Opera & Song

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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.

Frank has been a volunteer with 3MBS since 2010. He worked on Reception for the first 12 months, an experience he recommends to all newcomers to the station. ‘It’s a great way to get to know everyone – staff and volunteers alike – and you’re the first point of contact with our listeners and guests, either on the phone or in person.’

‘It was always at the back of my mind that when I retired I would investigate volunteering at 3MBS. This became reality when I took earl...learn more

MTC is one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1953, MTC is also the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, and currently exists as a semi-autonomous department of the University of Melbour


24th May

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17th May

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  • Introduction
  • Ives: Autumn. Douglas Dickson, pno., Jennifer Casey Cabot, sop.
  • Lachner: Herbst. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Barry Tuckwell, horn, Richard Bonynge, pno.
  • Faure: Chant d'Automne, Op.5/1. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Sibelius: Autumn evening, Op.38/1. Kirsten Flagstad, sop., London SO/Oivin Fjeldstad.
  • Quilter: Autumn Evening, Op.14/1. John Mark Ainsley, ten., Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Haydn: The Seasons, Hob.XXI:3. So lohnet die Natur den Fleiss. Andreas Schmidt, bass, Barbara Bonney, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Brahms: Herbstgefuehl, Op.48/7. David Selig, pno., Udo Reinemann, bar.
  • Cockenpot: Automne (Colchiques dans les pres). Patricia Petibon, sop., Susan Manoff, pno.
  • Schubert: Autumn Evening, D405. Helmut Deutsch, pno., Matthias Goerne, bass.
  • Caplet: Autumn night. Claudette LeBlanc, sop., Boaz Sharon, pno.
  • Faure: Automne Op.18/3. Elly Ameling, sop., Dalton Baldwin, pno.
  • Mendelssohn: Autumn Song, Op.63/4. Cord Garben, pno., Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Hidenori Komatsu, bar.
  • Schubert: Autumn, D.945. Andras Schiff, pno., Peter Schreier, ten.

  • 10th May

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    3rd May

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  • Adam: Le postillion de Lonjumeau: My Friends, Listen to the Story. Joseph Traxel, ten, Berlin SO/ Wilhelm Schuchter.
  • Rossini: La donna del lago - Ah si pera. Max Emanuel Cencic, alto., Geneva CO/Michael Hofstetter.
  • Korngold: Dead City - Dance Song of the Pierrot. Thmas Hampson, bar, Munich RSO/Fabio Luisi
  • Verdi: Macbeth: Vieni t'affretta!. Rita Hunter, sop, BBC Cncert O/John Matheson
  • Rossini: La Danza. Lawrence Brownlee, ten, Martin Katz, pno
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph The Creation: In hlder Anmut stehn, Esabeth Grummer, sop, Jospeh Traxel, ten, Gottlob Frick, bs, Choir St Hedwig's, Berlin SO/Karl Forster
  • Verdi: La frza del destino: Pace, pace, mio dio. Leontyne Price, sop, Met Orchestra, James Levine

  • 26th April

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  • Intro
  • Verdi: Rigoletto: Caro nome. Maria Callas, sop., Renato Ercolani, ten., Carlo Forti, bass, William Dickie, bar., La Scala Chorus, Milan, La Scala Orch, Milan/Tullio Serafin.
  • Verdi: Rigoletto - Quel vecchio maledivami..Signor, va non ho niente. Neil Warren-Smith, bass, Robert Allman, bar., Sydney SO/Eric Clapham.
  • Faure: L'absent, Op.5/3. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Verdi: Ernani: Che mai Vegg'io!...Infelice!. Paata Burchuladze, bass, English Concert Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Liszt: Dear child, if I were king, S283. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Berlioz: La captive, Op.12. Veronique Gens, sop., Lyon Opera Orch/Louis Langree.
  • Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Cielo e mar. Jonas Kaufmann, ten., St Cecilia Academy Orch/Antonio Pappano.
  • Liszt: Dear child, if I were king, S283. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Irwin Gage, pno.
  • Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: Il segreto per esser felici. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Paris Orchl Ensemble/John Nelson.

