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Afternoon on 320120503

Katie Derham presents a memorable performance of Elgar's oratorio "The Apostles," recorded at King's College Cambridge at Easter. David Wilson-Johnson is Judas, as Elgar would have it: "An apostle misunderstood."

Elgar: The Apostles

Ailish Tynan (Blessed Virgin / Angel Gabriel)

Susan Bickley (Mary Magdalene)

Timothy Robinson (St John / Narrator)

Mark Stone (St Peter)

Roderick Williams (Jesus)

David Wilson-Johnson (Judas)

Ben Sau Lau (organ)

Philharmonia Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

Afternoon On 320120503

Katie Derham presents a memorable performance of Elgar's oratorio "The Apostles," recorded at King's College Cambridge at Easter. David Wilson-Johnson is Judas, as Elgar would have it: "An apostle misunderstood."

Elgar: The Apostles

Ailish Tynan (Blessed Virgin / Angel Gabriel)

Susan Bickley (Mary Magdalene)

Timothy Robinson (St John / Narrator)

Mark Stone (St Peter)

Roderick Williams (Jesus)

David Wilson-Johnson (Judas)

Ben Sau Lau (organ)

Philharmonia Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

Afternoon on 320120510

Louise Fryer continues a week of performances from Berlin with Acts 1 & 2 of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in a highl acclaimed production form the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Marek Janowski. Act 3 will be broadcast in tomorrow's Afternoon on 3.

c.2.00pm

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Acts 1 & 2

Hans Sachs ..... Albert Dohmen (baritone)

Veit Pogner ..... Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Kunz Vogelgesang ..... Clemens Bieber (tenor)

Konrad Nachtigall ..... Sebastian Noack (bass)

Sixtus Beckmesser ..... Dietrich Henschel (bass)

Fritz Kothner ..... Detlef Roth (bass)

Balthasar Zorn ..... Timothy Fallon (tenor)

Ulrich Eisslinger ..... Tobias Ebenstein (tenor)

Augustin Moser ..... Thorsten Scharnke (tenor)

Hermann Ortel ..... Tobias Berndt (bass)

Hans Schwarz ..... Greg Ryerson (bass)

Hans Foltz ..... Kouta Rasanen (bass)

Walther von Stolzing ..... Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

David ..... Christoph Strehl (tenor)

Eva ..... Edith Haller (soprano)

Magdalena ..... Michelle Breedt (soprano)

Nightwatchman ..... Matti Salminen (bass).

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Marek Janowski (conductor).

Afternoon On 320120510

Louise Fryer continues a week of performances from Berlin with Acts 1 & 2 of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in a highl acclaimed production form the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Marek Janowski. Act 3 will be broadcast in tomorrow's Afternoon on 3.

c.2.00pm

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Acts 1 & 2

Hans Sachs....Albert Dohmen (baritone)

Veit Pogner....Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Kunz Vogelgesang....Clemens Bieber (tenor)

Konrad Nachtigall....Sebastian Noack (bass)

Sixtus Beckmesser....Dietrich Henschel (bass)

Fritz Kothner....Detlef Roth (bass)

Balthasar Zorn....Timothy Fallon (tenor)

Ulrich Eisslinger....Tobias Ebenstein (tenor)

Augustin Moser....Thorsten Scharnke (tenor)

Hermann Ortel....Tobias Berndt (bass)

Hans Schwarz....Greg Ryerson (bass)

Hans Foltz....Kouta Rasanen (bass)

Walther von Stolzing....Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

David....Christoph Strehl (tenor)

Eva....Edith Haller (soprano)

Magdalena....Michelle Breedt (soprano)

Nightwatchman....Matti Salminen (bass).

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Marek Janowski (conductor).

Afternoon On 320120510

Louise Fryer continues a week of performances from Berlin with Acts 1 and 2 of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg in a highl acclaimed production form the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Marek Janowski. Act 3 will be broadcast in tomorrow's Afternoon on 3.

c.2.00pm

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Acts 1 and 2

Hans Sachs....Albert Dohmen (baritone)

Veit Pogner....Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Kunz Vogelgesang....Clemens Bieber (tenor)

Konrad Nachtigall....Sebastian Noack (bass)

Sixtus Beckmesser....Dietrich Henschel (bass)

Fritz Kothner....Detlef Roth (bass)

Balthasar Zorn....Timothy Fallon (tenor)

Ulrich Eisslinger....Tobias Ebenstein (tenor)

Augustin Moser....Thorsten Scharnke (tenor)

Hermann Ortel....Tobias Berndt (bass)

Hans Schwarz....Greg Ryerson (bass)

Hans Foltz....Kouta Rasanen (bass)

Walther von Stolzing....Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

David....Christoph Strehl (tenor)

Eva....Edith Haller (soprano)

Magdalena....Michelle Breedt (soprano)

Nightwatchman....Matti Salminen (bass).

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Marek Janowski (conductor).

Purcell - Dido And Aeneas - Afternoon Concert20151029

Penny Gore presents a performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee; a performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas from the Utrecht Early Music Festival. Based on Virgil, the opera tells of the love between Dido and Aeneas which comes to a tragic end when a socrceress incites Aeneas to abandon Dido. Christina Pluhar directs L'Arpeggiata, and Mariana Flores and Marc Mauillon sing the doomed lovers. Plus more from this week's featured ensembles - the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers with music by Bliss and Vaughan Williams.

2pm
Purcell
Dido and Aeneas
Dido....Mariana Flores (soprano)
Aeneas....Marc Mauillon (baritone)
Belinda....Céline Scheen (soprano)
L'Arpeggiata
Christina Pluhar (director)

c.3.30pm
Bliss
Hymn to Apollo
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor)

Richard Blackford
Oboe Concerto
Emily Pailthrope (oboe)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

c.3.55pm
Gorecki
Audi clamantes, audi plorantes (Church Songs)
BBC Singers
David Hill (conductor)

c.4pm
Vaughan Williams
Mass in G minor
Olivia Robinson (soprano)
Margaret Cameron (contralto)
Robert Johnston (tenor)
Stephen Charlesworth (baritone)
BBC Singers
Richard Pearce (conductor).

AO3Arrigo Boito - Mefistofele20160512

AO3Arrigo Boito - Mefistofele20160512

Katie Derham presents Boito's Mefistofele, recorded last year at the Bavarian State Opera, featuring a renowned trio of soloists - René Pape takes the title role, with Joseph Calleja as Faust and Kristine Opolais as Margherita.

Best known as an opera librettist, this is Arrigo Boito's only completed opera as a composer. Inspired by Goethe's version of the Faust legend and the eternal struggle between Good and Evil, he places the devil as the main protagonist, creating one of the great bass-baritone roles in opera.

Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele

Mefistofele - René Pape (bass)

Faust - Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Margherita - Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Marta - Heike Grötzinger (contralto)

Wagner - Andrea Borghini (tenor)

Elena - Karine Babajanyan (soprano)

Pantalis - Rachael Wilson (contralto)

Nerèo - Joshua Owen Mills (tenor)

The Children's Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera

The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera

The Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera

Omer Meir Wellber (conductor).

AO3Arrigo Boito - Mefistofele20160512

Katie Derham presents Boito's Mefistofele, recorded last year at the Bavarian State Opera, featuring a renowned trio of soloists - René Pape takes the title role, with Joseph Calleja as Faust and Kristine Opolais as Margherita.

Best known as an opera librettist, this is Arrigo Boito's only completed opera as a composer. Inspired by Goethe's version of the Faust legend and the eternal struggle between Good and Evil, he places the devil as the main protagonist, creating one of the great bass-baritone roles in opera.

Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele

Mefistofele - René Pape (bass)

Faust - Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Margherita - Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Marta - Heike Grötzinger (contralto)

Wagner - Andrea Borghini (tenor)

Elena - Karine Babajanyan (soprano)

Pantalis - Rachael Wilson (contralto)

Nerèo - Joshua Owen Mills (tenor)

The Children's Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera

The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera

The Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera

Omer Meir Wellber (conductor).

AO3Arthur Sullivan - The Beauty Stone20140213

Sullivan: The Beauty stone - operetta

The Beauty Stone, an "original romantic musical drama in three acts", was premiered at the Savoy theatre in 1898 but has waited until now for its first professional recording. Set in the fifteenth century, the mixture of magic and medieval chivalry, Sullivan's hoped to create a work halfway between the romantic flights of his grand opera Ivanhoe and the wit of his earlier Savoy operas. Sullivan's lengthy grand-operatic musical numbers and his serious exploration proved too much for his Savoy audiences used to the ready wit of the Gibert and Sullivan operas and the work closed after just fifty performances. But the Beauty Stone contains some of Arthur Sullivan's finest music as his characters react to the beauty stone with a mixture of yearning, despair and love.

The opera is set in the Flemish town of Mirlemont at the beginning of the 15th century and the plot is one part Faustian saga, one part Brothers Grimm fairy tale. A young girl, Liane, has a beautiful soul, but is not pretty, and dreams of marrying a Prince. The Devil gives her the Beauty Stone, which is passed around the whole cast, with many confusions resulting. There is a beauty contest, and the prince realises the beauty of Liane's soul and marries her.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Philip, Lord of Mirlemont - Toby Spence (tenor)

Guntran of Beaugrant - David Stout (bass)

Simon Limal - Stephen Gadd (baritone)

Nicholas Dircks - Richard Suart (baritone)

The Devil - Alan Opie (baritone)

Laine - Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)

Joan - Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

Jacqueline - Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano)

Saida - Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Loyse - Olivia Gomez (soprano)

Isabeau - Sarah Maxted (mezzo-soprano)

Barbe - Llio Evans (soprano)

also featuring Peppin, a dwarf, Baldwyn of Ath

The Lords of Serault, Velaines, and St Sauveur, a Seneschal, a Lad of the Town, a Shrewish Girl, a Matron, Knights, Dames, Pages, Aldermen, Soldiers, Townsfolk, Country-folk, Dancers, Lute-players, Serving-men, and the rest

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Rory Macdonald (conductor).

AO3Arthur Sullivan - The Beauty Stone20140213

Sullivan: The Beauty stone - operetta

The Beauty Stone, an "original romantic musical drama in three acts", was premiered at the Savoy theatre in 1898 but has waited until now for its first professional recording. Set in the fifteenth century, the mixture of magic and medieval chivalry, Sullivan's hoped to create a work halfway between the romantic flights of his grand opera Ivanhoe and the wit of his earlier Savoy operas. Sullivan's lengthy grand-operatic musical numbers and his serious exploration proved too much for his Savoy audiences used to the ready wit of the Gibert and Sullivan operas and the work closed after just fifty performances. But the Beauty Stone contains some of Arthur Sullivan's finest music as his characters react to the beauty stone with a mixture of yearning, despair and love.

The opera is set in the Flemish town of Mirlemont at the beginning of the 15th century and the plot is one part Faustian saga, one part Brothers Grimm fairy tale. A young girl, Liane, has a beautiful soul, but is not pretty, and dreams of marrying a Prince. The Devil gives her the Beauty Stone, which is passed around the whole cast, with many confusions resulting. There is a beauty contest, and the prince realises the beauty of Liane's soul and marries her.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Philip, Lord of Mirlemont - Toby Spence (tenor)

Guntran of Beaugrant - David Stout (bass)

Simon Limal - Stephen Gadd (baritone)

Nicholas Dircks - Richard Suart (baritone)

The Devil - Alan Opie (baritone)

Laine - Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)

Joan - Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

Jacqueline - Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano)

Saida - Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Loyse - Olivia Gomez (soprano)

Isabeau - Sarah Maxted (mezzo-soprano)

Barbe - Llio Evans (soprano)

also featuring Peppin, a dwarf, Baldwyn of Ath

The Lords of Serault, Velaines, and St Sauveur, a Seneschal, a Lad of the Town, a Shrewish Girl, a Matron, Knights, Dames, Pages, Aldermen, Soldiers, Townsfolk, Country-folk, Dancers, Lute-players, Serving-men, and the rest

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Rory Macdonald (conductor).

AO3Barber - Vanessa20161117

Samuel Barber was almost 48 years old when his first opera, Vanessa, was produced by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company on 23rd January, 1958. Already established as a master of song, operatic composers such as Puccini, Strauss and Berg arguably inform the work. However, the language is recognisably Barber's own and the orchestral writing is richly atmospheric.

The opera is set in an unspecified northern country, around 1905. The libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, Barber's partner, tells of how Vanessa, her mother (the Old Baroness) and niece (Erika) have waited 20 years for the return of Vanessa's lover, Anatol. When he arrives, it transpires that he is the man's son, also named Anatol, and that the lover is dead. Nevertheless, Vanessa and the younger Anatol are drawn to each other, leaving Erika - seduced by Anatol on his first night at the house - pregnant and suicidal. When Vanessa and Anatol depart for Paris, Erika settles down to wait and, as her aunt had done before, gives orders for the house to be closed up.

Six years after its premiere Barber reduced the opera from four to three acts. He ran the original first two acts together and cut a coloratura aria for Vanessa herself. It is this more compact version that we'll hear from Wexford this afternoon.

2pm

Barber: Vanessa

Vanessa.... Claire Rutter (soprano)

Erika.... Carolyn Sproule (mezzo-soprano)

The Old Baroness.... Rosalind Plowright (mezzo-soprano)

Anatol.... Michael Brandenburg (tenor)

The Old Doctor.... James Westman (baritone)

Nicholas... Pietro di Bianco (bass-baritone)

Orchestra and Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera

Timothy Myers (conductor).

