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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

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12th January

Show Playlist
  • Rameau: Castor et Pollux: Sejour de l'eternelle paix. Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, ten., Opera Lafayette/Ryan Brown.
  • Meyerbeer: Dinorah: Bell trio - Ce tintement que l'on entend. Christian du Plessis, bar., Deborah Cook, sop., Alexander Oliver, ten., Philharmonia Orch/James Judd.
  • Donizetti: Dom Sebastien: Grand Dieu...Sa misere est si grande. Heather Begg, m-sop., Anson Austin, ten., Melbourne SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • INTERVIEW 1
  • Adam: Canary, My Dear, Sing Your Pretty Song. Angela Denning, sop., Melbourne SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Wagner R: Das Rheingold: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge. George London, bass-baritone, Kirsten Flagstad, sop., Set Svanholm, ten., Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • INTERVIEW 2
  • Massenet: Cleopatre: J'ai verse le poison dans cette coupe d'or. Renee Fleming, sop., Mariinsky Theatre Orch/Valery Gergiev.
  • Puccini: Edgar: Addio mio dolce. Leontyne Price, sop., New Philharmonia Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Strauss R: Capriccio, Op.85: Addio, mia vita, addio. Lucia Popp, sop., Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Walter Berry, bass, Lisa Della Casa, sop., Waldemar Kmentt, ten., Robert Kerns, bar., Vienna State Opera Orch/Georges Pretre.

  • 5th January

    Show Playlist
  • Myslivecek: Abramo ed Isacco - Chi per pieta mi dice.... Magdalena Kozena, m-sop., Prague Philharmonia/Michel Swierczewski.
  • Mozart: Ascanio in Alba, K111: Ah di si nobil alma. Bejun Mehta, alto., Academy for Ancient Music Berlin/Rene Jacobs.
  • Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict: Ah! Je vais l'aimer. Roberto Alagna, ten., ROHO/Bertrand de Billy.
  • Verdi: A Masked Ball: Ecco l'orrido campo. Katalin Szendrenyi, sop., Monte Carlo PO/Gian Carlo Rivoli.
  • INTERVIEW
  • Smetana: Bartered Bride - Endlich allein. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Heinrich Schmidt.
  • Mussorgsky: Boris Godounov - I have attained the highest power. Alexander Kipnis, bass, Unnamed Orch/Nicolai Berezowsky.
  • Strauss R: Arabella: Der Richtige - so hab' ich still. Cheryl Barker, sop., Peter Coleman-Wright, bar., Tasmanian SO/Martin Andre.
  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissimi effigie. Placido Domingo, ten., Renata Scotto, sop., Philharmonia Orch/James Levine.

  • 29th December

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  • Handel: Belshazzar - Great God! who, yet but darkly known. James Bowman, alto., King's Consort/Robert King.
  • Arne: Cantata: Delia. Emma Kirkby, sop., London Baroque/Charles Medlam.
  • Mozart: Alcando, Io confesso, K294, concert aria. Rita Streich, sop., Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academia/Bernhard Paumgartner.
  • Gounod: La Reine de Saba: Faiblesse de la race humaine!..Inspirez-moi, race divine. Rolando Villazon, ten., French Radio PO/Evelino Pido.
  • Strauss Jnr: Gypsy Baron: Gypsy song. June Bronhill, sop., Ann Howard, contr., Nigel Douglas, ten., Sadlers' Wells Orch/Vilem Tausky.
  • Puccini: Edgar: Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo. Jose Cura, ten., Philharmonia Orch/Placido Domingo.
  • Ravel: L'Heure espagnole: Oh la pitoyable adventure. Magdalena Kozena, m-sop., Mahler CO/Marc Minkowski.
  • Prokofiev: War and Peace - aria. Lucia Popp, sop., Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • Bernstein: Candide: Glitter and be gay. Renee Fleming, sop., Metropolitan Opera Orch/James Levine.

  • 22nd December

    Show Playlist
  • Bach: Christmas Oratoria: Schlafe mein Liebster, BWV248. Marjorie Thomas, contr., London SO/Stanford Robinson.
  • Berlioz: The Shepherds' Farewell. King's College Choir Cambridge.
  • Bach: Magnificat in D, BWV243: Et misericordia. Helen Watts, contr., Robert Tear, ten., Academy of St Martin in the Fields, King's College Choir Cambridge/Philip Ledger.
  • Elgar: A Christmas Greeting, Op.52. Jeremy Ballard, vln., Robin Thurlby, vln., Keith Swallow, pno., Worcester Cathedral Choir/Donald Hunt.
  • Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, selections. National Boys' Choir of Australia/Peter Casey.
  • Rutter: Nativity Carol. City of London Sinfonia, Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.
  • Traditional: The Holly and the Ivy. King's College Choir Cambridge.
  • Handel: Messiah: Pifa………..There were Shepherds…………Glory to God. Sara Macliver, sop., Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Handel: Messiah: For Unto us a Child is Born. Musiciens du Louvre, Musiciens du Louvre Choir/Marc Minkowski.

