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.


12th May

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: La traviata. Alexander Oliver, ten., Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Della Jones, m-sop., Giorgio Tadeo, bass, John Tomlinson, bass, Jonathan Summers, bar., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Marjon Lambriks, sop., Matteo Manuguerra, bar. London Opera Chorus, National PO/Richard Bonynge.

  • 5th May

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  • Strauss: Capriccio. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Eberhard Waechter, bar., Nicolai Gedda, ten., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Philharmonia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch.

  • 28th April

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  • Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila. Anna Netrebko, sop., Galina Gorchakova, sop., Irina Bogachova, m-sop., Larissa Diadkova, m-sop., Konstantin Pluzhnikov, ten., Yuri Marusin, ten., Vladimir Ognovenko, bass, Mikail Kit, bass, Gennady Bezzubenkov, bass, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev

  • 21st April

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  • Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Christa Ludwig, m-sop., Alfredo Krauss, ten., Giuseppe Taddei, bar., Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus/Karl Bohm.

  • 14th April

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  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Don Giovanni, K527. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Ingvar Wixell, bar., Luigi Roni, bass, Martina Arroyo, sop., Mirella Freni, sop., Richard Van Allan, bass, Stuart Burrows, ten., Wladimiro Ganzarolli, bass Royal Opera House Chorus, Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Colin Davis.

  • 7th April

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  • Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro. Giuseppe Taddei, bar., Anna Moffo, sop., Eberhard Waechter, bar., Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Fiorenza Cossotto, m-sop., Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus/Carlo Mario Giulini.

  • 31st March

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  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59. Diana Damrau, sop., Franz Grundheber, bass, Franz Hawlata, bass, Irmgard Vilsmaier, sop., Jane Henschel, contr., Jonas Kaufmann, ten., Renee Fleming, sop., Sophie Koch, sop., W. Ablinger-Sperrhacke, ten. Helmholtz School Children's Choir, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonia Choir/Christian Thielemann.

  • 24th March

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  • Menotti: The Consul. Susan Bullock, sop., Louis Otey, bar., Jacalyn Kreitzer. cont., Charles Austin, bass, Spoleto Festival Orchestra/Richard Hickox.