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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


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.

  • 10th November

    Show Playlist
  • Wagner R: Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Fanget an!. Wolfgang Windgassen, ten., Munich Philharmonic/Ferdinand Leitner.
  • Wagner R: Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Berlin PO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Wagner R: Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Gut'n Abend, Meister!. Paul Schoeffler, bar., Maria Reining, sop., Tonhalle Orch, Zurich/Hans Knappertsbusch.
  • Wagner R: Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Wahn! Wahn! uberall Wahn. Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone, Lille NO/Jean-Claude Casadesus.
  • Wagner R: Mastersingers of Nuremberg: O Sachs! Mein freund!. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., James Pease, bass-baritone, ROHO/Rafael Kubelik.
  • Wagner R: Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Selig wie die Sonne. Wolfgang Windgassen, ten., Munich Philharmonic/Ferdinand Leitner.
  • Wagner R: Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Prize Song. Horst Hoffmann, ten., SBS Radio and Television Youth Orch/Myer Fredman.
  • INTERVIEW WITH WARWICK FYFE

  • 3rd November

    Show Playlist
  • Bellini: Adelson and Salvini: Once the Storm had Passed
  • Bellini; Il Pirata; Ascolta. Nel furor delle tempeste
  • Bellini; Zaira;
  • Bellini; I Capuleti e I Montecchi
  • Bellini; La Sonnambula; Lisa! Mendace anch'essa!
  • Bellini; Norma; Ma di' ….Oh non tremare
  • Bellini; Beatrice di Tenda
  • Bellini: I Puritani: A te o caro;Juan Diego Florez,Ermonela Jaho;Nikola Mijailovic,Nicola Ulivieri;
  • Bellini; Songs: Malinconia, ninfa gentile and Vanne o rosa fortunata;

  • 27th October

    Show Playlist
  • Verdi: Requiem: Libera me;Montserrat Caballe;Musica Sacra Chorus;New York Philharmonic;Zubin Mehta
  • Strauss R: Salome: Ah! Du woltest mich nicht deinen Mund kussen lassen, Jokanaan!...Montserrat Caballe;London Symphony Orch;Erich Leinsdorf
  • Wagner; Tristan und Isolde;Mild und leise (Liebestod;New York Philharmonic Orch;Zubin Mehta
  • Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: In the depths of the temple. Jussi Bjoerling, ten., Robert Merrill, bar., RCA Victor Orch/Renato Cellini.

  • 20th October

    Show Playlist
  • Rossini: Semiramide - Serbami ognor .. Alle piu calde immagini;Montserrat Caballe, Shirley Verret;New Philharmonia orchestra;Anton Guadagno
  • Puccini: La Boheme - Mi chiamano Mimi -Montserrat Caballe; London Philharmonic Orch;Sir Georg Solti
  • Verdi: I due Foscari: No mi lasciate..tu al cui sguardo onipossente;Montserrat Caballe;RCA Italiana Opera Chorus & Orchestra;Anton Guadagno
  • Strauss Richard Salome: Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund gekut Jokanaan
  • Massenet; Le CID;Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux;Montserrat Caballe;The Philharmonia Orch;Jose Collado
  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella;Montserrat Caballe;Orchestre Symphonique de Barcelone;G Masini