Enjoy the experience of a night out at the opera. At least one complete opera is featured in each four-hour program (plus excerpts as time permits), using great recordings of the best and most popular works from centuries past as well as today’s masterpieces.


20th October

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  • Goldmark: Die Konigin von Saba. Alpha Floyd, sop., Teresa Kubiak, sop., Arley Reece, ten., Wolfgang Anheisser, bar., American Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Reynald Giovaninetti.
  • Goldmark: Die Konigin von Saba. Elsa Bland, sop., Elise Elizza, sop., Leo Slezak, ten., Friedrich Weidemann, bar., Wiener Grammophon-Orchester, Chor der k.k. Hofoper Wien/Misc. Conductors.

  • 13th October

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  • Sullivan, A: Iolanthe. Elsie Morison, sop., April Cantelo, sop., Heather Harper, sop., Monica Sinclair, contr., Marjorie Thomas, contr., Alexander Young, ten., George Baker, barit., Ian Wallace, barit., John Cameron, barit., Owen Brannigan, bass, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Pro Arte Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent.
  • Ethel Smyth: The Boatswain's Mate.Nadine Benjamin, sop., Edward Lee, ten., Jeremy Huw Williams, barit., Simon Wilding, bass. Lontano Ensemble/Odaline de la Martinez

  • 6th October

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  • Rossini: Le Comte Ory. John Aler, ten., Giles Cachemaille, bar., Sumi Jo, sop., Gino Quilico, bar., Chorus and Orchestra of Opera Lyon/John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Rossini: Il Viaggio a Reims. Cecilia Gasdia, sop., Lucia Valentini Terrani, m-sop, Leo Nucci, bar., Ruggero Raimondi, bs., Prague Philharmonic Chorus, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Claudio Abbado.

  • 29th September

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  • Puccini: Tosca. Maria Callas, sop., Giuseppe di Stefano, ten., Tito Gobbi, barit., Franco Calabrese, bass.Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala/Victor de Sabata.

  • 22nd September

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  • Spontini: La Vestale. Anthony Michaels Moore, bar., J Patrick Raftery, bar., Dimitri Kavrakos, bar., Denyce Graves, sop., Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan/Riccardo Muti.
  • Gluck: La Recontre Imprevue ou Les Pelerins de la Mecque. Lynne Dawson, sop., Claudine Le Coz, sop., Guy de Mey, ten., Gilles Cachmaille, bs/bar., Orchestre De L'Oera De Lyon/John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 15th September

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  • Godard, B: Dante. Veronique Gens, sop., Rachel Frenkel, mez-sop., Diana Axentii, sop., Edgaras Montvidas, ten., Jean-Francois Lapointe, barit., Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-barit., Munich Radio Chorus and Bavarian Radio Orchestra/Ulf Schirmer

  • 8th September

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  • Mercadante: Francesca Da Rimini. Leonor Bonilla, sop., Aya Wakizono, m-sop., Merto Sungu, ten., Antonio Di Matteo, bs., Chorus of the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca, Orchestra Internationale d'Italia/Fabio Luisi.
  • Rachmaninoff: Francesca da Rimini. Gennady Bezzubenkov bs., Evgeny Akimov, ten., Sergey Murzaev, bar., Svetla Vassileva, sop., BBC Singers, BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda.

  • 1st September

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  • Magnard, A: Guercoeur. Hildegard Behrens, sop., Michele Lagrange, sop, Anne Salman, mezzo-sop., Nadine Denize, mezzo-sop., Nathalie Stutzmann, contr., Gary Lakes, ten., Jean-Luc Viala, ten., Jose van Dam, bass-barit., Orchestra du Capitole du Toulouse/Michel Plasson

  • 25th August

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  • Ponchielli: La Gioconda. Maria Callas, sop., Fiorenza Cossotto, m-sop., Ivo Vinco, bs., Pier Miranda Ferraro, ten., Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan/Antonino Votto.
  • Boito: Mefistofele. Mafalda Favero, sop., Nazzareno De Angelis, bs., Antonio Melandri, ten., Chorus of La Scala Theatre, Grand Symphony Orchestra of Milan/Vittore Veneziani.