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 August

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  • Beethoven: Fidelio. Hans Sotin, bass, Lucia Popp, sop., Gundula Janowitz, sop., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Rene Kollo, ten., Adolf Dallapozza, ten., Manfred Jungwirth, bass, Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Leonard Bernstein.

  • 14th August

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  • Boito: Mefistofele. Norman Treigle, bass, Placido Domingo, ten., Montserrat Caballe, sop., Thomas Allen, bar., Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Chorus of Boys from the Wandsworth School Choir, London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel.

  • 7th August

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  • Handel: Radamisto. Dominique Labelle, sop., Patrizia Ciofi, sop., Laura Cherici, sop., Maite Baeumont, mezzo-sop., Zachary Stains, ten., Carlo Lepore, bass. Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis.

  • 31st July

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  • Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex. Vinson Cole, ten., Anne Sofie von Otter, msop., Simon Estes, bass, Hans Sotin, bass, Nicolai Gedda, ten., Swedish Radio Chorus, The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  • Heggie: Great Scott. Joyce DiDonato, sop., Ailyn Perez, sop., Frederica von Stade, msop., Nathan Gunn, bar., Orchestra and Chorus of The Dallas Opera/Patrick Summers.

  • 24th July

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  • Wagner R: Tristan and Isolde. Placido Domingo, ten., Olaf Baer, bar., Nina Stemme, sop., Mihoko Fujimura, m-sop., Rene Pape, bass, ROHO, Royal Opera House Chorus/Antonio Pappano.

  • 17th July

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  • Nielsen: Saul & David. Aage Haugland, bass, Peter Lindroos, ten., Tina Kiberg, sop., Anne Gjevang, cont., The Danish National Radio Choir & Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi.

  • 10th July

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  • Pacini, Giovanni. L'Ultimo Giorno di Pompei. Iano Turner, sop., Sonia Lee, mezzo-sop., Svetlana Sidorova, mezzo-sop., Raul Gimenez, ten., Gregory Bonfatti, ten., Emil Alekperov, ten., Nicolas Rivenq, barit., Riccardo Novaro, barit., Orchestra Del Teatro Bellini di Catania, Chorus of the Camera of Bratislava/Giuliano Carella

  • 3rd July

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  • Sullivan; Ivanhoe. Neal Davies, bar., Peter Rose, bass, Andrew Staples, ten., Janice Watson, sop., Adrian Paddington Singers, BBC National Orchestra of Wales/David Lloyd-Jones.

  • 26th June

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  • Caccini, Francesca: La Liberazione d Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina. Katelijna Van Laethem, sop., Michaela Riener, mezzo-sop., Sabine Lutzenberger, mezzo-sop, Axelle Bernage, mezzo-sop., Achim Schulz, tenor, Matthew Vine, tenor, Bernd Oliver Frolich, tenor, Huelgas Ensemble/Paul van Nevel
  • Lully: The Triumph of Love, LWV59. Francoise Masset, sop., Julie Hassler, sop., Sophie Landy, sop., Renaud Tripathi, alto., Jean-Louis Georgel, bar., Philippe Roche, bass, Marais SO, Marais Chorus/Hugo Reyne.