Jennifer Saunders is teaming up with the English National Opera for a new series.
The 63-year-old star is set to front 'From Couch to Opera House (in 7 weeks)' on Classic FM, with the weekly show launching on Sunday (06.03.22) at 9pm as the radio station celebrates its 30th year.
The announcement comes after Jennifer - with the ENO - was one of five comedians to learn the iconic aria Nessun Dorma in just 24 hours for a live charity TV performance.
She said in a statement: "After dipping my toe into the world of opera last year for a wonderful charitable cause and the English National Opera, I’m thrilled to present this new series on Classic FM without having to actually sing.”
Each of the hour-long programmes will focus on a different theme, from love (both satisfied and unrequited) and turmoil to conflict and comedy.
Every episode will feature a "relevant and rich accompaniment of opera music spanning five centuries".
Philip Noyce, Classic FM’s Managing Editor, said: “It's very exciting to be teaming up with Jennifer Saunders and the English National Opera for our new series 'From Couch to Opera House (in 7 weeks)' in our special 30th anniversary year.
"One of our central aims at Classic FM is to make classical music available and accessible to everyone, so I’m thrilled that we’re working with someone of Jennifer’s calibre to help us challenge any preconceptions about what opera is and who can enjoy it.
"Our series will inform, it will entertain, and it will pack an emotional punch – just like a night at the opera, in fact!”
Classic FM is available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, on Global Player on your smart speaker (“play Classic FM”), iOS or Android device and at ClassicFM.com.
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