As first reported by Variety, Rai has closed distribution deals with Spain, France, Australia and South Korea to bring its All’Opera series to a more global audience. They are also said to be in final negotiations with the U.S., the U.K. and Italy.
Rai Com CEO Luigi De Siervo revealed in a statement, “2015 so far proved that there are international theatrical audiences for one of the highest expressions of Italian art, and we are proud to bring great opera productions to a far bigger public than they could have in opera houses.”
The series, which records some of the world’s greatest live opera using seven HD cameras, will afford at-home viewers an opportunity to soak in the grand scale of productions while also taking note of the subtle details. This more intimate approach aims to deepen the capacity for human experience and, hopefully, attract new audiences beyond those who currently appreciate the genre.
According to Variety, La Scala in Milan, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Fenice in Venice, and the Arena in Verona will be among the opera houses featured in the series; and, productions slated to air include Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and “La Cenerentola,” Puccini’s “The Girl of the West,” Verdi’s “La Traviata” (pictured) and “Joan of Arc” and Donizetti’s “La Favorita.”