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20010702

Martin Handley concludes his two-part profile of the great Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, focusing on her finest roles in operas by Wagner, Strauss, Puccini and Mozart.

20010625

Martin Handley begins a two-part profile of the great Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, focusing on her finest roles in operas by Wagner, Strauss, Puccini and Mozart.

20000103

The literary critic Peggy Reynolds reads some well-known operas like a book, exploring the themes that run through them. Today: abandoned women.

19980928

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of the Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights.

19981207

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights.

20001113

Michael White investigates the Vienna of a century ago, examining Mahler's influence on opera and his curious fondness for the popular operetta tunes of the day.

20001211

Lynne Walker talks to musical impresario Raymond Gubbay about his unashamedly populist approach to opera, and uncovers his musical tastes, which range from Verdi and Puccini to Auber and Wagner.

20001218

Lynne Walker looks at the relationship between opera composers and their librettists and talks to John Mortimer about one of the most celebrated collaborations of all, that of Mozart and da Ponte.

20010108

The conductor Martin Handley investigates spieloper - the form of 19th-century popular opera which maintains its hold on German audiences but is all but ignored in Britain. Music includes works by Lortzing, Flotow and Nicolai.

20010115

The conductor Martin Handley investigates the wealth of small provincial opera houses in Germany, looking at how a typical season might satisfy audience demand for popular works whilst throwing in a few surprises.

20010129
20010205

Martin Handley presents the second programme in a two-part profile of the great Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, focusing on her finest roles in operas by Wagner, Strauss, Puccini and Mozart.

20010212

Bass Robert Lloyd talks about his experience of working with New York's Metropolitan Opera, where he made his debut in 1988.

20010219

Bass Robert Lloyd explores the relationship between singers and conductors in the world of opera.

20010226

Bass Robert Lloyd attempts to decide which opera he considers to be his favourite.

20010305

Bass Robert Lloyd takes a look at the dramas that happen backstage at opera houses around the world.

20010319

Bass Robert Lloyd on the process of preparing an operatic role. Music by Mozart, Verdi and Wagner.

20010326

Bass Robert Lloyd answers some of the questions he is often asked about his work.

20010716

Robert Lloyd takes a close look at the process of preparing for an operatic role. Featuring music by Mozart, Verdi and Wagner.

Beginnings And Endings19981214

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `Beginnings and Endings'. To conclude the series, a look at how operas start and finish. With excerpts from Janacek's `Jenufa' and Mozart's `The Marriage of Figaro'.

Choruses19981123

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `Choruses'. Excerpts from Puccini's `Tosca' and Britten's `Peter Grimes'.

Death19981109

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `Death'. A look at death in opera, with excerpts from Verdi's `Aida', Strauss's `Elektra' and Purcell's `Dido and Aeneas'.

Deus Ex Machina20001127

Michael White explores the relationship between opera and religion, with music by Britten, Leoncavallo and Puccini. And baritone Richard Lloyd talks about his life as an ordained priest.

Don Giovanni20010709

Bass Robert Lloyd investigates the difficulties involved in staging Mozart's `Don Giovanni'.

Don Giovanni20010528

In the first of four programmes exploring Prague's many operatic connections, Jan Smaczny investigates the 18th-century city and discovers the musical background to early performances there of Mozart's `Don Giovanni' and `The Marriage of Figaro'.

Don Giovanni20010312
Dramatic Architecture20001204

Lynne Walker investigates how opera from Rameau to Janacek has been shaped by the buildings in which it is performed. With expert on early opera Roger Savage and Glyndebourne architects Sir Michael and Patty Hopkins.

Dream Team20010402

In the first of a new series, Michael White assembles a `dream team' cast for Bizet's masterpiece, including Maria Callas, Teresa Berganza, Franco Corelli and Placido Domingo

Ensembles19981116

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `Ensembles'. Duets, trios, quintets and sextets by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Strauss.

Eugene Onegin20010507

Michael White assembles his dream cast for Tchaikovsky's operatic masterpiece `Eugene Onegin', including Galina Vishnevskaya, Vladimir Atlantov, Neil Shikov and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Fantasy Opera: Fidelio20010409

Michael White assembles his ideal cast for Beethoven's only opera, including Kirsten Flagstad, Jon Vickers, Walter Berry, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Otto Klemperer.

