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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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16th March

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  • Scarlatti; Mio tesoro per te moro;Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis;Orch of St Luke's John Nelson
  • Broschi: Idaspe: Qual guerriero in campo armatoi; Vivica Genaux;Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin;Rene Jacobs
  • Mozart; Exsultate, jubilate;Danielle de Niese;Orch of the Age of Enlightenment; Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Weber: Der Freischutz: Nein, langer trag' ich nicht die Qualen;Jonas Kaufmann;Prague Philharmonic Orch;Marco Armiliato
  • Verdi; I Lombardi;Dove sola m'inoltro? Katia Ricciarelli and Jose Carreras;London symph Orch;Lamberto Gardelli
  • Strauss Richard; Daphne;Lucia Popp;Chor und Orchester des Baerischen Rundfunks;Bernard Haitink
  • Carl Zeller; Der Vogelhandler;Ich bin die Christel;Elizabeth Schwarzkopf;Philharmonia Orch;Otto Ackermann

  • 9th March

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  • Verdi: Ernani: Mi lascia … O de'verd' anni miei;Lado Ataneli;Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orch;Lodovico Zocche
  • Verdi: Otello: Niun mi tema;Giuseppe di Stefano;Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino;Bruno Bartoletti
  • Berlioz: Les Troyens: Je vais mourir;Elena Garanca;Orch de la Comunitat Valenciana;Roberto Abbado
  • Rossini; La Cenerentola;Nel Volto estatico; Simionato,Benelli,Bruscantini,Montarsolo, Foini;Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino;Oliviero de Fabritiis
  • Charpentier; Louise;Depuis le jour;Rebecca Rashleigh;Geoff Urquhart
  • Mozart; The Marriage of Figaro;Deh vieni non tardar;Rebecca Rashleigh;Geoff urquhart
  • INTERVIEW
  • Strauss R; Capriccio;Der strom der tone trug mich fort;Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Eberhard Wachter;Philharmonia Orch;Wofgang Sawallisch
  • Britten; The Turn of the Screw;Theme Scene1;Jennifer Vyvyan'English Opera Group Orch;Benjamin Britten

  • 2nd March

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  • Handel: Ariodante: Dopo notte;Julianne Baird;Brewer Chamber Orch;Rudolph Palmer
  • Sibelius; Var det en drom? Was it a dream? Birgit Nillson;Vienna Opera Orch;Bertil Bokstedt
  • Zandonai; Giulietta e Romeo;Giulietta! Son io!;Jonas Kaufmann;Orch dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma;Antonio Pappano
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise;Sandor Solyom-Nagy;Hungarian State Opera Orch;Janos Ferencsik
  • Bruneau; L'Attaque du moulin;Le jour tombe;Bryan Hymel;Prague Philharmonia;Emmanual Villaume
  • Mozart; Cosi fan tutte;Smanie Implacabili;Chloe Harris;Rhodri Clarke
  • Samuel Barber; Vanessa;Must the Winter come so soon;Chloe Harris;Rhodri Clarke
  • INTERVIEW
  • Rossini; Adelaide di Borgogna;Soffri la tua sventura;Franco Fagioli;Armonia Atenea;George Petrou

  • 23rd February

    Show Playlist
  • Rossini: Ricciardo e Zoraide: Cessi omai quel tuo rigore. William Matteuzzi, ten., Bruce Ford, ten., Nelly Miricioiu, sop., Paul Nilon, ten., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/David Parry.
  • Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Fly duet. June Bronhill, sop., Eric Shilling, bar., Sadlers' Wells Orch/Alexander Faris.
  • Handel: Orlando: Cielo!. Drew Minter, alto., Philharmonia Baroque Orch/Nicholas McGegan.
  • Verdi: Oberto: Ciel, che feci!. Rolando Villazon, ten., Turin Theatre Orch/Gianandrea Noseda.
  • Weber: Oberon: Ozean du Ungheuer!. Birgit Nilsson, sop., ROHO/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Mozart: Nehmt meinen dank, K383, concert aria. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Vienna CO/Gyorgy Fischer.
  • Strauss R: Morgen, Op.27/4. Renee Fleming, sop., English CO/Jeffrey Tate.
  • Thomas: Mignon: Oui, je veux par le monde promener librement. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Bologna Theatre Orch/Roberto Abbado.
  • Charpentier: Medee: Princesse, c'est sur vous. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Les Arts Florissants/William Christie.

  • 16th February

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  • Rossini: Semiramide: Giorno dórrore. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Marilyn Horne, m-sop., London SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Gounod: Sapho: O ma lyre immortelle. Regine Crespin, sop., Swiss Romande Orch/Alain Lombard.
  • Borodin: Prince Igor: Vladimir's Recitative and Cavatina. Jussi Bjoerling, ten., Nils Grevillius Orch/Nils Grevillius.
  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: Bess You is my Woman Now. Lawrence Tibbett, bar., Helen Jepson, sop., Unnamed Orch/Alexander Smallens.
  • Generali: Per Pieta. Deborah Riedel, sop., Arcadia Lane Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Handel: Partenope: Io ti levo. Emma Kirkby, sop., Brandenburg Consort/Roy Goodman.
  • Wagner R: Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt. Wolfgang Windgassen, ten.
  • Verdi: Otello: Vanne; La tua meta gia vedo……..Credi in un Dio crudel. Rolando Panerai, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Alceo Galliera.
  • Leoncavallo: Pagliacci: Bell Chorus. Queensland Orch, Queensland Opera Chorus/Johannes Fritzsch.
  • Leoncavallo: Stridono lassu fr Pagliacci. Victoria de los Angeles, sop., RCA Victor Orch/Renato Cellini.