  • 15th December

    Show Playlist
  • Puccini: Le Villi - Se come voi piccina io fossi;Kiri Te Kanawa;London Philharmonic Orch;John Pritchard
  • Puccini: Edgar - D'ogni dolor;Renata Scotto,Vicente Sardinero;Opera Orch of New York;Eve Queler
  • Puccini; Manon Lescaut - Donna non vidi mai;Placido Domingo;New Philharmonia Orch;Bruno Bartoletti
  • Puccini; La Boheme;Non sono in vena;Luciano Pavarotti,Mirella Freni;Berlin Philharmonic Orch;Herbert von Karajan
  • Puccini; Tosca;Vissi D'arte;Maria Callas;Paris Conservatoire Orch;Georges Pretre
  • Puccini; Madama Butterfly;Viene la sera;Mirella Freni,Luciano Pavarotti;Vienna Philharmonic Orch;Herbert von Karajan
  • Puccini; La Fanciulla del West;Minnie,della mia casa son partito;Cornell MacNiel,Renata Tebaldi;Orch dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Romea;Franco Capuana
  • Puccini; La Rondine;Denaro! Nient altro che denaro!;Angela Gheorghiu,Patricia Ciofi,Patrizia Biccire,Monica Bacelli;London Symph Orch;Antonio Pappano
  • Puccini; Turandot; Ola Pang!ola Pong!;Gottfried Hornik, Heinz Zednik, Francisco Araiza;Viena Philharmonic Orch;herbert von Karajan

  • 8th December

    Show Playlist
  • Mascagni; Cavalleriia Rusticana;Voi lo sapete, o mamma;Stefka evstatieva,Alzbeta Michailkova;Slovak Philharmonic Choir;Alexander Rahbari
  • Mascagni L'amico Fritz;Suzel, buon di;Angela Gheorghiu,Roberto Alagna;Orch of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;Richard Armstrong
  • Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff - Non altro che delirio. Jose Cura, ten., Philharmonia Orch/Jose Cura.
  • Mascagni: Iris: Apri la tua finestra (Serenata). Jonas Kaufmann, ten., St Cecilia Academy Orch/Antonio Pappano.
  • Mascagni: La Maschere: Quella euna stra-stra-strada. Paolo Bordogna, bar., Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Francesco Lanzillotta.
  • Mascagni: Isabeau: Venne una vecchierella. Elizabeth Whitehouse, sop., Orch Victoria/Richard Bonynge.
  • Mascagni: Lodoletta - Se Franz dicesse il vero. Jose Cura, ten., Philharmonia Orch/Jose Cura.
  • Mascagni: Nerone - Vergini Muse...Quando al soave anelito. Placido Domingo, ten., National PO/Eugene Kohn.
  • Mascagni: Si: Sortita di Si. Elizabeth Whitehouse, sop., Orch Victoria/Richard Bonynge.
  • Mascagni: Ave Maria. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Adelaide SO/David Stanhope.

  • 1st December

    Show Playlist
  • Donizetti Zoaida di Granata;Vorrei punir l'altera;Bruce Ford,Majella Cullagh;The Academy of St Martin in the Fields;David Parry
  • Donizetti: Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth: Par che mi dica ancora;Joyce DiDonato;Orchestre de L'opera National de Lyon;Riccardo Minasi
  • Donizetti; Anna Bolena;Per vederti invidiata;Nelly Miricioiu,Rockwell Blake;The Philharmonia Orch;David Parry
  • Donizetti; Lucrezia Borgia;Nella fatal di Rimini;Marilyn Horne;London Opera Chorus and National Philharmonic Orch;Richard Bonynge
  • Donizetti; Rosamond of England;Era, ahi lasso;Alastair Miles, Renee Fleming;The Philharmonia Orch;David Parry
  • Donizetti; Il Campanello;Bella cosa, amici cari;Alfredo Mariotti;Coro e Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice;Ettore Gracis
  • Donizetti; Poliuto;Sfolgoro divino raggio;Roberto Alagna;London Philharmonic Orch;Evelino Pido
  • Donizetti; La Favorite;Parle,mon fils - un ange, une femme inconnue;Ramon Vargas,Carlo Colombara;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Marcello Viotti
  • Donizetti; Linda di Chamounix;Ambo nati in questa valle;Petteri Salomaa,Francesca Provvisionato;Orch of Eastern Netherlands;Gabriele Bellini
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Com'e gentil;Juan Diego Florez;Orchestra Sinfonica ed Coco di Milano Giuseppe Verdi;riccardo Frizza

  • 24th November

    Show Playlist
  • Britten: Peter Grimes - Embroidery in childhood. Jonathan Summers, bar., Renee Fleming, sop., London SO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Britten: The Rape of Lucretia;Time treads upon the hands of women; Heather Harper, Janet Baker and Elizabeth Bainbridge;English Chamber Orch;Benjamin Britten
  • INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN GRIEVES-SMITH
  • ITEM TO BE PLAYED
  • Britten: Albert Herring: Albert the Good. Leigh Harrold, pno., Robert McFarlane, ten.
  • Britten: Billy Budd: O Beauty, Handsomeness, Godness. Forbes Robinson, bass, ROHO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Britten; The Turn of the Screw:Variation 1 Scene 2;Jennifer Vyvyan;Joan Cross;David Hemmings;Olive Dyer;English Opera Group Orch;Benjamin Britten
  • 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.
  • Britten: Curlew River, Op. 71: I come from the Westland. Bryan Drake, bar., English Opera Group/Benjamin Britten.

  • 17th November

    Show Playlist
  • INTERVIEW WITH XENIA PUSKARZ THOMAS
  • Donizetti - Xenia's solo
  • Carafa: Le nocce di Lammermoor: Oh, my Sole Relief. Joyce Di Donato, m-sop., Lyon Opera Orch/Riccardo Minasi.
  • Weber: Der Freischutz: Kommt ein schlanker Bursch. Shu-Cheen Yu, sop., Queensland Orch/Brett Kelly.
  • Weber: Oberon: Von Jugend auf in dem Kampfgefild. Placido Domingo, ten., Bavarian RSO/Rafael Kubelik.
  • Weber: Euryanthe: Scene et Cavatine d'Euryanthe. Jessye Norman, sop., Staatskapelle Dresden/Marek Janowski.