AO3Barber - Vanessa20161117

Samuel Barber was almost 48 years old when his first opera, Vanessa, was produced by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company on 23rd January, 1958. Already established as a master of song, operatic composers such as Puccini, Strauss and Berg arguably inform the work. However, the language is recognisably Barber's own and the orchestral writing is richly atmospheric.

The opera is set in an unspecified northern country, around 1905. The libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, Barber's partner, tells of how Vanessa, her mother (the Old Baroness) and niece (Erika) have waited 20 years for the return of Vanessa's lover, Anatol. When he arrives, it transpires that he is the man's son, also named Anatol, and that the lover is dead. Nevertheless, Vanessa and the younger Anatol are drawn to each other, leaving Erika - seduced by Anatol on his first night at the house - pregnant and suicidal. When Vanessa and Anatol depart for Paris, Erika settles down to wait and, as her aunt had done before, gives orders for the house to be closed up.

Six years after its premiere Barber reduced the opera from four to three acts. He ran the original first two acts together and cut a coloratura aria for Vanessa herself. It is this more compact version that we'll hear from Wexford this afternoon.

2pm

Barber: Vanessa

Vanessa .... Claire Rutter (soprano)

Erika .... Carolyn Sproule (mezzo-soprano)

The Old Baroness .... Rosalind Plowright (mezzo-soprano)

Anatol .... Michael Brandenburg (tenor)

The Old Doctor .... James Westman (baritone)

Nicholas ... Pietro di Bianco (bass-baritone)

Orchestra and Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera

Timothy Myers (conductor).

AO3Bartok - Duke Bluebeard's Castle20160414

Penny Gore presents today's opera matinee: a concert performance of Bartok's one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, recorded in 2014. With soloists Michelle de Young and Matthias Goerne, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Judith arrives at the castle home of her new husband, Duke Bluebeard. He tells her he loves her, and not to ask what is behind the mysterious closed doors, but she will not rest until she knows everything about him.

2pm:

Bartok: Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Judith....Michelle de Young (mezzo-soprano)

Bluebeard....Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

conductor Jaap van Zweden

Followed by more from the Dallas Symphony in concert.

3pm:

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, op. 61

Augustin Hadelich (violin)

3.45pm:

Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato's 'Symposium')

Penny Gore presents today's opera matinee: a concert performance of Bartok's one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, recorded in 2014. With soloists Michelle de Young and Matthias Goerne, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Judith arrives at the castle home of her new husband, Duke Bluebeard. He tells her he loves her, and not to ask what is behind the mysterious closed doors, but she will not rest until she knows everything about him.

2pm:

Bartok: Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Judith....Michelle de Young (mezzo-soprano)

Bluebeard....Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

conductor Jaap van Zweden

Followed by more from the Dallas Symphony in concert.

3pm:

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, op. 61

Augustin Hadelich (violin)

3.45pm:

Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato's 'Symposium')

AO3Beethoven - Fidelio20110224

One of the highlights of European music-making from last year took place at the Lucerne Festival. Claudio Abbado conducted a stellar cast and a hand-picked orchestra in Beethoven's great story of all-conquering love - Fidelio.

Florestan - Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Leonore - Nina Stemme, soprano

Rocco - Christof Fischesser, bass

Marzelline - Rachel Harnisch, soprano

Jacquino - Christoph Strehl, tenor

Pizarro - Falk Struckmann, bass-baritone

Don Fernando - Peter Mattei, baritone

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Claudio Abbado, conductor

4.05pm

Beethoven: Cello Sonata Op.102/2

Nicolas Altstaedt, cello

José Gallardo, piano

4.25pm

Nadia Boulanger: 3 Pieces

Piazzolla: Grand Tango

Piazzolla: Oblivion

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

José Gallardo (piano)

Tchaikovsky: Miniature Overture (The Nutcracker)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor).

AO3Beethoven - Fidelio20110224

One of the highlights of European music-making from last year took place at the Lucerne Festival. Claudio Abbado conducted a stellar cast and a hand-picked orchestra in Beethoven's great story of all-conquering love - Fidelio.

Florestan - Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Leonore - Nina Stemme, soprano

Rocco - Christof Fischesser, bass

Marzelline - Rachel Harnisch, soprano

Jacquino - Christoph Strehl, tenor

Pizarro - Falk Struckmann, bass-baritone

Don Fernando - Peter Mattei, baritone

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Claudio Abbado, conductor

4.05pm

Beethoven: Cello Sonata Op.102/2

Nicolas Altstaedt, cello

José Gallardo, piano

4.25pm

Nadia Boulanger: 3 Pieces

Nicolas Altstaedt, cello

José Gallardo, piano

Piazzolla: Grand Tango

Nicolas Altstaedt, cello

José Gallardo, piano

Piazzolla: Oblivion

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

José Gallardo (piano)

Tchaikovsky: Miniature Overture (The Nutcracker)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor).

AO3Beethoven - Fidelio20150521

In today's Thursday Opera Matinee, Katie Derham presents a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, given by the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester earlier this month. Florestan is trapped in a dungeon, imprisioned by Pizzaro whose crimes he tried to expose. His wife Leonore decides to disguise herself as a boy in order to get work in the prison and somehow rescue him. Stuart Skelton sings Florestan, and Rebecca von Lipinski his wife and saviour.

2pm

Beethoven Fidelio

Florestan, a prisoner..... Stuart Skelton (tenor)

Leonore, his wife..... Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano)

Rocco, gaoler..... Stephen Richardson (bass)

Marzelline, his daughter..... Lucy Hall (soprano)

Jaquino, assistant to Rocco..... Benjamin Hulett (tenor)

Don Pizarro, governor of prison..... Detlef Roth (bass-baritone)

Don Fernando.King's minister..... Andrew Greenan (baritone)

First Prisoner..... Tim Ochala-Greenough (tenor)

Second Prisoner..... Edward Price (bass)

London Symphony Chorus

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Followed at approx. 3.50pm by

Beethoven Symphony No 5 in C minor

BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

In today's Thursday Opera Matinee, Katie Derham presents a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, given by the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester earlier this month. Florestan is trapped in a dungeon, imprisioned by Pizzaro whose crimes he tried to expose. His wife Leonore decides to disguise herself as a boy in order to get work in the prison and somehow rescue him. Stuart Skelton sings Florestan, and Rebecca von Lipinski his wife and saviour.

2pm

Beethoven Fidelio

Florestan, a prisoner....Stuart Skelton (tenor)

Leonore, his wife....Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano)

Rocco, gaoler....Stephen Richardson (bass)

Marzelline, his daughter....Lucy Hall (soprano)

Jaquino, assistant to Rocco....Benjamin Hulett (tenor)

Don Pizarro, governor of prison....Detlef Roth (bass-baritone)

Don Fernando.King's minister....Andrew Greenan (baritone)

First Prisoner....Tim Ochala-Greenough (tenor)

Second Prisoner....Edward Price (bass)

London Symphony Chorus

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Followed at approx. 3.50pm by

Beethoven Symphony No 5 in C minor

BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO3Bellini - Adelson E Salvini20161222

Verity Sharp presents Bellini's Adelson e Salvini, recorded earlier this year at the Barbican, London, by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Opera Rara. Written in 1825 while Bellini was still a student at the Naples Conservatory, the impact of the work was such the Teatro di San Carlo immediately commissioned Bellini's first professional opera.

2pm

Bellini: Adelson e Salvini

Lord Adelson...Simone Alberghini (bass-baritone)

Nelly....Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano)

Salvini....Enea Scala (tenor)

Bonifacio....Maurizio Muraro (bass)

Colonel Struley....Rodion Pogossov (baritone)

Madam Rivers....Leah-Marian Jones (mezzo-soprano)

Geronio....David Soar (bass)

Fanny....Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

Opera Rara Chorus (men's voices)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Daniele Rustioni (conductor)

2.55pm

Act 2

3.25pm

Act 3.

AO3Bellini - Adelson e Salvini20161222

Verity Sharp presents Bellini's Adelson e Salvini, recorded earlier this year at the Barbican, London, by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Opera Rara. Written in 1825 while Bellini was still a student at the Naples Conservatory, the impact of the work was such the Teatro di San Carlo immediately commissioned Bellini's first professional opera.

2pm

Bellini: Adelson e Salvini

Lord Adelson...Simone Alberghini (bass-baritone)

Nelly..... Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano)

Salvini..... Enea Scala (tenor)

Bonifacio..... Maurizio Muraro (bass)

Colonel Struley..... Rodion Pogossov (baritone)

Madam Rivers..... Leah-Marian Jones (mezzo-soprano)

Geronio..... David Soar (bass)

Fanny..... Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

Opera Rara Chorus (men's voices)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Daniele Rustioni (conductor)

2.55pm

Act 2

3.25pm

Act 3.

AO3Bellini - La Sonnambula20140529

Penny Gore presents Bellini's bittersweet opera about mistaken identity, romantic love and sleep walking in a production from Barcelona starring Patrizia Ciofi and Juan Diego Flórez.

Bellini La Sonnambula, opera semiseria in two acts

Amina.... Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

Elvino - Juan Diego Flórez (tenor),

Lisa - Eleonora Buratto (soprano),

Count Rodolfo - Nicola Ulivieri (bass),

Teresa - Gemma Coma-Alabert (mezzo-soprano),

Alessio - Alex Sanmartí (bass),

Notary - Jordi Casanova (tenor),

Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona

Daniel Oren (conductor)

Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona

* Act 1 2pm

* Act 2 3.25pm.

AO3Bellini - La Sonnambula20140529

Penny Gore presents Bellini's bittersweet opera about mistaken identity, romantic love and sleep walking in a production from Barcelona starring Patrizia Ciofi and Juan Diego Flórez.

Bellini La Sonnambula, opera semiseria in two acts

Amina .... Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

Elvino - Juan Diego Flórez (tenor),

Lisa - Eleonora Buratto (soprano),

Count Rodolfo - Nicola Ulivieri (bass),

Teresa - Gemma Coma-Alabert (mezzo-soprano),

Alessio - Alex Sanmartí (bass),

Notary - Jordi Casanova (tenor),

Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona

Daniel Oren (conductor)

Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona

* Act 1 2pm

* Act 2 3.25pm.

AO3Bellini - La Straniera20150416

Bellini La Straniera

A rare chance to hear one of Bellini's first great operatic successes. Premiered at La Scala, Milan in 1829, La Straniera (The Stranger) is a romantic melodrama set in Brittany around the year 1200. Alaide, a mysterious woman roams the countryside. Nobody suspects that this stranger is in fact Agnes, the exiled wife of the King of France. Arturo, a local count falls in love with the stranger - even though he's supposed to be engaged to Isoletta. Valdeburgo (Alaide's brother) visits her and implores Arturo to leave his sister in peace and to marry his fiancee, Isoletta. One of opera's more complicated marriage scenes ensues, culminating in the stranger, Alaide's true identity being revealed and Artuo falling on his sword and dying, to the consternation of Isoletta. Alaide/Agnes, the true Queen of France is left lamenting her ill fortune.

Alaide, the stranger..... Marlis Petersen (soprano),

Arturo, Count of Ravenstel..... Norman Reinhardt (tenor),

Valdeburgo, Baron, secret brother of Alaide..... Franco Vassalo (baritone),

Isoletta, fiancée of Arturo..... Theresa Krollthaler (mezzo-soprano),

Osburgo, confidant of Arturo..... Vladimir Dmitruk (tenor),

Il signore di Montolino, father of Isoletta..... Martin Snell (bass)

Il Priore degli Spedalieri..... Stefan Cerny (bass),

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Paolo Arrivabeni (conductor)

Recorded live at Theater an der Wien, Vienna on 24 Jan 2015.

AO3Bellini - La Straniera20150416

Bellini La Straniera

A rare chance to hear one of Bellini's first great operatic successes. Premiered at La Scala, Milan in 1829, La Straniera (The Stranger) is a romantic melodrama set in Brittany around the year 1200. Alaide, a mysterious woman roams the countryside. Nobody suspects that this stranger is in fact Agnes, the exiled wife of the King of France. Arturo, a local count falls in love with the stranger - even though he's supposed to be engaged to Isoletta. Valdeburgo (Alaide's brother) visits her and implores Arturo to leave his sister in peace and to marry his fiancee, Isoletta. One of opera's more complicated marriage scenes ensues, culminating in the stranger, Alaide's true identity being revealed and Artuo falling on his sword and dying, to the consternation of Isoletta. Alaide/Agnes, the true Queen of France is left lamenting her ill fortune.

Alaide, the stranger....Marlis Petersen (soprano),

Arturo, Count of Ravenstel....Norman Reinhardt (tenor),

Valdeburgo, Baron, secret brother of Alaide....Franco Vassalo (baritone),

Isoletta, fiancée of Arturo....Theresa Krollthaler (mezzo-soprano),

Osburgo, confidant of Arturo....Vladimir Dmitruk (tenor),

Il signore di Montolino, father of Isoletta....Martin Snell (bass)

Il Priore degli Spedalieri....Stefan Cerny (bass),

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Paolo Arrivabeni (conductor)

Recorded live at Theater an der Wien, Vienna on 24 Jan 2015.

