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Music for the voice, featuring the greatest singers from the past and present in a repertoire including art songs, ballads, lieder, sacred works, choral music, and items from operas and musicals.


12th October

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  • Spanish Singers _National Day
  • Leoncavallo: Pagliacci. Prologue Juan Pons, bar., La Scala Orch, Milan/Georges Pretre.
  • Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro. Monserrat Caballe, sop., London SO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Bizet: Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetee. Placido Domingo, ten., London SO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Delibes (arr. Gamley): The Maids of Cadiz. Victoria de los Angeles, sop., Sinfonia of London/Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.
  • Yradier (arr. Gamley): La Paloma. Victoria de los Angeles, sop., Sinfonia of London/Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.
  • Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito, K621: Parto, parto, ma tu, ben mio. Teresa Berganza, m-sop., Gervase de Peyer, cl., London SO/Sir John Pritchard.
  • Verdi: Don Carlos: Ah! Si maledetto, sospetto fatale. Sherrill Milnes, bar., Ruggero Raimondi, bass-baritone, Monserrat Caballe, sop., Shirley Verrett, m-sop., ROHO/Carlo Maria Giulini.
  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Sola, perduta, abbandonata. Pilar Lorengar, sop., London PO/Jesus Lopez-Cobos.
  • Nieto El Barbiero de Sevilla Me llaman la primoroso Jose Carreras, ten, Isabel Rey, sop, ECO/Enrique Ricci
  • Soutullo, Vert La Leyenda del beso Amormi raza sabe conquistar, Jose Carreras, ten, Isabel Rey, sop, ECO/Enrique Ricci
  • Barrera, Calleja Granadinas Jose Carreras, ten, ECO/Enrique Ricci

  • 5th October

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  • German singers _ National Day
  • Verdi: Rigoletto: Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrima. Jonas Kaufmann, ten., Prague PO/Marco Armiliato.
  • Beethoven: Adelaide, Op.46. Joerg Demus, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Stolz: Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein. Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Bavarian SO/Carl Michalski.
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Ist ein Traum. Elina Garanca, m-sop., Diana Damrau, sop., Dresden State Orch/Fabio Luisi.
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Solche hergelaufen. Kurt Bohme, bass, Bavarian State Opera Orch/Eugen Jochum.
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe!. Kurt Bohme, bass, Friedrich Lenz, ten., Bavarian State Opera Orch/Eugen Jochum.
  • Beethoven: Gentle love, WoO 123. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Hubert Giesen, pno.
  • Beethoven: Der Kuss, Op.128. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Hubert Giesen, pno.
  • Strauss R: Morgen, Op.27/4. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Schubert: Die Taubenpost, D.965a. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Aribert Reimann, pno.
  • Strauss R: Befreit, Op.39/4. Hermann Prey, bar., Gerald Moore, pno.
  • Strauss R: Bruder Liederlich, Op.41b/4. Hermann Prey, bar., Gerald Moore, pno.

  • 28th September

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  • Singers whose names begin with "D"
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Ma quel mai s'offre, oh dei…..Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!. Rolando Villazon, ten., Diana Damrau, sop., Mahler CO/Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
  • Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op.34/14. Natalie Dessay, sop., Berlin SO/Michael Schonwandt.
  • Norton: Chu Chin Chow: The Cobbler's Song. Peter Dawson, bass-baritone.
  • Moss: Floral dance. Peter Dawson, bass-baritone.
  • Puccini: La Rondine - Il bel sogno di Doretta. Helena Dix, sop., Orch Victoria/John Curro.
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Hor an, Wolfram! Hor an! - Inbrunst im Herzen. Placido Domingo, ten., Philharmonia Orch/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Pacini: Stella di Napoli: Where are you, cruel man. Joyce Di Donato, m-sop., Lyon Opera Orch, Lyon Opera Chorus/Riccardo Minasi.
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro - In quegli anni in cui val poco. Ryland Davies, ten., Scottish CO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Lehar The Merry Widow Pardonne-moi, chere patrie, Michel Dens, ten, Orch de la Societe des concerts du Conservatoire/Yvon Leenart
  • Friml Rose-Marie Indian Love Call, Lina Dachary, Guy Fontagnere, Orch/Paul Bonneau
  • Hahn Ciboulette Nous avons fait un beau voyage, Jose van Damm, bar, Mady Mesple, sop, Orch Phil de Monte Carlo/Cyril Diderich.
  • Strauss R: Ich wolt' ein Strausslein binden, Op.68/2. Natalie Dessay, sop., ROHO/Antonio Pappano.
  • Penella: El gato montes: Seno, q'e no me farte er valo. Placido Domingo, ten., Carlos Alvarez, bar., Carlos Chausson, bass, Madrid SO/Miguel Roa.