Introduction19980914

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of the Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of opera highlights. Some of the best moments in opera - familiar and unfamiliar - are set in their true dramatic context. `Introduction'. The series begins by showing what opera does best and by taking a hard look at a few old favourites. Music includes highlights from Bizet's `Carmen', Puccini's `Turandot', Verdi's `Rigoletto' and Mozart's `Don Giovanni'.

La Boheme20010514

Michael White assembles a dream cast for Puccini's well-loved masterpiece `La Boheme', including listeners' suggestions.

Legends: Anja Silja20010825

Michael White presents a celebration of the great German soprano Anja Silja, including excerpts from her classic recordings of Berg, Janacek, Strauss and Wagner.

Legends: John Tomlinson20010728

Michael White talks to the great bass-baritone John Tomlinson and plays recordings of his greatest roles, including music by Wagner, Mozart and Mussorgsky.

Love (part 1)19981019

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of the Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `Love (Part 1)'. Love, in all its forms, is always present in opera stories. Including music by Mozart and Puccini.

Love (part 2)19981026

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of the Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `Love (Part 2)'. Love, in all its forms, is always present in opera stories. Including music by Strauss, Verdi and Wagner.

Norma20001120

Michael White celebrates the enduring legacy of Maria Callas, one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century. Including excerpts from her performances as `Norma', `Carmen' and `Lucia di Lammermoor'.

Opera At The Crossroads Of Europe20010618

In his final visit to Prague, Jan Smaczny investigates operas by Janacek, Martinu and Friml.

Opera At The Crossroads Of Europe20010611

The second of four programmes exploring Prague's many operatic connections. Jan Smaczny recalls Prague in 1881 and the opening of the National Theatre. With music by Smetana, Dvorak, Fibich and Foerster.

Opera At The Crossroads Of Europe20010604

In the second of four programmes exploring Prague's many operatic connections, Jan Smaczny looks at the city during the glory days of the Czech national revival and unearths musical gems composed by Dvorak, Smetana and Skroup.

Orfeo Ed Euridice20010430

Michael White assembles his dream cast for Gluck's groundbreaking opera `Orfeo ed Euridice', including Derek Lee Ragin, Janet Baker, Agnes Baltsa and Kathleen Ferrier.

Peter Grimes20010423

Michael White assembles his dream cast for Benjamin Britten's masterpiece `Peter Grimes', including Peter Pears, Jon Vickers, Joan Cross and Thomas Allen.

Peter Pears20010901

Michael White traces the musical partnership between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, for whose distinctive voice Britten created a dozen operatic roles, from Peter Grimes (1945) to Aschenbach in `Death in Venice' (1973). With excerpts from Britten's operas and works by other composers.

Revenge19981005

`Revenge'. Ruth Mackenzie introduces operatic settings of revenge by Verdi, Strauss and Mozart.

Ring20001225

Valerie Solti presents an intimate portrait of her late husband, Sir Georg Solti, who was one of the towering figures in opera for over 50 years, from his prewar performances assisting Toscanini and his groundbreaking `Ring' cycle for Decca, to his late recordings championing young singers such as Angela Gheorghiu.

Romeo And Juliet20010416

Michael White assembles his dream cast for Bernstein and Sondheim's groundbreaking interpretation of the `Romeo and Juliet' story, including Kiri te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Marilyn Horne and members of the original film cast.

The Aria19981012

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of the Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `The Aria'. Arias are one of the most important vehicles for expression in opera. This programme includes excerpts from Bizet's `Carmen', Mozart's `Don Giovanni' and Britten's `Peter Grimes'.

The Conductor19981130

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `The Conductor'. Excerpts from Wagner's `Die Walkure' and Gershwin's `Porgy and Bess'.

The Marriage Of Figaro20010122

Martin Handley explores the power of opera to rock public and political opinion. Works investigated include Mozart's `The Marriage of Figaro' - which shocked 18th-century sensibilities - Beethoven's overtly political `Fidelio', and three subversive 20th-century operas - Weill's `Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny', Krenek's `Jonny Spielt Auf' and Shostakovich's `Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District'.

The Marriage Of Figaro20010521

Michael White assembles a dream cast for Mozart's masterpiece `The Marriage of Figaro', including suggestions by listeners.

