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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


13th October

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  • Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: Tranquillo ei posa .. Com'e bello ! Quale incanto;Montserrat Caballe;Carolo Felice Cillario
  • Rossini: Otello - Ah! si, per voi gia sento. Chris Merritt, ten., Munich Radio Orch/John Fiore.
  • Rossini: Otello - Vorrei che il tuo pensiero;Elizabeth Futral and Enkelejda Shkosa;The Philharmonia orchestra;David Parry
  • Rossini: Otello - Che ascolto!. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Rossini: Otello - Ah vieni nel tuo sangue vendichero le offese. Placido Domingo, ten., Juan Diego Florez, ten., Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Daniel Oren.
  • Rossini: Otello - Assisa a pie d'un salice. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Vienna State Opera Orch/Giuseppe Patane.

  • 6th October

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  • Mozart: Zaide: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben. Sara Macliver, sop., Tasmanian SO/Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
  • Massenet: Werther; Va! Laisse couler…les larmes;Frederica von Stade;Isobel Buchanan;Orch of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;Sir Colin Davis
  • Massenet: Werther; Pourquoi me reveiller; Jose Carreras;Orch of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;Sir Colin Davis
  • Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande: On dirait que ta voix;Didier Henry and Colette Alliot-Lugaz;Orchestre symphonique de Montreal;Charles Dutoit

  • 29th September

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  • Massenet: Cendrillon;Felicitez-moi done;Jules Bastin, Jane Berbie, Teresa Cahill, Elizabeth Bainbridge;Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Philharmonia Orch;Julius Rudel
  • Delibes: Lakme: Les fleurs me paraissent;Joan Sutherland;Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo; Richard Bonynge
  • Adam: Le postillion de Lonjumeau: Freunde, vernehmet die Geschichte;Josef Traxel;Chor der Duetschen Oper Berlin;Wilhelm Schuchter
  • Bizet: Carmen:Hier ad dem Herzen treu geborgen;Berliner Symphoniker;Werner Schmidt-Boelcke
  • INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN MARSH
  • Charpentier: Louise: Depuis le jour;Nellie Melba
  • Gounod: Faust: Les grands seigneurs;Victoria de los Angeles;Orch du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris;Amdre Clutens

  • 22nd September

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  • Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: Divine Brahma;Jeanne Micheau, Alain Vanzo;Chori and Orch estra RTF Radio Lyrique;Manuel Rosenthal
  • Gounod: Faust: Vin ou biere (Wine or beer);Orchestre and Chorus of the Theatre National de ll''Opera de Paris; Georges Pretre
  • Thomas; Hamlet: O vin, dissipe la tristesse;Sherrill Milnes;Chorus of the Welsh National Opera and Orchestra;Richard Bonynge

  • 15th September

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  • Bellini: I Capuleti e Montecchi: E serbata;Ramon Vargas;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Roberto Abbado
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Ascolta! Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio ..La tremenda ultrice spada. Joyce Di Donato, m-sop., Edgaras Montvidas, ten., Nabil Suliman, bar., Lyon Opera Orch, Lyon Opera Chorus/Kazushi Ono.
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Oh! quante volte. Kathleen Battle, sop., London PO/Bruno Campanella.
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Vieni, Ah! Vieni, In me Riposa. Anna Netrebko, sop., Elina Garanca, m-sop., Vienna Symphony/Fabio Luisi.
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e Montecchi: Soccorso, sostegnoVesselina Kasarova,Eva Mei,Ramon Vargas, Umberto Chiummo, Simone Alberghini;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Roberto Abbado
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e Montecchi: Arresta;Vasselina Kasarova and Ramon Vargas;;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Roberto Abbado
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Deh! Tu bell'anima. Giuletta Simionato, m-sop., St Cecilia Academy Orch/Franco Ghione.
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e Montecchi: O tu mia sola speme;Vasselina Kasarova and Eva Mei;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Roberto Abbado

  • 8th September

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  • Rameau: Les Indes galantes, excerpts. Carolyn Sampson, sop., Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir, Ex Cathedra Baroque Ensemble/Jeffrey Skidmore.