  • 21st September

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  • Vivica Genaux
  • Hasse: Artaserse: Per questo dolce amplesso. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Academy for Ancient Music Berlin/Rene Jacobs.
  • Hasse: Artaserse: Or la nube procellosa. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Academy for Ancient Music Berlin/Rene Jacobs.
  • Rossini: Italian Girl in Algiers - Cruda sorte. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Paris Orchl Ensemble/John Nelson.
  • Vivaldi Semiramide e Prigioniere e Re, Vivica Genaux, m-sop, Europi Galante/Fabio Biondi
  • Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: Nella fatal di Rimini. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Paris Orchl Ensemble/John Nelson.
  • Vivaldi Catone in Utica Come in Vano Il Mare Irato, Vivica Genaux, m-sop, Europi Galante/Fabio Biondi
  • Broschi: Idaspe: Qual guerriero in campo armato. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Academy for Ancient Music Berlin/Rene Jacobs.
  • Donizetti: Anna Bolena: E sgombro il loco. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Paris Orchl Ensemble/John Nelson.
  • Vivaldi Farnace Ricordati che sei, Vivica Genaux, m-sop, Europi Galante/Fabio Biondi

  • 14th September

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  • Operetta
  • Lehar: Frederike: Warum hast du mich wachgekuesst. Julia Migenes, sop., Cologne RSO/Curt Cremer.
  • Suppe: Boccaccio: Florenz hat schoene Frauen. Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Rudolf Schock, ten., Unnamed Orch/Wilhelm Schuchter.
  • Dostal: Clivia: Ich bin verliebt. Renata Holm, sop., Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Anton Paulik.
  • Kalman: Countess Maritza: Auch Ich war einst ... Komm Zigany, spiel mit mir. Piotr Beczala, ten., Royal PO/Lukasz Borowicz.
  • Stolz: Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein. Renee Fleming, sop., Dresden State Orch/Christian Thielemann.
  • Lehar: Der Zarewitsch: Caressing Waves. Marilyn Hill Smith, sop., Chandos Concert Orch/Stuart Barry.
  • Lehar: Friederike: Warum has du mich. Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Bavarian SO/Willy Mattes.
  • Strauss Jnr: Gypsy Baron: Who made us one?. Werner Krenn, ten., Renata Holm, sop., Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Anton Paulik.
  • Offenbach: La Perichole: Tu n'es pas beau, tu n'es pas riche. Jane Rhodes, m-sop., Bordeaux Aquitaine NO/Roberto Benzi.
  • Kalman: The Gypsy Princess: I would love to dance. Simon Keenlyside, bar., Angelika Kirchschlager, sop., Lower Austria Tonkunstler Orch/Alfred Eschwe.
  • Lehar: Der Zarewitsch: Warum hat jeder Fruehling. Julia Migenes, sop., Manfred Schmidt, ten., Cologne RSO/Curt Cremer.
  • Lehar: Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen. Julia Migenes, sop., Cologne RSO/Curt Cremer.