The Opera Director19981102

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of the Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of operatic highlights. `The Opera Director'. Excerpts from Bizet's `Carmen', Mozart's `The Magic Flute' and John Adams's `Nixon in China'.

The Story19980921

Ruth Mackenzie, general director of the Scottish Opera, introduces a selection of opera highlights. Some of the best moments in opera - familiar and unfamiliar - are set in their true dramatic context. `The Story'. Including arias from `La boheme', `Tosca', `Cosi fan tutte' and `Otello'.

199A01Peter Grimes19990104

Robert Lloyd takes over the programme, sharing some of his experiences from thirty years on the opera stages of the world and introducing recordings by some of the singers he has most admired.

Including Jon Vickers in `Peter Grimes' and Geraint Evans as Leporello in `Don Giovanni', and recordings by Mirella Freni, Cesare Siepi and Jose Carreras

199A02Carmen19990111

Robert Lloyd shares some of his experiences from thirty years on the opera stages of the world and introduces recordings by some of the singers he has most admired.

This week and next, he considers the charm and the challenges of the French language, with recordings including Regine Crespin in Bizet's `Carmen' and Debussy's `Pelleas et Melisande'.

199A02Carmen19990412

`BBC Music Magazine' editor Graeme Kay presents six programmes on the mechanics of opera.

2: A look at operatic complications - the letters, mistaken identities, overheard conversations and acts of God that fuel the drama of opera plots.

199A03Carmen19990118

Robert Lloyd shares some of his experiences from thirty years on the opera stages of the world and introduces recordings by some of the singers he has most admired.

This week, he considers the charm and the challenges of the French language in opera, with Regine Crespin singing excerpts from Bizet's `Carmen' and Debussy's `Pelleas et Melisande'.

199A03Carmen19990419

BBC Music Magazine editor Graeme Kay presents six programmes on the mechanics of opera.

This programme is about dialogue: composers have used every possible device for making conversations seem realistic, but with varying degrees of success.

199A0419990125

Robert Lloyd continues his exploration of the charm and the challenges of singing French operatic repertoire.

199A0419990426

Graeme Kay presents a series on the mechanics of opera.

This programme looks at the orchestra and the vital part it plays in the dramatic flow of an opera.

199A05Bel Canto19990201

Bass Robert Lloyd considers what the term `bel canto' means to him, with performances by Cecilia Bartoli and Joan Sutherland, among others.

199A05Bel Canto19990503

Graeme Kay continues his exploration of the mechanics of opera with a look at the supernatural, what it adds to opera and how composers bring it to life.

199A0619990208

Robert Lloyd shares some of his experiences from thirty years as a leading operatic bass.

This week, he turns his attention to the great Russian singers, from Feodor Chaliapin to the voices of the present day.

199A0619990510

Graeme Kay concludes his exploration of the mechanics of opera with a look at singers - what they bring to operatic roles, and how they become identified with particular characters.

199A07Don Giovanni19990215

This week, Robert Lloyd considers Mozart's operatic output.

He draws on his own experiences in the role of Il Commendatore in `Don Giovanni' and selects recordings by, among others, Lucia Popp and Thomas Allen.

199A07Don Giovanni19990517

Martin Handley embarks on an exploration of opera from the conductor's perspective, beginning with a look at first nights.

199A08Fidelio19990222

In his approach to the operas of the German tradition - Beethoven's `Fidelio', Wagner's `Ring' cycle and the operas of Kurt Weill - Robert Lloyd seeks out performances that reveal, perhaps surprisingly, something of the bel canto style of singing.

Featuring recordings by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig and Ute Lemper, among others.

199A08Fidelio19990524

Martin Handley continues his exploration of opera from the conductor's perspective with a look at the musical preparation required for the performance of an opera.

199A0919990301

This week, Robert Lloyd considers some of the English singers who helped to overcome the image of England as a land without voices.

Including recordings by Eva Turner, Elizabeth Harwood, Peter Glossop and Janet Baker

199A0919990531

Martin Handley continues his exploration of opera from the conductor's perspective with a look at how the orchestra works.

Politics, seating plans and last-minute panics all play their part.

199A1019990308

In his long career, Robert Lloyd has performed frequently in the United States.

