Opera & Song

Past Programs

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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.


20th February

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  • Strauss R: Ariadne auf Naxos. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Anny Felbermayer, sop., Hugues Cuenod, ten., Irmgard Seefried, sop., Gerhard Unger, ten., Lisa Otto, sop., Rita Streich, sop., Rudolf Schock, ten., Otakar Kraus, bar., Karl Donch, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Strauss R: Friedenstag. Sabine Hass, sop., Kurt Moll, bass, Jan Hendrik Rootering, bass, Jaakko Ryhanen, bass, Cornelia Wulkopf, contr., Bernd Weikl, bar., Robert Schunk, ten., Jan Vacik, ten., Alfred Kuhn, bass, Gerhard Auer, bass, Florian Cerny, bar., Thomas Woodman, bar., Eduardo Villa, ten., Karl Helm, bar., Bavarian RSO, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian State Opera Chorus/Wolfgang Sawallisch.

  • 13th February

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  • Cornelius: Der Cid. Robert Schunk, ten, Ronnie Johansen, bs-bar, Gertrud Ottenthal, sop, Albert Dohmen, bass-bar, Endrik Wottrich, ten. Berlin Rundfunk Choir, Berlin RadioSyphony Orchestra/Gustav Kuhn
  • Cornelius: The Barber of Bagdad. Oskar Czerwenka, bs, Eliabeth Schwarzkopf, sop, Nicolai Gedda, ten, hermann Prey, bar Gerhard Unger, ten, Grace hoffman, m-s. Philharonia choir, Philharmonia Orhestra/Erich Leinsdorf

  • 6th February

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    30th January

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  • Spontini: La Vestale. Anthony Michaels Moore, bar., J. Patrick Raftery, ten., Dimitri Kavrakos, bass, Denyce Graves, sop., Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala Theatre/Riccardo Muti.

  • 23rd January

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  • Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride. Arkady Mishenkin, ten., Ekaterina Kudriavchenko, sop., Vladislav Verestnikov, bar., Anina Terentieva, m-sop., Pyotr Gluboky, bass, Bolshoi Theatre Orch, Sveshnikov Russian Academic Choir/Andrey Chistyakov.
  • Sullivan: HMS Pinafore. Felicity Palmer, sop., Richard Suart, bass, Sir Thomas Allen, bar., Rebecca Evans, sop., Donald Adams, bass-baritone, Michael Schade, ten., Richard Van Allan, bass, Welsh National Opera Orch, Welsh National Opera Chorus/Sir Charles Mackerras.

  • 16th January

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  • Gluck: Armide.Francoise Masset, Nicole Heaston, sops., Laurent Naouri, Vincent Le Texier, bbars, Choeur des Musiciens & Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble/Marc Minkowski.

  • 9th January

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  • Friedrich von Flotow: Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Nicolai Gedda, ten., Hermann Prey, barit., Hans Georg Knoblich, bass, Dieter Weller, bass, Bavarian State Orchestra and Bavarian State Opera Chorus/Robert Heger

  • 2nd January

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  • Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria. Sven Olof Eliasson, ten., Margaret Baker-Genovesi, Rotraud Hansmann, sops., Kurt Equiluz, Nigel Rogers, tens., Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

  • 26th December

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  • Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ike Hawkersmith, treb., Kirsten Gunlogson, m-sop., Dean Anthony, ten., Todd Thomas, bar., Bart LeFan, bar., Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville SO, Nashville Symphony Chorus/Alastair Willis.
  • Humperdinck: Konigskinder. Hermann Prey, bar., Helen Donath, sop., Adolf Dallapozza, ten., Hanna Schwarz, contr., Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orch/Heinz Wallberg.
  • Rossini: Stabat Mater: Cujus animam. Donald Smith, ten., Queensland SO/Vanco Cavdarski.
  • Adam: Christmas Hymn. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Adelaide SO, The Contemporary Singers/David Stanhope.