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.


21st February

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  • Britten: Peter Grimes. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Sarah Walker, m-sop., Sir Thomas Allen, bar., David Wilson-Johnson, bar., Stafford Dean, bass, Neil Jenkins, ten., Patricia Payne, contr., Simon Keenlyside, bar., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., ROHO, Royal Opera House Chorus/Bernard Haitink.
  • Kerry: Medea. Merlyn Quaife, sop., Angela Giblin, m-sop., Michael C Smith, ten., David Lemke, bar., Chamber Made Opera/Mark Summerbell.

  • 14th February

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  • Mozart: Die Zauberflote, Franz Crass, bass, Roberta Peters, sop., Evelyn Lear, sop., Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Lisa Oto, sop., RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Bohm.

  • 7th February

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  • Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande. Christa Ludwig, m-sop., Jean-Phil Courtis, bass-baritone, Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone, Francois Le Roux, bar., Maria Ewing, sop., Patrizia Pace, sop., Rudolf Mazzola, bass, Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Claudio Abbado.
  • Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle, Op.11. Christa Ludwig, m-sop., Walter Berry, bass, London SO/Istvan Kertesz.

  • 31st January

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  • Puccini: Madama Butterfly, Renata Tebaldi, sop., Carlo Bergonzi, ten., Fiorenza Cossotto, msop., Enzo Sordello, bar., Chorus and Orchestra of the Academy of St Cecilia, Rome/Tullio Serafin.

  • 24th January

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  • Wagner R: Lohengrin. Placido Domingo, ten., Jessye Norman, sop., Siegmund Nimsgern, bass, Hans Sotin, bass, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Eve Randova, m-sop., Vienna PO, Vienna State Concert Society Choir/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 17th January

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  • Verdi: Otello, Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Leo Nucci, bar., Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra/Georg Solti.

  • 10th January

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  • Mozart: Idomeneo. Nigel Robson, ten., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Sylvia McNair, sop., Hillevi Martinpelto, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Glenn Winslade, ten., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 3rd January

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  • Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Erich Kunz, bar., Irmgard Seefried, sop., Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Karl Bohm.

  • 27th December

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