Today, he reflects on the ways in which opera in America differs from elsewhere, with performances by Leontyne Price, James Morris and Dawn Upshaw.

199A1019990607

Martin Handley continues his exploration of opera from the conductor's perspective with a look at the role of the chorus.

It is one of the foundation stones of any company, and its morale is a good barometer of the company's health.

199A1119990315

This week, Robert Lloyd explores the extraordinary number of fine voices that Wales has produced.

Featured artists include Margaret Price, Stuart Burrows, Bryn Terfel, Della Jones and Dennis O'Neill in music by Verdi, Mozart, Handel and Puccini.

199A1119990614

Martin Handley continues his exploration of opera with a look at the opportunities for a singer of a long-term contract with an opera company.

It can be a wonderful foundation for a young singer's career, but is the security of guaranteed work worth sacrificing the freedom to make decisions about what, when and where to sing?

199A1219990322

Robert Lloyd takes a personal look at what being a singer actually means, with the help of recordings by Carlo Bergonzi, Shirley Verret and Arleen Auger.

199A1219990621

Martin Handley continues his exploration of opera with a look at the issues of language in opera, including surtitles, English translations, and the various difficulties of opera in other languages.

199A1319990329

Robert Lloyd looks at how opera has changed in the last thirty years and how this has affected the great opera theatres of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala, Milan, and Covent Garden.

199A1319990628

Martin Handley continues his exploration of opera with a look at the work of an offstage conductor, whose job it is to direct offstage singers and musicians in live performances.

199A14Bbc Music Magazine19990405

`BBC Music Magazine' editor Graeme Kay presents six programmes on the mechanics of opera.

Today, he explores the call to action - how music grabs the audience's attention and how it changes the atmosphere at pivotal dramatic moments.

199A14Bbc Music Magazine19990705

Martin Handley continues his exploration of opera from the conductor's point of view with a look at the risks involved in live opera recordings.

199A1519990712

Martin Handley continues his series with a look at opera's elitist image, its high production costs and expensive seat prices.

199C01The Poet, The Philosopher And The Cynic19990719

The series continues with eight programmes in which the poet Peter Porter reflects on opera, of which he is a lifelong enthusiast.

1: `The Poet, the Philosopher and the Cynic'.

Thoughts about the representation of poets on the stage, with excerpts from Puccini: La boheme; Wagner: The Mastersingers; Mozart: Cosi fan tutte; and Purcell: The Fairy Queen.

199C02La Forza Del Destino19990726

In the second of eight programmes in which poet Peter Porter shares his enthusiasm for opera, he introduces duets about different kinds of relationships, with music from Verdi's `La forza del destino' and `Rigoletto', Britten's `A Midsummer Night's Dream', and Humperdinck's `Hansel and Gretel'.

199C03Don Giovanni19990802

In the third of eight programmes in which poet Peter Porter shares his enthusiasm for opera, he introduces a selection of lesser-known arias from famous operas.

Including music from `Don Giovanni', `Samson and Delilah', `Turandot' and `The Marriage of Figaro'.

199C0419990809

In the fourth of eight programmes in which poet Peter Porter shares his enthusiasm for opera, he introduces recording by Australian musicians who came to Britain, including Dame Nellie Melba, Dame Joan Sutherland, Gregory Yurisich, Yvonne Kenny, Arnold Matters and Sir Charles Mackerras.

199C05Marches, Dances And Rituals19990816

In the fifth of eight programmes in which poet Peter Porter shares his enthusiasm for opera, he presents a selection of marches, dances and rituals from a range of operas, including Verdi: Un ballo in Maschera.

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier.

Gluck: Orfeo.

Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain.

199C06Entrances And Deaths19990823

In the sixth of eight programmes in which poet Peter Porter shares his enthusiasm for opera, he draws pairs of scenes from operas by Beethoven, Britten, Handel and Stravinsky and focuses on characters' first and last appearances on the stage.

199C07Turn Of The Screw19990830

Peter Porter explores the dramatic device of the letter in operas.

Including excerpts from Britten's `Turn of the Screw'; Verdi's `Macbeth', `La traviata' and `Falstaff'; and Tchaikovsky's `Eugene Onegin' - the most famous letter scene of them all.

