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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.


16th November

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  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Pakhmutova: You are my melody. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Moscow CO/Constantine Orbelian.
  • Solovyov-Sedoy: Moscow Nights. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Moscow CO/Constantine Orbelian.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville - Largo al factotum. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.
  • Donizetti: La Favorita: Scene (But the evil....), Aria (Come, Leonora..... Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.
  • Handel: Orlando, HWV31: Sorge infausta una procella. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Tchaikovsky: It was in early spring, Op.38/2. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Mikhail Arkadiev, pno.
  • Tchaikovsky: I opened the window, Op.63/2. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Oleg Boshniakovich, pno.
  • Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart, Op.6/6. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Oleg Boshniakovich, pno.
  • Verdi: Il trovatore: Tutto e deserto. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Rotterdam PO/Valery Gergiev.
  • Rachmaninov: Spring waters, Op.14/11. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Mikhail Arkadiev, pno.
  • Donizetti: The Elixir of Love: As Paris, that charming man. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.
  • Pokrass: Cossacks in Berlin. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Moscow CO, Style of Five/Constantine Orbelian.
  • Traditional: Dark eyes. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Ossipov Russian Folk Orch/Nikolai Kalinin.

  • 9th November

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  • Neapolitan Songs
  • Cardillo Cateri, Cateri, (Core N'Grato) Placido Domingo, ten, Budapest PO/Eugene Kohn
  • De Curtis Ta Ca Nun Chiagne, Placido Domingo, ten, Budapest PO/Eugene Kohn
  • Falvo Dicitecello vuie Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar, Philharmonia of Russia/Constantine Orbelian
  • De Curtis A canzone 'e Napuie, Fabio Armiliato, ten, Orch del Teatro di Parma/Steven Mercurio
  • Tosti L'Ultimo canzone, Fabio Armiliato, ten, Orch del Teatro di Parma/Steven Mercurio
  • Tosti: Marechiare. Jose Carreras, ten., English CO/Edoardo Mueller.
  • Tosti: Non t'amo piu. Jose Carreras, ten., English CO/Edoardo Mueller.
  • Tosti Ideale, Ben Heppner, ten, Members of the LSO
  • Tosti L'Alba separa dalla luce l'ombre Ben Heppner, ten, Members of the LSO
  • De Curtis Torna a Sorriento, Giuseppe di Stefano, ten, Orch Dino Olivieri
  • Anon (attrib. Bellini) Fenesta che lucive, Giuseppe di Stefano, ten, Orch Dino Olivieri
  • Tagliaferri Passione, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar, Philharmonia of Russia/Constantine Orbelian
  • Tosti (arr. Chiaramello): 'A vucchella. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Bologna Theatre Orch/Anton Guadagno.
  • De Curtis (arr. Mancini): Non ti scordar di me. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Unnamed Orch/Henry Mancini.

  • 2nd November

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  • Love Songs
  • Brodszky: Because You're Mine. Mario Lanza, ten.
  • Romberg: Serenade. Mario Lanza, ten.
  • Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Sulla tomba . Jose Carreras, ten., Monserrat Caballe, sop., / Various.
  • Rodgers: If I Loved You. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Guy Noble.
  • Fraser-Simson: Love Will Find a Way. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Guy Noble.
  • Lehar (arr. Gamley): Paganini - Love live forever. Suzanne Johnston, m-sop., Australian Pops Orch, Ashton-Smith Singers/Douglas Gamley.
  • Lehar: Paganini: Girls Were Made To Love and Kiss. Donald Smith, ten., Adelaide SO/John Lanchbery.
  • Verdi: La traviata: Parigi o cara. Anna Netrebko, sop., Rolando Villazon, ten., Vienna PO/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Millocker: Die Dubarry: Ich schenk mein Herz. Lucia Popp, sop., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Dostal: Clivia: Ich bin verliebt. Renata Holm, sop., Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Anton Paulik.
  • Suppe: Boccaccio: Hab' ich nur deine Liebe. Werner Krenn, ten., Renata Holm, sop., Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Anton Paulik.
  • Rodrigo En Aranjuez con tu amor Placido Domingo, ten.
  • Grieg: Ich Liebe Dich, Op.5/3. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Vladimir Kamirski.

  • 26th October

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  • Names begining with E and F
  • Thomas: Mignon: Je suis Titania. Amelia Farrugia, sop., BBC SO/Alexander Briger.
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: On a tree by the river a little tom-tit/There is beauty in the bellow of the blast. Geraint Evans, bass, Monica Sinclair, contr., Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Povero Ernesto!. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Gianluigi Petrarulo, tpt., Giuseppe Verdi SO, Milan/Riccardo Frizza.
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Ach, ich liebte. Renee Fleming, sop., Orch of St Luke's/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Berlin: Annie Get Your Gun: Anything you can do. Renee Fleming, sop., Klaus Florian Vogt, ten., Dresden State Orch/Christian Thielemann.
  • Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance: With Cat-like Tread. Nicholas Falwell, bass-baritone, Welsh National Opera Orch, Welsh National Opera Chorus/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Strauss R: Die Nacht, Op.10/3. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Liszt: O in my dreams, S282. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Traditional: Blow the wind southerly. Kathleen Ferrier, contr.
  • Handel: Rodelinda: Art thou troubled?. Kathleen Ferrier, contr., London SO/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: How I Love To Dream - Across the Bridge. Mirella Freni, sop., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Dresden State Orch/James Levine.

  • 19th October

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  • The music of Donizetti
  • Donizetti: Inosservato...Angelo casto e bel, from Duke of Alba. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Vienna Opera Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor: Cruel, deadly frenzy. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.
  • Donizetti: Il barcaiolo. Vincenzo Scalera, pno., Jessica Pratt, sop.
  • Donizetti: Ah! Rammenta, o bella Irene. Dennis O'Neill, ten., Ingrid Surgenor, pno.
  • Donizetti: Fatal Love. Jose Carreras, ten., Martin Katz, pno.
  • Donizetti: Sailor's Love. Jose Carreras, ten., Martin Katz, pno.
  • Donizetti (arr. Barnidge): Una lacrima. Rolando Villazon, ten., Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Marco Armiliato.
  • Donizetti (arr. Barnidge): La mere et l'enfant. Rolando Villazon, ten., Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Marco Armiliato.
  • Donizetti: The Elixir of Love: Una furtiva lagrima. Joseph Calleja, ten., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Donizetti: Il castello di Kenilworth: Par che mi dica ancora .... Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Welsh National Opera Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Donizetti: La Zingara. Amir Farid, pno., Siobhan Stagg, sop.

  • 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