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.


14th November

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  • Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame. Maria Guleghina, sop., Irina Arkipova, mezzo., Olga Borodina, mezzo., Gegham Grigoryan, ten., Vladimir Solodovnikov, ten., Nikolai Putilin, barit., Vladimir Chernov, barit., Sergei Alexashkin, bass, Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, St. Petersburg/Valery Gergiev

  • 7th November

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  • Puccini: La Boheme. Mirella Freni, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Elizabeth Harwood, sop., Berlin PO, German Opera Chorus, Berlin/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Puccini: La Rondine. Placido Domingo, ten., Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Leo Nucci, bar., David Rendall, ten., Mariana Nicolesco, sop., London SO, Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Lorin Maazel.

  • 31st October

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  • Ades: The Tempest. Cyndia Sieden, sop., Kate Royal, sop., Ian Bostridge, ten., Toby Spence, ten., Philip Langridge, ten., Simon Keenlyside, barit., Jonathan Summers, barit., Graeme Danby, bass, The Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal opera House Covent Garden/Thomas Ades
  • Haydn: L'Isola Disabitata. Linda Zoghby, sop., Norma Lerer, contralto., Luigi Alva, ten., Renato Bruson, barit., Orchestra de Chambre de Lausanne/Antal Dorati

  • 24th October

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  • Marais: Alcyone. Jennifer Smith, sop., Philippe Huttenlocher, bass, Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, ten., Veronique Gens, sop., Sophie Boulin, sop., Vincent Le Texier, bar., Bernard Deletre, bass, Gilles Ragon, ten., Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski.

  • 17th October

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  • Mercadante: Maria Stuarda. Judith Howarth, sop., Jennifer Larmore, mezzo., Manuela Custer, mezzo., Colin Lee, ten., Pauls Putnis, bass, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra/Antonello Allemandi
  • Donizetti: Maria Stuarda. Iris Vermillion, m-sop., Agnes Baltsa, m-sop., Edita Gruberova, sop., Francisco Araiza, ten., Bavarian RSO, Bavarian Radio Chorus/Giuseppe Patane.

  • 10th October

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  • 2018 Herald Sun Aria Competition finals. Recorded for 3MBS by Steve Bullock in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday 9 October. Tune in for Australia's biggest opera contest - one that launched the careers of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Rachel Durkin, June Sloane, Jonathan Summers, Charles Skase, and Daniel Sumegi among others. Revel in the power and beauty of the voices, agree - or disagree - with the judges and get a peek into the future sounds of our opera stars!

  • 3rd October

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  • Handel: Julius Caesar. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Magdalena Kozena, m-sop., Alan Ewing, bass, Marijana Mijanovic, alto, Pascal Bertin, alto., Bejun Mehta, alto., Jean-Michel Ankaoua, bar., Charlotte Hellekant, m-soprano, Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski.

  • 26th September

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  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Erica Koth, sop., Lotte Schadle, sop., Rolf Boysen, spkr., Kurt Bohme, bass, Friedrich Lenz, ten., Willi Schmitz, spkr., Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Bavarian State Opera Orch/Eugen Jochum.

  • 19th September

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  • Haydn: Armida. Jessye Norman, sop., Claes H Ahnsjo, ten., Robin Leggate, ten., Samuel Ramey, bass, Norma Burrowes, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Lausanne CO/Antal Dorati.
  • Schubert: The Conspirators, D787. Kurt Moll, bass, Adolf Dallapozza, ten., Martin Finke, ten., Edda Moser, sop., Gabriele Fuchs, sop., Gudrun Greindl-Rosner, contr., Sunhild Rauschkolb, contr., Elke Schary, sop., Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orch/Heinz Wallberg.