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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


15th September

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8th September

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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.

  • 11th August

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  • Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV49: Love in her eyes sits playing. David Hobson, ten., Sinfonia Australis/Antony Walker.
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale: So anch'io la virtu magica. Kathleen Battle, sop., London PO/Bruno Campanella.
  • Interview with Adam Miller
  • Verdi: A Masked Ball: Alzati...Eri tu. Robert Merrill, bar., New SO/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Thomas: Mignon: Oui, pour ce soir...je suis Titania la blonde. Natalie Dessay, sop., Toulouse Capitole Orch, Les Elements Chamber Choir/Michel Plasson.
  • Gounod: Cinq Mars: Nuit resplendissante. Francoise Pollet, sop., Montpellier PO/Cyril Diedrich.
  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: poveri fiori (poor flowers). Renee Fleming, sop., Mariinsky Theatre Orch/Valery Gergiev.
  • Dvorak: Armida -Aria. Lucia Popp, sop., Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • Kalman: Countess Maritza: Gruss mir mein Wien. Jon Weaving, ten., Queensland SO/Vanco Cavdarski.

  • 4th August

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  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren;Yvonne Minton and Helen Donath;Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti
  • Strauss R; Der Rosenkavalier; Selbstverstandlich;Manfred Jungwirth, Regine Crespin, Yvonne Minton;;Konzertvereinigung Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti
  • Strauss R; Der Rosenkavalier; Nein, er agiert mir gar zu gut;Manfred Jungwirth,Regine Crespin;Yvonne Minton;Konzertvereinigung Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti
  • Strauss R; Der Rosenkavalier; Di rigori armato;Luciano Pavarotti;Konzertvereinigung Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Is gut;Manfred Jungwirth;Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Nein, nein, nein, nein;Manfred Jungwirth, Yvonne Minton;Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Leopold wir gehn;Manfred Jungwirth, Wiener Staatsopernchor und Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Hap mirs gelobtr; Regine Crespin;Yvonne Minton and Helen Donath;Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti

  • 28th July

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  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Dove il perfido?; Margaret Price, Sylvia Sass;Stuart Burrows;Lucia Popp;Alfred Sramek;London Philharmonic Orch; Sir Georg Solti
  • Mozart: Zaide: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben;Emma Kirkby;The Academy of Ancient Music;Chirsopher Hogwood
  • Valentini: Il sonnambulo:Si il mar sommesso mormora;Joyce di Donato;Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon;Riccardo Minasi
  • Rossini: Ricciardo e Zoraide, Fu amor propizio;William Matteuzzi and Nelly Miricioiu;Academy of St Martin in the Fields;David Parry
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise;Sandor Solyom-Nagy;Hungarian State Opera Orch; Janos Ferencsik
  • Cilea: L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia del pastore;Beniamino Giglie;Orch del Teatro alla Scala Milano;Umberto Berrettoni
  • Rachmaninov: Aleko; Scene and chorus;Evgeni Nesetrenko;Svetlana Volkova;Alexander Fedin; Moscow Philarmonic Symph Orch;Dmitri Kitaenko
  • Massenet: Cherubin;Lorsque vous n'aurez rien a faire;Dawn Upshaw;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Pinchas Steinberg
  • Strauss R: Arabella: Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt;Lisa della Casa and Hilde Guiden;Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti

  • 21st July

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  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Dove il perfido?; Margaret Price, Sylvia Sass;Stuart Burrows;Lucia Popp;Alfred Sramek;London Philharmonic Orch; Sir Georg Solti
  • Mozart: Zaide: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben;Emma Kirkby;The Academy of Ancient Music;Chirsopher Hogwood
  • Valentini: Il sonnambulo:Si il mar sommesso mormora;Joyce di Donato;Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon;Riccardo Minasi
  • Rossini: Ricciardo e Zoraide, Fu amor propizio;William Matteuzzi and Nelly Miricioiu;Academy of St Martin in the Fields;David Parry
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise;Sandor Solyom-Nagy;Hungarian State Opera Orch; Janos Ferencsik
  • Cilea: L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia del pastore;Beniamino Giglie;Orch del Teatro alla Scala Milano;Umberto Berrettoni
  • Rachmaninov: Aleko; Scene and chorus;Evgeni Nesetrenko;Svetlana Volkova;Alexander Fedin; Moscow Philarmonic Symph Orch;Dmitri Kitaenko
  • Massenet: Cherubin;Lorsque vous n'aurez rien a faire;Dawn Upshaw;Munchner Rundfunkorchester;Pinchas Steinberg
  • Strauss R: Arabella: Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt;Lisa della Casa and Hilde Guiden;Wiener Philharmoniker;Sir Georg Solti