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.


22nd January

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  • Monteverdi, Claudio: The Coronation of Poppea. Adam Player, ten., David Greco, bar., Helen Sherman, m-sop., Jacob Lawrence, enor, Jake Arditti, alto., Jeremy Kleeman, bass, Kanen Breen, ten., Natalie Christie Peluso, sop., Owen Willetts, countertenor, Roberta Diamond, sop. Orch of the Antipodes/Erin Helyard.

  • 15th January

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  • Salieri: Les Danaides.Margaret Marshall, sop., Dimitri Kavrakos, bass, Raul Gimenez, ten., Sudfunk-Chor, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart/Gianluigi Gelmetti.

  • 8th January

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  • Frederick Delius: Fennimore and Gerda. Judith Howarth, sop., Randi Stene, mezzo-sop., MArk Tucker, ten., Peter Coleman-Wrght, barit., Aage Haugland, bass. Danish National Radio Choir, Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox.
  • Delius, Frederick: A Village Romeo and Juliet. Arthur Davies, ten., Barry Mora, bar., Helen Field, sop., Thomas Hampson, bar. Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Austrian RSO/Sir Charles Mackerras.

  • 1st January

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  • Delibes: Lakme. Natalie Dessay, sop., Gregory Kunde, ten., Jose Van Dam, b. bar., Choeur & Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse/Michel Plasson.

  • 25th December

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  • Auber, Daniel: Le Domino Noir. Bruce Ford, ten., Doris Lamprecht, mezzo soprano, Gilles Cachemaille, bass, Isabelle Vernet, sop., Jocelyne Taillon, m-sop., Jules Bastin, bass, Martine Olmeda, mezzo soprano, Patrick Power, ten., Sumi Jo, sop. English CO, London Voices/Richard Bonynge.
  • Adam, Adolphe: Le Toreador. John Aler, ten., Michel Trempont, bar., Sumi Jo, sop. Welsh National Opera Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Adam, Adolphe: O Holy Night. Rosario La Spina, ten. Monte Carlo PO/Richard Mills.
  • Adam, Adolphe: Le postillion de Lonjumeau: My Friends, Listen to the Story. Juan Diego Florez, ten. Bologna Theatre Chorus, Bologna Theatre Orch/Roberto Abbado.
  • Auber, Daniel: Manon Lescaut: This is the story. Amelia Farrugia, sop. BBC SO/Alexander Briger.

  • 18th December

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  • Mozart: Idomeneo. George Shirley, ten., Ryland Davies, ten., Margherita Rinaldi, sop., Pauline Tinsley, sop., BBC Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis.

  • 11th December

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Simon Boccanegra. Antonio Savastano, ten., Giovanni Foiani, bass, Jose Carreras, ten., Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone, Mirella Freni, sop., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Piero Cappuccilli, bar. La Scala Chorus, Milan, La Scala Orch, Milan/Claudio Abbado.

  • 4th December

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  • Mendelssohn, Felix: Wedding of Camacho, Op.10. Andrea Ulbrich, m-sop., Nico van der Meel, ten., Rosmarie Hofmann, sop., Scot Weir, ten. Anima Eterna/Jos van Immerseel.
  • Weber, Carl Maria von Peter Schmoll. Paul Armin Edelmann, bs., Thorsten Grümbel, bar., Ilona Revolskaya, sop., Christoph Seidle, bs., Sebastian Kohlhepp, ten., Johannes Bamberger, ten. ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Roberto Paternostro
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Ascanio in Alba, K111. Agnes Baltsa, m-sop., Arleen Auger, sop., Edith Mathis, sop., Lilian Sukis, sop., Peter Schreier, ten. Salzburg Chamber Choir, Salzburg Mozarteum Orch/Leopold Hager.

  • 27th November

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  • Rossini, Gioachino: La donna del lago. Ferdinand von Bothmer, ten., Marianna Pizzolato, m-sop., Maxim Mironov, ten., Sonia Ganassi, m-sop. Prague Chamber Choir, South West German Radio SO, Tuebingen Festival Band/Alberto Zedda.