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Q: British Radio History ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: British Radio History
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: surreymann-ga
List Price: $6.00
Posted: 02 Jan 2005 07:15 PST
Expires: 01 Feb 2005 07:15 PST
Question ID: 450384
What was the first opera to be broadcast on british radio ?
Subject: Re: British Radio History
Answered By: leli-ga on 02 Jan 2005 08:35 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello surreymann

It was "The Magic Flute".

"January 8, 1923 The first wireless transmission of a complete opera
is accomplished by the BBC from a London concert hall. The opera is
Mozart?s Die Zauberflöte."

"London Times, January 10, 1923, page 8:
The broadcasting by wireless of grand opera performances at Covent
Garden, which was carried out for the first time on Monday, and
repeated last night, suggests two interesting questions. One is what
attitude theatrical managers and producers generally are likely to
adopt towards the innovation, and the other concerns the future of the
electrophone. "

"8th January 1923. First OB on 2LO. Opera from Covent Garden by GPO
land line. The massive Electrodynamic (Round) mic came into use with
its enormous (6ft x 4ft x 2ft) 10 valve amplifier."

" January  First BBC outside broadcast: a relay of The Magic Flute
from Covent Garden."

I hope this is everything you needed, but please let me know if you have a query.

Best wishes for the New Year - Leli

The searches which led me there were:

opera broadcast bbc 1922 OR 1923 OR 1924 OR 1925

"covent garden" january 8 OR 8th 1923
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Subject: Re: British Radio History
From: mikomoro-ga on 02 Jan 2005 07:54 PST
Here's a guess: Hansel & Gretel, from Covent Garden.

My source 'The Power Behind the Microphone' by P P Eckersley.

Peter Eckersley was one of the pioneers of British Broadcasting which
evidently started with broadcasts by the Marconi Company; this was
then taken over by the BBC (founded in 1922) and became 2LO.

Eckersley mentions hearing Hansel & Gretel which used 'special
microphones' developed in America.

He doesn't say when nor does he claim it to be the first opera to have
been broadcast.

But that's the best I can suggest.
Subject: Re: British Radio History
From: mikomoro-ga on 02 Jan 2005 09:46 PST
Well done, Leli.

And a Happy Hogmanay!
Subject: Re: British Radio History
From: leli-ga on 03 Jan 2005 03:03 PST
Thank you very much, surreymann!

Glad I could help - Leli
Subject: Re: British Radio History
From: leli-ga on 03 Jan 2005 03:07 PST
Happy New Year, mikomoro!

Thanks for your comments.

Those early days at the BBC must have been full of excitement and idealism.


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