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Business and financial news broadcaster CNBC has confirmed plans to launch a weekly arts series in the autumn, including coverage of opera and ballet.

Titled CNBC Performance, the series will feature 20 individual programmes acquired by CNBC from arts programme producer Opus Arte UK.

The series will launch on September 19 at 4pm with La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini's famous four-act opera, performed by Madrid's Teatro Real.

Other highlights will include The Royal Opera's productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Roméo et Juliette and Otello (starring Plácido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa).

The channel will also air Teatro Real's performances of Tosca and Don Giovanni, as well as The Royal Ballet's renditions of The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Sylvia (starring Darcey Bussell).

The first season of CNBC Performance will air every Sunday afternoon until the end of January 2011, forming part of the channel's CNBC Life programming strand.

"CNBC Performance is a strong addition to our CNBC Life weekend strand," said Barbara Stelzner, CNBC EMEA vice president of news and programming.

"We know that our audience are fans of classical opera, ballet and music and so will be delighted to sit down for an afternoon's viewing of some of the world's finest performances in their entirety."

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