Classical TV Debuts With the Web's Richest Array of Free and Pay-Per-View Performing Arts Videos, at


    NEW YORK, April 20 /CNW/ -- Classical TV launches this week with "the
greatest performances online" -- a free library of videos of the most exciting
arts performances, concerts, and special events of recent times, ranging from
Handel to Herbie Hancock.

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    Available for free at are full-length videos of
opera, ballet, drama, jazz/pop, documentaries, and more.  Plus a rich array of
editorial content: news, reviews, interviews, Editor's Choice playlists, and

    Included are performances from the world's greatest stages--the Royal
Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Paris
Opera, Dutch National Ballet and English National Opera, among others. The
world's greatest stars are featured: Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Carlos
Acosta, Pina Bausch, Sarah Brightman, ABBA, and many more.

    In addition, special pay-per-view events from current and recent seasons
will be available, such as the Metropolitan Opera's highly-acclaimed
production of Richard Strauss's Salome, with soprano Karita Mattila, broadcast
at starting April 20.

    "Stunning," said the New York Times, praising Mattila's "gleaming power,
eerie expressivity and... beguiling lyricism."  (The soprano drew raves for
her "Dance of the Seven Veils.")

    For only $9.99, Classical TV viewers can access a high-definition
streamed video of the full performance of Salome for 72 hours -- a performance
that was one of New York's hottest tickets and part of the Met's award-winning
series of live, high-definition transmissions to movie theaters.

    "We're thrilled to be working with the Met and will be screening more of
their current season's operas," says Classical TV founder/CEO Chris Hunt.
"They not only offer the highest-quality productions but approach the
development of new audiences as we do, in a bold, imaginative way.

    "We created Classical TV to synch with the freedom consumers expect
nowadays to connect with programming they want, wherever and whenever they
want -- at home, on their phones, in the office, as well as in the concert

    Upcoming special events at, priced at $4.99 or $9.99,
include the Dutch National Ballet's Giselle; the Metropolitan Opera's 125th
Anniversary Opening Night Gala Starring Renee Fleming; the Zurich Opera's Cosi
Fan Tutte, with Cecilia Bartoli; and a "Celebration of Dance" from the
Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet.


For further information:

For further information: Jo Hunt, Classical TV, +44-(0)-8709-747-345, Web Site:

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