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.


21st July

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Rigoletto. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Martti Talvela, bass, Sherrill Milnes, bar. Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Monteverdi, Claudio: L'Orfeo. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Diana Montague, m-sop., John Tomlinson, bass, Julianne Baird, sop., Lynne Dawson, sop., Mark Tucker, ten., Mary Nichols, m-sop., Michael Chance, alto., Nancy Argenta, sop., Nigel Robson, ten., Willard White, bass English Baroque Soloists, His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 14th July

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  • Donizetti: La Favorita. Gabriel Bacquier, bar., Fiorenza Cossotto, m-sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bs., Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Comunale di Bologna/Richard Bonynge.

  • 7th July

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  • Puccini, Giacomo: Madam Butterfly. Cheryl Barker, sop., Douglas McNicol, bar., Ingrid Silveus, m-sop., Jay Hunter Morris, ten. Australian Opera and Ballet Orch, Opera Australia Chorus/Patrick Summers.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Madam Butterfly. Jussi Bjoerling, ten., Mario Sereni, bar., Piero de Palma, ten., Victoria de los Angeles, sop. Rome Opera House Chorus, Rome Opera House Orch/Gabriele Santini.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Madam Butterfly. Bruce Rankin, ten., Frederika Brillemburg, sop., Heikki Kilpelainen, bar., Svetlana Katchour, sop. Bremen Philharmonic State Orch, Bremen Theatre Chorus/Gunter Neuhold.

  • 30th June

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  • Borodin: Prince Igor. Boris Martinovich, bs., Stefka Evstatieva, sop., Kaludi Kaludov, ten., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bs., Sofia National Opera Chorus and Festival Orchestra/Emil Tchakarov.

  • 23rd June

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  • Gounod, Charles: Romeo et Juliette. Angela Gheorghiu, sop., Jose van Dam, bar., Marie-Ange Todorovitch, sop., Roberto Alagna, ten. Toulouse Capitole Choir, Toulouse Capitole Orch/Michel Plasson.

  • 16th June

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  • Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur. Joan Sutherland, sop., Carlo Begonzi, ten., Leo Nucci, bar., Chorus and Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera/Richard Bonynge.

  • 9th June

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  • Otto Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weibern von Windsor Otto Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor). Edith Mathis, sop., Helen Donath, sop., Hanna Schwarz, mezzo-sop., Peter Schreier, ten., Kurt Moll, bass, Staatskapelle Berlin/Bernard Klee.
  • Holst, Gustav: At The Boar's Head. Elise Ross, sop., Felicity Palmer, sop., Philip Langridge, ten. John Tomlinson, bass, Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool PO/David Atherton.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Falstaff. Barbara Hendricks, sop., Dalmacio Gonzalez, ten., Katia Ricciarelli, sop., Leo Nucci, bar., Lucia Valentini Terrani, sop., Renato Bruson, bar. Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles PO/Carlo Maria Giulini.

  • 2nd June

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  • Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci. Giovanni Martinelli, ten., Norina Greco, sop., Lawrence Tibbett, bar., MET Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Feruccio Calusio.
  • Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana. Maria Callas, sop., Giuseppe Di Stefano, ten., Rolando Panerai, bar., Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Tullio Serafin.

  • 26th May

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  • Gioachino Rossini: La Gazza Ladra. María José Moreno, sop., Mariana Rewerski, mezzo-sop., Kenneth Tarver, ten., Giulio Mastrototaro, barit., Bruno Praticò, bass-barit., Maurizio Lo Piccolo, bass, Lorenzo Regazzo, bass. Virtuosi Brunensis/Alberto Zedda