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23rd October

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: La forza del destino: Pace, pace mio Dio. Renata Tebaldi, sop. St Cecilia Academy Orch/Franc. Molinari-Pradelli.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Otello: Era la notte. Tito Gobbi, bar. Royal PO/Alberto Erede.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Requiem: Ingemisco. Donald Smith, ten. Queensland SO/Vanco Cavdarski.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Il trovatore: Tacea la notte. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Norma Burrowes, sop. National PO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Il trovatore. Stride la vampa Fiorenza Cossotto, m-sop. Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orch/Zubin Mehta.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: La traviata: Highlights. Libiamo. Alfredo Kraus, ten., Renata Scotto, sop. Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orch/Riccardo Muti.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Rigoletto: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata. Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone Loire PO/Marc Soustrot.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Rigoletto: La donna e mobile. Juan Diego Florez, ten. Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Lo spazzacamino. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Margaret Price, sop.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: La forza del destino: Rataplan. Giuletta Simionato, m-sop. St Cecilia Academy Chorus, St Cecilia Academy Orch/Franc. Molinari-Pradelli.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Sicilian Vespers: In braccio alle dovizie. Leo Nucci, bar. English CO/Gianfranco Masini.

  • 16th October

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  • Paisiello, Giovanni Il barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia. Angelo Nardinocchi, bass. Trieste Teatro Verdi Orchestra/Giuliano Carella
  • Morlacchi, Francesco: Il Barbiere di Seviglia: Giusto cielo….Buona sera. Jonathan Best, bass, Kevin John, ten., Marilyn Hill Smith, sop., Phillip Guy Bromley, bass, Russell Smythe, bar. Philharmonia Orch/David Parry.
  • Paer, Ferdinando: Leonora. "Ciel! Che profonda, oscurita tiranna" Siegfried Jerusalem, ten. Bavarian SO/Peter Maag.
  • Meyerbeer, Giacomo: Semiramide. Ella e la fiamma mia. Deborah Riedel, sop., Fiona Janes, m-sop. Wurttemberg Philharmonic/Richard Bonynge.
  • Dietsch, Pierre-Louis Le vaisseau fantome: Quel que soit le courroux de mon pere - Par les vents promenees. Sally Matthews, sop., Russell Braun, bar. Les Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski
  • Reyer, Ernest: Sigurd - Salut splendeur du jour. Francoise Pollet, sop. Montpellier PO/Cyril Diedrich.

  • 9th October

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  • Liszt, Franz: There once was a king in Thule, S278. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pno.
  • Schumann, Robert: Poems by Mary Queen of Scots, Op.135. Farewell from the world; Prayer. John Wustman, pno., Regine Crespin, sop.
  • Donizetti, Gaetano: Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth: I seem to hear him say again. Joyce DiDonato, m-sop. Lyon Opera Orch/Riccardo Minasi.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amo... Dormiro sol. Bruce Martin, bass West Australian SO/David Measham.
  • Xarhakos, Stravos: When Otto was King. Agnes Baltsa, m-sop., Kostas Papadopoulos, bouzouki Athens Experimental Orch/Stavros Xarhakos.
  • Donizetti, Gaetano: Maria Stuarda: Dead to justice, throne and kingdom. Alan Opie, bar., Dame Janet Baker, m-sop., David Rendall, ten., John Tomlinson, bass, Rosalind Plowright, sop. English National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Donizetti, Gaetano: Maria Stuarda: Go, prepare yourself for sentence. Alan Opie, bar., Angela Bostock, sop., Dame Janet Baker, m-sop., David Rendall, ten., John Tomlinson, bass, Rosalind Plowright, sop. English National Opera Chorus, English National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Queen Mary's Song. Benjamin Luxon, bar., David Willison, pno.

  • 2nd October

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  • Sullivan, Sir Arthur: HMS Pinafore. Sorry her lot. Rebecca Evans, sop. Welsh National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Stanford, Sir Charles: Songs of the Sea, Op.91. Drake's drum. Benjamin Luxon, bar. Bournemouth SO, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus/Norman Del Mar.
  • Delius, Frederick: Sea Drift. O brown halo in the sky. Thomas Hampson, bar. Welsh National Chorus, Welsh National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Il corsaro: Egli non riede ancora!....Non so le tetre immagini. Elena Xanthoudakis, sop. Northern Sinfonia/Richard Bonynge.
  • Sullivan, Sir Arthur: Ruddigore: In Sailing O'er Life's Ocean Wide. Dennis Olsen, bar., Norma Knight, sop., Thomas Edmonds, ten. Adelaide SO/James Christiansen.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Mermaid's Song. Roger Vignoles, pno., Sarah Walker, m-sop.
  • Ireland, John: Sea Fever. Roger Vignoles, pno., Thomas Allen, bar.
  • Weber, Carl Maria von: Oberon: Ozean du Ungheuer! Birgit Nilsson, sop. Bavarian Radio Orchestra/Rafael Kubelik
  • Faure, Gabriel: La mer est infinie. Gerard Souzay, bar., Jacqueline Bonneau, pno.
  • Schubert, Franz: Auf dem Wasser zu singen (To be sung on the water). Erik Werba, pno., Rita Streich, sop.
  • Bowman, Calvin: Words by the Water. Ian Munro, pno., Paul McMahon, ten.
  • Gurney, Ivor: The ship. Clifford Benson, pno., Michael George, bass .
  • Vaughan Williams, Ralph: A Sea Symphony (Symphony No.1). Movt 2. Christopher Maltman, bar., Joan Rodgers, sop. Bournemouth SO, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus/Paul Daniel.
  • Britten, Benjamin: Billy Budd: Farewell to ye, old Rights o' Man. Bo Skovhus, bar. English National Opera Orch/James Conlon.
  • Britten, Benjamin: Peter Grimes. Now the Great Bear. Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten. Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Bernard Haitink.

