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.


14th September

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7th September

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31st August

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  • Singers with surnames beginning with "C"
  • Mozart: Cosi fan tutte - Come scoglio. Monserrat Caballe, sop., ROHO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Morricone La Califfa, Joseph Calleja, ten., BBC Concert Orch, New London Singers/Steven Mercurio.
  • Bellini: I Puritani: Qui la voce. Maria Callas, sop., Torino RAI Orch/Arturo Basile.
  • Verdi: Nabucco: Dio di Giuda! Cadran, cadranno I perfidi. Piero Cappuccilli, bar., Volker Horn, ten., German Opera Orch, Berlin, German Opera Chorus, Berlin/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Charpentier: Louise: Ainsi tout enfant a le droit. Placido Domingo, ten., Ileana Cotrubas, sop., Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orch/Georges Pretre.
  • Schubert: Deutsche Messe, D872: Holy, Holy, Holy. Jose Carreras, ten., Vienna Symphony, Vienna Chorus/Uwe Christian Harrer.
  • Rossini: La Danza. Jose Carreras, ten., English CO/Enrique Garcia Asensio.
  • Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix: Da quel di che t'incontrai. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Patrizia Ciofi, m-sop., Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Daniel Oren.
  • Mozart: Magic Flute - In diesen heil'gen Hallen. Conal Coad, bass, Tasmanian SO/Dobbs Franks.

  • 24th August

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  • Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: If you want to know who we are. Pro Arte Orch, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: Gentlemen, I pray you tell me/A Wand'ring minstrel. Richard Lewis, ten., Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard: I Have a Song to Sing O!. Richard Suart, bass, Alwyn Mellor, sop., Oh! A private buffoon …Richard Suart, bass Welsh National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: Dance a chachucha. Pro Arte Orch, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: Take a pair of sparkling eyes. Richard Lewis, ten., Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: I am a courtier grave and serious. Pro Arte Orch, Ensemble/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance: Oh, better far to live and die. James Milligan, bass-baritone, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance: Poor wand'ring one. Valerie Masterson, sop., Royal PO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers: We're called Gondolieri. Thomas Edmonds, ten., Robert Dawe, bar., Adelaide SO/James Christiansen.
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: The sun whose rays/Here's a how-de-do/The flowers that bloom in the spring. Elsie Morison, sop., Richard Lewis, ten., Geraint Evans, bass, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe: Love unrequited/When you're lying awake. John Reed, bar., New SO/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe: If You Go in, You're Sure to Win. Thomas Edmonds, ten., Dennis Olsen, bar., Robert Dawe, bar., Adelaide SO/James Christiansen.
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe , When all night long, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company/Isidore Godfrey.

  • 17th August

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  • Thomas Hampson
  • Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer Thomas Hampson, bar, Wiener Phil/Leonard Bernstein
  • Porter: How's Your Romance ?. Thomas Hampson, bar., London SO, Ambrosian Singers/John McGlinn.
  • Porter: I Concentrate on You. Thomas Hampson, bar., London SO/John McGlinn.
  • Verdi: Don Carlos: There it is. The child!. Thomas Hampson, bar., Jerry Hadley, ten., Welsh National Opera Orch/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Speaks: On the Road to Mandalay. Thomas Hampson, bar., Armen Guzelimian, pno.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Deh, Vieni alla finestra. Thomas Hampson, bar., RCO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Weber: Blessing at night, Op.64/5. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Thomas Hampson, bar.
  • Strauss R: Messengers from heaven, Op.32/5. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Thomas Hampson, bar.