AO3Benjamin Godard - Dante20160609

AO3Benjamin Godard - Dante20160609

Katie Derham presents today's opera, and it's a rarity: Dante, by the French Romantic composer Benjamin Godard, starring soprano Véronique Gens and conducted by Ulf Schirmer. The score, rich in Mendelssohnian lightness and Schumannesque passion, is matched by a plot which contrasts the public and private sides of Dante Alighieri, and which finds time for a whistle-stop tour of The Divine Comedy itself.

Benjamin Godard: Dante - opera in 4 acts

Béatrice - Véronique Gens, soprano

Gemma - Rachel Frenkel, mezzo-soprano

Dante - Edgaras Montvidas, tenor

Bardi - Jean-François Lapointe, baritone

Virgil's shadow - Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone

A schoolboy - Diana Axentii, soprano

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Munich Radio Orchestra

Ulf Schirmer, conductor.

AO3Benjamin Godard - Dante20160609

Katie Derham presents today's opera, and it's a rarity: Dante, by the French Romantic composer Benjamin Godard, starring soprano Véronique Gens and conducted by Ulf Schirmer. The score, rich in Mendelssohnian lightness and Schumannesque passion, is matched by a plot which contrasts the public and private sides of Dante Alighieri, and which finds time for a whistle-stop tour of The Divine Comedy itself.

Benjamin Godard: Dante - opera in 4 acts

Béatrice - Véronique Gens, soprano

Gemma - Rachel Frenkel, mezzo-soprano

Dante - Edgaras Montvidas, tenor

Bardi - Jean-François Lapointe, baritone

Virgil's shadow - Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone

A schoolboy - Diana Axentii, soprano

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Munich Radio Orchestra

Ulf Schirmer, conductor.

AO3Berg - Wozzeck20150122

IKatie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee: Berg's Wozzeck performed by this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles at City Halls Glasgow. The hapless soldier Wozzeck has an illegitimate child with Marie. When he discovers her affair with the handsome Drum Major, it's too much for him to bear, and he stabs her before drowning himself. Thomas Mayer sings the tortured Wozzeck, and Elena Zhidkova his doomed lover. Plus a performance of Tchaikovsky's fate-ridden Symphony no.4 conducted by Michal Dworzynski.

2pm

Berg Wozzeck - opera in 3 acts Op.7

Wozzeck...Thomas Mayer (baritone)

Marie...Elena Zhidkova (contralto)

Drum Major..Thomas Blondelle (tenor)

Captain...Tom Randle (tenor)

Doctor...Nathan Berg (baritone)

Andres...Michael Pflumm (tenor)

1st Apprentice...Andrew Greenan (bass)

2nd Apprentice...James Cleverton

Idiot...Peter Van Hulle (tenor)

Margret...Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

A Soldier...Christopher Bowen (tenor)

Christopher White (piano)

BBC Singers

St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh Choir

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

c.3.35pm

Tchaikovsky Symphony no.4 (Op.36) in F minor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Michal Dworzynski (conductor).

AO3Berg - Wozzeck20150122

IKatie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee: Berg's Wozzeck performed by this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles at City Halls Glasgow. The hapless soldier Wozzeck has an illegitimate child with Marie. When he discovers her affair with the handsome Drum Major, it's too much for him to bear, and he stabs her before drowning himself. Thomas Mayer sings the tortured Wozzeck, and Elena Zhidkova his doomed lover. Plus a performance of Tchaikovsky's fate-ridden Symphony no.4 conducted by Michal Dworzynski.

2pm

Berg Wozzeck - opera in 3 acts Op.7

Wozzeck...Thomas Mayer (baritone)

Marie...Elena Zhidkova (contralto)

Drum Major..Thomas Blondelle (tenor)

Captain...Tom Randle (tenor)

Doctor...Nathan Berg (baritone)

Andres...Michael Pflumm (tenor)

1st Apprentice...Andrew Greenan (bass)

2nd Apprentice...James Cleverton

Idiot...Peter Van Hulle (tenor)

Margret...Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

A Soldier...Christopher Bowen (tenor)

Christopher White (piano)

BBC Singers

St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh Choir

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

c.3.35pm

Tchaikovsky Symphony no.4 (Op.36) in F minor

Michal Dworzynski (conductor).

AO3Berlioz - The Damnation Of Faust20151015

Presented by Verity Sharp.

Part opera, part cantata, Berlioz described his 'Damnation of Faust' as a 'Légende dramatique'. He based his version of the Faust legend on Goethe's epic poem, including dramatic orchestral colours and effects.

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in this performance with Joyce DiDonato, Charles Castronovo, and Ludovic Tezier, recorded in Berlin earlier this year.

Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust, Op.24

Marguerite - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

Méphistophélès - Ludovic Tézier (bass)

Faust - Charles Castronovo, (tenor)

Brander - Florian Boesch (bass)

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Simon Rattle.

AO3Berlioz - The Damnation of Faust20151015

Presented by Verity Sharp.

Part opera, part cantata, Berlioz described his 'Damnation of Faust' as a 'Légende dramatique'. He based his version of the Faust legend on Goethe's epic poem, including dramatic orchestral colours and effects.

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in this performance with Joyce DiDonato, Charles Castronovo, and Ludovic Tezier, recorded in Berlin earlier this year.

Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust, Op.24

Marguerite - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

Méphistophélès - Ludovic Tézier (bass)

Faust - Charles Castronovo, (tenor)

Brander - Florian Boesch (bass)

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Simon Rattle.

AO3Berlioz's Romeo Et Juliette And Bellini's I Capuleti E I Montecchi20150219

Not long after Valentine's Day, Penny Gore introduces the story of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet as seen through the eyes of Berlioz and Bellini. The performance of Bellini's opera is headed by mezzo-soprano, Elina Garanca and soprano, Ekaterina Siurina in a performance from Geneva Grand Theatre.

2pm

Berlioz

Romeo et Juliette (excerpt from Part 2)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

c.2.15

Bellini

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Romeo... Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)

Juliet...Ekaterina Siurina (soprano)

Tebaldo...Yosep Kang (tenor)

Capellio...Matthias Hausmann (bass)

Lorenzo...Nahuel Di Pierro (bass)

Geneva Grand Théâtre Chorus

German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Saarbrücken

Karl Mark Chichon (conductor)

c.3.25

Act 2.

AO3Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi20150219

Not long after Valentine's Day, Penny Gore introduces the story of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet as seen through the eyes of Berlioz and Bellini. The performance of Bellini's opera is headed by mezzo-soprano, Elina Garanca and soprano, Ekaterina Siurina in a performance from Geneva Grand Theatre.

2pm

Berlioz

Romeo et Juliette (excerpt from Part 2)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

c.2.15

Bellini

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Romeo... Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)

Juliet...Ekaterina Siurina (soprano)

Tebaldo...Yosep Kang (tenor)

Capellio...Matthias Hausmann (bass)

Lorenzo...Nahuel Di Pierro (bass)

Geneva Grand Théâtre Chorus

German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Saarbrücken

Karl Mark Chichon (conductor)

c.3.25

Act 2.

AO3Bizet - The Pearl Fishers20121108

The Pearl Fishers given at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in September with the Netherlands Radio Chorus and Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michel Plasson. Charles Castronovo and Jean-François Lapointe sing the fishermen whose vow of eternal friendship is threatened when they fall in love with the same woman, Leila, sung by Annick Massis. And the Dutch ensemble theme continues with a performance of Haydn's Keyboard Concerto no.4 with Denis Kozukhin joining the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

2pm

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers

Leila, priest of Brahma - Annick Massis (soprano),

Nadir, a fisherman - Charles Castronovo (tenor),

Zurga, leader of the fishermen - Jean-François Lapointe (baritone),

Nourabad, high priest of Brahma - Nicolas Testé (bass),

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Michel Plasson (conductor)

4.05pm

Haydn: Keyboard Concerto no.4 in G, H.XVIII:4

Denis Kozukhin (piano)

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Candida Thompson (director).

AO3Bizet - The Pearl Fishers20121108

The Pearl Fishers given at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in September with the Netherlands Radio Chorus and Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michel Plasson. Charles Castronovo and Jean-François Lapointe sing the fishermen whose vow of eternal friendship is threatened when they fall in love with the same woman, Leila, sung by Annick Massis. And the Dutch ensemble theme continues with a performance of Haydn's Keyboard Concerto no.4 with Denis Kozukhin joining the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

2pm

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers

Leila, priest of Brahma - Annick Massis (soprano),

Nadir, a fisherman - Charles Castronovo (tenor),

Zurga, leader of the fishermen - Jean-François Lapointe (baritone),

Nourabad, high priest of Brahma - Nicolas Testé (bass),

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Michel Plasson (conductor)

4.05pm

Haydn: Keyboard Concerto no.4 in G, H.XVIII:4

Denis Kozukhin (piano)

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Candida Thompson (director).

The Pearl Fishers given at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in September with the Netherlands Radio Chorus and Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michel Plasson. Charles Castronovo and Jean-François Lapointe sing the fishermen whose vow of eternal friendship is threatened when they fall in love with the same woman, Leila, sung by Annick Massis. And the Dutch ensemble theme continues with a performance of Haydn's Keyboard Concerto no.4 with Denis Kozukhin joining the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

2pm

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers

Leila, priest of Brahma - Annick Massis (soprano),

Nadir, a fisherman - Charles Castronovo (tenor),

Zurga, leader of the fishermen - Jean-François Lapointe (baritone),

Nourabad, high priest of Brahma - Nicolas Testé (bass),

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Michel Plasson (conductor)

4.05pm

Haydn: Keyboard Concerto no.4 in G, H.XVIII:4

Denis Kozukhin (piano)

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Candida Thompson (director).

AO3Bizet - The Pearl Fishers20150115

BizetThe Pearl Fishers

The Pearl Fishers is a compelling tale of a friendship tested as Zurga and Nadir set eyes on a consecrated virgin arriving on a canoe. Leila sings her oath of chastity and Zurga, as the fishermen's leader, promises her the most beautiful pearl if she keeps her oath - and death if she does not. But will the two be able to resist her charms?

Leila....Diana Damrau (soprano)

Nadir....Dmitry Korchak (tenor)

Zurga....Nathan Gunn (baritone)

Nourabad..Nicolas Teste (bass)

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor)

Recorded at the Theater an der Wien in November 2014

c. 3.50pm

BeethovenPiano Concerto no 4

Garrick Ohlsson (piano),

Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).

AO3Bizet - The Pearl Fishers20150115

BizetThe Pearl Fishers

The Pearl Fishers is a compelling tale of a friendship tested as Zurga and Nadir set eyes on a consecrated virgin arriving on a canoe. Leila sings her oath of chastity and Zurga, as the fishermen's leader, promises her the most beautiful pearl if she keeps her oath - and death if she does not. But will the two be able to resist her charms?

Leila......Diana Damrau (soprano)

Nadir....Dmitry Korchak (tenor)

Zurga....Nathan Gunn (baritone)

Nourabad..Nicolas Teste (bass)

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jean-Christophe Spinosi (conductor)

Recorded at the Theater an der Wien in November 2014

c. 3.50pm

BeethovenPiano Concerto no 4

Garrick Ohlsson (piano),

Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).

AO3Breaking Free: Wozzeck From The Royal Opera House20170105

Breaking Free - the minds that changed music. Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee - a performance of Berg's Wozzeck from the Royal Opera House. Based on Buchner's play Woyzeck, Berg selected fifteen scenes to created a highly structured piece with vivid characters. Simon Keenlyside sings the put-upon soldier Wozzeck, and Karita Mattila his doomed wife Marie. Plus a performance of Berg's Violin Concerto, written in memory of Alma Mahler's daughter.

Wozzeck - Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)

Marie - Karita Mattila (Soprano)

Captain - Gerhard Siegel (Tenor)

Doctor - John Tomlinson (Bass)

Drum Major - Endrik Wottrich (Tenor)

Andres - John Easterlin (Tenor)

Margret - Allison Cook (Mezzo-soprano)

First Apprentice - Jeremy White (Bass)

Second Apprentice/Soldier - Grant Doyle (Baritone)

Idiot - Robin Tritschler (Tenor)

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Royal Opera House Chorus

Mark Elder (Conductor)

c.3.55pm

Berg: Violin Concerto

Michael Barenboim (violin)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

4.25pm

The World of the Second Viennese School in 5 Objects

Tom McKinney visits Nos 13 and 23 Pyrkergasse on the outskirts of Vienna; Beethoven having lived in the former address and Arnold Rose in the second. Both Beethoven and Rose were key to the Second Viennese School, and Berg was fascinated by the number 23 while Schoenberg was fearful of the number 13.

AO3Britten - Paul Bunyan20130606

Thursday Opera Matinee: Britten 100. Katie Derham presents Benjamin Britten's American operetta Paul Bunyan - a semi-comic allegory of the emergence of American civilisation from 'the struggle between Man and Nature' - as the work's librettist, Britten's friend W H Auden, put it. Richard Hickox conducts the forces of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Following the opera, Afternoon on 3's British symphony series continues with Malcolm Arnold's best-loved contribution to the genre.

