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From operas of all types and times, the arias we love and the ones we will learn to love!

Sam Alfreds migrated to Australia from Singapore where the only opera he was familiar with was Chinese opera, performed in the "Ghost Month" when the spirits of the dead leave the gates of Heaven and Hell to visit their earthly relatives. These spirits must be appeased and due homage paid, by food and entertainment, if their relatives are to live a peaceful life!

It was not until a posting in London when, out of curiosity, Sam attended a performance of Madam Butterfly at Covent G...learn more


21st July

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  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Dove il perfido?; Margaret Price, Sylvia Sass;Stuart Burrows;Lucia Popp;Alfred Sramek;London Philharmonic Orch; Sir Georg Solti
  • Mozart: Zaide: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben;Emma Kirkby;The Academy of Ancient Music;Chirsopher Hogwood
  • Valentini: Il sonnambulo:Si il mar sommesso mormora;Joyce di Donato;Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon;Riccardo Minasi
  • Rossini: Ricciardo e Zoraide, Fu amor propizio;William Matteuzzi and Nelly Miricioiu;Academy of St Martin in the Fields;David Parry
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise;Sandor Solyom-Nagy;Hungarian State Opera Orch; Janos Ferencsik
  • Cilea: L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia del pastore;Beniamino Giglie;Orch del Teatro alla Scala Milano;Umberto Berrettoni
  • Rachmaninov: Aleko; Scene and chorus;Evgeni Nesetrenko;Svetlana Volkova;Alexander Fedin; Moscow Philarmonic Symph Orch;Dmitri Kitaenko
  • Massenet: Cherubin;Lorsque vous n'aurez rien a faire;Dawn Upshaw;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Pinchas Steinberg
  • Strauss R: Arabella: Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt;Lisa della Casa and Hilde Guiden;Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti

  • 14th July

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  • Handel: Giulio Cesare - Piangero la sorta mia;Elly Ameling;Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch;Kurt Masur
  • Carafa: Gabriella di Vergi - Quell aspetto;Bruce Ford and William Matteuzzi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields;David Parry
  • Adam: Le Toreador: Avec son petit air;Sumi Jo;Orch of the Welsh National Opera;Richard Bonynge
  • Verdi: Simon Boccanegra: Sento avvampar nell'anima;Joseph Calleja;Suisse Romande Orch;Marco Armiliato
  • Saint-Saens: Henry VIII - Reine! Je serai reine;Elina Garanca;Orchestra de la Comunitat Valenciana;Roberto Abbado
  • Delibes: Lakme, Quand une femme est si jolie;Alain Vanzo, Gwenyth Annear, Claud Cales, Josephte Clement;Monica Sinclair;Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo;Richard Bonynge
  • Puccini: La Boheme - O soave fanciulla;Giuseppe di Stefano and Renata Tebaldi;Orch Sinfonica di Roma Della Rai;Alberto Paoletti
  • Britten: Billy Budd;Billy in the Darbies;Sir Thomas Allen;London Philharmonic Orch; David Parry

  • 7th July

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  • Porpora: Orfeo: Dall'amor piu sventurato;Vivica Genaux;Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin;Rene Jacobs
  • Mozart: Magic Flute;Hm hm hm hm;Stuart Burrows;Hermann Prey;Hanneke van Bork;Yvonne Minton;Hetty Plumacher;Wiener Philharmoniker;sir Gerog Solti
  • Auber: Le Domino Noir;Mes soeurs,mes cheres soeurs;Sumi Jo;London Voices and English Chamber Orch;Richard Bonynge
  • Rossini: Otello- Vorrei che il tuo pensiero;Elizabeth Futral and Enkeljda Shkosa;The Philharmonia Orch;David Parry
  • Donizetti: La Favorita: La Favorita; Vien, Leonora, a piedi tuoi;Lado Ataneli;Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orch;Lodovico Zocche;
  • Bellini: Il pirata: Col sorriso d'innocenza;Renee Fleming;Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino;Orch of St Luke's;Patrick Summers
  • Offenbach: La belle Helene: On me nomme Helene;Jessy Norman;Orch du Capitole de Toulouse;Michel Plasson;
  • Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Cielo e mar;Giuseppe Di Stefano;Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino;Bruno Bartoletti;

