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

Margot Costanzo is one of our passionate presenters of opera related programs. She anchors the opera highlights program Vocal Chords each Saturday at 1pm, as well as producing and presenting opera specials. She was a person at the genesis of the award winning program "Countdown to The Ring". She qualified as a lawyer in 1980, having graduated from the University of Melbourne also with a degree in Arts majoring in Italian and German languages and literature.

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17th February

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  • Handel: Hercules, HWV60: The world, when day's career is run. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski.
  • Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride: O malheureuse Iphigenie!. Susan Graham, m-sop., OAE/Harry Bicket.
  • Weber: Der Freischutz: No, I Will No Longer Endure theTormnt. Horst Hoffmann, ten., SBS Radio and Television Youth Orch/Myer Fredman.
  • Bellini: I Puritani: Son gia lontani. Joseph Calleja, ten., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Verdi: A Masked Ball: Di tu se fedele. Giuseppe di Stefano, ten., La Scala Chorus, Milan, La Scala Orch, Milan/Antonino Votto.
  • Smetana: Bartered Bride - Endlich allein. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Heinrich Schmidt.
  • Thomas: Hamlet: A vos jeux... Partagez-vous mes fleurs…. Emma Matthews, sop., Monte Carlo PO/Brad Cohen.
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus: Dieser Anstand, so manierlich. Gundula Janowitz, sop., Eberhard Waechter, bar., Vienna PO/Karl Bohm.
  • Puccini: La Boheme - Che, gelida manina. Yu Qiang Dai, ten., New SO/Jose Antonio Molina.
  • Puccini: La Boheme: Musetta's Waltz. Shu-Cheen Yu, sop., Queensland Orch/Brett Kelly.

  • 10th February

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  • Rossini: Il Turco in Italia: Se ho dadirla avrei molto piacere. Paolo Bordogna, bar., Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Francesco Lanzillotta.
  • Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini: Une heure encore...La gloire etait ma seule idole. Placido Domingo, ten., National PO/Eugene Kohn.
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Beautiful as an angel. Paolo Bordogna, bar., Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Francesco Lanzillotta.
  • Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Gli aranci olezzano. RCA Victor Orch, Robert Shaw Chorale/Renato Cellini.
  • Borodin: Prince Igor: Be firm, Countess. Bolshoi Chorus, Bolshoi SO/Alexander Lazarev.
  • Verdi: Falstaff: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio. Mirella Freni, sop., RCA Italiana Opera Orch, RCA Italiana Opera Chorus/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Strauss R: Ariadne auf Naxos: Es gibt ein Reich. Nance Grant, sop., Elizabethan Sydney Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire: I want magic!. Renee Fleming, sop., Metropolitan Opera Orch/James Levine.
  • Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Brindisi. Jonas Kaufmann, ten., Rosa Feola, sop., St Cecilia Academy Orch, St Cecilia Academy Chorus/Antonio Pappano.

  • 3rd February

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  • Mozart: Idomeneo - Fuor del Mar Stuart Burrows;London Symph Orch;Sir John Pritchard
  • Auber: Ginervra di Scozia: che palpiti atroci;Marilym Hill Smith and Della Jones;David Parry;London Syph Orch
  • Auber: Le Domino noir: La belle Ines fait flores;Sumo Jo;Richard Bonynge;English Chambe Orch
  • Donizetti: Rita: Allegro io son';Juan Diego Florez;Riccardo Frizza;Symph Orch of Giuseppe Verdi, Milan;
  • Verdi: La forza del destino: Madre. Vergine; Maria Chiara;Nello Santi;Orch of the royal Opera House Covent Garden
  • Wagner R: Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Prize Song;James King;Dietried Bernet;Vienna Opera Orchestra
  • Bizet: Carmen;Nous avons en tete une affaire; Quintet Michel Senechal, Michel Roux, Jorma Burrowes, Jane Berbie;Tatiana Troyanos; Sir Georg Solti;London Philharmonic Orch;
  • Poncielli: La Gioconda:voce di donna o d'angelo;Camila Rota';Lorenzo Molajoli;Teatro alla Scala di Milano;
  • Catalani: La Wally - Ebben?...Ne andro lontana;Angela Gheorghiu;John Mauceri;Teatro Regio of Turin;
  • Puccini; Giani SchicchiO mio babbino caro;Rita Streich; Reinhard Peters;Orch of the German Opera Berlin;

  • 27th January

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  • Gluck: Alceste: Divinites du Styx. Suzanne Danco, sop., Swiss Romande Orch/Alberto Erede.
  • Haydn: Armida - Barbaro, E ardisci ancor. Jessye Norman, sop., Lausanne CO/Antal Dorati.
  • Beethoven: Fidelio: Er sterbe!. Helga Dernesch, sop., Jon Vickers, ten., Karl Ridderbusch, bass, Zoltan Kelemen, bass, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Rossini: Il Turco in Italia: Se ho dadirla avrei molto piacere. Paolo Bordogna, bar., Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Francesco Lanzillotta.
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Deh! Tu bell'anima. Joyce Di Donato, m-sop., Lyon Opera Orch/Riccardo Minasi.
  • Verdi: Falstaff: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio. Mirella Freni, sop., RCA Italiana Opera Orch, RCA Italiana Opera Chorus/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Gounod: Faust: Soldiers Chorus. RCA Victor Orch, Robert Shaw Chorale/Renato Cellini.
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann - Scintille diamant. Rene Pape, bass, Dresden State Orch/Sebastian Weigle.
  • Strauss R: Arabella: duet. Lisa Della Casa, sop., Hilde Gueden, sop., Vienna PO/Rudolf Moralt.
  • Giordano: Andrea Chenier - Nemico della patria. Robert Merrill, bar., New SO/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire: I want magic!. Renee Fleming, sop., Metropolitan Opera Orch/James Levine.

