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 September

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Don Carlos. Anat Efraty, sop., Csaba Airizer, bass, Donna Brown, sop., Eric Halfvarson, bass, Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone, Karita Mattila, sop., Roberto Alagna, ten., Scot Weir, ten., Thomas Hampson, bar., Waltraud Meier, m-sop. Chatelet Theatre Chorus, Orchestre de Paris/Antonio Pappano.

  • 9th September

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  • Wagner: Parsifal. Jose van Dam, b-bar., Kurt Moll, bass, Peter Hoffmann, ten., Dunja Vejzovic, sop., Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan.

  • 2nd September

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Sicilian Vespers. Cheryl Studer, sop., Chris Merritt, ten., Enzo Capuano, bass, Ernesto Gavazzi, ten., Ferrero Poggi, ten., Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass, Francesco Musinu, bass, Giorgio Zancanaro, bar., Gloria Banditelli, contr., Marco Chingari, bar., Paolo Barbacini, ten. La Scala Chorus, Milan, La Scala Orch, Milan/Riccardo Muti.

  • 26th August

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  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Lucio Silla, KV135. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Dawn Upshaw, sop., Edita Gruberova, sop., Peter Schreier, ten., Yvonne Kenny, sop. Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Concentus Musicus Vienna/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

  • 19th August

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  • Stravinsky, Igor: The Rake's Progress. Astrid Varnay, sop., Cathryn Pope, sop., John Dobson, ten., Philip Langridge, ten., Samuel Ramey, bass, Sarah Walker, m-sop., Stafford Dean, bass London Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta Chorus/Riccardo Chailly.
  • van de Vate, Nancy: Where the Cross is Made. Christopher Hollingsworth, ten., Clinton Desmond, ten., Michelle Vought, sop., Timothy Schmidt, bass Illinois State University Chamber Orch/Karyl K. Carlson.

  • 12th August

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  • Strauss: Elektra. Regina Resnik, sop., Birgit Nilsson, sop., Tom Krause, bar., Vienna Philharmonic/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 5th August

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  • Ponchielli, Amilcare: La Gioconda. Eva Marton, sop., Giorgio Lamberti, ten., Samuel Ramey, bass, Sherrill Milnes, bar. Hungarian State Orch, Hungaroton Opera Chorus/Giuseppe Patane.
  • DanielCatan: Florencia en el Amazonas (Florencia in The Amazon). Patricia Schumann, sop., Ana Maria Martinez, sop., Chad Sutton, ten., Suzanna Guzman, sop., Hector Vasquez, barit., Oren Gradus, bass. Houston Grand Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Patrick Summers

  • 29th July

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  • Strauss: Salome. Hildegard Behrens, sop., Wieslaw Ochman, ten., Agnes Baltsa, msop., Jose van Dam, bbar., Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan.

  • 22nd July

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  • Wagner R: Die Walkure. Birgit Nilsson, sop. Regine Crespin, sop. Brigitte Fassbaender, m-sop. Christa Ludwig, m-sop. James King, ten. Hans Hotter, bar. Gottlob Frick, bass. Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.