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.


9th January

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  • Friedrich von Flotow: Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Nicolai Gedda, ten., Hermann Prey, barit., Hans Georg Knoblich, bass, Dieter Weller, bass, Bavarian State Orchestra and Bavarian State Opera Chorus/Robert Heger

  • 2nd January

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  • Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria. Sven Olof Eliasson, ten., Margaret Baker-Genovesi, Rotraud Hansmann, sops., Kurt Equiluz, Nigel Rogers, tens., Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

  • 26th December

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  • Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ike Hawkersmith, treb., Kirsten Gunlogson, m-sop., Dean Anthony, ten., Todd Thomas, bar., Bart LeFan, bar., Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville SO, Nashville Symphony Chorus/Alastair Willis.
  • Humperdinck: Konigskinder. Hermann Prey, bar., Helen Donath, sop., Adolf Dallapozza, ten., Hanna Schwarz, contr., Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orch/Heinz Wallberg.
  • Rossini: Stabat Mater: Cujus animam. Donald Smith, ten., Queensland SO/Vanco Cavdarski.
  • Adam: Christmas Hymn. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Adelaide SO, The Contemporary Singers/David Stanhope.

  • 19th December

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  • Rameau: Zoroastre. John Elwes, ten., Greta de Reyghere, Mieke van der Sluis, sops., Gregory Reinhart, bass, Collegium Vocale, Gent, La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken.

  • 12th December

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  • Johann Strauss II Simplicius. Martina Jankova, sop., Liliana Nikiteanu, mezzo-sop., Martin Zysset, ten., Michael Volle, barit., Martin Zysset, ten., Piotr Beczala, ten., Oliver Widmer, bass-barit. Zurich Opera House Chorus and Orchestra/Franz Welser-Most
  • Lehar: The Merry Widow. John Aler, ten., Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Thomas Hampson, bar., Elzbieta Szmytka, sop., London PO/Franz Welser-Moest.

  • 5th December

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  • Vivaldi: Bajazet. Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, bass, David Daniels, cten., Patrizia Ciofi, sop., Vivica Genaux, msop., Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi.
  • Mehul: L'Irato ou l'Emporte. Miljenko Turk, bas, Cyril Auvity, ten., Pauline Courtin, Svenja Hempel, sops., Bonner Kammerchor, L'Arte del Mondo/Werner Ehrhardt.

  • 28th November

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  • Dvorak: Armida. Joanna Borowska, sop., Wieslaw Ochman, ten., George Fortune, barit., Vratislav Kriz, barit., Miloslav Podskalsky, bass, Pavel Daniluk, bass, Czech Philharmonic and Prague Chamber Choir/Gerd Albrecht.

  • 21st November

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  • Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito. Peter Schreier, ten., Julia Varady, sop., Edith Mathis, sop., Theo Adam, bass, Leipzig Radio Choir, Dresden State Chapel Orchestra/Karl Bohn.
  • Mehul: Stratonice. Patricia Petibon, sop., Yann Beuron, ten., Etienne Lescroart, ten., Karl Daymond, bar., Capella Coloniensis, Corona Coloniensis/William Christie.