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.


4th December

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  • Mendelssohn, Felix: Wedding of Camacho, Op.10. Andrea Ulbrich, m-sop., Nico van der Meel, ten., Rosmarie Hofmann, sop., Scot Weir, ten. Anima Eterna/Jos van Immerseel.
  • Weber, Carl Maria von Peter Schmoll. Paul Armin Edelmann, bs., Thorsten Grümbel, bar., Ilona Revolskaya, sop., Christoph Seidle, bs., Sebastian Kohlhepp, ten., Johannes Bamberger, ten. ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Roberto Paternostro
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Ascanio in Alba, K111. Agnes Baltsa, m-sop., Arleen Auger, sop., Edith Mathis, sop., Lilian Sukis, sop., Peter Schreier, ten. Salzburg Chamber Choir, Salzburg Mozarteum Orch/Leopold Hager.

  • 27th November

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  • Rossini, Gioachino: La donna del lago. Ferdinand von Bothmer, ten., Marianna Pizzolato, m-sop., Maxim Mironov, ten., Sonia Ganassi, m-sop. Prague Chamber Choir, South West German Radio SO, Tuebingen Festival Band/Alberto Zedda.

  • 20th November

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  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59. Helen Donath, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Manfred Jungwirth, bass, Otto Wiener, bass, Regine Crespin, sop., Yvonne Minton, m-sop. Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 13th November

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  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Cosi fan tutte. Amanda Roocroft, sop., Carlos Feller, bar., Rainer Trost, ten., Rodney Gilfry, bass, Rosa Mannion, sop. English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 6th November

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  • Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan. Soloists. Orchestra & Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre/ Vasiliy Nebolsin.
  • Poulenc, Francis: Les Mamelles de Tiresias. Denise Duval, sop., Frederic Leprin, ten., Jean Giraudeau, ten., Robert Jeantet, bar. Paris Opera-Comique Chorus, Paris Opera-Comique Orch/Andre Cluytens.

  • 30th October

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  • 2019 Herald Sun Aria Competition: The Finals. Join us for Australia's annual and biggest competition for aspiring opera stars. Now in its 94th year this prestigious competition has spawned or accelerated the careers of some of the greatest names in opera from Wagnerian soprano Marjorie Lawrence way back in 1928 to Natalie Aroyan who won the competition in 2008. Other winners of the competition include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jonathan Summers, Daniel Sumegi, June Sloane and Nicole Car, for whom the competition has been a springboard to international fame. Join us for a recording exclusive to 3MBS and made on October 23 in the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Hall by our own sound engineer John Bullock. Thrill at the singing, as the finalists perform with the Melbourne Opera Orchestra under Greg Hocking. Laugh along with witty Master of Ceremonies Christopher Lawrence. And revel in the passion - cheer or hurl brickbats - as Greg Hocking, Dimity Shepherd and John Bolton-Wood make the fiendishly difficult decision of who will be this year's winner.

  • 23rd October

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  • Puccini: Turandot. Birgit Nilsson, sop., Renata Tebaldi, sop., Jussi Bjorling, ten., Giorgi Tozzi, bass, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Erich Leinsdorf

  • 16th October

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  • Purcell, Henry: The Fairy Queen, Z629. Jamie Allen, ten., Paul McMahon, ten., Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Sara Macliver, sop., Stephen Bennett, bar. Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Beautiful as an angel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Philharmonia Orch/Ion Marin.