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.


8th July

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  • Prokofiev, Sergei: War And Peace. Galina Kalinina, sop., Yuri Mazurok, bar. Bolshoi Chorus, Bolshoi SO/Mark Ermler.

  • 1st July

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  • Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel. Sergei Leiferkus, bar., Galina Gorchakova, sop., Vladmir Galuzin, ten., Kirov Chorus and Orchestra/Valery Gergiev.

  • 24th June

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  • Bertoni, Ferdinando: Orfeo. Bruce Ford, ten., Cecilia Gasdia, sop., Dolores Ziegler, m-sop. Ambrosian Opera Chorus, I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone.
  • Fux, Johann Joseph: Orpheus and Euridice. Francesca Boncompagni, sop., Giuseppe de Vittorio, ten., Makoto Sukarada, ten., Maria Ercolano, sop., Romina Basso, m-sop., Valentina Varriale, sop. La Cappella della Pieta de' Turchini/Antonio Florio.
  • Offenbach, Jacques: Orpheus in the Underworld. Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, ten., Laurent Naouri, bar., Natalie Dessay, sop., Yann Beuron, ten. CO of Grenoble, Lyon Opera Chorus, Lyon Opera Orch/Marc Minkowski.

  • 17th June

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  • Tchaikovsky: Iolanta. Galina Gorchakova, sop., Gegam Grigorian, ten., Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Kirov Chorus and Orchestra/Valery Gergiev.

  • 10th June

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  • Giordano, Umberto: Andrea Chenier. Eva Marton, sop., Franco Federici, bass, Giorgio Zancanaro, bar., Jose Carreras, ten., Tamara Takacs, m-sop. Hungarian Radio & Television Chorus, Hungarian State Orch/Giuseppe Patane.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Tosca. Franco Calabrese, bass, Giuseppe di Stefano, ten., Maria Callas, sop., Tito Gobbi, bar. La Scala Chorus, Milan, La Scala Orch, Milan/Victor de Sabata.

  • 3rd June

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  • Beethoven: Fidelio. Hans Sotin, bass, Lucia Popp, sop., Gundula Janowitz, sop., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Rene Kollo, ten., Adolf Dallapozza, ten., Manfred Jungwirth, bass, Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Leonard Bernstein.

  • 27th May

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  • Boito: Mefistofele. Norman Treigle, bass, Placido Domingo, ten., Montserrat Caballe, sop., Thomas Allen, bar., Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Chorus of Boys from the Wandsworth School Choir, London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel.

  • 20th May

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  • Handel: Radamisto. Dominique Labelle, sop., Patrizia Ciofi, sop., Laura Cherici, sop., Maite Baeumont, mezzo-sop., Zachary Stains, ten., Carlo Lepore, bass. Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis.

  • 13th May

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  • Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex. Vinson Cole, ten., Anne Sofie von Otter, msop., Simon Estes, bass, Hans Sotin, bass, Nicolai Gedda, ten., Swedish Radio Chorus, The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  • Heggie: Great Scott. Joyce DiDonato, sop., Ailyn Perez, sop., Frederica von Stade, msop., Nathan Gunn, bar., Orchestra and Chorus of The Dallas Opera/Patrick Summers.