HOOKED ON CLASSICS
Feeling like a little culture? STVDIO has your artistic needs covered. Opera star David Hobson explained to Guy Davis why pay- TV viewers should tune into this new station. Hobson: “ I’m especially pleased that this channel will reach regional Australia i
“ Certain shows and productions that I have some interest in and some knowledge of, I’ll be able to talk about,” said Hobson, who’ll also be seen performing in broadcasts of the classic opera La Boheme ( directed by Baz Luhrmann) and the Gilbert & Sullivan productions HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury.
“ I’ll be a bit of a conduit for the audience and provide some insight into what it’s like or my experience with it or the history of it, as opposed to just being a talking head saying what’s coming up next.”
Calling the involvement of acclaimed performers like Bussell and Noonan “ a great initiative”, Hobson adds that the combination of research and personal recollection will provide a distinctive and informative lead-in to the new station’s programming.
“ And hopefully as the station fi nds its feet, because this is its fi rst month, we’ll be out on location speaking to other artists and learning more about other productions,” he said. “ The station is also hoping to make some of its own works, which I fi nd extremely exciting as both an artist and a punter.”
Another aspect of STVDIO’s scheduling Hobson believes will appeal to its audience is its structure, which has each night dedicated to a particular strand of the arts.
“ Sunday night is performance night, so you’ll be able to see everything from ballet to circus, and it will involve a behind-thescenes look at what goes into the production as well as the performance itself,” he said.
“ Monday night is writers’ night, which will be all about authors, playwrights and writing of all kinds. Tuesday night will be devoted to classical music. Wednesday will cover the visual arts, architecture and design. Thursday is devoted to fi lm – everything from Hollywood to independent – and all things associated with it. Friday nights focus on all kinds of music, from contemporary and rock to jazz and world music. And Saturday night will feature popular entertainment – Broadway shows and the like. So if you know you want to see something in particular, you know when it’s on.”
A self-confessed “ AFL tragic”, Hobson admits he appreciates the work of STVDIO in presenting an arts-based programming alternative. “ We’ve sort of hung our hat on our sporting achievements in Australia, and I can’t help but think the arts have been marginalised to some degree,” he said.
“ So a bit of balance is a good thing, and I’m especially pleased that this channel will reach regional Australia in a big way. Having grown up in regional Australia myself, I know what it’s like to not get your fi ll of something you’re interested in.”
Stage presence: David Hobson will comment on some STVDIO showcased productions; inset, is just one of the ballets to be viewed on the channel.