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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


19th May

Show Playlist
  • Verdi; La Traviata;Brindisi; Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti;Elizabethan Sydney Orch; Richard Bonynge
  • Puccini: Tosca - Vissi d'arte. Joan Carden, sop., Queensland PO/Roderick Brydon.
  • Handel: Semele - Where'er you walk. David Hobson, ten., Sinfonia Australis/Antony Walker.
  • Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: Comme autrefois; Shimona Rose and Simon Bruckard;
  • Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Oh! quante volte;Shimona Rose and Simon Bruckard
  • Interview
  • Verdi: Il trovatore: Di quella pira;Marcelo Alvarez;Giuseppe Verdi Choir and symp Orch of Milan;Daniel Oren
  • Stephen Foster; Beautiful Dreamer;Greta Bradman
  • Rossini; Otello;Act 2 Terzetto;William Matteuzzi and Bruce Ford;
  • Stevenson (arr. Flotow): The Last Rose of Summer. Emma Matthews, sop., Monte Carlo PO/Brad Cohen.

  • 12th May

    Show Playlist
  • Gluck; Armide;Le perfide Renaud me fuit;Janet Baker;English Chamber Orch;Raymond Leppard
  • Vincenzo Lavigna; Hoango;Come potro resistere;Eiddwen Harrhy and Della Jones;
  • Verdi; Attila; Tregua e cogi' Unni… dagli immortaili vertici;Lado Ataneli;Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orch;Lodovico Zocche
  • Rossini: The Siege of Corinth: L'ora fatal s'appressa...Giusto ciel;Beverly Sills
  • Puccini's voice
  • Puccini; Manon Lescaut;Donna non vidi mai;Placido Domingo;New Philharmonia Orch;Bruno Bartoletti
  • Mascagni; Cavellieria Rusticana;Mamma quel vino e generoso turiddu? Jussi Bjorling and Renata Tebaldi;Coro e Orch del Maggio Musicale Firoentino;Alberto Erede
  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg;Morgenlich leuchtend;James King;Vienna Opera Orch;Dietfried Bernet
  • Strauss R: Die Frau ohne Schatten: Ein Handwerk verstehst du sicher nicht;Birgit Nilsson and Walter Berry;Orch der Wiener Staatsoper;Karl Bohm

  • 5th May

    Show Playlist
  • Giulio Caccini: Amarilli mia bella; Emma Kirkby
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau; Dardanus: Lieux funestes; Paul Agnew; Orch of the Antipodes; Antony Walker
  • Rossini: Demetrio e Polibio; Pien di contento in seno;Franco Fagioli;Armonia Atenea;George Petrou
  • Wagner: De Rheingold;Abendlich strahlt der Sonne
  • Verdi; Ernani;Solingo, errante e misero;Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti;New York City Opera Orch;Richard Bonynge
  • Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Suicidio: Zinka Milanov;
  • Tchaikovsky; The Queen of Spades; It will soon be midnight;Ghena Dimitrova;Hungarian State Orch;Zoltan Pesko
  • Lehar; Giuditta; O Signora, o signorina;Nicolai Gedda;Munchner Konzertchor and Rundfunkorchester;will Bozkovsky
  • Rachmaninov; Francesca da Rimini: Francesca's Aria'Marina Mescheriakova;Slovak Radio Symp Orch;Michael Halasz
  • Karl Millocker; Die dubarry;Ich schenk mein herz;Elisabeth Schwarzkopf;Philharmonia Orch;Otto Ackermann

  • 28th April

    Show Playlist
  • Cherubini: Ifigenia in Aulide: Quando mi chiama in campo. Aris Christofellis, sop., Ensemble Seicentonovecento/Flavio Colusso.
  • Mozart: The Fake Garden-girl, KV196: The hammer shapes the iron. Hermann Prey, bar., Salzburg Mozarteum Orch/Bruno Weil.
  • Paisiello: Nina pazza per amor: Il mio ben quando verra. Teresa Berganza, m-sop., ROHO/Sir Alexander Gibson.
  • Cimarosa: The Secret Marriage: Udite, tutti udite. Paolo Bordogna, bar., Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Francesco Lanzillotta.
  • Beethoven: Ah! Perfido, Op.65. Kirsten Flagstad, sop., Philadelphia Orch/Eugene Ormandy.
  • Puccini: La Boheme - Addio. Leontyne Price, sop., New Philharmonia Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Strauss Jnr: Gypsy Baron: Who made us one?. June Bronhill, sop., Nigel Douglas, ten., Sadlers' Wells Orch/Vilem Tausky.
  • Britten: Peter Grimes - Child you're not too young. Joan Carden, sop., Queensland PO/Roderick Brydon.