199C0819990906

Peter Porter concludes his series of programmes by unearthing some of the operatic treasures he would hope to find safely concealed on a desert island.

Music includes precious moments from operas by Mozart, Puccini, Tippett and Strauss.

199C09Lucia Di Lammermoor19990913

Graeme Kay presents the first of six programmes exploring how countries and nationalities have been treated in opera down the ages and how different composers have portrayed one country's history and people.

Today, he focuses on Scotland, with excerpts from Donizetti's `Lucia di Lammermoor', Bizet's `La jolie fille de Perth', MacCunn's `Jeanie Deans', Verdi's `Macbeth' and Judith Weir's `The Vanishing Bridegroom'.

199C10Julius Caesar19990920

Graeme Kay presents the second of six programmes exploring how countries and nationalities have been treated in opera down the ages and how different composers have portrayed the same country's history and people.

Today, he explores Egypt, with music from Handel's `Julius Caesar', Schoenberg's `Moses and Aaron', Philip Glass's `Akhnaten' and Verdi's `Aida'.

199C1119990927

Graem Kaye continues his exploration of the representation of nationality in opera with a look at works about America and Americans.

Music includes Bernstein's West Side Story, Britten's Paul Bunyan, Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo and Puccini's Madam Butterfly.

199C12Nixon In China19991004

Graeme Kay continues his series investigating the portrayal of nationality in opera.

Today, he examines China.

Music includes excerpts from John Adams's `Nixon in China', Puccini's `Turandot', Stravinsky's `The Nightingale' and Judith Weir's `A Night at the Chinese Opera'.

199C1319991011

Graeme Kay continues his series investigating the portrayal of nationality in opera.

Today, he focuses on England, with music including excerpts from Britten: Albert Herring.

Verdi: Falstaff.

Purcell: King Arthur.

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims.

199C1419991018

Graeme Kay continues his series investigating the portrayal of nationality in opera.

Today, he focuses on Russia.

Music includes excerpts from Prokofiev: War and Peace.

Shostakovich: Cheryomushki.

Walton: The Bear.

Musorgsky: Boris Godunov.

199C1519991025

Graeme Kay's world tour of opera continues with a look at Spain, land of the castanet, toreador and zarzuela - all of which feature in today's programme.

199C1619991101

Graeme Kay's world tour of opera continues with a look at Greece, both ancient and modern, and features music from Handel to Henze.

199D01Unsung Heroes: Alfredo Kraus19991108

The first of six programmes in which Stephen Johnson rediscovers some great opera performers.

1: Alfredo Kraus.

The Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus, who died recently, astonished audiences by singing Bellini, Verdi and Donizetti with unrivalled youthful lyricism even in his seventies.

199D02Cosi Fan Tutte19991115

The second of six programmes in which Stephen Johnson rediscovers some great opera performers.

2: Gundula Janowitz.

In a career spanning four decades the German soprano Gundula Janowitz has dazzled in roles as diverse as Fiordiligi in Mozart's `Cosi fan tutte' and Eva in Wagner's `Die Meistersinger'.

199D03Un Re In Ascolto19991122

The third of six programmes in which Stephen Johnson rediscovers some great opera performers.

German bass-baritone Theo Adam made his name at the Bayreuth Festival as one of the great Wagnerians.

But in roles such as Prospero in Luciano Berio's `Un re in ascolto', Adam has also shone as a fine interpreter of 20th-century opera.

199D04Ariadne Auf Naxos19991129

Stephen Johnson continues his series rediscovering some great opera performers.

The sheer beauty of her voice made the soprano Sena Jurinac a natural interpreter of the great Mozart operas.

But as her voice matured, she proved her versatility in roles such as Monteverdi's Poppea and the Composer in Richard Strauss's `Ariadne auf Naxos'.

199D05Die Walkure19991206

Stephen Johnson continues his series rediscovering some great opera performers with a selection of recordings by the American tenor James King, including his remarkable interpretation of Siegmund in Wagner's `Die Walkure'.

199D06Alcina19991213

Stephen Johnson rediscovers great opera performers, ending his series with recordings by the American soprano Arleen Auger.

Once described as a vocal chameleon for the richness of her vocal characterisations, she excelled in Mozart and Haydn but also recorded a landmark performance of Handel's `Alcina' before her premature death.

