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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 February

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  • Love Duets
  • Massenet Manon Toi! Vous!...N'est-ce plus ma main, Ailyn Perez, sop.Stephen Costello, ten, BBC SO/Patrick Summers
  • Verdi La Traviata Un Di Felice, Ailyn Perez, sop.Stephen Costello, ten, BBC SO/Patrick Summers
  • Gounod Faust, Il se fait tard, Ailyn Perez, sop.Stephen Costello, ten, BBC SO/Patrick Summers
  • Verdi Rigoletto Signor ne principe, Ailyn Perez, sop.Stephen Costello, ten, BBC SO/Patrick Summers
  • Rodgers Carousel If I loved you, Ailyn Perez, sop.Stephen Costello, ten, BBC SO/Patrick Summers
  • Donzetti L'Elisir d'Amore Caro elisir, Ailyn Perez, sop.Stephen Costello, ten, BBC SO/Patrick Summers
  • Bernstein West Side Story One hand, one heart, Ailyn Perez, sop.Stephen Costello, ten, BBC SO/Patrick Summers
  • Borodin Kismet And this is my beloved, Ailyn Perez, sop.Stephen Costello, ten, BBC SO/Patrick Summers

  • 9th February

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  • The Bach Family
  • Bach, JS Was des hoechsten Glanz erfuellt. Thomas Hampson, bass, Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Bach: Come ye troubled sinners, from Cantata 30. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Bach, JS Jesu der de meine Seele Ach, Ich bin ein Kind der Suenden, Peter Schreier, ten, Karl Heinz Possin, flt
  • Bach, JS Johannes-Passion Mein teuerer Heiland, lass dich fragen Thomas Quasthoff, bar, Chormeinschaft Neubeuern, Bach-Collegium Munich/Enoch zu Guttenberg
  • Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Flosst mein Heiland, flosst dein Namen. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Sara Macliver, sop., Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris. Kathleen Ferrier, contr., London PO/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Bach, JC So must I take my leave, may reason triumph Hjoerdis Thebault, sop
  • Bach, J C La Clemenzo di Scipio Pugno il guerriero, Philippe Jaroussky, counterten.,Le cercle de l'Harmonie/Jeremie Rhorer
  • Bach, JS Wachet Auf Mein Freund ist mein, und ich bin sein Thomas Hampson, bass, Allan Bergius, sop, Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt Bach JS Wachet auf Mein Freund ist mein, und ich bin sein Thomas Hampson, bass, Allan Bergius, sop. Concentus Musicus, Wien/ Nikolaus Harnoncourt

  • 2nd February

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  • Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Shostakovich: Motherland hears. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Moscow CO/Constantine Orbelian.
  • Traditional: Oh, the little box is full. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Ossipov Russian Folk Orch/Nikolai Kalinin.
  • Borodin: Prince Igor: Neither sleep nor rest. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Kirov Orch/Valery Gergiev.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: The Line of Flying Clouds Grow Thin, Op.42/3. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Mikhail Arkadiev, pno.
  • Chesnokov: Psalm 1: Blessed is the Man. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., St Petersburg Chamber Choir/Nikolai Korniev.
  • Donizetti: The Duke of Alba: In my moments of highest honours..... Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.
  • Bellini: I Puritani: Ah! Forever I Have Lost You. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.
  • Verdi: Rigoletto. Cortigiani, vil razza dannata. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar. Philharmonia of Russia/Mario Bernardi
  • Solovyov-Sedoy: Moscow Nights. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Moscow CO/Constantine Orbelian.
  • Caccini (arr. Hvorostovsky): Amarilli mia bella. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Rubinstein: Nero. Vindex's aria. Epitalama. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar. Philharmonia of Russia / constantine Orbelian
  • Wagner: Tannhauser. Wolfram's aria. Oh du mein holder Abenstern. Dmitri Hvorostovaky, bar. Philharmonia of Russia / cnstantine Orbelian
  • Puccini: Tosca. Scarpia's aria, Te Deum. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar. Philharmonia of russia / constantine Orbelian

