Opera & Song

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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.


19th June

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  • Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love. Roderick Jones, bar., John Cameron, bass, Heddle Nash, ten., April Cantelo, sop., Sadler's Wells Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra/Stanford Robinson.

  • 12th June

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  • Puccini La Fanciulla del West. Eva Maria Westbroek, sop., Carlo Ventre, ten., Peter Marsh, ten., Ashley Holland, barit., Alfred Reiter, bass, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra and Frankfurt Opera Chorus/Sebastien Weigle
  • Puccini: La Boheme - Extracts. Jose Carreras, ten., Angela Maria Blasi, sop., Francesco Ellero d' Artegna, bass, Barbara Hendricks, sop., Gino Quilico, bar., Federico Davia, bass, Richard Cowan, bar., French NO, Radio France Chorus/James Conlon.

  • 5th June

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  • Verdi: La forza del destino. Franco Corelli, ten., Ettore Bastianini, bar., Gabriella Tucci, sop., Giorgio Tozzi, bass, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Nello Santi.

  • 29th May

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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

  • 22nd May

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  • Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict. Janet Baker, msop., Robert Tear, ten., Thomas Allen, bar., Robert Lloyd, bass, John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra/Sie Colin Davis.

  • 15th May

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  • Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro. Taryn Fiebig, Sian Pendry, sops., Kanen Breen, ten., Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Peter Coleman-Wright, bars., Warwick Fyfe, bass, Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Patrick Summers.

