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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.


20th July

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  • Deborah Riedel
  • Boyce: Solomon: Tell me, Lovely Shepherd. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Hook: The Lass of Richmond Hill. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Horn: Cherry Ripe. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Puccini: Madam Butterfly - Love duet. Deborah Riedel, sop., David Ashton-Smith, ten., Australian Pops Orch/Douglas Gamley.
  • Bach JC: Cefalo e Procri: Privo del Mio Tesoro. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Winter: Il Ratto di Proserpina: Paga fui. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Portugal: La Donna di Genio Volubile: Per Amar Abbiamo il Core. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Generali: Per Pieta. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Cimarosa: Il mio cor gli Affretti miei (Rondo). Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Zingarelli: Giulietta e Romeo: Ombra Adorata, Aspetta. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Crescentini: Sento Mancarmi l'Anima. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Gretry: Les Deux Avares: Plus de Depit. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Lehar: Paganini. Love Live forever Deborah Riedel, sop., Jerry Hadley, ten., , English CO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Lehar: Paganini. Who could love you more than I? Deborah Riedel, sop., Jerry Hadley, ten., English CO/Richard Bonynge.

  • 13th July

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  • In Honourof Bastille Day
  • Cilea: L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia del pastore. Roberto Alagna, ten., London PO/Sir Richard Armstrong.
  • Strauss R: Amor, Op.68/5. Natalie Dessay, sop., ROHO/Antonio Pappano.
  • Strauss R: Sausle, liebe Myrte, Op.68/3. Natalie Dessay, sop., ROHO/Antonio Pappano.
  • Offenbach: La Perichole: Ah, quel diner. Jane Rhodes, m-sop., Bordeaux Aquitaine NO/Roberto Benzi.
  • Offenbach: La Vie Parisienne: C'est ici l'endroit redoute. Jane Rhodes, m-sop., Bordeaux Aquitaine NO/Roberto Benzi.
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann: Scintille diamant. Gabriel Bacquier, bar., Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Delibes: Lakme: Bell song. Patricia Petibon, sop., Lyon Opera Orch/Yves Abel.
  • Gounod: Serenade. Dalton Baldwin, pno., Gerard Souzay, bar.
  • Gounod: Romeo et Juliette: Mab, La reine des mensonges. Gerard Souzay, bar., New SO/Paul Bonneau.
  • Gounod: Faust: Avant de quitter ces lieux. Gerard Souzay, bar., New SO/Paul Bonneau.
  • Massenet: Werther - Air des lettres. Regine Crespin, sop., Swiss Romande Orch/Alain Lombard.
  • Flotow: Martha: M'appari tutt'amor. Roberto Alagna, ten., London PO/Sir Richard Armstrong.

  • 6th July

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  • In Honour of American National Day
  • Handel: Alcina: Tornami a vagheggiar. Kathleen Battle, sop., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Evening Prayer. Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sop, Kathleen Battle, sop., Orch of St Luke's/Andre Previn.
  • Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice: Che faro, senza Euridice (I Have Lost my Euridice). Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sop, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah SO/Joseph Silverstein.
  • Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Pescator, affonda lésca. Sherrill Milnes, bar., William Elvin, bass, London PO, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Wandsworth Boys' Choir/Silvio Varviso.
  • Porter: A Fool There Was. Thomas Hampson, bar., London SO/John McGlinn.
  • Donizetti: Belisario: You are free. Goodbye. Thomas Hampson, bar., Jerry Hadley, ten., Welsh National Opera Orch/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra - Beviam, tocchiamo. Marilyn Horne, m-sop., Turin SO, Turin Symphony Chorus/Alberto Zedda.
  • Mozart: Magic Flute - Der holle Rache. June Anderson, sop., Scottish CO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Verdi: Rigoletto: E il sol dell'anima. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., June Anderson, sop., Bologna Theatre Orch/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: Nella fatal di Rimini. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Paris Orchl Ensemble/John Nelson.
  • Traditional (arr. Kern): Great Day. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Traditional: You Can Tell the World. Jessye Norman, sop., Unnamed Orch/James Levine.
  • Traditional (arr. Davis): Battle hymn of the Republic. Marilyn Horne, m-sop., English CO, Ambrosian Singers/Carl Davis.