  • 9th February

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  • Korngold: Die tote Stadt: Mein Sehnen mein Wahnen. Matthias Goerne, bass, Swedish RSO, Swedish Radio Choir/Manfred Honeck.
  • Bizet (arr. Hazell): The Fair Maid of Perth: Serenade. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Bologna Theatre Orch/Roberto Abbado.
  • Massenet: Sevillana. Sumi Jo, sop., English CO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Haydn: True Constancy - Rosina vezzosina. Jessye Norman, sop., Claes H Ahnsjo, ten., Lausanne CO/Antal Dorati.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride: Lyubasha's Aria. Galina Vishnevskaya, sop., London PO/Mstislav Rostropovitch.
  • Cimarosa: The Secret Marriage: Udite, tutti udite. Fernando Corena, bass, Orch del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Gianandrea Gavazzeni.
  • Puccini: The Girl of the Golden West: Ah, non temete, nessuno ardira. Renata Tebaldi, sop., Mario del Monaco, ten., St Cecilia Academy Orch/Franco Caracciolo.
  • Straus O (arr. Gamley): The Chocolate Soldier: My Hero. Greta Bradman, sop., English CO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Bertoni: Tancredi: Addio, o miei sospiri!. Max Emanuel Cencic, alto., Armonia Atenea/George Petrou.
  • Verdi: Sicilian Vespers: Merce dilette amiche. Malvina Major, sop., New Zealand SO/Brian Law.
  • Verdi: Sicilian Vespers: La brezza aleggia intorno. Kenneth Collins, ten., Queensland SO/Vladimir Kamirski.

  • 2nd February

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  • Donizetti; Maria Stuarda;Si! Eera d'mor l'ammagine;Luciano Pavarotti and Huguette Tourangeau; Orch del Teatro Communale di Bologna;Richard Bonynge
  • Verdi: Macbeth: Nel di della vittoria io le incontrai...
  • Dvorak: Armida -Aria. Lucia Popp, sop., Munich Radio Orch/Stefan Soltesz.
  • INTERVIEW WITH JULIANA LIM
  • Wagner R: The Flying Dutchman: Senta's Ballad;Ingrid Haubold;ORF Symphony Orch Vienna;Pinchas Steinberg
  • Gounod: La Reine de Saba: Faiblesse de la race humaine!..Inspirez-moi, race divine;Bryan Hymel;Prague Philharmonia;emmanuel Villaume
  • Puccini: Il Tabarro: Folle di gelosia. Placido Domingo, ten., Renata Scotto, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Lorin Maazel.
  • 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.

  • 26th January

    Show Playlist
  • Handel: Judas Maccabaeus - Arm, arm ye brave!. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, John Fisher, hpschd., Scottish CO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide: Jupiter, lance la foundre!. Veronique Gens, sop., Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset.
  • Mozart: Il re pastore, K208: Aer tranquillo e di sereni. Emma Kirkby, sop., AAM/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Rossini: Italian Girl in Algiers - Cruda sorte. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Art of Sound Orch/Mario Dobernig.
  • Persiani: Ines de Castro: Cari Giorni. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Orch La Scintilla/Adam Fischer.
  • Verdi: Il trovatore: Ah! Si, ben mio. Marcelo Alvarez, ten., Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch/Daniel Oren.
  • Tchaikovsky: Jeanne d'Arc: Adieu, forets. Eileen Farrell, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Thomas Schippers.
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: Gentlemen, I pray you tell me/A Wand'ring minstrel. Richard Lewis, ten., Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Janacek: Jenufa: Who's there ?Jenufa, are you still up ?. Renee Fleming, sop., Mariinsky Theatre Orch/Valery Gergiev.
  • Puccini: Il Tabarro: Folle di gelosia. Placido Domingo, ten., Renata Scotto, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Lorin Maazel.

  • 19th January

    Show Playlist
  • Mozart: Idomeneo: My dearest. Nance Grant, sop., Elizabethan Trust Melbourne Orch/Richard Divall.
  • Mercadante: Il Giuremento - Righteous, Pitiless Vengeance. Rolando Villazon, ten., Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch/Daniele Callegari.
  • Donizetti: Gabriella di Vergy: Rea non sono. Ludmilla Andrew, sop., John Tomlinson, bass, Christian du Plessis, bar., Maurice Arthur, ten., Joan Davies, sop., Royal PO/Alun Francis.
  • Bellini: Il pirata: Felice Romani. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.
  • Verdi: I due Foscari: No mi lasciate. Monserrat Caballe, sop., RCA Italiana Opera Orch, RCA Italiana Opera Chorus/Anton Guadagno.
  • Wagner R: Gotterdammerung: Ah, If Siegfried Were Back!. Clifford Grant, bass, Norman Bailey, bar., Margaret Curphey, sop., Sadlers' Wells Orch/Reginald Goodall.
  • Massenet: Herodiade - Celui dont la parole. Eileen Farrell, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Thomas Schippers.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Campbell): Golden Cockerel: Hymn to the Sun. Aida Garifullina, sop., ORF SO/Cornelius Meister.
  • Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - You're wrong! ....Florence is like a blossoming tree. Juan Diego Florez, ten., Milan Giuseppe Verdi Orch/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Lehar: Friederike: Oh maiden, my maiden. Horst Hoffmann, ten., SBS Radio and Television Youth Orch/Myer Fredman.