  • 8th May

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  • Verdi: Aida: La fatal pietra... O terra addio. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Elizabeth Connell, m-sop., National PO, London Opera Chorus/Richard Bonynge.
  • Wagner R: Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla. Christopher Doig, ten., Tim DuFore, bar., John Brocheler, bass-baritone, Natalie Jones, sop., Donna-Maree Dunlop, sop., Z. MacKendree-Wright, m-sop, Adelaide SO/Asher Fisch.
  • Wagner R: Die Walkure: Leb' Wohl. John Brocheler, bass-baritone, Adelaide SO/Asher Fisch.
  • Verdi: Otello: Willow song. Cheryl Barker, sop., Queensland SO/Guillaume Tourniaire.
  • Wagner R: The Flying Dutchman: Die frist ist um. John Wegner, bass, State Orch of Victoria/Richard Divall.
  • Beethoven: Fidelio: Abscheulicher. Rita Hunter, sop., Tasmanian SO/Dobbs Franks.
  • Delibes: Lakme: Bell song. Emma Matthews, sop., Monte Carlo PO/Brad Cohen.
  • Donizetti: Maria Stuarda: Yes, the King of France wants the English throne. Nance Grant, sop., Elizabethan Trust Melbourne Orch/Richard Divall.
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro: 3 rehearsal sequences. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Robert Tear, ten., Kurt Moll, bass, Samuel Ramey, bass, Jeffrey Tate, pno., London PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Vaccai: Romeo & Juliette: E questo il loco...Ah! Se tu dormi. Huguette Tourangeau, sop., Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville - Una voce poco fa. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Adelaide SO/Nicholas Milton.
  • Mussorgsky: Boris Godounov: Coronation scene. Queensland Orch, Opera Queensland Chorus/Johannes Fritzsch.
  • Bizet: Carmen: Je dis que rien ne m'epouvente. Nicole Car, sop., Opera Australia Orch/Brian Castles-Onion.
  • Donizetti: La favorita: O mio Fernando. Lauris Elms, contr., West Australian SO/Geoffrey Arnold.
  • Verdi: La forza del destino: Son giunta!... Madre, pietosa Vergine. Joan Hammond, sop., Philharmonia Orch, Royal Opera House Chorus/Walter Susskind.
  • Masse: La Reine Topaze: Carnaval de Venise. Sumi Jo, sop., English CO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro - Dove sono. Sara Macliver, sop., Tasmanian SO/Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
  • Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Fly duet. June Bronhill, sop., Eric Shilling, bar., Sadlers' Wells Orch/Alexander Faris.
  • Verdi: Rigoletto : Figlia! Mio padre!. Cheryl Barker, sop., Peter Coleman-Wright, bar., Tasmanian SO/Martin Andre.
  • Dvorak: Rusalka: Song to the Moon. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Melbourne SO/Vladimir Kamirski.
  • Saint-Saens: Samson and Delilah: Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Adelaide SO/Nicholas Milton.
  • Rossini: Stabat Mater: Cujus animam. Donald Smith, ten., Queensland SO/Vanco Cavdarski.
  • Sullivan: The Mikado: The sun whose rays/Here's a how-de-do/The flowers that bloom in the spring. Elsie Morison, sop., Richard Lewis, ten., Geraint Evans, bass, Pro Arte Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: In the depths of the temple. Henry Choo, ten., Adam Miller, bar., Orch Wellington/Marc Taddei.
  • Mozart: Zaide: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben. Sara Macliver, sop., Tasmanian SO/Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
  • Bizet: Carmen: Toreador's Song. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bar., Jenny Duck-Chong, m-sop., Alison Morgan, sop., Sinfonia Australis, Cantillation/Antony Walker.
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: And there behold, how vain, pretentious. Nance Grant, sop., Unnamed Orch/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Herr Kavalier. Yvonne Minton, m-sop., Michael Langdon, bass, ROHO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Dido's Lament. Danielle de Niese, sop., English Concert/Harry Bicket.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Catalogue Aria. Bruce Martin, bass, West Australian SO/David Measham.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni - Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata. Joan Carden, sop., Orch of Sydney/John Harding.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Catalogue Aria. Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bar., Tasmanian SO/Ola Rudner.
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Quel guardo il cavaliere?. Shu-Cheen Yu, sop., Queensland Orch/Brett Kelly.
  • Bellini: I Puritani: A te o caro. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Giancarlo Luccardi, bass, London SO, Royal Opera House Chorus/Richard Bonynge.
  • Verdi: Il trovatore: D'amor sull'ali rosee. Joan Hammond, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Glauco Curiel.
  • Verdi: Il trovatore: Tacea la notte. Nicole Car, sop., Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Andrea Molino.
  • Puccini: La Boheme: Che gelida manina. Fernando de la Mora, ten., Welsh National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Rossini: La Cenerentola: Si, ritrovarla io giuro. Henry Choo, ten., Orch Wellington/Marc Taddei.
  • Verdi: La forza del destino: Pace, pace mio Dio. Lisa Gasteen, sop., Queensland SO/Roderick Brydon.
  • Verdi: La forza del destino: Pace, pace mio Dio. Marilyn Richardson, sop., Queensland SO/Vladimir Kamirski.
  • Catalani: La Wally - Ebben?...Ne andro lontana. Renee Fleming, sop., London PO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Adams: Nixon in China: Madam Mao's Aria. Merlyn Quaife, sop., State Orch of Victoria/Richard Mills.
  • Verdi: Otello: Ave Maria. Nicole Car, sop., Australian CO/Richard Tognetti.
  • Britten: Peter Grimes - Embroidery in childhood. Jonathan Summers, bar., Renee Fleming, sop., London SO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Verdi: Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell'amore. Mary Aston, sop., David Griffiths, bar., Helen Medlyn, m-sop., Kenneth Cornish, ten., Auckland Philharmonia Orch/Brian Law.
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann: Legend of Kleinzack. Jon Weaving, ten., Kiel Opera Orch/Richard Trimborn.
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Song to the Evening Star. Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bar., Sinfonia Australis/Antony Walker.
  • Lehar: The Merry Widow: Vilja. Ann Mackay, sop., State Orch of Victoria/Brian Stacey.
  • Verdi: Aida: Se quel guerrier...Celeste Aida. Rosario La Spina, ten., Monte Carlo PO/Richard Mills.
  • Giordano: Andrea Chenier: Colpito qui m'avete. Kenneth Collins, ten., Queensland SO/Vladimir Kamirski.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville - Una voce poco fa. Glenda Raymond, sop., Unnamed Orch/Hector Crawford.
  • Bizet: Carmen: Habanera. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Adelaide SO/Nicholas Milton.
  • Mozart: Cosi fan tutte - Soave sia il vento. John Pringle, bar., Yvonne Kenny, sop., Fiona Janes, mezz-soprano, State Orch of Victoria/Peter Robinson.

  • 1st May

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  • Albeniz: Henry Clifford. Alessandra Marc, sop., Jane Henschel, m-sop., Aquiles Machado, ten., Carlos Alvarez, barit., Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid/Jose de Eusebio

  • 24th April

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  • Wolf-Ferrari: I Quattro Rusteghi. Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, bass, Fedora Barbieri, msop., Magda Olivero, sop., Alfredo Mariotti, bbar., Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Torino/Ettore Gracis.
  • Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs. Mary Saint-Palais, sop., Sophie Marin-Degor, sop., Nicolas Revinq, bar., Jean-Marc Salzmann, bass, Capella Coloniensis/William Christie.