former Radio 3 controller John Drummond takes a critical look at the state of opera in Britain since 1945.

1: `A Place for Opera'.

Interviews with the Earl of Harewood and Sir John Tooley - both former administrators of LONDON's two world-class opera houses - about the postwar formation and consolidation of the Royal Opera at COVENT GARDEN, the revitalisation of Sadler's Wells and its metamorphosis into ENGLISH National Opera, and the setting of standards at Glyndebourne.

The Earl of Harewood and Sir John Tooley - both former administrators of LONDON's two world-class opera houses - are interviewed about the postwar formation and consolidation of the Royal Opera at COVENT GARDEN, the revitalisation of Sadler's Wells and its metamorphosis into ENGLISH National Opera, and the setting of standards at Glyndebourne.

02Beyond London1999041020000415

A five-part series in which former Radio 3 controller John Drummond takes a critical look at the state of opera in Britain since 1945.

2: `Beyond LONDON'.

Conversations with some of the key figures involved in the establishment and consolidation of Britain's regional opera companies in Cardiff, GLASGOW and LEEDS.

John Drummond talks to some of the key figures involved in the establishment and consolidation of regional companies in Cardiff, GLASGOW and LEEDS.

03The Creative Elements1999041720000422

A five-part series in which former Radio 3 controller John Drummond takes a critical look at the state of opera in Britain since 1945.

3: `The Creative Elements'.

John Drummond examines opera from the point of view of a composer (Harrison Birtwistle), a director (David Pountney) and a conductor (Paul Daniel).

A look at opera from the point of view of a composer (Harrison Birtwistle), a director (David Pountney) and a conductor (Paul Daniel).

04The Skies Darken1999042420000429

A five-part series in which former Radio 3 controller John Drummond takes a critical look at the state of opera in Britain since 1945.

4: `The Skies Darken'.

Drummond examines the contentious issue of funding.

He asks administrators and critics whether opera - a relatively expensive form of entertainment - should continue to attract public subsidy.

A look at the contentious issue of funding.

Should this relatively expensive form of entertainment continue to attract public subsidy? With the views of George Christie (who runs Glyndebourne Festival Opera without the benefit of public funding), John Tooley and the Earl of Harewood (both former administrators of LONDON's major opera houses), Nicholas Payne (who has recently left COVENT GARDEN for ENGLISH National Opera), and critic Rodney Milnes.

05 LASTWhatever Next?1999050120000506

Today, John Drummond and key figures from the world of opera reflect on the achievements of opera companies over the past half-century and discuss their prospects for the future.

5: `Whatever Next?' Sir John Drummond concludes his series surveying the state of opera in Britain since 1945 by reflecting on the achievements of British opera companies over the past fifty years and looking at their prospects.

With contributions from key figures of the opera world, including Sir Claus Moser and Sir John Tooley and the critics Andrew Porter and Rodney Milnes.