  • 29th June

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  • Singers with names beginning with "A"
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Il mio tesoro. Luigi Alva, ten., Philharmonia Orch/Carlo Maria Giulini.
  • Schubert: Non t'accostar all'urna, D688/1. Arleen Auger, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Schubert: Mio ben ricordate, D688/4. Arleen Auger, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Franck Panis Angelicus Friar Alessandro
  • Boito Mefistofele Son la spirito che nega, Ildar Abdrazakov, bass, Orch Metropolitain de Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin
  • Massenet: Manon - Je suis seul!. Francisco Araiza, ten., English CO/Alberto Zedda.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville - Largo al factotum. Sir Thomas Allen, bar., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Lehar Das land des Laechelns Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Peter Anders, ten,Koelner Rundfunk SO/Kurt feltz
  • Verdi: La forza del destino: Morir, remenda cosa!. Robert Allman, bar., Sydney SO/Eric Clapham.
  • Mozart: To Chloe, K.524. Roberta Alexander, sop., Glen Wilson, fortepiano.
  • Mozart: The Violet, KV476. Roberta Alexander, sop., Glen Wilson, fortepiano.
  • Gardel: Golondrinas. Marcelo Alvarez, ten., Instrumental Ensemble.
  • Yradier (arr. Gamley): La Paloma. Victoria de los Angeles, sop., Sinfonia of London/Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.

  • 22nd June

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  • The music of Ivor Novello & Noel Coward
  • Novello: The Little Damozel. Marilyn Hill Smith, sop., Chandos Concert Orch/Stuart Barry.
  • Novello: The Dancing Years: Primrose. Marilyn Hill Smith, sop., Chandos Concert Orch/Stuart Barry.
  • Novello: Arc de Triomphe: Dark music. Marilyn Hill Smith, sop., Chandos Concert Orch/Stuart Barry.
  • Novello: Glamorous Night: When the gypsy played. Marilyn Hill Smith, sop., Chandos Concert Orch/Stuart Barry.
  • Novello: Gay's the Word: On such a night as this. Marilyn Hill Smith, sop., Chandos Concert Orch/Stuart Barry.
  • Novello (arr. Simonds): King's Rhapsody: Some Day My Heart Will Awake. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Novello: The Dancing Years: My Dearest Dear. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Novello: The Dancing Years: Waltz of my Heart. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Vladimir Kamirski.
  • Coward: Bittersweet: If Love Were All. Lesley Garrett, sop., Royal Philharmonic Concert Orch/James Holmes.
  • Coward: Matelot. Noel Coward, voc., Carl Hayes and His Orch.
  • Coward (arr. Gamley): Tokay, 'Bitter Sweet'. Australian Pops Orch, Ashton-Smith Singers/Douglas Gamley.
  • Coward: Bitter Sweet: I'll see you again. June Bronhill, sop., James Hawthorne, bar., Brian Fahey Orch/Brian Fahey.
  • Coward: Operette: Dearest love. June Bronhill, sop., Brian Fahey Orch/Brian Fahey.
  • Coward: A room with a view. Noel Coward, voc., Carl Hayes and His Orch.

  • 15th June

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  • Angela Gheorghiu
  • Puccini: Death of Butterfly. Roberto Alagna, ten., Angela Gheorghiu, sop., Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch/Anton Coppola.
  • Puccini: Edgar: Addio mio dolce. Angela Gheorghiu, sop., Royal Opera House Chorus, Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch/Anton Coppola.
  • Verdi: La forza del destino: Pace, pace mio Dio. Angela Gheorghiu, sop., Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Massenet Le Cid Pleurez, mes yeux, Angela Gheorgiu, sop, RPO/Marco Armiliato
  • Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro. Angela Gheorghiu, sop., ROHO/Ion Marin.
  • Verdi Brindisi Angela Gheorghiu, sop, Jeff Cohen, pno
  • Verdi Stornello Angela Gheorghiu, sop, Jeff Cohen, pno
  • Parisotti Se tu m'ami Angela Gheorghiu, sop, Jeff Cohen, pno
  • Brediceanu Cateflori pe deal in sus Angela Gheorghiu, sop, Jeff Cohen, pno
  • Brediceanu Vai, badita, dragine-avem Angela Gheorghiu, sop, Jeff Cohen, pno
  • Grigorio Muszica Angela Gheorghiu, sop, ROHO Orchestra/.Adam Fischer
  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: Ecco, respiro appena. Angela Gheorghiu, sop., ROHO/Ion Marin.
  • Donizetti: Anna Bolena: Al dolce guidami. Angela Gheorghiu, sop., ROHO/Sir Richard Armstrong.

