Jennifer Saunders to present brand new radio series "From Couch to Opera House (in 7 Weeks)"

3rd March 2022 in News

Jennifer Saunders will host a landmark new Sunday series on Classic FM, in which she introduces listeners to the world of opera, in all of its wonder.

From Couch to Opera House (in 7 weeks), in association with the ENO, launches on Sunday 6th March (9pm)  and is the latest in a series of specially commissioned programming to celebrate Classic FM’s 30th year.

Jennifer presents the series on Classic FM, following her opera challenge in 2021. Teaming up with the ENO last March, she was one of five comedians to very impressively learn the iconic aria Nessun Dorma in just 24 hours and perform it live on television for Comic Relief.


Across seven programmes, the aim of the Classic FM series is to demystify the genre to novice opera-goers – taking listeners by the hand from the moment they enter through the virtual opera house doors, through the foyer to finally settling in the Dress Circle for the anticipated performance.

Each hour-long programme will focus on a different theme, ranging from love (satisfied and unrequited), conflict and turmoil to comedy. With each, there will be a relevant and rich accompaniment of opera music spanning five centuries – from Claudio Monteverdi (early 17th century) to Stephen Sondheim (20th century).

Jennifer Saunders said:

“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.”

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