Five comedians are taking on a unique challenge for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day

It has never felt more important to raise smiles and money for those who are struggling, especially as the continued impact of COVID-19 brings unprecedented challenges to many. That is why Comic Relief‘s Red Nose Day is back on Friday 19 March 2021 with the aim to bring the UK together and show just how powerful humour can be through the toughest of times.


This year, the English National Opera is involved and has set five comedians an incredible challenge; to learn to become opera singers. Jayde Adams, Alex Brooker, Andi Osho, Caroline Quentin and Jennifer Saunders will be pushing their selves to the limits and getting to grips with this highly skilled classical art form all in the name of charity.

The catch? They’ll have just 24 hours to master the skill before they come together and perform LIVE in front of the entire nation. Lucky for them, they’ve got the support of a world-famous mentor, soprano Charlotte Church, and ENO’s award-winning Chorus and Orchestra behind them.


Annilese Miskimmon, Artistic Director, English National Opera, says: ‘It takes years of training to become an opera singer, to not just be able to hit every note perfectly but also convey every human emotion through the power of your voice.

‘The challenge faced by these five comedians is a colossal one – to tackle one of the most beautiful and complex pieces of music ever written, in just 24 hours. With the support of the ENO where we believe opera is for everyone, we have no doubt that Comic Relief’s audience is going to be simultaneously moved and impressed by these brave comedians’ previously unknown musical talents.’


The five comedians will perform Nessun Dorma live on BBC One, from 7pm on Friday 19 March during Comic Relief and the money raised will support people in the UK and around the world, and help tackle hunger, homelessness, domestic abuse and mental health stigma.

Tune in on BBC One at 7pm, Friday 19 March or for more information visit