200C20000110

Literary critic Peggy Reynolds reads some well-known operas like a book, exploring the themes that run through them.

Today: letter scenes.

200C20000117

An investigation of the altered states affecting characters in operas - including fitting, hallucinations and sleepwalking - which began during the growing interest in psychology during the 19th century and reached a natural conclusion in the Freudian theories of the 20th century.

200C20000131

Literary critic Peggy Reynolds explores the themes of some well-known operas, including works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Rossini.

200C20000207

Literary critic Peggy Reynolds explores operas with two strong male characters.

Composers like Mozart, Verdi and Britten particularly enjoyed the musical opportunities for duets between tenor and baritone, but what are the wider implications of these operatic examples of male bonding?

200C20000214

Literary critic Peggy Reynolds explores operas that feature duets for two women.

The sheer beauty of two women's voices interwining in duet has inspired composers from Monteverdi to Strauss.

But what are the women singing about?

200CJesters And Jokers And Witches And Wizards20000221

Literary critic Peggy Reynolds explores operas which feature jokers and sorcerers.

Sorcerers by their nature have magic powers which can transform the mundane into the marvellous - rather like the power of the theatre to suspend disbelief.

And jokers are licensed to say the unthinkable and the unsayable - a freedom they can use for good and evil.

Both have held sway in opera - the most magical of theatrical genres.

200COrpheus20000124

`Orpheus's Offspring'.

How do characters sing in an opera when they are singing already?

200C01Don Carlos20000731

Lynn Walker discusses favourite operatic moments with a series of guests.

1: Ralph Koltai.

During his 50-year career, Ralph Koltai's designs have transformed the stages of opera houses around the world.

Among his most precious memories are Visconti's stunning production of Verdi's `Don Carlos' from the 1950s and Beecham's extraordinary recording of Puccini's `La boheme'.

200C01Never Work With Children And Animals20000228

Michael White explores the practical problems of working on the operatic stage and examines how these difficulties are exacerbated by the addition of children and animals.

Music includes excerpts from operas by Britten, Mozart and Janacek.

200C02Lust20000306

2: `Lust'.

Michael White explores the theme of lust in opera, including examples from Wagner, Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Strauss and Purcell and from musicals by Stephen Sondheim.

200C02Tristan Und Isolde20000807

Lynn Walker discusses favourite operatic moments with a series of guests.

2: Elaine Padmore.

Covent Garden's director of opera first visited Wagner's Festspielhaus in Bayreuth in 1966 to hear `Tristan und Isolde'.

Her selection includes excerpts from this opera and from Delius's `The Magic Fountain'.

200C03Death In Venice20000313

Michael White traces the musical partnership between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, for whose distinctive voice Britten created a dozen operatic roles, from Peter Grimes in 1945 to `Death in Venice' in 1973.

With excerpts from Britten's operas and from works by other composers.

200C03The Cunning Little Vixen20000814

Lynn Walker discusses favourite operatic moments with a series of guests.

3: David Pountney.

The director's selection of operas includes Janacek's `The Cunning Little Vixen', Musorgsky's `Boris Godunov' and Otto Klemperer's classic interpretation of Beethoven's `Fidelio'.

200C04Turandot20000821

Lynn Walker discusses favourite operatic moments with a series of guests.

4: David Bintley.

The artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet counts among his most valued operatic experiences Andrei Serban's production of Puccini's `Turandot' at Covent Garden.

But he's also a huge admirer of Benjamin Britten

200C04Under The Weather20000320

Michael White explores operas which feature weather as part of their dramatic scheme.

Many a storm rages across the operatic stage, reflecting the inner turmoil of the characters.

But how does opera cope when faced with depicting the weather?

200C05Skirts And Trousers20000828

Michael White investigates the core pantomime element in opera - the trouser role, when a woman dresses up as a boy, and less often the reverse, when male characters dress in drag.

Musical examples include excerpts from operas by Mozart, Strauss and Handel.

200C05The Bayreuth Tradition20000327

Michael White explores the recorded legacy of performances at Bayreuth, where Wagner conceived of a theatre for performances of his epic Ring cycle.