  • 8th June

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  • Winter Songs
  • Quilter: Blow, blow thou winter wind. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Schubert: Der Winterabend, D938. Gerald Moore, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Medtner: Winter Evening, Op.13/1. Boris Berezovsky, pno., Vassily Savenko, bass-baritone.
  • Mahler: Winterlied. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Dame Janet Baker, m-sop.
  • Mendelssohn: Winterlied, Op.19a/3. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Barbara Bonney, sop.
  • Strauss R: Winterweihe, Op.48/4. Gundula Janowitz, sop., Academy of London/Richard Stamp.
  • Wagner R: Die Walkure: Wintersturme wichen dem Wonnemond. Jonas Kaufmann, ten., Mahler CO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: It was not the Wind, Op.43/2. Daniel Barenboim, pno., Anna Netrebko, sop.
  • Keel: Trade winds. Roger Vignoles, pno., Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritone.
  • Schubert: With the Wind, D.669. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Karl Engel, pno.
  • Schubert: After a Thunderstorm, D561. Rainer Trost, ten., Ulrich Eisenlohr, pno.
  • Viardot-Garcia: Rain song. Isabel Bayrakdarian, sop., Serouj Kradjan, pno.
  • Brahms: Rain Song, Op.59/3. Joerg Demus, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Strauss R: A shelter against storm and rain. Edita Gruberova, sop., Friedrich Haider, pno.
  • Vaughan Williams: The Winter is Gone. Ian Bostridge, ten., Holst Singers/Stephen Layton.

  • 1st June

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  • The Music of George Frederick Handel
  • Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV49: Love in her eyes sits playing. Kenneth McKellar, ten., ROHO/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Handel: Alceste - Gentle Morpheus. Dawn Upshaw, sop., Orpheus CO.
  • Handel: Alcina: Tornami a vagheggiar. Inessa Galante, sop., London Musici/Mark Stephenson.
  • Handel: Alexander's Feast: War, he sung, is toil and trouble. Richard Lewis, ten., London SO/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Handel: Arioso: Dank sei dir. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Handel: Brockes Passion: Chi sprezzando. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Handel: Das zitternde Glanzen der spielenden Wellen, HWV203. Carolyn Sampson, sop., King's Consort.
  • Handel: Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski.
  • Handel: Atalanta: Care selve, ombra beate. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Orch del Teatro Comunale di Bologna/Richard Bonynge.
  • Handel: Serse: Ombra mai fu. Jennifer Larmore, m-sop., Lausanne CO/Jesus Lopez-Cobos.
  • Handel: Semele - Where'er you walk. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, John Fisher, hpschd., Scottish CO/Sir Charles Mackerras.

  • 25th May

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  • Radiothon
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Martern aller Arten. Natalie Dessay, sop., OAE/Louis Langree.
  • Massenet: Manon: Je suis seul!...Ah fuyez douce image. Vittorio Grigolo, ten., Italian RSO/Evelino Pido.
  • Meyerbeer: Robert the Devil: Nonnes qui reposez. Cesare Siepi, bass, St Cecilia Academy Orch/Alberto Erede.
  • Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart, Op.6/6. Joseph Calleja, ten., BBC Concert Orch/Steven Mercurio.
  • Chopin (arr. Kneifel): In mir klingt ein Lied. Joseph Calleja, ten., BBC Concert Orch/Steven Mercurio.
  • Stolz: Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein. Angelika Kirchschlager, sop., Lower Austria Tonkunstler Orch/Alfred Eschwe.
  • Suppe: Boccaccio: Hab' ich nur deine Liebe. Simon Keenlyside, bar., Angelika Kirchschlager, sop., Lower Austria Tonkunstler Orch/Alfred Eschwe.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Ah, chi mi dice mai. Agnes Baltsa, m-sop., Samuel Ramey, bass, Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Lehmann (arr. Mackerras): Matilda. Owen Brannigan, bass, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Hely-Hutchinson: The Duck and the Kangaroo. Owen Brannigan, bass, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.