Britten: Paul Bunyan

Narrator - Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone),

The Voice of John Bunyan - Kenneth Cranham (speaker),

Johnny Inkslinger - Kurt Streit (tenor),

Tiny - Susan Gritton (soprano),

Hot Biscuit Slim - Kenneth Cranham (tenor),

Sam Sharkey - Francis Egerton (tenor),

Ben Benny - Graeme Broadbent (baritone),

Hel Helson - Jeremy White (bass),

John Shears - Roderick Earle (bass),

Fido - Lillian Watson (soprano),

Moppet - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano),

Poppet - Leah-Marian Jones (mezzo-soprano),

Royal Opera Chorus,

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,

Richard Hickox (conductor).

3.55pm

Malcolm Arnold: Symphony no. 2

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

AO3Britten 100: Owen Wingrave20130228

Britten 100

Benjamin Britten: Owen Wingrave

Based on a short story by Henry James - to whom Britten had turned for inspiration in a previous opera, The Turn of the Screw - Owen Wingrave is a Jamesian ghost story at one level, and a pacifist response to militarism in general and the Vietnam War in particular.

Owen Wingrave is the last in a line of a family of proud and glorious soldiers - portraits of his ancestors adorn the walls of his family pile. Owen is being tutored in the art of war by Spencer Coyle, who runs a military cramming establishment, ahead of embarking on a traditional career in the military.

But instead of being inspired by the tales of his ancestors, Owen is appalled and vows never to join the army. Friends and family try at first to persuade Owen to change his mind. When this doesn't work, they turn on him and one by one reject him - even his intended, Kate. Owen's grandfather, General Sir Philip Wingrave, in disgust at his supposed cowardice, disinherits him. Only Coyle realises how much Wingrave spirit Owen is showing by refusing to back down from his principles.

Finally, Owen is challenged to prove his bravery in his pacifism by spending the night locked in a haunted room - a room where a Wingrave ancestor beat his own son to death for refusing to fight, before killing himself. A terrible scream is heard...

Britten's pacifism was such a deeply held conviction that it was instrumental in him leaving the UK in 1939 for the USA. He and Peter Pears experienced at first hand the shame and pressure to comply with the demands of his countrymen fighting the Nazis, so much so that Britten and Pears did return to the UK in 1942 (on a convoy in the middle of the Battle of the Atlantic!) and the two of them then went through the process of being declared Conscientious Objectors, where Britten had to present his reasons for not fighting. In his deposition to the War Board who decided such applications, he stated "The whole of my life has been devoted to acts of creation and I cannot take part in acts of destruction". Fast forward to the late 60's and with the war in Vietnam being in the news every day, it's not surprising that Britten should once again be drawn to this subject matter in Owen Wingrave.

Britten originally composed the opera for television; this Royal Opera production from 2007 used a version for reduced orchestra by David Matthews.

Presented by Penny Gore, who follows Owen Wingrave with well-loved music from another Britten opera, played by this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic.

Owen, the last of the Wingraves - Jacques Imbrailo (baritone),

Spencer Coyle - Steven Page (bass-baritone),

Lechmere, Owen's friend - Thomas Walker (tenor),

Miss Wingrave, Owen's aunt - Vivian Tierney (soprano),

Mrs Coyle - Elizabeth Woollett (soprano),

Mrs Julian - Jennifer Rhys-Davies (soprano),

Kate, her daughter - Allison Cook (mezzo soprano),

General Sir Philip Wingrave, Owen's grandfather - Richard Berkeley-Steele (tenor),

Narrator - Toby Spence (tenor),

Students of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Kensington,

Members of the City of London Sinfonia,

Rory Macdonald (conductor).

4pm

Britten: Four Sea interludes, from Peter Grimes

BBC Philharmonic,

Yutaka Sado (conductor).

AO3Britten 100: Owen Wingrave20130228

Britten 100

Benjamin Britten: Owen Wingrave

Based on a short story by Henry James - to whom Britten had turned for inspiration in a previous opera, The Turn of the Screw - Owen Wingrave is a Jamesian ghost story at one level, and a pacifist response to militarism in general and the Vietnam War in particular.

Owen Wingrave is the last in a line of a family of proud and glorious soldiers - portraits of his ancestors adorn the walls of his family pile. Owen is being tutored in the art of war by Spencer Coyle, who runs a military cramming establishment, ahead of embarking on a traditional career in the military.

But instead of being inspired by the tales of his ancestors, Owen is appalled and vows never to join the army. Friends and family try at first to persuade Owen to change his mind. When this doesn't work, they turn on him and one by one reject him - even his intended, Kate. Owen's grandfather, General Sir Philip Wingrave, in disgust at his supposed cowardice, disinherits him. Only Coyle realises how much Wingrave spirit Owen is showing by refusing to back down from his principles.

Finally, Owen is challenged to prove his bravery in his pacifism by spending the night locked in a haunted room - a room where a Wingrave ancestor beat his own son to death for refusing to fight, before killing himself. A terrible scream is heard...

Britten's pacifism was such a deeply held conviction that it was instrumental in him leaving the UK in 1939 for the USA. He and Peter Pears experienced at first hand the shame and pressure to comply with the demands of his countrymen fighting the Nazis, so much so that Britten and Pears did return to the UK in 1942 (on a convoy in the middle of the Battle of the Atlantic!) and the two of them then went through the process of being declared Conscientious Objectors, where Britten had to present his reasons for not fighting. In his deposition to the War Board who decided such applications, he stated "The whole of my life has been devoted to acts of creation and I cannot take part in acts of destruction". Fast forward to the late 60's and with the war in Vietnam being in the news every day, it's not surprising that Britten should once again be drawn to this subject matter in Owen Wingrave.

Britten originally composed the opera for television; this Royal Opera production from 2007 used a version for reduced orchestra by David Matthews.

Presented by Penny Gore, who follows Owen Wingrave with well-loved music from another Britten opera, played by this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic.

Owen, the last of the Wingraves - Jacques Imbrailo (baritone),

Spencer Coyle - Steven Page (bass-baritone),

Lechmere, Owen's friend - Thomas Walker (tenor),

Miss Wingrave, Owen's aunt - Vivian Tierney (soprano),

Mrs Coyle - Elizabeth Woollett (soprano),

Mrs Julian - Jennifer Rhys-Davies (soprano),

Kate, her daughter - Allison Cook (mezzo soprano),

General Sir Philip Wingrave, Owen's grandfather - Richard Berkeley-Steele (tenor),

Narrator - Toby Spence (tenor),

Students of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Kensington,

Members of the City of London Sinfonia,

Rory Macdonald (conductor).

4pm

Britten: Four Sea interludes, from Peter Grimes

BBC Philharmonic,

Yutaka Sado (conductor).

AO3Cagnoni - Don Bucefalo20150212

Verity Sharp presents today's opera matinee: Don Bucefalo, a comic opera by Antonio Cagnoni (1828 - 1896) in a performance from the Wexford Festival about a singing teacher who attempts to compose and stage an opera complete with artistic rivalry, marital jealousy and the return of a long-lost husband. Plus the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform Hoddinott's Euphonium Concerto with the extraordinarily virtuosic David Childs as soloist.

Cagnoni: Don Bucefalo (melodramma giocoso in three acts)

Don Bucefalo - Filippo Fontana (tenor)

Rosa, Carlino's wife - Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)

Agata, a peasant woman - Jennifer Davis (mezzo-soprano)

Gianetta, a peasant woman - Kezia Bienek (soprano)

Don Marco Bomba, the elderly local squire - Davide Bartolucci (bass)

Count Belprato, Rosa's lover - Matthew Newlin (tenor)

Carlino, a soldier - Peter Davoren (tenor)

Wexford Festival Opera Chorus

Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra

Sergio Alapont (conductor)

c.3.55pm

Hoddinott Concerto for euphonium and orchestra

David Childs (euphonium)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

Verity Sharp presents today's opera matinee: Don Bucefalo, a comic opera by Antonio Cagnoni (1828 - 1896) in a performance from the Wexford Festival about a singing teacher who attempts to compose and stage an opera complete with artistic rivalry, marital jealousy and the return of a long-lost husband. Plus the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform Hoddinott's Euphonium Concerto with the extraordinarily virtuosic David Childs as soloist.

Cagnoni: Don Bucefalo (melodramma giocoso in three acts)

Don Bucefalo - Filippo Fontana (tenor)

Rosa, Carlino's wife - Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)

Agata, a peasant woman - Jennifer Davis (mezzo-soprano)

Gianetta, a peasant woman - Kezia Bienek (soprano)

Don Marco Bomba, the elderly local squire - Davide Bartolucci (bass)

Count Belprato, Rosa's lover - Matthew Newlin (tenor)

Carlino, a soldier - Peter Davoren (tenor)

Wexford Festival Opera Chorus

Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra

Sergio Alapont (conductor)

c.3.55pm

Hoddinott Concerto for euphonium and orchestra

David Childs (euphonium)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

AO3Casella - La Donna Serpente20160630

AO3Casella - La Donna Serpente20160630

Thursday Opera Matinee: Katie Derham introduces a performance of Casella's rarely heard La Donna Serpente from the Teatro Regio, Turin, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Casella wrote this comic opera between 1928 and 1931 to a libretto by Cesare Vico Ludovici, based upon a 18th century fairy tale by Carlo Gozzi: It sees the fairy princess Miranda turned into a snake, but the mortal she is love with, Altidor, wins her back after defeating three monsters and overcoming a wall of fire.

CAST

Altidòr - Piero Pretti (tenor)

Miranda - Carmela Remigio (soprano)

Armilla - Erika Grimaldi (soprano)

Farzana/La corifea - Francesca Sassu (soprano)

Canzade - Anna Maria Chiuri (mezzo-soprano)

Alditrùf - Francesco Marsiglia (tenor)

Albrigòr - Marco Filippo Romano (baritone)

Pantùl - Roberto de Candia (baritone)

Tartagil - Fabrizio Paesano (tenor)

Tògrul - Fabrizio Beggi (bass)

Demogorgòn - Sebastian Catana (baritone)

La fatina Smeraldina - Kate Fruchterman (soprano)

Badur/Il corifeo - Donato Di Gioia (baritone)

The voice of Geònca - Emilio Marcucci (baritone)

The Chorus of Teatro Regio, Turin

The Orchestra of Teatro Regio, Turin

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO3Casella - La Donna Serpente20160630

Thursday Opera Matinee: Katie Derham introduces a performance of Casella's rarely heard La Donna Serpente from the Teatro Regio, Turin, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Casella wrote this comic opera between 1928 and 1931 to a libretto by Cesare Vico Ludovici, based upon a 18th century fairy tale by Carlo Gozzi: It sees the fairy princess Miranda turned into a snake, but the mortal she is love with, Altidor, wins her back after defeating three monsters and overcoming a wall of fire.

CAST

Altidòr - Piero Pretti (tenor)

Miranda - Carmela Remigio (soprano)

Armilla - Erika Grimaldi (soprano)

Farzana/La corifea - Francesca Sassu (soprano)

Canzade - Anna Maria Chiuri (mezzo-soprano)

Alditrùf - Francesco Marsiglia (tenor)

Albrigòr - Marco Filippo Romano (baritone)

Pantùl - Roberto de Candia (baritone)

Tartagil - Fabrizio Paesano (tenor)

Tògrul - Fabrizio Beggi (bass)

Demogorgòn - Sebastian Catana (baritone)

La fatina Smeraldina - Kate Fruchterman (soprano)

Badur/Il corifeo - Donato Di Gioia (baritone)

The voice of Geònca - Emilio Marcucci (baritone)

The Chorus of Teatro Regio, Turin

The Orchestra of Teatro Regio, Turin

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO3Chabrier - Le Roi Malgre Lui20130131

Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui

Today's Opera Matinee is a performance from the 2012 Wexford Festival - a festival renowned for staging rarely performed opera. Emmanuel Chabrier's effervescent three-act opéra comique of 1887, Le Roi Malgré Lui (King in Spite of Himself or The Reluctant King), is packed with beautiful solos and duets, vocal pyrotechnics and fun, lively choral pieces. Musical highlights include a large choral waltz in Act II and a colourful polonaise in Act III but the plot is almost hopelessly confusing and complex.

It's 1573 and the Polish people have elected a French noble, Henri de Valois, to become their king but the Polish nobles led by Count Albert Laski would rather have the Archduke of Austria as king, so they conspire to rid Poland of Henri. To add to the intrigue, Henri is also the heir-apparent to the throne of France and he dislikes everything in Poland - even the climate in Krakow is miserable - so he joins the conspiracy to overthrow himself. Almost all the other characters in the opera are wrapped up in intrigue of trying to overthrow the Prince who pines for France but who finally gives in and accepts his fate.

The libretto is by Emile de Najac and Paul Burani, revised by Jean Richepin and the composer himself, after the vaudeville of the same name written in 1836 by de Jacques-Arsène Ancelot (1794-1854).

Henri de Valois, 'King of Poland' - Liam Bonner (baritone)

Comte de Nangis, a friend of Henri - Luigi Boccia (tenor)

Minka, slave girl of Laski - Mercedes Arcurí (soprano)

Alexina, Duchess of Fritelli and niece of Laski - Nathalie Paulin (soprano)

Laski, a Polish noble, Minka's owner - Quirijn de Lang (bass)

Duc de Fritelli, an Italian noble - Frédéric Gonçalvès (baritone)

Basile, innkeeper - Thomas Morris (tenor)

Liancourt, a French noble - Carlos Nogueira (tenor)

d'Elboeuf, a French noble - Lawrence Thackeray (tenor)

Maugiron, a French noble - Simon Robinson (baritone)

Marquis de Villequier, a French noble - Simon Meadows (bass)

A soldier - Colin Brockie (bass)

Wexford Opera Chorus

Wexford Opera Orchestra

Jean-Luc Tingaud (conductor).