  • 26th January

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  • Australia Day - Australian voices
  • Kats-Chernin: Deep sea dreaming. Sally Whitwell, pno., Gondwana Voices/Lyn Williams.
  • Hook: The Nightingale. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Puccini: Tosca: Recondita Armonia. Donald Smith, ten., Tasmanian SO/Vanco Cavdarski.
  • Monteverdi: I gaze upon you, from I'Incoronazione di Poppea. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Sara Macliver, sop., Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Schubert: Du bist die Ruh', D776. Amir Farid, pno., Siobhan Stagg, sop.
  • Arditi: Il bacio. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., London SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Nathan (arr. Mackerras): Don John of Austria. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Steve Davislim, ten., Cheryl Barker, sop., Paul Whelan, bar., Grant Doyle, bar., Sydney SO, Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers/Alexander Briger.
  • Mills: The Love of the Nightingale: The Nightingale's Song. Emma Matthews, sop., Monte Carlo PO/Brad Cohen.
  • Traditional (arr. Tycho): Waltzing Matilda. Sydney Conservatorium Chorale, Sydney Youth Orch/Tommy Tycho.
  • Allen (arr. Tycho): I still call Australia home. Queensland SO/Tommy Tycho.
  • Traditional (arr. Luboff): Deep river. Jenny Duck-Chong, m-sop., Cantillation/Antony Walker.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni - La ci darem la mano. Isobel Buchanan, sop., John Pringle, bar., Queensland SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Loewe (arr. Martin): Paint Your Wagon: They Call the Wind Maria. Bruce Martin, bass, West Australian SO/David Measham.
  • Edwards: Dawn Mantras. Jane Sheldon, sop., Cantillation, Sydney Children's Choir/Lyn Williams.
  • Traditional (arr. Morton): Andy's Gone With Cattle. Nicholas Buc, pno., Concordis/Andrew Hunter.
  • Gross: Shearer's Dream (Henry Lawson), Op. 105/5. Alan Light, bass-baritone, Walter Sutcliffe, db., Sydney SO/Eric Gross.
  • Welch: Waratah and Wattle. Tenor Australis.
  • O'Hagan: Road to Gundagai. Tenor Australis.
  • Woodley: I Am Australian. Choir of Hope & Inspiration/Jonathon Welch.

  • 19th January

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  • American soprano - Jessye Norman
  • Handel: Rinaldo: Lascia ch'io pianga. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Schumann: Widmung, Op.25/1. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Beethoven: Fidelio: Abscheulicher. Jessye Norman, sop., Dresden State Orch/Bernard Haitink.
  • Beethoven: Fidelio: Mir ist so wunderbar. Pamela Coburn, sop., Jessye Norman, sop., Hans-Peter Blochwitz, ten., Kurt Moll, bass, Dresden State Orch/Bernard Haitink.
  • Schubert: Der Musensohn, D764. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Schubert: Ave Maria, D839, Op.52/6. Jessye Norman, sop., Geoffrey Parsons, pno.
  • Debussy: Early Songs. Nuit détoiles. James Levine, pno., Jessye Norman, sop.
  • Debussy: Mandoline, James Levine, pno., Jessye Norman, sop.
  • Strauss R: Morgen, Op.27/4. Jessye Norman, sop., Gewandhaus Orch/Kurt Masur.
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann. Jessye Norman, sop., Francisco Araiza, ten., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Cheryl Studer, sop., Dresden State Orch, Leipzig Radio Choir/Jeffrey Tate.
  • Traditional: You Can Tell the World. Jessye Norman, sop., Unnamed Orch/James Levine.
  • Traditional: Oh, What a Beautiful City. Jessye Norman, sop., Kathleen Battle, sop., Unnamed Orch/James Levine.
  • Traditional: Gospel Train. Jessye Norman, sop., Kathleen Battle, sop., Unnamed Orch, Unnamed Choir/James Levine.
  • Traditional: Scandalize My Name. Jessye Norman, sop., Kathleen Battle, sop., Sylvia Olden Lee, pno., Unnamed Orch/James Levine.

  • 12th January

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Rodgers: It's a Grand Night for Singing. Richard Hayman and His Orch.
  • Rodgers: Manhattan from The Garrick Gaieties. Dawn Upshaw, sop., Fred Hersch, pno.
  • Rodgers (arr. Salinger): Johnny one note. Judy Garland, voc., Unnamed Orch/Lennie Hayton.
  • Rodgers: The Boys from Syracuse, excerpts.
  • Rodgers: Pal Joey, excerpts.
  • Rodgers: Oklahoma!. Surrey with the fringe on top.Gordon MacRae, voc., Shirley Jones, voc., Gloria Graham, voc.
  • Rodgers (arr. Atkinson): Carousel: Soliloquy. Anthony Warlow, bar., Melbourne SO/Brian Stacey.
  • Rodgers: South Pacific: Some Enchanted Evening. Ezio Pinza, bass, Unnamed Orch/Salvatore Dell'Isola.
  • Rodgers: The King and I: Shall we dance?. Yul Brynner, voc., Gertrude Lawrence, voc., Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers: Flower Drum Song. I enjoy being a girl. Miyoshi Umeki, voc., Larry Blyden, voc., Juanita Hall, voc., Unnamed Orch/Salvatore Dell'Isola.
  • Rodgers: The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music reprise & Processional. Mary Martin, voc., Patricia Neway, sop., Kurt Kasznar, voc., Marion Marlowe, voc., Theodore Bikel, voc., Lauri Peters, voc., Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers: The Sound of Music. The Lonely Goatherd. June Bronhill, sop., Orch of Princess Theatre, Melbourne/Eric Clapham.
  • Rodgers: It Might as Well be Spring from State Fair. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Guy Noble.