Many of the very finest Wagner singers and conductors have had their greatest successes in Bayreuth, and during the 20th century many great performances were committed to disc.

200C06Anger20000904

Michael White continues his exploration of the Seven Deadly Sins in opera with a look at `anger'.

Music includes excerpts from works by Janacek, Verdi, Mozart, Wagner and Britten.

200C06Countertenors And Castrati20000403

Michael White explores the repertoire for the highest of male voices - the countertenor and the castrato - and investigates the physical side-effects of the supreme operatic sacrifice.

200C07Patrons20000410

Michael White celebrates the twenty-first birthday of Opera North.

Including recordings of Walton, Musorgsky, Gerhard and Constant Lambert.

Artists include Bryn Terfel, John Tomlinson and Sally Burgess, not to mention Harry Enfield offering a guide to opera.

200C07Patrons20000911

Michael White talks to rich people who pay for opera to be performed and investigates to what extent they call the tune.

200C08Legends: Anja Silja20000417

Michael White presents a birthday celebration for the great German soprano Anja Silja, including excerpts from her classic recordings of Berg, Janacek, Strauss and Wagner.

200C08Legends: Anja Silja20000918

Michael White talks to baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, whose career has included roles in operas by Tchaikovsky and Verdi since he won the title of Cardiff Singer of the World in 1989.

200C09Greed20000424

In honour of Shakespeare's birthday yesterday, Michael White explores the wide-ranging influence of the Bard on the world of opera.

200C09Greed20000925

Michael White continues his exploration of the Seven Deadly Sins in opera with a look at `greed', `sloth' and `gluttony'.

200C10Cosi Fan Tutte20000501

Michael White celebrates the opening of the new season at Glyndebourne with recordings of some of its greatest moments, including a 1935 recording of `Cosi fan tutte' conducted by Fritz Busch with soprano Audrey Mildmay.

200C10Don Giovanni20001002
200C11Opera At The Crossroads Of Europe20000508

Lynne Walker is joined by Richard Hickox to hear favourite moments from his opera recordings, including music by Britten, Holst, Handel and Prokofiev.

200C11Opera At The Crossroads Of Europe20001009
200C12Tosca20000515

Lynne Walker goes in search of operatic characters who might be missing but shouldn't necessarily be presumed dead.

Operas range from Puccini's `Tosca' to Bizet's `Carmen', and from Poulenc's `La voix humaine' to Britten's `The Turn of the Screw'.

200C1320000522

Lynne Walker talks to Sir Charles Mackerras about his many wide-ranging opera recordings - from Handel and Janacek to Gilbert and Sullivan.

200C1420000529

Michael White follows five of Britain's opera companies as they search for new audiences, young and old, in their BBC Music Live projects.

200C1520000605

Michael White takes a walk through some operatic gardens and talks to Lady Walton about the little plot of Ischia she has brought to the Chelsea Flower Show.

200C16Envy20000612

`Envy'.

Michael White explores some of the nastier character traits in opera - from Iago to Salome.

200C17Legends: John Tomlinson20000619

Michael White talks to the great bass-baritone John Tomlinson and plays recordings of his greatest roles, including music by Wagner, Mozart and Musorgsky.

200C18The Soubrette20000626

Michael White explores the personalities and voices of soubrettes in scenes by Mozart, Sullivan and Strauss.

Originally a stock character in 18th-century French theatre, the role of the cheeky but bright servant girl developed into an operatic fixture.

200C1920000703

Michael White investigates the role of the orchestra in opera, including excerpts from Britten's `Billy Budd' and Bartok's `Bluebeard's Castle'.

200C20Seven Deadly Sins - Pride20000710

Michael White examines the sin of pride as displayed on the operatic stage.

Pride is one of the great plot devices of opera, as characters get themselves into greater and greater trouble through their own conceit.

Music includes examples of egoism from the operas of Mozart, Britten and Janacek.

200C21The Ultimate Test20000717

Michael White investigates the operatic parts which break singers' voices.

It is not just high notes and immense roles - some of opera's most lyrical and beautiful moments can test singers beyond their endurance.

200C22Talking During The Opera20000724

Michael White investigates the role of speech in opera - the moments when the singing stops and only the spoken word will do.

Examples range from witty repartee in Offenbach to climactic shouting in Strauss.