  • 30th June

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  • Scarlatti A; Si suoni la tromba;Kathleen Battleand wynton Marsalis;Orch of St Luke's;John Nelson
  • Handel: Jeptha: Waft her angels through the skies;Anthony Rolfe Johnson;Academy of St Martin in the Fields;Neville Marriner
  • Gluck: Armide;Le perfide Renaud me fuit
  • Cherubini; Ali Baba;Speme non ve;Alfredo Draus;Orch del Teatro alla Scala di Milano;Nino Sanzogno
  • Meyerbeer: Robert the Devil: Robert, toi que j'aime;Beverly Sills;Royal Philharmonic Orch;Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda: Respiro io qui;Pretty Yende;Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza and Ordh Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai;Marco Armiliato
  • Lehar: Paganini;/gerb gav' ich die Frau'n gekubt;Thomas Hampson;London Philharmonic Orch;Franz Welser-Most

  • 23rd June

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  • Handel: Alceste;Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove;Mark Padmore;The English Concert;Andrew Manze
  • Haydn: Armida - Vado a pugnar contento;Claes H. Ahnsjo;Orch de Chambre de Lausanne;Antal Dorati
  • Rossini: Tancredi - Dolci d'amor parole; Franco Fagioli;Armonia Atenia;George Petrou
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Dich teure Halle;Birgit Nilsson;Orch of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;Edward Downes
  • Puccini: Suor Angelica - Senza mamma;Victoria de los Angeles;Orch del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma;Gabriele Santini
  • Mascagni: L'amico Fritz: Tutto tace;Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu;Orch of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;Richard Armstrong
  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: Acerba volutta;Elina Garanca;Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Lehar; Der Rastelbinder;Lied. Das is a einfache Rechnung;Fritz Muliar
  • Weill: Street Scene;Elaine Mackillop;Meriel Dickinson;David March; Fiona Kimm;Emile Belcourt;Scottish Opera Orch & Chorus;John Mauceri

  • 16th June

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  • Pergolesi; Stabat Mater;Sara Macliver and Sally-Anne Russel. Orch of the Antipodes;Antony Walker;
  • Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice;Kathleen Ferrierl Amy Ayars and Zoe Vlachopoulos;Southern Philharmonic Orch;Fritz Stiedry
  • Rossini: Zelmira: Riedi al soglio;Cecilia Bartoli;Riedi al soglia;Orch e coro del Teatro la Fenice;Ion Marin
  • Berlioz; La Damnation de Faust;Nature immense (Part 4) Bryan Hymel;Prague Philharmonia;Emmanuel Villaume;
  • Massenet; Thais;Non loin d'ici;Anna Moffo;Gabriel Bacquier;New Philharmonia Orch;Julius Rudel
  • Puccini; Madama Butterly;Renata Scotto;Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Philharmonia Orcj;Lorin Maazel
  • Richard Strauss; Allerseeen (All Souls' Day);Lisa Gasteen;West Australian Symph Orch; Simone Young
  • Giordano: Fedora: Amor Il Vieta;Beniamino Gigli;Orch del Teatro alla Scala Milan;Umberto Berrettoni;
  • Offenbach; La Perichole;Ah Quel diner;Regie Crespin;L'Orch de la Suisse Romand;Alain Lombard

