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To be a Hollywood great is to fly too close to the sun, to embody the dreams of millions while placing your fate in their hearts. Stars Of The Silver Screen celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. Contributions from contemporary commentators and current Hollywood glitterati will bring each icon’s legacy up to date as we relive their most magical motion picture moments and explore the personalities behind the names.
Following a successful first series, The Great Pottery Throw Down returns with 10 brand new home potters - each hoping to become the champion in clay. Over the course of 24 mammoth challenges, these passionate and creative potters are pushed to the limit as they are tasked with making everything from a set of jugs to a toilet.
The Sound Of New York is an exploraton of the musical world of a new generation of artists based in New York City. These musicians hail from different countries, with their own stories and diverse experiences, are giving birth to a new musical wave that is influencing the worldwide artistic scene.
It's right in New York today that this impulse is stronger than ever: the sounds come from a deep integration of music of the past and today, interacting with other artistic forms. It's a modern concentration of African-American music influences, including classical and contemporary, as well as more mainsterm styles such as Hip-Hop, R'n'B, Rock, etc.
10 internationally known musicians will lead us into this world walking along the streets of New York. We will see the places where they and listen to the music they compose to experience their artistic essence.
The German tenor Jonas Kaufmann is one of the hottest properties in the opera world. He captivates audiences with the power, emotion and beauty of his singing, the intelligence of his acting, his matinee-idol delivery, and his extraordinary range - from the heroic stage roles in Wagner to the intimate songs of Schubert on the concert platform.
Film-maker John Bridcut has been given unique and often surprising access to Kaufmann across two years, observing him in rehearsal, backstage during performances, and in his off-duty moments. It is by far the most intimate and extensive portrait yet made of Kaufmann, now at the peak of his career.
This third series is marked by a landmark event, which forces the four siblings to consider what they want with their lives, and whether they want to do good for the world and for their community. Signe has big visions and plans to expand her farm with a neighbouring farmer. Emil has moved into Gronnegaard where he takes care of Melody (the daughter of Thomas and Isa). Gro challenges the Art Centre’s conventional thinking and discovers new sides of herself. Frederik is a success abroad and is hardly ever home, until he has to dive into a complicated investigation filled with emotions.
This documentary will take the audience on a search for meaning in modern China, guided by our joyful and charismatic main character Zhao Liang, one of the foremost choreographers of modern dance in China today. We follow the evolution of his new work “Escape from the Temple” with which he hopes for a break through on the international scene. But amidst public ambivalence, artistic feuds, greedy investors and international financial meltdown Zhao faces an uphill struggle to turn his work into reality. He must also confront the nagging doubts about what he should do with his life, having already turned 36: go on to create or turn inward to the path of the enlightened Zen practitioner?
After a triumphant Proms debut with the CBSO last year, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla returns with a programme that sets Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony against a world premiere by Gerald Barry. Leila Josefowicz is the soloist in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.
PROGRAM: Beethoven: Overture ‘Leonore’ No. 3, Symphony No. 5; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto; Barry: Canada.
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky, Gerald Barry.
Conductor: Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla.
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Artists: Leila Josefowicz (violin), Allan Clayton (tenor).
The 19-year restoration of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper fresco has revealed that only 20% of the original painting is still visible. Will we never be able to see what the original painting looked like? In this thriller-like quest, a bestselling author and historian goes in search of a mysterious second version of the famous ‘Last Supper’ fresco, reportedly painted by Leonardo da Vinci and his workshop for the King of France, Louis XII.
On the occasion of the Red Ribbon Celebration Concert, Vienna’s famous charity concert for the benefit of HIV and AIDS aid projects, some of the world’s greatest opera stars made their appearance at the venerable Burgtheater. Anna Netrebko, Piotr Bezcala, Juan Diego Florez and Thomas Hampson took part in this festive concert evening that revolved around the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. With excerpts from corresponding operas by Claudio Monteverdi and Christoph Willibald Gluck, works by W. A. Mozart and Franz Liszt, the audience is taken on Orpheus’ journey to the underworld, from where he desperately tries to take his love Eurydice back to the world of the living by the help of his singing.
A singer in love, passionate, jealous and impulsive; a romantic painter, an idealist and a defender of liberty; a police chief with a lust for flesh, power and blood, ready to do anything to achieve his ends. Puccini artfully combines the ingredients of a melodrama written for Sarah Bernhardt and comes up with what might be called the opera of operas, a spectacle at once primitive and decadent.