  • 20th January

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  • Gluck: Alceste: Divinites du Styx. Renata Tebaldi, sop., New Philharmonia Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni - Or sai chi l'onore. Anna Tomowa-Sintow, sop., Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Bellini: Adelson and Salvini: Once the Storm had Passed. Joyce Di Donato, m-sop., Lyon Opera Orch/Riccardo Minasi.
  • Glinka: A Life for the Tsar: Final Chorus. Bolshoi Chorus, Bolshoi SO/Alexander Lazarev.
  • Wagner R: Das Rheingold: Alberich's renunciation of love and theft of the Rheingold. John Wegner, bass, Natalie Jones, sop., Donna-Maree Dunlop, sop., Z. MacKendree-Wright, m-sop, Adelaide SO/Asher Fisch.
  • Bizet: Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetee. Andrea Bocelli, ten., French Radio PO/Myung-Whun Chung.
  • Massenet: Cendrillon: Ah! que mes soeurs…Reste au foyer, petit grillon. Magdalena Kozena, m-sop., Mahler CO/Marc Minkowski.
  • Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Intanto amici qua…Viva il vino spumeggiante. Jose Carreras, ten., Astrid Varnay, sop., Philharmonia Orch, Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Riccardo Muti.
  • Strauss R: Ariadne auf Naxos: Sienen wir wieder gut. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Albert Dohmen, bar., Staatskapelle Dresden/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Giordano: Andrea Chenier: Vicino a te. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Monserrat Caballe, sop., Giuseppe Morresi, bass, National PO/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Helena! - Hermia! - Demetrius! - Lysander!. Anne Howells, m-sop., Kenneth MacDonald, ten., Delme Bryn-Jones, bar., Elisabeth Robson, sop., ROHO/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 13th January

    Show Playlist
  • Handel: Orlando: Finche prendi ancora il sangue;;Bejun Mehta and Sophie Karthauser;B'Rock Orch;Rene Jacobs
  • Bellini: La sonnambula: Ah! Non credea mirarti;Natalie Desay;Orch del'opera de Lyon;Evelino Pido
  • Bellini: I Puritani: O rendetemi la speme;Anna Netrebdo;Mahler Chamber Orch;Claudio Abbado
  • Donizetti: La Fille du Regimont:Convien Patir; Lucia Aliberti;RSO Berlin;Roberto Paternostro
  • Verdi: Nabucco:S'odi or me!Matteo Manuguerra;Philharmonia Orch;Riccardo Muti
  • Thomas: Hamlet: Dieu! Comme cette nuit;Joan Sutherland; Welsh National Opera Orch;Richard Bonynge
  • Donisetti: Anna Bolena; Coppia iniqua;Maria Callas;Orch del Teatro all aScala, Milano;Gianandrea Gavazzeni;

  • 6th January

    Show Playlist
  • Mozart; Idomeneo;D'Oreste, d'Ajace;Barbara Frittoli;Scottish Chamber Orchestra.Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Bellini: Il pirata: Col sorriso d'innocenza;Monserrat Caballe;London Philharmonic Orch;Carlo Felice Cillario
  • Donizetti: Anna Bolena, Coppia iniqua;Maria Callas;Orch del Teatro alla Scala, Milano;Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Verdi: Macbeth: Una macchia e qui tuttóra

  • 30th December

    Show Playlist
  • Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV49: I rage, I melt, I burn. Owen Brannigan, bass, Thurston Dart, cont., Philomusica of London/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Hasse: Antonio e Cleopatra: Morte col fiero aspetto. Joyce Di Donato, m-sop., Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis.
  • Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict: Vous soupirez, Madame?...Nuit paisible et sereine. April Cantelo, sop., Helen Watts, contr., London SO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov): Boris Godounov: Boris's monologue. Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Vienna PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Dvorak: Armida -Aria. Lucia Popp, sop., Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • Strauss R: Ariadne auf Naxos: Es gibt ein Reich. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Julius Rudel.
  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur - Io son l'umile ancella. Monserrat Caballe, sop., Barcelona SO/Gianfranco Masini.
  • Giordano: Andrea Chenier - Come un bel di di maggio. Beniamino Gigli, ten., Maria Caniglia, sop., Gino Conti, bass, La Scala Orch, Milan/Oliviero de Fabritiis.
  • Bernstein: Candide - Glitter and be Gay. Sumi Jo, sop., Monte Carlo PO/Paolo Olmi.
  • Bizet: Carmen: Pres des remparts de Seville. Regina Resnik, m-sop., ROHO/Sir Edward Downes.