  • 7th September

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  • Spring Songs
  • Strauss Jnr: Voices of Spring, Op.410. Sumi Jo, sop., Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Rudolf Bibl.
  • Mendelssohn: Fruhlingslied, Op.34/3. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Barbara Bonney, sop.
  • Mozart: Der Fruhling, K.597. Andras Schiff, pno., Peter Schreier, ten.
  • Brahms: Der Fruhling, Op.6/2. Elly Ameling, sop., Dalton Baldwin, pno.
  • Schubert: Fruhlingsglaube, D686. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Olaf Baer, bar.
  • Strauss Jnr: When you hear Spring calling from Tales from the Vienna Woods, Op.325. Amelia Farrugia, sop., BBC SO/Alexander Briger.
  • Schubert: Im Fruhling, D882. Gerald Moore, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Schubert: By the Brook in Springtime, D361. Elly Ameling, sop., Rudolf Jansen, pno.
  • Schubert: God in Spring, D448. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Mendelssohn: Old German spring song, Op.86/6. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Thomas Hampson, bar.
  • Grieg: Spring, Op.33/2. Barbara Hendricks, sop., Roland Pontinen, pno.
  • Britten: If it's ever Spring again. Philip Langridge, ten., Steuart Bedford, pno.
  • Rodgers: It Might as Well be Spring from State Fair. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Guy Noble.

  • 31st August

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  • Singers with surnames beginning with "C"
  • Mozart: Cosi fan tutte - Come scoglio. Monserrat Caballe, sop., ROHO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Morricone La Califfa, Joseph Calleja, ten., BBC Concert Orch, New London Singers/Steven Mercurio.
  • Bellini: I Puritani: Qui la voce. Maria Callas, sop., Torino RAI Orch/Arturo Basile.
  • Verdi: Nabucco: Dio di Giuda! Cadran, cadranno I perfidi. Piero Cappuccilli, bar., Volker Horn, ten., German Opera Orch, Berlin, German Opera Chorus, Berlin/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Charpentier: Louise: Ainsi tout enfant a le droit. Placido Domingo, ten., Ileana Cotrubas, sop., Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orch/Georges Pretre.
  • Schubert: Deutsche Messe, D872: Holy, Holy, Holy. Jose Carreras, ten., Vienna Symphony, Vienna Chorus/Uwe Christian Harrer.
  • Rossini: La Danza. Jose Carreras, ten., English CO/Enrique Garcia Asensio.
  • Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix: Da quel di che t'incontrai. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Patrizia Ciofi, m-sop., Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Daniel Oren.
  • Mozart: Magic Flute - In diesen heil'gen Hallen. Conal Coad, bass, Tasmanian SO/Dobbs Franks.

  • 24th August

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  • Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: If you want to know who we are. Pro Arte Orch, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: Gentlemen, I pray you tell me/A Wand'ring minstrel. Richard Lewis, ten., Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard: I Have a Song to Sing O!. Richard Suart, bass, Alwyn Mellor, sop., Oh! A private buffoon …Richard Suart, bass Welsh National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: Dance a chachucha. Pro Arte Orch, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: Take a pair of sparkling eyes. Richard Lewis, ten., Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: I am a courtier grave and serious. Pro Arte Orch, Ensemble/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance: Oh, better far to live and die. James Milligan, bass-baritone, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance: Poor wand'ring one. Valerie Masterson, sop., Royal PO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: We're called Gondolieri. Thomas Edmonds, ten., Robert Dawe, bar., Adelaide SO/James Christiansen.
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: The sun whose rays/Here's a how-de-do/The flowers that bloom in the spring. Elsie Morison, sop., Richard Lewis, ten., Geraint Evans, bass, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe: Love unrequited/When you're lying awake. John Reed, bar., New SO/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe: If You Go in, You're Sure to Win. Thomas Edmonds, ten., Dennis Olsen, bar., Robert Dawe, bar., Adelaide SO/James Christiansen.
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe , When all night long, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company/Isidore Godfrey.

  • 17th August

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  • Thomas Hampson
  • Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer Thomas Hampson, bar, Wiener Phil/Leonard Bernstein
  • Porter: How's Your Romance ?. Thomas Hampson, bar., London SO, Ambrosian Singers/John McGlinn.
  • Porter: I Concentrate on You. Thomas Hampson, bar., London SO/John McGlinn.
  • Verdi: Don Carlos: There it is. The child!. Thomas Hampson, bar., Jerry Hadley, ten., Welsh National Opera Orch/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Speaks: On the Road to Mandalay. Thomas Hampson, bar., Armen Guzelimian, pno.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Deh, Vieni alla finestra. Thomas Hampson, bar., RCO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Weber: Blessing at night, Op.64/5. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Thomas Hampson, bar.
  • Strauss R: Messengers from heaven, Op.32/5. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Thomas Hampson, bar.