In a mythical yet real Rome, from the shadows of the church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle to the terrace of Castello Sant’ Angelo, passions collide and tear all apart, mingling the erotic with the sacred, love with possession, theatre with life. Nothing is what it seems in Tosca: beautiful women who come to pray are conspirators, defeats are victories and mock executions are real. A spectacular work which captures the essence of opera as few others do. Pierre Audi signs a new production of this violent and passionate work for the Paris Opera.
Loved by musicians and critics alike, Later With Jools Holland is the longest running music television programme on the BBC and shows no signs of stopping. Here, stadium fillers, current chart toppers, veterans and left-field artists from all music genres perform together in the same studio.
An exploration of the lives of dwarfs through centuries of representations in art and culture, revealing society’s shifting attitudes towards people with dwarfism.
Presented by Richard Butchins, a disabled filmmaker, artist and journalist, this film shows how people with dwarfism have been seen as royal pets, creatures from a separate race, figures of fun and “freaks”. The film reveals how their lives have been uniquely intertwined with mythology in the popular imagination, making it all but impossible for dwarfs to simply get on with their everyday lives.
The film features interviews with artists, like Sir Peter Blake, who saw dwarfs in the circus as a young man and has featured them prominently in his work; academics, like Professor Tom Shakespeare, who has dwarfism himself and feels strongly about how dwarfs are represented in art; and ordinary people with dwarfism who would just like dwarfs to be seen like everybody else.
It also features artists with dwarfism who offer us a glimpse of the world from their perspective, revealing the universal concerns that affect us all, regardless of stature.
Taking in relics from antiquity, garden gnomes, and some the greatest masterpieces of Diego Velazquez, the film uncovers a hidden chapter in both the history of art and the history of disability.
In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace? Superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato turns to Baroque opera to answer this very contemporary question. In a filmed concert at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, DiDonato performs a recital of arias from her latest album, joined by Il Pomo d’Oro and the harpsichordist-conductor Maxim Emelyanichev.
Joyce DiDonato’s most recent recording began life as a project to present a collection of little-known Neapolitan Baroque opera arias in collaboration with the stellar Italian baroque orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro and their director Maxim Emelyanichev. Then, in the wake of the brutal November 2016 terror attacks in Paris, the musicians felt a more urgent calling: the need to respond musically to the turmoil and violence of our times. Their answer was an album of arias by Handel, Purcell, Jommelli, and Monteverdi that explore war and peace, both external and internal.
The great art collectors of the world open their doors in a new series that reveals unseen treasures. Among them is a leading collector of Islamic art who has amassed 35,000 pieces, England’s foremost collector of Old Masters, and the Manchester businessman who started out selling vacuum cleaners and ended up with 2,500 works by Modern British artists. It has made him one of the world’s top 200 art collectors. Also in the series, a fabulous collection of Venetian glass, images from the dawn of photography, and exquisite pocket watches spanning 300 years.
Off Camera delves into the lives of some of Hollywood’s hottest talent, as photographer/director Sam Jones hosts interviews with a myriad of some the world’s most recognised artists. Stepping away from the spotlight, each celebrity opens up about some of those deeper questions that leave us wondering.
LESSONS FROM JOAN follows theatre director Kevin Palmer, en-route to the revamped return of the landmark theatre production of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ at London’s Theatre Royal as we discover fascinating stories first-hand from those most intimate to controversial about ground-breaking theatre director Joan Littlewood.
Queers delves into the defining moments of the gay experience in the UK across the past 10 decades through a series of monologues.
Curated and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), the films star award winners Alan Cumming (Battle of the Sexes), Ben Whishaw (London Spy), Rebecca Front (Humans), Russell Tovey (Quantico), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Ian Gelder (Game of Thrones), Kadiff Kirwan (Black Mirror) and Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk).
Taking in 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offence Act itself, the eight monologues will explore some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the very personal rites-of-passage of British gay men through the last one hundred years.
It is the season’s sparkling highlight: the Midsummer Night’s Gala at the Wolkenturm with international stars in the open air! 2017 sees Russian vocalists Aida Garifullina and Dmitri Hvorostovsky adding Grafenegg to the roll call of leading operatic venues around the world where their great voices have been heard. The young soprano Garifullina is in the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera and baritone Hvorostovsky sang at the Red Square concert in Moscow in 2013.
Composer: Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Tagliaferri.
Conductor: Yutaka Sado.
Orchestra: Tonkunstler-Orchester Niederosterreich.
Artists: Aida Garifullina, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
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