  • 25th September

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  • Dowland, John: A Shepherd in a Shade. Catherine King, m-sop., Jacob Heringman, lute .
  • Purcell, Henry: What a sad Fate. Daniel Thomson, ten., Terry McKenna, lute, Thomas Leininger, hpschd.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Joshua: Oh had I Jubal's lyre. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop. English CO/Raymond Leppard.
  • Stanford, Sir Charles: Songs of the Fleet, Op.117. The little admiral. Gerald Finley, bass-baritone BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC NO of Wales/Richard Hickox.
  • Sullivan, Sir Arthur: Ivanhoe. Lord of our chosen race. Geraldine McGreevey, sop. BBC NO of Wales/David Lloyd-Jones.
  • Quilter, Roger: Come Away Death, Op.6/1. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Warlock, Peter: Captain Stratton's Fancy. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Delius, Frederick: Longing. Piers Lane, pno., Yvonne Kenny, sop.
  • Rubbra, Edmund: Psalm 23 - The Lord is my shepherd. Kathleen Ferrier, contr.
  • Britten, Benjamin: Billy Budd: O Beauty, Handsomeness, Godness. Forbes Robinson, bass Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Britten, Benjamin: Peter Grimes - Embroidery in childhood. Joan Carden, sop. Queensland PO/Roderick Brydon.
  • Butterworth, George: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad. Is my team ploughing? Stephen Varcoe, bar. City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox.

  • 18th September

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  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Martern aller Arten. Yvonne Kenny, sop. Zurich Opera Mozart Orch/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Cilea, Francesco: Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella. Marilyn Richardson, sop. Queensland SO/Vladimir Kamirski.

  • 11th September

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  • Graun, Carl Heinrich: Armida: A tanti pianti miei. Julia Lezhneva, sop. Concerto Cologne/Mikhail Antonenko.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Rinaldo. Cara sposa. Vivica Genaux, m-sop. Freiburg Baroque Orch/Rene Jacobs.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Armida abbandonata. Ann Murray, m-sop. The Symphony of Harmony and Invention/Harry Christophers.
  • Gluck, Christoph Willibald von: Armide. Duet. Laurent Naouri, bar., Mireille Delunsch, sop. Musiciens du Louvre, Musiciens du Louvre Choir/Marc Minkowski.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Armida: Vedi, se t'amo .. Odio, furor, dispetto. Joyce DiDonato, m-sop. Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis.
  • Rossini, Gioachino: Armida. Trio: In quale aspetto imbelle. Chris Merritt, ten., Bruce Ford, ten., William Matteuzzi, ten. Ambrosian Opera Chorus, I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone.
  • Brahms, Johannes: Rinaldo, Op.50. James King, ten. Ambrosian Male Voice Chorus, New Philharmonia Orch/Claudio Abbado.

  • 4th September

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  • Mendelssohn Fanny: When I look into your eyes. Eugene Asti, pno., Sarah Connolly, m-sop., Sophie Daneman, sop.
  • Mendelssohn Fanny: Suleika and Hatem, Op.9/12. Eugene Asti, pno., Mark Padmore, ten., Sophie Daneman, sop.
  • Mendelssohn, Felix: Hunting song, Op.84/3. Peter Schreier, ten., Walter Olbertz, pno.
  • Mendelssohn, Felix: Infelice, Op.94. Edda Moser, sop. Gewandhaus Orch/Kurt Masur.
  • Schumann, Robert: Die Lotusblume, from Myrthen, Op.25. Barbara Hendricks, sop., Roland Pontinen, pno.
  • Schumann, Robert: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op.42: Susser Freund, du blickest. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Bengt Forsberg, pno.
  • Schumann C: An einem lichten Morgen, Op.23/2. Imogen Cooper, pno., Wolfgang Holzmair, bar.
  • Schumann C: Er ist gekommen. Christoph Berner, pno., Werner Gura, ten.
  • Mahler Alma (arr. Panula, Jorma): Ecstasy. Lilli Paasikivi, m-sop. Tampere PO/Jorma Panula.
  • Mahler Alma: In My Father's Garden. Daniel de Borah, pno., Greta Bradman, sop.
  • Mahler, Gustav: Song of the Earth. Movt 4. Peter Seiffert, ten., Thomas Hampson, bar. City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle.

  • 28th August

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  • Bizet, Georges: Carmen: Habanera. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop. Adelaide SO/Nicholas Milton.
  • Bizet, Georges: Carmen. Parle-moi de ma mère. Andrea Guiot, sop., Nicolai Gedda, ten. Paris National Opera Orch, Rene Duclos Choir/Georges Pretre.
  • Bizet, Georges: Carmen. Près des ramparts de Seville. Maria Callas, sop. Paris National Opera Orch, Rene Duclos Choir/Georges Pretre.
  • Bizet, Georges: Carmen: Toreador's Song. Jane Berbie, m-sop., Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone, Norma Burrowes, sop., Pierre Thau, bass, Tatiana Troyanos, m-sop., Thomas Allen, bar. John Alldis Choir, London PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Bizet, Georges: Carmen: Je vais danser en votre honneur. Marjorie Lawrence, sop., Raul Jobin, ten. San Francisco Opera Chorus, San Francisco Opera Orch/Gaetano Merola.
  • Bizet, Georges: Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetee. Jonas Kaufmann, ten. Prague PO/Marco Armiliato.
  • Bizet, Georges: Carmen. "Je suis Escamillo". Simon Estes, bass, Neil Shicoff, ten. French NO, Radio France Chorus/Seiji Ozawa.


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