PBS tonight begins airing a British reality series that searches for an opera singer. Operatunity is “a nationwide search to find someone with no operatic experience, who could be coached to sing in Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ on the stage of the London Coliseum side by side with world-class performers.” Thousands are narrowed down to six, who “receive coaching in vocal and dramatic technique, as well as physical training and the fundamentals of stagecraft.” Then, two perform.
The Boston Globe says this is “polite reality television” that “is utterly charming. … There’s no Paula Abdul-like coaching here, none of the bald commercialism of The Donald. They’re nice people from small worlds who behave well under the increasingly trying circumstances of competition.”