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.


1st April

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  • Donizetti, Gaetano: Don Pasquale. Barbara Hendricks, sop., Gabriel Bacquier, bar., Gino Quilico, bar., Luca Canonici, ten. Lyon Opera Chorus, Lyon Opera Orch/Gabriele Ferro.
  • Sullivan, Sir Arthur: The Mikado. Welsh National Chorus, Welsh National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.

  • 25th March

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  • Bellini, Vincenzo: I Puritani. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Piero Cappuccilli, bar. London SO, Royal Opera House Chorus/Richard Bonynge.
  • Bellini, Vincenzo: Il pirata. Chester Watson, bass, Costantino Ego, bass, Glade Peterson, ten., Maria Callas, sop., Pier Miranda Ferraro, ten., Regina Sarfaty, m-sop. Chorus of the American Opera Society, Orch of the American Opera Society/Nicola Rescigno.

  • 18th March

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  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Il Mondo Della Luna, Hob 28/7. Arlene Auger, sop., Edith Mathis, sop., Lucia Valentini-Terrani, mezzo-sop., Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sop., Luigi Alva, ten., Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, ten., Domenico Trimarchi, bass-barit., Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and Chorus of the Radio Swiss Romande/Antal Dorati

  • 11th March

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Macbeth (1847 version). Sung in English. Peter Glossop, bar., Rita Hunter, sop., John Tomlinson, bass, Kenneth Collins, ten., Richard Greager, ten., BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orch/John Matheson
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Il trovatore: Excerpts. Elizabeth Fretwell, sop., Rita Hunter, sop., Patricia Johnson, mezzpo-sop., Peter Glossop, bar., Charles Craig, ten., Donald McIntyre, bass.Sadlers Wells Oper Chorus and Orchestra/Michael Moores

  • 4th March

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  • Gluck, Christoph Willibald von: Iphigenie en Tauride. Diana Montague, m-sop., John Aler, ten., Nancy Argenta, sop., Thomas Allen, bar. Lyon Opera Orch, Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Gluck, Christoph Willibald von: Iphigenie en Aulide. Anna Moffo, sop., Arleen Auger, sop., Bernd Weikl, bar., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Ludovic Spiess, ten., Nicolaus Hillebrand, bass, Thomas Stewart, bass, Trudeliese Schmidt, m-sop. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orch/Kurt Eichhorn.

  • 26th February

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  • Handel: Jephtha. Nigel Robson, ten., Lynne Dawson, sop., Anne Sofie von Otter, msop., Stephen Varcoe, bar., Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 19th February

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  • Berg, Alban (arr. Cerha, Friedrich): Lulu. Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-sop., Cynthia Clarey, contr., Graham Clark, ten., Patricia Wise, sop., Wolfgang Schone, bass French NO/Jeffrey Tate.

  • 12th February

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  • Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri. Wladimiro Ganzarolli, bbar., Lucia Valentini Terrani, msop., Francisco Araiza, ten., Alessandro Corbelli, bar., Male Chorus of The Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Koln, Capella Coloniensis/Gabriele Ferro.