  • 9th June

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  • Pacini; Irene O L'Assedio di Messina;Se un mio desir Cecilia Bartoli;
  • Verdi; Macbeth;O figli, o figli miiei! Joseph Calleja; Orch Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi;riccardo Chailly
  • Wagner; Tristan und Isolde;Mild und Leise (Liebestod);Helga Dernesch;Berlin Philharmonic Orch;Herbert von Karajan
  • Bizet; Carmen;Nous avons en tete une affaire! Senechal, Roux,Burrowes,Berbie, Troyanos;London Philharmonic Orch;Sir Georg Solti;
  • Tchaikovsky; Pique Dame;Yeletsky's aria;Dmitri Hvorostovsky;Boston Symph Orch;Seiji Ozawa;
  • Puccini; La Rondine;Chi il bel sogno di Doretta;Kiri Te Kanawa;London Philharmonic Orch;John Pritchard;
  • Charpentier: Louise: O coeur ami! O coeur promis!;Nicolai Gedda and Beverly Sills;Orch du Theatre National de l"Opera de Paris;Julius Rudel
  • Canteloube; Chants d'Augergne;Bailero;Victoria de los Angeles; Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux;Jean-Pierre jacquillat;
  • Orff: Carmina Burana: Fortune, Empress of the World; Slovak Radio Symphony Orch;Stephen Gunzenhauser;

  • 2nd June

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  • Pergolesi; Stabat Mater;Sara Macliver and Sally-Anne Russel;Orch of the Antipodes;Antony Walker;
  • Handel; Alcina;Tornami a Vagheggiar;Eiddwen Harrhy;City of London Baroque Sinfonia;Richard Hickox;
  • Nicola Porpora; De L'opera Polifemo;Alto Giove;Ewa Mallas-Godlewska and Derek Lee Ragin;Les Talens Lyriques;Christophe Rousset;
  • Mozart; Cosi fan tutte;Quintet by Lorengar, Berganza, Davies, Krause, Baccquier;Chorus of the Royal Opera House and London Philharmonic Orch;Sir Georg Solti
  • Donizetti; Lucia di Lammermoor;Giuseppe Manacchini;Orch Sinfonica dell eiar di Torino;Ugo Tansini'
  • Ponchielli; La Gioconda;Voce di donna o d'angelo;Oralia Dominguez;orch and chorus of the Academy of St Cecilia, Rome;Lamberto Gardelli;
  • Leoncavello; Pagliacci;Vesti la Giubba;Jose Carreras;City of Barcelona Symph Orch;Garcia Navarro;
  • Puccini; Le Villi;Se come voi; Kiri Te Kanawa;London Philharmonic Orch;John Pritchard;
  • Strauss R; Vier Letzte Lieder;Fruhling;Elisabeth Schwarzkopf;Radio Symphonie Orchester, Berlin;George Szell
  • Cilea; L'arlesiana;Lamento di Federico;Joseph Calleja; Orch Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi;Riccardo Chailly

  • 26th May

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  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro - Porgi amor;Kiri Te Kanawa;London Philharmonic Orch;Sir Georg Solti
  • Mozart; Esultate Jubilate; Julia Lehzneva; Il Giardino Armonico; Giovannii Antonini;
  • Mozart; Die Zauberflote;Ach ich fuhls; Emma Matthews;Tasmana Symph Orch;Marko Letonja;
  • Caccini; La Liberazione di Ruggiero daill isola D'Alcina;Lassa qual vist atroce;Heulgas Ensemble;Paul van Nevel;
  • Sullivan: HMS Pinafore: Never Mind the Why and Wherefore. Elsie Morison, sop., George Baker, bass-baritone, John Cameron, bar., Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Verdi: Ernani: Da quel di che t'ho veduta. Cheryl Barker, sop., Peter Coleman-Wright, bar., Tasmanian SO/Martin Andre.
  • Puccini; Tosca;E Lucevan Joseph Calleja;Swiss Romande Orch;Marco Armiliato
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: How I'll triumph!. Conal Coad, bass, Tasmanian SO/Dobbs Franks.
  • Gounod: Faust: Jewel Song. Nicole Car, sop., Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Andrea Molino.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni - La ci darem la mano. Isobel Buchanan, sop., John Pringle, bar., Queensland SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Puccini: Turandot - Signore ascolta;Montserrat Caballe;London Philharmonic Orch;Zubin Mehta;
  • Strauss Jr; Eine Nacht in Venedig;Treu sein, das leigt mir nicht; Thomas Hampson;London Philharmonic Orch;Franz Welser-Most