AO3Chabrier - Le roi malgre lui20130131

Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui

Today's Opera Matinee is a performance from the 2012 Wexford Festival - a festival renowned for staging rarely performed opera. Emmanuel Chabrier's effervescent three-act opéra comique of 1887, Le Roi Malgré Lui (King in Spite of Himself or The Reluctant King), is packed with beautiful solos and duets, vocal pyrotechnics and fun, lively choral pieces. Musical highlights include a large choral waltz in Act II and a colourful polonaise in Act III but the plot is almost hopelessly confusing and complex.

It's 1573 and the Polish people have elected a French noble, Henri de Valois, to become their king but the Polish nobles led by Count Albert Laski would rather have the Archduke of Austria as king, so they conspire to rid Poland of Henri. To add to the intrigue, Henri is also the heir-apparent to the throne of France and he dislikes everything in Poland - even the climate in Krakow is miserable - so he joins the conspiracy to overthrow himself. Almost all the other characters in the opera are wrapped up in intrigue of trying to overthrow the Prince who pines for France but who finally gives in and accepts his fate.

The libretto is by Emile de Najac and Paul Burani, revised by Jean Richepin and the composer himself, after the vaudeville of the same name written in 1836 by de Jacques-Arsène Ancelot (1794-1854).

Henri de Valois, 'King of Poland' - Liam Bonner (baritone)

Comte de Nangis, a friend of Henri - Luigi Boccia (tenor)

Minka, slave girl of Laski - Mercedes Arcurí (soprano)

Alexina, Duchess of Fritelli and niece of Laski - Nathalie Paulin (soprano)

Laski, a Polish noble, Minka's owner - Quirijn de Lang (bass)

Duc de Fritelli, an Italian noble - Frédéric Gonçalvès (baritone)

Basile, innkeeper - Thomas Morris (tenor)

Liancourt, a French noble - Carlos Nogueira (tenor)

d'Elboeuf, a French noble - Lawrence Thackeray (tenor)

Maugiron, a French noble - Simon Robinson (baritone)

Marquis de Villequier, a French noble - Simon Meadows (bass)

A soldier - Colin Brockie (bass)

Wexford Opera Chorus

Wexford Opera Orchestra

Jean-Luc Tingaud (conductor).

AO3Cherubini - Medea20150702

Katie Derham presents today's Opera Matinee - Cherubini's Medea, recorded in April at the Grand Theatre, Geneva. With Alexandra Deshorties in the title role, Andrea Carè as Jason and Sara Mingardo as Neris. Based on the classic Greek tragedy by Euripides, Medea has been abandoned by her husband Jason after helping him to steal the golden fleece, and he has taken their two sons with him. As Jason plans to re-marry Glauce, Medea seeks vengeance.

Cherubini: Medea

Jason, leader of the Argonauts - Andrea Carè (tenor)

Medea -.Alexandra Deshorties (mezzo-soprano)

Glauce - Grazia Doronzio (soprano)

Neris - Sara Mingardo (contralto)

Creon - Daniel Okulitch (bass-baritone)

Captain of the guard....Alexander Milev (bass)

Stylist - Johanna Rudström (mezzo-soprano)

Stylist's assistant - Magdalena Risberg (soprano)

Grand Théâtre Chorus

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductor Marko Letonja.

AO3Cherubini - Medea20150702

Katie Derham presents today's Opera Matinee - Cherubini's Medea, recorded in April at the Grand Theatre, Geneva. With Alexandra Deshorties in the title role, Andrea Carè as Jason and Sara Mingardo as Neris. Based on the classic Greek tragedy by Euripides, Medea has been abandoned by her husband Jason after helping him to steal the golden fleece, and he has taken their two sons with him. As Jason plans to re-marry Glauce, Medea seeks vengeance.

Cherubini: Medea

Jason, leader of the Argonauts - Andrea Carè (tenor)

Medea - .Alexandra Deshorties (mezzo-soprano)

Glauce - Grazia Doronzio (soprano)

Neris - Sara Mingardo (contralto)

Creon - Daniel Okulitch (bass-baritone)

Captain of the guard ...... Alexander Milev (bass)

Stylist - Johanna Rudström (mezzo-soprano)

Stylist's assistant - Magdalena Risberg (soprano)

Grand Théâtre Chorus

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductor Marko Letonja.

AO3Debussy - Pelleas Et Melisande20110203

Debussy's mould-breaking opera, with its shadows, half-lights, longing, menace and mystery - plus, of course, a love triangle - cast its spell over a generation and more of European composers. Simon Rattle's debut opera at the New York Met features what he described as a "dream cast" and was recorded last month in Jonathan Miller's production. Presented by Louise Fryer

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande

Golaud - Gerald Finley, baritone

Mélisande - Magdalena Kozena, soprano

Pelléas - Stephane Degout, baritone

Geneviève - Felicity Palmer, contralto

Arkel - Willard White, bass

Yniold - Neel Ram Nagarajan, soprano

Doctor - Paul Corona, bass

Shepherd - Donovan Singletary, baritone

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor.

AO3Debussy - Pelleas et Melisande20110203

Debussy's mould-breaking opera, with its shadows, half-lights, longing, menace and mystery - plus, of course, a love triangle - cast its spell over a generation and more of European composers. Simon Rattle's debut opera at the New York Met features what he described as a "dream cast" and was recorded last month in Jonathan Miller's production. Presented by Louise Fryer

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande

Golaud - Gerald Finley, baritone

Mélisande - Magdalena Kozena, soprano

Pelléas - Stephane Degout, baritone

Geneviève - Felicity Palmer, contralto

Arkel - Willard White, bass

Yniold - Neel Ram Nagarajan, soprano

Doctor - Paul Corona, bass

Shepherd - Donovan Singletary, baritone

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor.

AO3Debussy - Teseo2012053120120531 (R3)

Louise Fryer presents Thursday Opera Matinee, this week featuring Handel's Teseo, a story about the fate of the ancient Greek hero Theseus, who has returned in disguise to the city of Athens, ruled by his capricious father Aegeus. Both men are in love - or lust - with the same woman, Agilea. And so the drama unfolds as Aegeus tries to break his earlier promise to marry the sorceress Medea...

Nicholas McGegan conducts a stellar cast at the Gottingen International Handel Festival 2011.

After the first three acts of the opera today (you can hear Acts 4 & 5 tomorrow) there's more from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: songs by Debussy orchestrated by John Adams.

Handel: Teseo, Acts 1-3

Teseo - Susanne Ryden (soprano)

Agilea - Amy Freston (soprano)

Medea - Dominique Labelle (soprano)

Clizia - Celine Ricci (soprano)

Arcane - Robin Blaze (altus)

Minerva - Johanna Ness (soprano)

Egeo - Drew Minter (counter-tenor)

New York Baroque Dance Company

Gottingen Festival Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan (conductor).

Debussy (arr. Adams): Le Livre de Baudelaire

Ruby Hughes (Soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Gourlay (conductor).

Louise Fryer presents Thursday Opera Matinee, this week featuring Handel's Teseo, a story about the fate of the ancient Greek hero Theseus, who has returned in disguise to the city of Athens, ruled by his capricious father Aegeus. Both men are in love - or lust - with the same woman, Agilea. And so the drama unfolds as Aegeus tries to break his earlier promise to marry the sorceress Medea...

Nicholas McGegan conducts a stellar cast at the Gottingen International Handel Festival 2011.

After the first three acts of the opera today (you can hear Acts 4 & 5 tomorrow) there's more from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: songs by Debussy orchestrated by John Adams.

Handel: Teseo, Acts 1-3

Teseo ..... Susanne Ryden (soprano)

Agilea ..... Amy Freston (soprano)

Medea ..... Dominique Labelle (soprano)

Clizia ..... Celine Ricci (soprano)

Egeo ..... Robin Blaze (altus)

Minerva ..... Johanna Ness (soprano)

Egeo ..... Drew Minter (counter-tenor)

New York Baroque Dance Company

Gottingen Festival Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan (conductor).

Debussy (arr. Adams): Le Livre de Baudelaire

Ruby Hughes (Soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Gourlay (conductor).

Louise Fryer presents Thursday Opera Matinee, this week featuring Handel's Teseo, a story about the fate of the ancient Greek hero Theseus, who has returned in disguise to the city of Athens, ruled by his capricious father Aegeus. Both men are in love - or lust - with the same woman, Agilea. And so the drama unfolds as Aegeus tries to break his earlier promise to marry the sorceress Medea...

Nicholas McGegan conducts a stellar cast at the Gottingen International Handel Festival 2011.

After the first three acts of the opera today (you can hear Acts 4 & 5 tomorrow) there's more from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: songs by Debussy orchestrated by John Adams.

Handel: Teseo, Acts 1-3

Teseo - Susanne Ryden (soprano)

Agilea - Amy Freston (soprano)

Medea - Dominique Labelle (soprano)

Clizia - Celine Ricci (soprano)

Arcane - Robin Blaze (altus)

Minerva - Johanna Ness (soprano)

Egeo - Drew Minter (counter-tenor)

New York Baroque Dance Company

Gottingen Festival Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan (conductor).

Debussy (arr. Adams): Le Livre de Baudelaire

Ruby Hughes (Soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Gourlay (conductor).

AO3Debussy - Teseo20120531

Louise Fryer presents Thursday Opera Matinee, this week featuring Handel's Teseo, a story about the fate of the ancient Greek hero Theseus, who has returned in disguise to the city of Athens, ruled by his capricious father Aegeus. Both men are in love - or lust - with the same woman, Agilea. And so the drama unfolds as Aegeus tries to break his earlier promise to marry the sorceress Medea...

Nicholas McGegan conducts a stellar cast at the Gottingen International Handel Festival 2011.

After the first three acts of the opera today (you can hear Acts 4 and 5 tomorrow) there's more from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: songs by Debussy orchestrated by John Adams.

Handel: Teseo, Acts 1-3

Teseo - Susanne Ryden (soprano)

Agilea - Amy Freston (soprano)

Medea - Dominique Labelle (soprano)

Clizia - Celine Ricci (soprano)

Arcane - Robin Blaze (altus)

Minerva - Johanna Ness (soprano)

Egeo - Drew Minter (counter-tenor)

New York Baroque Dance Company

Gottingen Festival Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan (conductor).

Debussy (arr. Adams): Le Livre de Baudelaire

Ruby Hughes (Soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Gourlay (conductor).

AO3Delius - A Village Romeo And Juliet20121220

In the 150th anniversary year of the birth of Delius, a rare opportunity to hear one of his most highly rated stage works in a recent production from the 2012 Wexford Festival. A Village Romeo and Juliet contains some of Delius's finest music, including The Walk to the Paradise Garden, and reinterprets a dark novella by the Swiss nineteenth-century novelist Gottfried Keller. Farmers Manz and Marti row over a patch of unclaimed land between their farms, whilst all is harmony between their grown-up children Sali and Vreli who fall fatally in love. Plus, at just before 4pm, another great setting of English words.

Presented by Louise Fryer

Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet

Manz - Quentin Hayes (baritone),

Marti - Andrew Greenan (baritone),

Sali, Manz's son - John Bellemer (tenor),

Vreli, Marti's daughter - Jessica Muirhead (soprano),

The Dark Fiddler - David Stout (baritone),

First Peasant - Jamie Rock (baritone),

Second Peasant - Cozmin Sime (baritone),

First Peasant Woman - Eleanor Lyons (soprano),

Second Peasant Woman - Angharad Morgan (soprano),

Third Peasant Woman - Catia Moreso (soprano),

Gingerbread Girl - Iria Perestrelo (soprano),

Wheel of Fortune Woman - Maria Miro (soprano),

Cheap Jewellery Woman - Mae Heydorn (mezzo-soprano),

Merry-go-round Man - Owen Webb (baritone),

Slim Girl - Hannah Sawle (soprano),

Wild Girl - Kate Symonds Joy (mezzo-soprano),

Poor Horn Player - Daniel Joy (tenor),

Hunchbacked Bass Player - Simon Robinson (bass),

Showman - Leonel Pinheiro,

Shooting Gallery Man - Thomas Faulkner,

Second Bargee - Adam Gilbert,

Third Bargee - Patrick Hyland,

Wexford Opera Chorus,

Wexford Opera Orchestra,

Rory MacDonald (conductor).

3.50pm

Hamilton Harty: Ode to a Nightingale

Ailish Tynan (soprano),

Ulster Orchestra,

Steuart Bedford (conductor).

Little-known fact: the 'Paradise Garden' is actually a pub.

AO3Delius - A Village Romeo and Juliet20121220

In the 150th anniversary year of the birth of Delius, a rare opportunity to hear one of his most highly rated stage works in a recent production from the 2012 Wexford Festival. A Village Romeo and Juliet contains some of Delius's finest music, including The Walk to the Paradise Garden, and reinterprets a dark novella by the Swiss nineteenth-century novelist Gottfried Keller. Farmers Manz and Marti row over a patch of unclaimed land between their farms, whilst all is harmony between their grown-up children Sali and Vreli who fall fatally in love. Plus, at just before 4pm, another great setting of English words.

