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.


15th August

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  • Rossini: Il Turco in Italia. Leo Nucci, bar., Monserrat Caballe, sop., Samuel Ramey, bass, Enzo Dara, bass, National PO, Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Riccardo Chailly.

  • 8th August

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  • Donizetti: Les Martyrs. Brindley Sherratt, bass, Wynne Evans, ten., Clive Bayley, bass, David Kempster, bar., Joyce El-Khoury, sop., Michael Spyres, ten., OAE, Opera Rara Chorus/Mark Elder.

  • 1st August

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  • Verdi: Rigoletto. Placido Domingo, ten., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Ileana Cotrubas, sop., Kurt Moll, bass, Elena Obraztsova, m-sop., Piero Cappuccilli, bar., Hanna Schwarz, contr., Luigi De Corato, bar., Dirk Sagemuller, bass, Olive Fredricks, m-sop., Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Carlo Maria Giulini.

  • 25th July

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  • Rameau: Les Indes galantes. Noemi Rime, sop., Howard Crook, ten., Isabelle Poulenard, sop., Sandrine Piau, sop., Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, ten., Jerome Correas, bass, Claron McFadden, sop., Bernard Deletre, bass, Nicolas Rivenq, ten., Miriam Ruggeri, sop., Les Arts Florissants/William Christie.

  • 18th July

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  • Terradellas: Artaserse. Anna Maria Panzarella, sop., Celine Ricci, sop., Agustin Prunell-Friend, ten., Royal Chamber Opera Company/Juan Bautista Otero.

  • 11th July

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  • Berlioz: Damnation of Faust, Op.24. Kenneth Riegel, ten., Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sop, Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone, Malcolm King, bass, Chicago SO, Chicago Symphony Chorus/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict. David Wilson-Johnson, bar., Susan Gritton, sop., Laurent Naouri, bar., Kenneth Tarver, ten., Sara Mingardo, contr., Enkelejda Shkosa, m-sop., Dean Robinson, bass, London SO, London Symphony Chorus/Sir Colin Davis.

  • 4th July

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  • Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco. Placido Domingo, ten., Sherrill Milnes, bar., Montserrat Caballe, sop., Robert Lloyd, bass, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra/James Levine.

  • 27th June

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  • Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64. Robert Lloyd, bar., John Mark Ainsley, ten., Sylvia McNair, sop., Brian Asawa, alto., London SO, New London Children's Choir/Sir Colin Davis.

  • 20th June

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  • Delius: The Magic Fountain. John Mitchinson, ten., Katherine Pring, sop., Norman Welsby, bass, BBC Singers & Concert Orchestra/Norman Del Mar.
  • Delius: Margot La Rouge. Lois McDonall, sop., Kenneth Woolam, ten., Malcolm Donelly, bar., BBC Concert Orchestra/Norman Del Mar.