  • 21st April

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  • Handel: Esther: Tune your harps to cheerful strains. Anthony Robson, oboe, Robert White, ten., City of London Sinfonia/Ivor Bolton.
  • Gluck: Ezio: Misera dove son. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Academy for Ancient Music Berlin/Bernhard Forck.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni - Vedrai, carino. Isobel Buchanan, sop., Queensland SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Rossini: William Tell - Resta immobile. Sherrill Milnes, bar., National PO/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Donizetti: Dom Sebastien: Deserto in terra. Chris Merritt, ten., Munich Radio Orch/John Fiore.
  • Verdi: Don Carlos: Fontainebleu! Foresta immensa a solitaria!. Rolando Villazon, ten., Turin Theatre Orch/Gianandrea Noseda.
  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Lensky's aria. Richard Tauber, ten.
  • Puccini: Edgar: Addio mio dolce. Cheryl Barker, sop., Orch Victoria/Richard Bonynge.
  • Strauss R: Elektra: Ich will nichts horen!. Regina Resnik, m-sop., Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 14th April

    Show Playlist
  • Bizet: Carmen: Toreador's Song. Ruggero Raimondi, bass-baritone, French NO, Radio France Chorus/Lorin Maazel.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Batti, batti. Barbara Bonney, sop., RCO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Saint-Saens: Samson and Delilah: Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix. Regina Resnik, m-sop., ROHO/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Verdi: Il trovatore: Anvil chorus. Chicago SO, Chicago Symphony Chorus/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment: Ah! mes amis. Fernando de la Mora, ten., Welsh National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle. Anna Netrebko, sop., Elina Garanca, m-sop., Prague Philharmonic Chorus, Prague Philharmonia/Emmanuel Villaume.
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus: Mein Herr Marquis. Rita Streich, sop., Berlin RSO, RIAS Chamber Choir/Kurt Gaebel.
  • Bellini: Norma: Mira, o Norma. Monserrat Caballe, sop., Shirley Verrett, m-sop., Philharmonia Orch/Anton Guadagno.
  • Meyerbeer: Dinorah: Bell trio - Ce tintement que l'on entend. Christian du Plessis, bar., Deborah Cook, sop., Alexander Oliver, ten., Philharmonia Orch/James Judd.
  • Rossini: Italian Girl in Algiers - Cruda sorte. Marilyn Horne, m-sop., ROHO/Henry Lewis.

  • 7th April

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  • Haydn: True Constancy - Con un tenero sospiro. Jessye Norman, sop., Lausanne CO/Antal Dorati.
  • Weber: Oberon: I revel in hope and joy again. Jonas Kaufmann, ten., ORR/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Spontini: Ohime! quale apparato!...Ah! no, s'io vivo ancora - from La Vestale. Placido Domingo, ten., National PO/Eugene Kohn.
  • Thomas: Hamlet: Pale et blonde. Glenda Raymond, sop., Australian SO/Hector Crawford.
  • Massenet: Manon - Je suis seul!. Joseph Calleja, ten., Swiss Romande Orch/Marco Armiliato.
  • Puccini: La Boheme - Dunque e proprio finita!. Anna Netrebko, sop., Boaz Daniel, bar., Rolando Villazon, ten., Nicole Cabell, sop., Bavarian RSO/Bertrand de Billy.
  • Charpentier: Louise: Depuis le jour. Joan Hammond, sop., Halle Orch/Warwick Braithwaite.
  • Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: Me voila seule dans la nuit. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., ROHO/Jeffrey Tate.
  • Lehar: Friederike: Warum has du mich. Lucia Popp, sop., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Cavalli: La Calisto: Piante ombrose. Maria Bayo, sop., Concerto Vocale/Rene Jacobs.

  • 31st March

    Show Playlist
  • Handel: Esther: Tune your harps to cheerful strains. Anthony Robson, oboe, Robert White, ten., City of London Sinfonia/Ivor Bolton.
  • Gluck: Ezio: Misera dove son. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Academy for Ancient Music Berlin/Bernhard Forck.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni - Vedrai, carino. Isobel Buchanan, sop., Queensland SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Rossini: William Tell - Resta immobile. Sherrill Milnes, bar., National PO/Riccardo Chailly.
  • Donizetti: Dom Sebastien: Deserto in terra. Chris Merritt, ten., Munich Radio Orch/John Fiore.
  • Verdi: Don Carlos: Fontainebleu! Foresta immensa a solitaria!. Rolando Villazon, ten., Turin Theatre Orch/Gianandrea Noseda.
  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Lensky's aria. Richard Tauber, ten.
  • Puccini: Edgar: Addio mio dolce. Cheryl Barker, sop., Orch Victoria/Richard Bonynge.
  • Strauss R: Elektra: Ich will nichts horen!. Regina Resnik, m-sop., Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.