  • 1st September

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  • Rossini: Bianca e Faliero;Ciel! Qual destin terribile!;Majella Cullagh and Jennifer Larmore;London Symph Orch;David Parry
  • Donizetti; Anna Bolena;Io sentii sulla mia mano;souliotis,Chiaurov, Alexander, Dean, De Palma;Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra;Silvio Varviso
  • Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda;Ma la sola;Lucia Aliberti;Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Fabio Luisi
  • Caccini; Parlo, misero, o taccio?;Emma Kirkby;Anthony Rooley (lute)
  • Verdi: The Girl from the Golden West;Ch'ella mi creda libero e fontana;Jussi Bjorling;Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino;Alberto Erede;
  • Massenet: Herodiade; Ce breuvage pourrait;Lado Ataneli;Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orch;Lodovico Zocche
  • Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - voi lo sapete;Elena Garanca;Orchestra de la Comunitat Valenciana;Roberto Abbado
  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: Ecco, respiro appena; Maria Chiara;National Philharmonic Orch;Kurt Herbert Adler
  • Enrique Granados; Goyescas;La maja y el ruisenor;Victoria de los Angeles;New Philharmonic Orch;Dirigent
  • Smetana; The Devil's Wall;Libuse Domaninska and Ivo Zidek;orchestr Narodniho Divadla v Praze;Zdenek Chalabala

  • 25th August

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  • Rameau: Les Paladins: C'est Trop Soupirer. Carolyn Sampson, sop., Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir, Ex Cathedra Baroque Ensemble/Jeffrey Skidmore.
  • Mozart: Lucio Silla - Aria Parto m'affretto. Ruth Ann Swenson, sop., OAE/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots - Seigneur, rempart et seul soutien … Piff paff. Cesare Siepi, bass, St Cecilia Academy Orch/Alberto Erede.
  • Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini: Une heure encore...La gloire etait ma seule idole. Roberto Alagna, ten., ROHO/Bertrand de Billy.
  • Wagner R: Lohengrin: In fernem Land. Jonas Kaufmann, ten., Mahler CO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Ravel: L'Heure espagnole: Oh la pitoyable adventure. Magdalena Kozena, m-sop., Mahler CO/Marc Minkowski.
  • Bernstein: Candide: Glitter and be gay. Emma Matthews, sop., Monte Carlo PO/Brad Cohen.
  • Bernstein: West Side Story: Somewhere. Sara Macliver, sop., Sinfonia Australis/Brett Weymark.
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor: Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali. Mario del Monaco, ten., New SO of London/Alberto Erede.

  • 18th August

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  • Lotti: You were dear to my eyes. Andreas Scholl, alto., Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone.
  • Mozart: Zaide: Trostlos schluchzet Philomelee. Emma Kirkby, sop., AAM/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Beethoven: Fidelio: Ha! welch ein Augenblick!. Ekkehard Wlaschiha, bar., Dresden State Orch, Dresden State Opera Chorus/Bernard Haitink.
  • Verdi: Luisa Miller: Sacra la scelta. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Rotterdam PO/Valery Gergiev.
  • Delibes: The Maids of Cadiz. Patricia Petibon, sop., Lyon Opera Orch/Yves Abel.
  • Massenet: Manon: Je suis seul!...Ah fuyez douce image. Jussi Bjoerling, ten., ROHO/Nils Grevillius.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden: The Snow Maiden's Aria. Aida Garifullina, sop., ORF SO/Cornelius Meister.
  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissimi effigie. Carlo Bergonzi, ten., St Cecilia Academy Orch/Gianandrea Gavazzeni.
  • Prokofiev: War and Peace - aria. Lucia Popp, sop., Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • Puccini: Turandot: Non Piangere Liu!. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Tom Krause, bar., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Monserrat Caballe, sop., London PO/Zubin Mehta.