Throughout the day, people will be taken on an operatic journey across the UK, with glimpses behind the scenes and live performances from Opera North, the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera. Tomorrow's World and Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry will also provide snippets exploring the science behind the art form, including investigating whether a soprano's voice can really shatter a wineglass. View full schedule.
What will Opera North be doing on #OperaPassion Day?
At 1.00pm, Opera North is taking opera out into the city. We'll be at Leeds Dock with a ‘pop-up’ Opera in a Nutshell performance.
Packed with comedy, deceit, love and tragedy, Opera in a Nutshell has been designed to give people a half hour crash course in the emotion, power and variety of the art-form with scenes and songs from a host of popular operas including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s La traviata.
There will also be lesser-known excerpts from the current season of The Little Greats, including pieces from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and the amazing cat duet from Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.
Opera in a Nutshell has been written by opera singer and director John Savournin who is also the narrator of the piece. He will be joined by soprano Elin Pritchard, who is singing the part of Nedda in Pagliacci, baritone Milo Harries and accordionist Djordje Gajic who provides the musical accompaniment.
How can I watch?
You can follow the full day on the BBC’s #OperaPassion Day page and watch the broadcast on our Facebook page. The audience on the day will be strictly limited unfortunately, but there are other opportunities to see this 'Whistle Stop Opera' in Leeds and on tour.
How can I take part?
You can join in the celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #OperaPassion and we'll also be asking our followers on Facebook and Twitter what opera they would recommend to someone new to the art form. Have your answers ready!
Who are the performers?
Elin Pritchard (soprano)
Milo Harries (baritone)
John Savournin (baritone AND director)
Djordje Gajic (accordian)