  • 19th April

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  • Introduction
  • Caccini (arr. McGuire): Amarilli. Jane Edwards, sop., Marshall McGuire, harp.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni - Notte e giorno faticar. Joan Carden, sop., Donald Shanks, bass, Stephen Bennett, bar., Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Handel: Rodelinda: Quanto piu fiera tempesta freme. Liane Keegan, contr., Sydney Lyric Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Fly duet. June Bronhill, sop., Eric Shilling, bar., Sadlers' Wells Orch/Alexander Faris.
  • Mozart: Solemn Vespers, K339: Laudate Dominum. Danielle De Niese, sop, OAE/Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Rossini: Stabat Mater: Cujus animam. Donald Smith, ten., Queensland SO/Vanco Cavdarski.
  • Strauss R: Ariadne auf Naxos: Es gibt ein Reich. Nance Grant, sop., Elizabethan Sydney Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Geddes: Willie's Rare and Willie's Fair. Len Vorster, pno., Vivien Hamilton, sop.
  • Vaughan Williams: Loch Lomond. Timothy Reynolds, ten., Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.
  • Liddell: Wee Willie Gray. Len Vorster, pno., Vivien Hamilton, sop.

  • 12th April

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  • Lohengrin
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin: Dank, Konig, dir, dass du zu richten kamst. Gustav Neidlinger, bar, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Lorin Maazel
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin, highlights. Gabriele Schnaut, m-sop., Cheryl Studer, sop., Ekkehard Wlaschiha, bar., Manfred Schenk, bass, Bayreuth Festival Orch, Bayreuth Festival Chorus/Peter Schneider.
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin: Einsam in truben tagen. Marilyn Richardson, sop., Queensland SO/Werner Andreas Albert.
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin. Act 2, Erhebe dich ... Siegmund Nimsgern, bass, Eve Randova, m-sop., Vienna PO, Vienna State Concert Society Choir/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin: Elsa! Who's there?. Nance Grant, sop., Karen Bureau, sop., Melbourne SO/Richard Divall.
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin: Almest du nicht. Sandor Konya, ten, Elisabeth Grummer, sop. Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Lovro von Matacic
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin: Hochstes Vertrauen. Lauritz Melchior, ten., Unnamed Orch.

  • 5th April

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    29th March

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  • Introduction
  • Monteverdi: L'Orfeo. Ian Bostridge, ten., Paul Agnew, ten., Carolyn Sampson, sop., Veronique Gens, sop., Christopher Maltman, bar., Mario Luperi, bass, Patrizia Ciofi, m-sop., Le Concert d'Astree, European Voices, Les Sacqueboutiers/Emmanuelle Haim.
  • Graun: L'Orfeo: D'ogni aura al mormorar. Julia Lezhneva, sop., Concerto Cologne/Mikhail Antonenko.
  • Haydn: L'anima del filosofo, Hob.XXVIII:13: You Shall Embrace your Beloved Again. Sara Macliver, sop., Tasmanian SO/Ola Rudner.
  • Porpora: Orfeo: Dall'amor piu sventurato. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Academy for Ancient Music Berlin/Rene Jacobs.
  • Schubert: Orpheus's Song, D474. Ulrich Eisenlohr, pno., Konstantin Wolff, bass-baritone.
  • Guadagni: Orfeo: Men tiranne voi sareste. Aris Christofellis, sop., Ensemble Seicentonovecento/Flavio Colusso.
  • Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice. Barbara Hendricks, sop., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Brigitte Fournier, sop., Monteverdi Choir, Lyon Opera Orch/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld. Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, ten., Natalie Dessay, sop., Yann Beuron, ten., Laurent Naouri, bar., Lyon Opera Orch, Lyon Opera Chorus, CO of Grenoble/Marc Minkowski.
  • Milhaud: Les Malheurs d'Orphee. Matrix Ensemble/Robert Ziegler.
  • Vaughan Williams: Orpheus With his Lute. Eric Gritton, pno., Roy Henderson, bar.
  • Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice: Che faro, senza Euridice (I Have Lost my Euridice). Janet Baker, contr., London PO, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus/Raymond Leppard.