Presented by Louise Fryer

Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet

Manz - Quentin Hayes (baritone),

Marti - Andrew Greenan (baritone),

Sali, Manz's son - John Bellemer (tenor),

Vreli, Marti's daughter - Jessica Muirhead (soprano),

The Dark Fiddler - David Stout (baritone),

First Peasant - Jamie Rock (baritone),

Second Peasant - Cozmin Sime (baritone),

First Peasant Woman - Eleanor Lyons (soprano),

Second Peasant Woman - Angharad Morgan (soprano),

Third Peasant Woman - Catia Moreso (soprano),

Gingerbread Girl - Iria Perestrelo (soprano),

Wheel of Fortune Woman - Maria Miro (soprano),

Cheap Jewellery Woman - Mae Heydorn (mezzo-soprano),

Merry-go-round Man - Owen Webb (baritone),

Slim Girl - Hannah Sawle (soprano),

Wild Girl - Kate Symonds Joy (mezzo-soprano),

Poor Horn Player - Daniel Joy (tenor),

Hunchbacked Bass Player - Simon Robinson (bass),

Showman - Leonel Pinheiro,

Shooting Gallery Man - Thomas Faulkner,

Second Bargee - Adam Gilbert,

Third Bargee - Patrick Hyland,

Wexford Opera Chorus,

Wexford Opera Orchestra,

Rory MacDonald (conductor).

3.50pm

Hamilton Harty: Ode to a Nightingale

Ailish Tynan (soprano),

Ulster Orchestra,

Steuart Bedford (conductor).

Little-known fact: the 'Paradise Garden' is actually a pub.

AO3Delius - Koanga20160317

Penny Gore presents Delius's opera recorded at the 2015 Wexford Festival Opera.

Koanga, in 3 acts, is based on the novel The Grandissimes by George Washington Cable. Composed between 1895 and 1897, it is considered to be the first opera written about African-Americans. Inspired by the spirituals Delius heard as a 20-year-old working on an orange plantation in Florida, Koanga is powerfully atmospheric - there's more to recommend alongside the concert hall favourite, the dance tune La Calinda. An African prince (Koanga) is sold into slavery in Louisiana and falls in love with a mixed-race maid (Palmyra). He later invokes voodoo in revenge on his masters for the abduction of his bride.

2pm

Delius: Koanga

Koanga - Norman Garrett (baritone)

Palmyra - Nozuko Teto (soprano)

Simon Perez - Jeff Gwaltney (tenor)

Uncle Joe - Aubrey Allicock (bass-baritone)

Don José Martinez - Christopher Robertson (baritone)

Rangwan - Aubrey Allicock (bass-baritone)

Clotilda - Kate Allen (mezzo-soprano)

Renée - Rachel Croash (soprano)

Hélène - Eleanor Garside (soprano)

Jeanne - Frances Israel (soprano)

Marie - Maria Hughes (soprano)

Aurore - Emma Watkinson (mezzo-soprano)

Hortense - Vivien Conacher (mezzo-soprano)

Olive - Laura Murphy (mezzo-soprano)

Paulette - Jennifer Parker (mezzo-soprano)

The Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera

The Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera

Stephen Barlow (conductor)

Followed by more from Afternoon on 3's celebration of music from the Southern Hemisphere:

4pm:

Peter Sculthorpe: Third Sonata for Strings "Jabiru Dreaming"

Ulster Orchestra

David Porcelijn, conductor.

AO3Delius - Koanga20160317

Penny Gore presents Delius's opera recorded at the 2015 Wexford Festival Opera.

Koanga, in 3 acts, is based on the novel The Grandissimes by George Washington Cable. Composed between 1895 and 1897, it is considered to be the first opera written about African-Americans. Inspired by the spirituals Delius heard as a 20-year-old working on an orange plantation in Florida, Koanga is powerfully atmospheric - there's more to recommend alongside the concert hall favourite, the dance tune La Calinda. An African prince (Koanga) is sold into slavery in Louisiana and falls in love with a mixed-race maid (Palmyra). He later invokes voodoo in revenge on his masters for the abduction of his bride.

2pm

Delius: Koanga

Koanga - Norman Garrett (baritone)

Palmyra - Nozuko Teto (soprano)

Simon Perez - Jeff Gwaltney (tenor)

Uncle Joe - Aubrey Allicock (bass-baritone)

Don José Martinez - Christopher Robertson (baritone)

Rangwan - Aubrey Allicock (bass-baritone)

Clotilda - Kate Allen (mezzo-soprano)

Renée - Rachel Croash (soprano)

Hélène - Eleanor Garside (soprano)

Jeanne - Frances Israel (soprano)

Marie - Maria Hughes (soprano)

Aurore - Emma Watkinson (mezzo-soprano)

Hortense - Vivien Conacher (mezzo-soprano)

Olive - Laura Murphy (mezzo-soprano)

Paulette - Jennifer Parker (mezzo-soprano)

The Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera

The Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera

Stephen Barlow (conductor)

Followed by more from Afternoon on 3's celebration of music from the Southern Hemisphere:

4pm:

Peter Sculthorpe: Third Sonata for Strings "Jabiru Dreaming"

Ulster Orchestra

David Porcelijn, conductor.

AO3Donizetti - Belisario20130704

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee, presented by Katie Derham, is a new recording by the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Donizetti's rarely heard opera Belisario, conducted by a great champion of the composer, Sir Mark Elder. An immediate success when it premiered at La Fenice in Venice in 1836, it disappeared from the repertoire in the late 19th century.

Under the baton of noted interpreter, Sir Mark Elder, a first-rate cast revive Donizetti's setting of the libretto by Salvadore Cammarano which tells the story of the 6th-century Byzantine general, his vengeful wife Antonina, his devoted daughter Irene, and the loyalty of his former prisoner, Alamiro.

Resuming the theme of the Symphony Orchestra's tour around Orkney, Afternoon on 3 ends with Peter Maxwell Davies' famous Orkney Wedding (with Sunrise). Listen out for the bagpipes.

Donizetti: Belisario

Antonina - Joyce El-Khoury (soprano)

Belisario - Nicola Alaimo (baritone)

Alamiro - Russell Thomas (tenor)

Irene - Camilla Roberts (soprano)

Justinian - Alastair Miles (bass)

Eudora - Julia Sporsén (soprano)

Eutropio - Peter Hoare (tenor)

Eusebio - Edward Price (baritone)

Centurion - Darren Jeffrey (bass-baritone)

Ottario - Michael Bundy (bass-baritone)

BBC Singers,

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Mark Elder (conductor).

4.05pm

Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - Belisario20130704

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee, presented by Katie Derham, is a new recording by the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Donizetti's rarely heard opera Belisario, conducted by a great champion of the composer, Sir Mark Elder. An immediate success when it premiered at La Fenice in Venice in 1836, it disappeared from the repertoire in the late 19th century.

Under the baton of noted interpreter, Sir Mark Elder, a first-rate cast revive Donizetti's setting of the libretto by Salvadore Cammarano which tells the story of the 6th-century Byzantine general, his vengeful wife Antonina, his devoted daughter Irene, and the loyalty of his former prisoner, Alamiro.

Resuming the theme of the Symphony Orchestra's tour around Orkney, Afternoon on 3 ends with Peter Maxwell Davies' famous Orkney Wedding (with Sunrise). Listen out for the bagpipes.

Donizetti: Belisario

Antonina - Joyce El-Khoury (soprano)

Belisario - Nicola Alaimo (baritone)

Alamiro - Russell Thomas (tenor)

Irene - Camilla Roberts (soprano)

Justinian - Alastair Miles (bass)

Eudora - Julia Sporsén (soprano)

Eutropio - Peter Hoare (tenor)

Eusebio - Edward Price (baritone)

Centurion - Darren Jeffrey (bass-baritone)

Ottario - Michael Bundy (bass-baritone)

BBC Singers,

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Mark Elder (conductor).

4.05pm

Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - Don Pasquale20120628

Penny Gore presents a performance of Donizetti's operatic masterpiece Don Pasquale, recorded earlier this year at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. This comic opera, which reportedly took the composer only two weeks to complete, tells the story of the ageing Don Pasquale and his doomed attempt to marry a young bride. Alessandro Corbelli sings the part of the Don and Désirée Rancatore plays his bride Norina.

Afterwards, a chance to hear Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power with conductor Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony orchestra in a performance of the young Benjamin Britten's Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra.

Thursday Opera Matinee

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale - Alessandro Corbelli (bass),

Norina - Desiree Rancatore (soprano),

Dr Malatesta - Gabriele Viviani (baritone),

Ernesto - Francesco Demuro (tenor),

The notary - Richard Tronc (bass),

Radio France Chorus,

French National Orchestra,

Conductor Enrique Mazzola.

4pm

Britten: Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Lawrence Power (viola),

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - Don Pasquale20120628

Penny Gore presents a performance of Donizetti's operatic masterpiece Don Pasquale, recorded earlier this year at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. This comic opera, which reportedly took the composer only two weeks to complete, tells the story of the ageing Don Pasquale and his doomed attempt to marry a young bride. Alessandro Corbelli sings the part of the Don and Désirée Rancatore plays his bride Norina.

Afterwards, a chance to hear Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power with conductor Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony orchestra in a performance of the young Benjamin Britten's Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra.

Thursday Opera Matinee

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale - Alessandro Corbelli (bass),

Norina - Desiree Rancatore (soprano),

Dr Malatesta - Gabriele Viviani (baritone),

Ernesto - Francesco Demuro (tenor),

The notary - Richard Tronc (bass),

Radio France Chorus,

French National Orchestra,

Conductor Enrique Mazzola.

4pm

Britten: Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Lawrence Power (viola),

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Penny Gore presents a performance of Donizetti's operatic masterpiece Don Pasquale, recorded earlier this year at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. This comic opera, which reportedly took the composer only two weeks to complete, tells the story of the ageing Don Pasquale and his doomed attempt to marry a young bride. Alessandro Corbelli sings the part of the Don and Désirée Rancatore plays his bride Norina.

Afterwards, a chance to hear Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power with conductor Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony orchestra in a performance of the young Benjamin Britten's Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra.

Thursday Opera Matinee

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale - Alessandro Corbelli (bass),

Norina - Desiree Rancatore (soprano),

Dr Malatesta - Gabriele Viviani (baritone),

Ernesto - Francesco Demuro (tenor),

The notary - Richard Tronc (bass),

Radio France Chorus,

French National Orchestra,

Conductor Enrique Mazzola.

4pm

Britten: Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Lawrence Power (viola),

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - Don Pasquale20150528

Penny Gore presents a sparkling performance of Donizetti's witty comedy recorded in April this year at the Vienna State Opera, starring the tenor Juan Diego Florez in one of his signature roles as Ernesto, the buffo bass Michele Pertusi in the title role, and 2011 Cardiff Singer winner Valentina Nafornita as Norina.

The old, wealthy, but miserly bachelor Don Pasquale wants to marry off his nephew Ernesto to a wealthy woman, but Ernesto prefers a love match with the young, penniless widow Norina. Pasquale disinherits him and decides to take a young wife of his own, to the advice of his friend and doctor, Malatesta. But the young couple run rings around him, and the moral of the story is: don't marry in old age.

2pm:

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale - Michele Pertusi (bass)

Ernesto - Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Norina - Valentina Nafornita (soprano)

Dr Malatesta - Alessio Arduini (baritone)

Carlino - Wolfram Igor Derntl (bass)

Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor Jesús López-Cobos

Plus more from the 2014 Prague Spring Festival.

AO3Donizetti - Don Pasquale20150528

Penny Gore presents a sparkling performance of Donizetti's witty comedy recorded in April this year at the Vienna State Opera, starring the tenor Juan Diego Florez in one of his signature roles as Ernesto, the buffo bass Michele Pertusi in the title role, and 2011 Cardiff Singer winner Valentina Nafornita as Norina.

The old, wealthy, but miserly bachelor Don Pasquale wants to marry off his nephew Ernesto to a wealthy woman, but Ernesto prefers a love match with the young, penniless widow Norina. Pasquale disinherits him and decides to take a young wife of his own, to the advice of his friend and doctor, Malatesta. But the young couple run rings around him, and the moral of the story is: don't marry in old age.

2pm:

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale - Michele Pertusi (bass)

Ernesto - Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Norina - Valentina Nafornita (soprano)

Dr Malatesta - Alessio Arduini (baritone)

Carlino - Wolfram Igor Derntl (bass)

Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor Jesús López-Cobos

Plus more from the 2014 Prague Spring Festival.

AO3Donizetti - Gianni di Parigi20120621

Katie Derham presents Wexford Festival Opera's 2011 production of Donizetti's two-act comedy Gianni di Parigi.

Wexford Festival Opera is renowned for staging rarely performed repertoire, and Donizetti is one of the most frequently performed composers at Wexford. In 1952 the festival produced the little-known Donizetti opera L'Elisir D'Amore! Gianni di Parigi, written in 1831, is still one of his least-known works. It is the fifteenth Donizetti opera to be presented at Wexford in its 61 years.

It's a good idea to know the woman you're going to marry - and it's a clever woman who sees what the man's getting up to! The story of Gianni di Parigi derives from a popular 15th-century chivalric story about the French heir to the throne, the Dauphin. Although he is betrothed to the Princess of Navarre, they have never met. He wants to see for himself if she is really as good and beautiful as he has been told. He disguises himself as a wealthy burgher and insists on staying at the inn which the princess has reserved for herself and her entourage on their journey to Paris for her marriage. He bribes the innkeeper, commandeers the food and drink and asks the princess to dine with him. She sees through the plot and is well aware of his true identity, but she admires his enterprise and they fall in love.

