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.


16th October

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  • Purcell, Henry: The Fairy Queen, Z629. Jamie Allen, ten., Paul McMahon, ten., Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Sara Macliver, sop., Stephen Bennett, bar. Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Beautiful as an angel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.

  • 9th October

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  • Stanhope, David: Dracula. Catherine Bouchier, Lorina Gore, sops. Silvia Colloca, m-sop. David Hamilton, Nicholas Jones, tens. Barry Ryan, Peter Coleman-Wright, bars. Jud Arthur, bass. David Stanhope & His Orch/David Stanhope.

  • 2nd October

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  • Jean Cras: Polypheme. Sophie Marin-Degor, sop., Valerie Debize, sop., Yann Beuron, ten., Armand Arapian, bass-barit., Chouer Regional dÍle-de-France, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra/Bramwell Tovey

  • 25th September

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  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut. Mirella Freni, sop., Placido Domingo, ten., Renato Bruson, bar., Kurt Rydl, bass, Chorus of the ROH, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra/Giuseppe Sinopoli.

  • 18th September

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  • Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Matti Salminen, bass, Uwe Heilmann, ten., Soile Isokoski, sop., Simon Keenlyside, bar., Patrizia Pace, sop., Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, bar., Carmela Remigio, sop., CO of Europe, Coro di Ferrara Musica/Claudio Abbado.

  • 11th September

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  • Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira. Ezio di Cesare, ten., Denia Mazzola, sop., Luciana D'Intino, msop., Nicoletta Ciliento, msop., Orchestra Lirico - Sinfonica del Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, Artisti del Coro Associati/Giacomo Zani.

  • 4th September

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  • Wagner R: Rienzi. Jan Hendrik Rootering, bass, Cheryl Studer, sop., Rene Kollo, ten., Norbert Orth, ten., John Janssen, bar., Bodo Brinkmann, bar., Bavarian State Orch, Bavarian State Opera Chorus/Wolfgang Sawallisch.

  • 28th August

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  • Meyerbeer: Margherita d'Anjou. Annick Massis, sop., Bruce Ford, ten., Daniela Barcellona, msop., Alastair Miles, bass, London Philharmonic Orchestra/David Parry.