  • 5th January

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  • Fine Music from 3MBS, Classically Melbourne..
  • Sullivan: Onward Christian Soldiers. Huddersfield Choral Society.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: Take a pair of sparkling eyes. Richard Lewis, ten., Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: Nightmare Song. Dennis Olsen, bar., Malcolm Tapscott, pno.
  • Sullivan: Ruddigore - Part II. Kenneth Sandford, bar., John Reed, bar., Thomas Round, ten., Jean Hindmarsh, sop., ROHO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: The Mikado. John Ayldon, voc., Colin Wright, ten., Valerie Masterson, sop., Kenneth Sandford, bar., Royal PO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company/Royston Nash.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers. Gillian Knight, sop., Kenneth Sandford, bar., John Reed, bar., Dawn Bradshaw, sop., New SO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe. Kenneth Sandford, bar., John Reed, bar., Thomas Round, ten., Yvonne Newman, sop., New SO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: Princess Ida - Part I. Elizabeth Harwood, sop., Valerie Masterson, sop., Kenneth Sandford, bar., John Reed, bar., Royal PO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance. Owen Brannigan, bass, Donald Adams, bass-baritone, Valerie Masterson, sop., John Reed, bar., Royal PO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe. Kenneth Sandford, bar., John Reed, bar., Thomas Round, ten., Yvonne Newman, sop., New SO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard, Act 1. Felicity Palmer, sop., Richard Suart, bass, Neill Archer, ten., Alwyn Mellor, sop., Donald Adams, bass-baritone, Donald Maxwell, bar., Welsh National Opera Orch, Welsh National Opera Chorus/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers. Gillian Knight, sop., Kenneth Sandford, bar., John Reed, bar., Dawn Bradshaw, sop., New SO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Various: Broadway Musicals of 1939. Amanda McBroom, voc., Bryan Batt, voc., Darius de Haas, voc., Annie Golden, voc., Marie Danvers, voc., Rob Gallagher, voc., Steve Ross, voc., Ross Patterson Little Big Band/Ross Patterson.
  • Sullivan: The golden Legend. The night is calm and cloudless. Janice Watson, sop. The London chorus. The new Londond Orchestra / Ronald Corp.
  • Sullivan: Grand Duke - Act II. Royal PO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus/Royston Nash.

  • 29th December

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  • Operetta for New Year
  • Offenbach: Un mari a la port: Valse tyrolienne. Sumi Jo, sop., English CO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Fly duet. June Bronhill, sop., Eric Shilling, bar., Sadlers' Wells Orch/Alexander Faris.
  • German Waltz Song from Tom Jones, Cynthia Glover, Nigel Brooks Choir, Gilbert Vintner & his Orchestra
  • German Tom Jones West Country Lad, Frederick Harvey, Nigel Brooks Chorus, Gilbert Vintner & his Orchestra . Owen Brannigan, bass, Elsie Morison, sop., Ian Wallace, bass, John Cameron, bar., Monica Sinclair, contr., Pro Arte Orch, Pro Arte Singers/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Lehar: Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen. Anna Moffo, sop., Hagen Galatis Orch/Hagen Galatis.
  • Lehar: Land of Smiles: You Are My Heart's Delight. Richard Tauber, ten., Berlin State Opera Orch/Franz Lehar.
  • Kalman Kaiserin Josephine Liebe singt in ihr Zauberlied, Adolf Dallapozza, ten, Graunke SO/ Charles Wildman
  • Kalman Kaiserin Josephine Mein Traum, mein traum, Olivera Miljakovic, sop, Graunke SO/Charles Wildman
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus: Bruderlein und Schwesterlein. Fritz Wunderlich, ten.
  • Lehar: Count of Luxembourg: Dear friend, does fortune smile on you?. Werner Krenn, ten., Renata Holm, sop., Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Anton Paulik.
  • Romberg: The Student Prince: Drink, Drink, Drink. Mario Lanza, ten., Unnamed Orch, Jeff Alexander Choir/Constantine Callinicos.
  • Offenbach: La belle Helene: Au mont Ida trois deesses. Joseph Calleja, ten., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Stolz: Two hearts in waltz time. Renee Fleming, sop., Klaus Florian Vogt, ten., Dresden State Orch/Christian Thielemann.