  • 10th August

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  • Trees
  • Verdi: Otello: Mia madre aveva...Willow song. Leontyne Price, sop., RCA Italiana Opera Orch/Franc. Molinari-Pradelli.
  • Blum: A White Birch Tree. Ivan Rebroff, bass.
  • Somervell: Loveliest of trees the cherry now. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Moniuszko: The Fir Trees Rustle on Mountain Peaks. Grzegortz Caban, ten., Podlasie SO/Marek Kudlicki.
  • Balfe: The green trees whispered. Richard Bonynge, pno., Sally Silver, sop.
  • Rasbach: Trees. David Miller, pno., Lauris Elms, contr.
  • Strauss Jnr: Where the Lemon Trees Blossom waltz, Op.364. Sumi Jo, sop., Vienna Folk Opera Orch/Rudolf Bibl.
  • Peterson-Berger: Maiden under a linden tree. Jussi Bjoerling, ten., Frederick Schauwecker, pno.
  • Schubert: Winterreise, D.911: Der Lindenbaum. Mark Glanville, bass, Alexander Knapp, pno.
  • Schumann: Der Nussbaum, Op. 25/3. Joerg Demus, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Schubert: The Faded Lime Tree, D514. Edith Mathis, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Britten: The Ash Grove. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Caroline Almonte, pno.
  • Gleeson: A Bush Bird in a Blue Gum Tree. Margaret Schindler, sop., Philip Mayers, pno.

  • 3rd August

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  • Placido Domingo
  • Verdi: La traviata: Brindisi. Placido Domingo, ten., Ileana Cotrubas, sop., Bavarian State Orch, Bavarian State Opera Chorus/Carlos Kleiber.
  • Cobian (arr. Pansera): Nostalgias. Placido Domingo, ten., Studio Orch/Roberto Pansera.
  • De Curtis (arr. Tarkmann): Non ti scordar di me. Placido Domingo, ten., Budapest PO/Eugene Kohn.
  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Donna non vidi mai. Placido Domingo, ten., Philharmonia Orch/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Freire (arr. Loges): Ay, Ay, Ay. Placido Domingo, ten., London SO/Karl-Heinz Loges.
  • Lecuona (arr. Ebbinghouse): Siboney. Placido Domingo, ten., London SO/Karl-Heinz Loges.
  • Verdi: Otello: Gia nella notte densa. Placido Domingo, ten., Cheryl Studer, sop., Bastille Opera Orch/Myung-Whun Chung.
  • Grever: Jurame. Placido Domingo, ten., London SO/Marcel Peeters.
  • Lacalle (arr. Engelen): Amapola. Placido Domingo, ten., London SO/Karl-Heinz Loges.
  • Rossini: Otello - Ah vieni nel tuo sangue vendichero le offese. Placido Domingo, ten., Juan Diego Florez, ten., Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Daniel Oren.
  • Puccini: To You. Placido Domingo, ten., Julius Rudel, pno.
  • : La Malaguena. Placido Domingo, ten., VVC SO/Bebu Silvetti.
  • : Paloma querida. Placido Domingo, ten., VVC SO/Bebu Silvetti.

  • 27th July

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  • Singers with surnames beginning with B
  • Pacini: Se un mio desir…Cedi al duol; Ira del ciel. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Orch La Scintilla, International Chamber Soloists/Adam Fischer.
  • Pacini: Dopo tante e tante pene. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Orch La Scintilla/Adam Fischer.
  • Stolz (arr. Michalski): I love you. Piotr Beczala, ten., Royal PO/Lukasz Borowicz.
  • Bohm (arr. Bateman): Still as the night, deep as the sea, Op.326/27. Piotr Beczala, ten., Royal PO, Berlin Comedian Harmonists/Lukasz Borowicz.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Batti, batti. Kathleen Battle, sop., Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Handel: Berenice - Si, tra I ceppi. Robert Bickerstaff, bar.
  • Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots - Nobles seigneurs, salut. Olga Borodina, m-sop., Welsh National Opera Orch/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Mozart: The Magic Flute, K.620: Pamina, wo bist du?. Peter Schreier, ten., Walter Berry, bass, Bavarian State Orch/Wolfgang Sawallisch.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville - Una voce poco fa. Greta Bradman, sop., English CO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Traditional (arr. Mackerras): The miller of Dee. Owen Brannigan, bass, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Traditional (arr. Tomlinson): John Peel. Owen Brannigan, bass, Hendon Grammar School Choir, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Binge: The Grand Old Duke. Owen Brannigan, bass, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.