Radio-France Won't Broadcast Operas from Aix Festival

Classic Arts News   Radio-France Won't Broadcast Operas from Aix Festival
For the second year in a row, France-Musiques, the classical music network of Radio-France, will broadcast no operas or concerts from the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Broadcasts from music festivals make up a major part of summer programming on France-Musiques, and the absence of performances from the country's largest and most famous festival is rather conspicuous. Agence France-Presse reports that the situation is due to financial conditions imposed by Aix festival that the radio network found unacceptable.

France-Musiques will, however, offer one opera each from the Bayreuth Festival and the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, as well as two each (broadcast live) from the Chor_gies d'Orange and the Beaune Festival (which specializes in Baroque music). There will also be various concert broadcasts from the Salzburg Festival and the BBC Proms, among others.

There will be three concert broadcasts a day from June 3 to September 3; a daily news show at 6 p.m. will highlight eight smaller French festivals, including la Roque d'Anth_ron, Montpellier, Saintes and Prades.

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