Thursday Opera Matinee

Donizetti: Gianni di Parigi

Princess of Navarra - Suzanna Markova (soprano)

Il gran Siniscalco, her Seneschal - Alessandro Luongo (bass)

Gianni di Parigi - Edgardo Rocha (tenor)

Pedrigo - Alessandro Spina (bass)

Lorezza, his daughter - Fiona Murphy (mezzo-soprano)

Oliviero, a page - Lucia Cirillo (contralto).

Wexford Festival Opera Chorus & Orchestra,

Giacomo Sagripanti.

Plus, at 3.50pm, another recent Mendelssohn performance by this week's featured orchestra:

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Alexandra Soumm (violin),

Ulster Orchestra,

Howard Shelley (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - Gianni Di Parigi20120621

Katie Derham presents Wexford Festival Opera's 2011 production of Donizetti's two-act comedy Gianni di Parigi.

Wexford Festival Opera is renowned for staging rarely performed repertoire, and Donizetti is one of the most frequently performed composers at Wexford. In 1952 the festival produced the little-known Donizetti opera L'Elisir D'Amore! Gianni di Parigi, written in 1831, is still one of his least-known works. It is the fifteenth Donizetti opera to be presented at Wexford in its 61 years.

It's a good idea to know the woman you're going to marry - and it's a clever woman who sees what the man's getting up to! The story of Gianni di Parigi derives from a popular 15th-century chivalric story about the French heir to the throne, the Dauphin. Although he is betrothed to the Princess of Navarre, they have never met. He wants to see for himself if she is really as good and beautiful as he has been told. He disguises himself as a wealthy burgher and insists on staying at the inn which the princess has reserved for herself and her entourage on their journey to Paris for her marriage. He bribes the innkeeper, commandeers the food and drink and asks the princess to dine with him. She sees through the plot and is well aware of his true identity, but she admires his enterprise and they fall in love.

Thursday Opera Matinee

Donizetti: Gianni di Parigi

Princess of Navarra - Suzanna Markova (soprano)

Il gran Siniscalco, her Seneschal - Alessandro Luongo (bass)

Gianni di Parigi - Edgardo Rocha (tenor)

Pedrigo - Alessandro Spina (bass)

Lorezza, his daughter - Fiona Murphy (mezzo-soprano)

Oliviero, a page - Lucia Cirillo (contralto).

Wexford Festival Opera Chorus & Orchestra,

Giacomo Sagripanti.

Plus, at 3.50pm, another recent Mendelssohn performance by this week's featured orchestra:

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Alexandra Soumm (violin),

Ulster Orchestra,

Howard Shelley (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - Gianni Di Parigi20120621

Katie Derham presents Wexford Festival Opera's 2011 production of Donizetti's two-act comedy Gianni di Parigi.

Wexford Festival Opera is renowned for staging rarely performed repertoire, and Donizetti is one of the most frequently performed composers at Wexford. In 1952 the festival produced the little-known Donizetti opera L'Elisir D'Amore! Gianni di Parigi, written in 1831, is still one of his least-known works. It is the fifteenth Donizetti opera to be presented at Wexford in its 61 years.

It's a good idea to know the woman you're going to marry - and it's a clever woman who sees what the man's getting up to! The story of Gianni di Parigi derives from a popular 15th-century chivalric story about the French heir to the throne, the Dauphin. Although he is betrothed to the Princess of Navarre, they have never met. He wants to see for himself if she is really as good and beautiful as he has been told. He disguises himself as a wealthy burgher and insists on staying at the inn which the princess has reserved for herself and her entourage on their journey to Paris for her marriage. He bribes the innkeeper, commandeers the food and drink and asks the princess to dine with him. She sees through the plot and is well aware of his true identity, but she admires his enterprise and they fall in love.

Thursday Opera Matinee

Donizetti: Gianni di Parigi

Princess of Navarra - Suzanna Markova (soprano)

Il gran Siniscalco, her Seneschal - Alessandro Luongo (bass)

Gianni di Parigi - Edgardo Rocha (tenor)

Pedrigo - Alessandro Spina (bass)

Lorezza, his daughter - Fiona Murphy (mezzo-soprano)

Oliviero, a page - Lucia Cirillo (contralto).

Wexford Festival Opera Chorus and Orchestra,

Giacomo Sagripanti.

Plus, at 3.50pm, another recent Mendelssohn performance by this week's featured orchestra:

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Alexandra Soumm (violin),

Ulster Orchestra,

Howard Shelley (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - La Fille Du Regiment20120614

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is a performance of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The heroine of Donizetti's comedy is Marie, the 'daughter' or mascot of the 21st Regiment. She's in love with a hunky peasant called Tonio, but can only marry a soldier from the 21st. Natalie Dessay sings Marie, and Juan Diego Florez supplies the famous top Cs as Tonio. And there's a cameo for Dawn French in the hilarious spoken role of the Duchess of Crackentorp

Plus today's Russian music is from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: a performance of Lyadov's 8 Russian Folksongs.

Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment

Marie - Natalie Dessay (soprano),

Tonio - Juan Diego Florez (tenor),

La Marquise - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano),

Sulpice Pingot - Alessandro Corbelli (baritone),

Hortensius - Donald Maxwell (baritone),

A Corporal - Bryan Secombe (bass),

Paesan - Luke Price (tenor),

La Duchesse de Crackentorp - Dawn French,

Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra

Bruno Campanella (conductor)

4.10pm

Lyadov: 8 Russian Folksongs

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Blunier (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - La Fille Du Regiment2012061420120614 (R3)

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is a performance of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The heroine of Donizetti's comedy is Marie, the 'daughter' or mascot of the 21st Regiment. She's in love with a hunky peasant called Tonio, but can only marry a soldier from the 21st. Natalie Dessay sings Marie, and Juan Diego Florez supplies the famous top Cs as Tonio. And there's a cameo for Dawn French in the hilarious spoken role of the Duchess of Crackentorp

Plus today's Russian music is from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: a performance of Lyadov's 8 Russian Folksongs.

Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment

Marie - Natalie Dessay (soprano),

Tonio - Juan Diego Florez (tenor),

La Marquise - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano),

Sulpice Pingot - Alessandro Corbelli (baritone),

Hortensius - Donald Maxwell (baritone),

A Corporal - Bryan Secombe (bass),

Paesan - Luke Price (tenor),

La Duchesse de Crackentorp - Dawn French,

Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra

Bruno Campanella (conductor)

4.10pm

Lyadov: 8 Russian Folksongs

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Blunier (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - La fille du Regiment2012061420120614 (R3)

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is a performance of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The heroine of Donizetti's comedy is Marie, the 'daughter' or mascot of the 21st Regiment. She's in love with a hunky peasant called Tonio, but can only marry a soldier from the 21st. Natalie Dessay sings Marie, and Juan Diego Florez supplies the famous top Cs as Tonio. And there's a cameo for Dawn French in the hilarious spoken role of the Duchess of Crackentorp

Plus today's Russian music is from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: a performance of Lyadov's 8 Russian Folksongs.

Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment

Marie - Natalie Dessay (soprano),

Tonio - Juan Diego Florez (tenor),

La Marquise - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano),

Sulpice Pingot - Alessandro Corbelli (baritone),

Hortensius - Donald Maxwell (baritone),

A Corporal - Bryan Secombe (bass),

Paesan - Luke Price (tenor),

La Duchesse de Crackentorp - Dawn French,

Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra

Bruno Campanella (conductor)

4.10pm

Lyadov: 8 Russian Folksongs

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Blunier (conductor).

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is a performance of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The heroine of Donizetti's comedy is Marie, the 'daughter' or mascot of the 21st Regiment. She's in love with a hunky peasant called Tonio, but can only marry a soldier from the 21st. Natalie Dessay sings Marie, and Juan Diego Florez supplies the famous top Cs as Tonio. And there's a cameo for Dawn French in the hilarious spoken role of the Duchess of Crackentorp

Plus today's Russian music is from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: a performance of Lyadov's 8 Russian Folksongs.

Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment

Marie - Natalie Dessay (soprano),

Tonio - Juan Diego Florez (tenor),

La Marquise - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano),

Sulpice Pingot - Alessandro Corbelli (baritone),

Hortensius - Donald Maxwell (baritone),

A Corporal - Bryan Secombe (bass),

Paesan - Luke Price (tenor),

La Duchesse de Crackentorp - Dawn French,

Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra

Bruno Campanella (conductor)

4.10pm

Lyadov: 8 Russian Folksongs

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Blunier (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - L'elisir D'amore20170112

Katie Derham presents another chance to hear Donizetti's everlasting comic opera L'elisir d'amore, in an acclaimed production by Laurent Pelly from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Desperate for the love of Adina, Nemorino tries to win her with the help of a quack doctor, a fake potion and a furtive tear. The cast is led by tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Lucy Crowe as the lovers, as well as Bryn Terfel as doctor Dulcamara. Daniele Rustioni conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Royal Opera House.

2pm

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

Adina....Lucy Crowe (Soprano)

Nemorino....Vittorio Grigolo (Tenor)

Dulcamara....Bryn Terfel (Baritone)

Belcore....Levente Molnar (Baritone)

Giannetta....Kiandra Howarth (Soprano)

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Royal Opera House Chorus

Daniele Rustioni (Conductor).

AO3Donizetti - Roberto Devereux20151119

Donizetti's third Tudor opera, Roberto Devereux, is a story of love and deceit, based on a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano (1801-1852). Devereux is the lover of Queen Elizabeth I but Parliament has pushed through a charge of treason against him. The Queen's attempts to save Devereux are frustrated by her suspicions that he loves another. Devereux and Sarah, the Duchess of Nottingham, have been seeing each other for some time, and upon discovery of this fact by both the Queen and the Duke of Nottingham, Devereux must meet an inevitable end. The Queen in turn, is forced to confront her old age and a lonely journey towards her own death, and in a fit of frustration and anger, announces her abdication in favour of Charles I.

Andrés Máspero's new production of Donizetti's rarely heard Roberto Devereux is headed by soprano Mariella Devia as Elizabeth, Queen of England, and tenor Gregory Kunde as Robert Devereux the Earl of Essex, with Marco Caria and Silvia Tro Santafé as the Duke and Duchess of Nottingham, Juan Antonio Sanabria as Lord William Cecil, and Andrea Mastroni as Sir Walter Raleigh, with the chorus and orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid. The performance is conducted by Bruno Campanella.

2pm

Donizetti: Roberto Devereux

Elizabeth, Queen of England - Mariella Devia (soprano)

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex - Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Duke of Nottingham - Marco Caria (baritone)

Duchess of Nottingham - Silvia Tro Santafé (mezzo-soprano)

Lord William Cecil - Juan Antonio Sanabria (tenor)

Sir Walter Raleigh - Andrea Mastroni (bass)

A page - Sebastián Covarrubias (baritone)

A servant of Nottingham - Koba Sardalashvili (bass)

Chorus and orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid

Bruno Campanella (conductor).

AO3Donizetti - Roberto Devereux20151119

Donizetti's third Tudor opera, Roberto Devereux, is a story of love and deceit, based on a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano (1801-1852). Devereux is the lover of Queen Elizabeth I but Parliament has pushed through a charge of treason against him. The Queen's attempts to save Devereux are frustrated by her suspicions that he loves another. Devereux and Sarah, the Duchess of Nottingham, have been seeing each other for some time, and upon discovery of this fact by both the Queen and the Duke of Nottingham, Devereux must meet an inevitable end. The Queen in turn, is forced to confront her old age and a lonely journey towards her own death, and in a fit of frustration and anger, announces her abdication in favour of Charles I.

Andrés Máspero's new production of Donizetti's rarely heard Roberto Devereux is headed by soprano Mariella Devia as Elizabeth, Queen of England, and tenor Gregory Kunde as Robert Devereux the Earl of Essex, with Marco Caria and Silvia Tro Santafé as the Duke and Duchess of Nottingham, Juan Antonio Sanabria as Lord William Cecil, and Andrea Mastroni as Sir Walter Raleigh, with the chorus and orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid. The performance is conducted by Bruno Campanella.

2pm

Donizetti: Roberto Devereux

Elizabeth, Queen of England - Mariella Devia (soprano)

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex - Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Duke of Nottingham - Marco Caria (baritone)

Duchess of Nottingham - Silvia Tro Santafé (mezzo-soprano)

Lord William Cecil - Juan Antonio Sanabria (tenor)

Sir Walter Raleigh - Andrea Mastroni (bass)

A page - Sebastián Covarrubias (baritone)

A servant of Nottingham - Koba Sardalashvili (bass)

Chorus and orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid

Bruno Campanella (conductor).

AO3Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius20141120

Today's Afternoon on 3 features Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius; his choral work describing the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God and then Purgatory. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus were recorded at the Fairfield Halls in London earlier this year. Plus the Nordic and Baltic theme continues with a chance to hear the orchestra in Alfven's tone poem, A Legend of the Skerries. The afternoon ends with another offering from the orchestra's new set of Szymanowski recordings - his Symphony no.1 in F minor.

Presented by Penny Gore

2pm

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius Op.38

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Stuart Skelton (tenor)

David Soar (bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

c.3.35

Messiaen: Un Sourire for orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Alfven: En Skargardssagen (A Legend of the Skerries) - tone poem Op.20

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.3.55

Szymanowski: Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op.15

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

AO3Ethel Smyth - The Boatswain's Mate20170309

Katie Derham introduces this week's Thursday Opera Matinée: Ethel Smyth's comic opera The Boatswain's Mate, one of six she wrote between the 1890s and 1920s.

Smyth's previous opera The Wreckers was very much in touch with the Late Romantic musical world of Germany; the music in The Boatswain's Mate is by contrast more simple and folk-like, with some wonderfully lyrical and melodious music. The story, setting Smyth's own libretto, focuses on three main characters - a strong widow, Mrs Waters, her unwanted suitor the retired boatswain Harry Benn, and his accomplice Ned Travers.

Katie Derham introduces the first complete recording of this opera, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.

Mrs Waters.....Nadine Benjamin (soprano)

Harry Benn.....Edward Lee (tenor)

Ned Travers.....Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone)

Policeman.....Simon Wilding (bass)

The Man.....Ted Schmitz (tenor)

Mary Ann.....Rebecca Louise Dale (mezzo soprano)

Chorus.....Mark Nathan and other members of the cast

Lontano Ensemble

Odaline de la Martinez (conductor)

c.3.30pm

Bax: Tintagel - symphonic poem

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Vernon Handley , conductor

c.3.50pm

Williams: Four Illustrations for the Legend of Rhiannon

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Perry So, conductor.

AO3Ethel Smyth - The Boatswain's Mate20170309

Katie Derham introduces this week's Thursday Opera Matinée: Ethel Smyth's comic opera The Boatswain's Mate, one of six she wrote between the 1890s and 1920s.

Smyth's previous opera The Wreckers was very much in touch with the Late Romantic musical world of Germany; the music in The Boatswain's Mate is by contrast more simple and folk-like, with some wonderfully lyrical and melodious music. The story, setting Smyth's own libretto, focuses on three main characters - a strong widow, Mrs Waters, her unwanted suitor the retired boatswain Harry Benn, and his accomplice Ned Travers.

Katie Derham introduces the first complete recording of this opera, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.

Mrs Waters....Nadine Benjamin (soprano)

Harry Benn....Edward Lee (tenor)

Ned Travers....Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone)

Policeman....Simon Wilding (bass)

The Man....Ted Schmitz (tenor)

Mary Ann....Rebecca Louise Dale (mezzo soprano)

Chorus....Mark Nathan and other members of the cast

Lontano Ensemble

Odaline de la Martinez (conductor)

c.3.30pm

Bax: Tintagel - symphonic poem

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Vernon Handley , conductor

c.3.50pm

Williams: Four Illustrations for the Legend of Rhiannon

Perry So, conductor.

AO3Gluck - Alceste20121122

Penny Gore introduces Opera Matinee: Gluck's Alceste, recorded live at the Vienna State Opera earlier this month. Veronique Gens and Joseph Kaiser lead a starry cast with Ivor Bolton at the helm of the Gustav Mahler Chorus and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. This is the 1776 Paris version of Gluck's Alceste, adapted by Ranieri de' Calzabigi from a play by Euripides.

2pm

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste

Alceste, Queen of Thessaly - Véronique Gens (soprano)

Admète, her husband - Joseph Kaiser (tenor)

Evandro, a confidant of Admetus - Benjamin Bruns (tenor)

High Priest - Clemens Unterreiner (baritone)

Apollon - Alessio Arduini (baritone)

Thanathos, an infernal deity - Clemens Unterreiner (bass)

First Child / Coryphée - Ileana Tonca

Second Child / Coryphée - Juliette Mars

Hercules - Adam Plachetka

Gustav Mahler Chorus

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Ivor Bolton (conductor).

AO3Gluck - Alceste20121122

Penny Gore introduces Opera Matinee: Gluck's Alceste, recorded live at the Vienna State Opera earlier this month. Veronique Gens and Joseph Kaiser lead a starry cast with Ivor Bolton at the helm of the Gustav Mahler Chorus and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. This is the 1776 Paris version of Gluck's Alceste, adapted by Ranieri de' Calzabigi from a play by Euripides.

2pm

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste

Alceste, Queen of Thessaly - Véronique Gens (soprano)

Admète, her husband - Joseph Kaiser (tenor)

Evandro, a confidant of Admetus - Benjamin Bruns (tenor)

High Priest - Clemens Unterreiner (baritone)

Apollon - Alessio Arduini (baritone)

Thanathos, an infernal deity - Clemens Unterreiner (bass)

First Child / Coryphée - Ileana Tonca

Second Child / Coryphée - Juliette Mars

Hercules - Adam Plachetka

Gustav Mahler Chorus

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Ivor Bolton (conductor).

Penny Gore introduces Opera Matinee: Gluck's Alceste, recorded live at the Vienna State Opera earlier this month. Veronique Gens and Joseph Kaiser lead a starry cast with Ivor Bolton at the helm of the Gustav Mahler Chorus and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. This is the 1776 Paris version of Gluck's Alceste, adapted by Ranieri de' Calzabigi from a play by Euripides.

2pm

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste

Alceste, Queen of Thessaly - Véronique Gens (soprano)

Admète, her husband - Joseph Kaiser (tenor)

Evandro, a confidant of Admetus - Benjamin Bruns (tenor)

High Priest - Clemens Unterreiner (baritone)

Apollon - Alessio Arduini (baritone)

Thanathos, an infernal deity - Clemens Unterreiner (bass)

First Child / Coryphée - Ileana Tonca

Second Child / Coryphée - Juliette Mars

Hercules - Adam Plachetka

Gustav Mahler Chorus

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Ivor Bolton (conductor).

AO3Gluck - Alceste20140220

Louise Fryer with our opera matinee: Alceste, Gluck's second reform opera in 3 Acts, French version, with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble Orchestra and Chorus, recorded last year at the Palais Garnier, Paris. Soprano Sophie Koch is Alceste and tenor Yann Beuron, her husband Admete, as they recreate the ancient Greek drama of love, sacrifice and redemption inspired by Euripides.

Alceste, Queen of Thessaly - Sophie Koch, soprano

Admete, her husband - Yann Beuron, tenor

Evandre, leader of the Pherae people - Stanislas de Barbeyrac, tenor

High Priest - Jean-Francois Lapointe, baritone

Hercule - Franck Ferrari, baritone

Apollon, protector of the house of Admetus - Florian Sempey, baritone

Thanathos, an infernal deity - Francois Lis, bass

Herald - Florian Sempey, baritone,

Coryphee - Marie-Adeline Henry

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble Chorus and Orchestra

Marc Minkowski, conductor.

AO3Gluck - Alceste20140220

Louise Fryer with our opera matinee: Alceste, Gluck's second reform opera in 3 Acts, French version, with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble Orchestra and Chorus, recorded last year at the Palais Garnier, Paris. Soprano Sophie Koch is Alceste and tenor Yann Beuron, her husband Admete, as they recreate the ancient Greek drama of love, sacrifice and redemption inspired by Euripides.

Alceste, Queen of Thessaly - Sophie Koch, soprano

Admete, her husband - Yann Beuron, tenor

Evandre, leader of the Pherae people - Stanislas de Barbeyrac, tenor

High Priest - Jean-Francois Lapointe, baritone

Hercule - Franck Ferrari, baritone

Apollon, protector of the house of Admetus - Florian Sempey, baritone

Thanathos, an infernal deity - Francois Lis, bass

Herald - Florian Sempey, baritone,

Coryphee - Marie-Adeline Henry

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble Chorus and Orchestra

Marc Minkowski, conductor.

AO3Gluck - Armide20140515

Gluck's Armide from Netherlands Opera

Presented by Ian Skelly.

In his anniversary year, Afternoon on 3 presents a rare performance of an opera which set Parisian artistic circles alight when it was first heard in 1777. After his recent triumphs in Iphigénie en Aulide, Orphée and Alceste, Gluck now felt ready for an all-out assault on the French operatic tradition of Lully. By choosing to use precisely the same libretto by Philippe Quinault that Lully had set nearly a century earlier he risked all as he threw his hat into the ring with Diderot and Jean Jacques Rousseau and forged a new, revitalized French style. Gluck's setting of Quinault's libretto, itself based on Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered), quickly supplanted Lully's opéra lyrique and remained in the Parisian operatic repertory through Revolution and war until the time of Rossini.

The opera is set in Damascus at the time of the First Crusade. Armide ensnares her enemy the Christian knight Renaud with her magic spells. But, when she raises her dagger to kill him, Armide finds herself falling in love with Renaud. She casts a spell to make him love her in return. Renaud's love is, of course a mere illusion, something that Armide cannot bear, so she calls on the Goddess of Hate to make her hate Renaud. again. But the Goddess condemns Armide to eternal love. Two of his fellow soldiers reach Renaud and break Armide's spell and Renaud makes his escape. In a monologue much admired by Berlioz, Armide abandons all hope as she sings of her rage and of her despair.

Gluck: Armide, opera in five acts

Armide, a sorceress, Princess of Damascus - Karina Gauvin (soprano)

Renaud, a Crusader - Frédéric Antoun (tenor)

Phénice, Armide's confidant - Karin Strobos (soprano)

Sidonie, Armide's confidant - Ana Quintans (soprano)

Hidraot, a magician, King of Damascus - Andrew Foster-Williams (baritone)

Hate - Diana Montague (contralto)

The Danish Knight, a Crusader - Sébastien Droy (tenor)

Ubalde, a Crusader....Henk Neven (baritone)

A demon in the form of Lucinde - Ana Quintans (soprano)

A demon in the form of Mélisse - Julia Westendorp (soprano)

Aronte, in charge of Armide's prisoners - Henk Neven (baritone)

Artémidore, a Crusader - Sébastien Droy (tenor),

A Naiad - Julia Westendorp (soprano),

A Shepherdess - Ana Quintans (soprano)

A Pleasure - Francesca Russo Ermolli (soprano)

Coryphées - Ana Quintans (soprano), Karin Strobos (soprano), Sébastien Droy (tenor)

Chorus of Netherlands Opera,

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Ivor Bolton (conductor)

Performance recorded at De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam

followed at 4.10pm by:

Falla: The Three-Cornered hat, Suite No.2

European Union Youth Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor).

AO3Gluck - Armide20140515

Gluck's Armide from Netherlands Opera

Presented by Ian Skelly.

In his anniversary year, Afternoon on 3 presents a rare performance of an opera which set Parisian artistic circles alight when it was first heard in 1777. After his recent triumphs in Iphigénie en Aulide, Orphée and Alceste, Gluck now felt ready for an all-out assault on the French operatic tradition of Lully. By choosing to use precisely the same libretto by Philippe Quinault that Lully had set nearly a century earlier he risked all as he threw his hat into the ring with Diderot and Jean Jacques Rousseau and forged a new, revitalized French style. Gluck's setting of Quinault's libretto, itself based on Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered), quickly supplanted Lully's opéra lyrique and remained in the Parisian operatic repertory through Revolution and war until the time of Rossini.

The opera is set in Damascus at the time of the First Crusade. Armide ensnares her enemy the Christian knight Renaud with her magic spells. But, when she raises her dagger to kill him, Armide finds herself falling in love with Renaud. She casts a spell to make him love her in return. Renaud's love is, of course a mere illusion, something that Armide cannot bear, so she calls on the Goddess of Hate to make her hate Renaud. again. But the Goddess condemns Armide to eternal love. Two of his fellow soldiers reach Renaud and break Armide's spell and Renaud makes his escape. In a monologue much admired by Berlioz, Armide abandons all hope as she sings of her rage and of her despair.

Gluck: Armide, opera in five acts

Armide, a sorceress, Princess of Damascus - Karina Gauvin (soprano)

Renaud, a Crusader - Frédéric Antoun (tenor)

Phénice, Armide's confidant - Karin Strobos (soprano)

Sidonie, Armide's confidant - Ana Quintans (soprano)

Hidraot, a magician, King of Damascus - Andrew Foster-Williams (baritone)

Hate - Diana Montague (contralto)

The Danish Knight, a Crusader - Sébastien Droy (tenor)

Ubalde, a Crusader .....Henk Neven (baritone)

A demon in the form of Lucinde - Ana Quintans (soprano)

A demon in the form of Mélisse - Julia Westendorp (soprano)

Aronte, in charge of Armide's prisoners - Henk Neven (baritone)

Artémidore, a Crusader - Sébastien Droy (tenor),

A Naiad - Julia Westendorp (soprano),

A Shepherdess - Ana Quintans (soprano)

A Pleasure - Francesca Russo Ermolli (soprano)

Coryphées - Ana Quintans (soprano), Karin Strobos (soprano), Sébastien Droy (tenor)

Chorus of Netherlands Opera,

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Ivor Bolton (conductor)

Performance recorded at De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam

followed at 4.10pm by:

Falla: The Three-Cornered hat, Suite No.2

European Union Youth Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor).

AO3Gluck: Iphigenie En Tauride20150409

The Thursday opera is Gluck's Iphigenia in Tauris - his fifth opera for the French stage. With this opera, Gluck took his operatic reform to a new level, using a drama based on the play by the ancient Greek dramatist Euripides about the family of Agamemnon in the aftermath of the Trojan War. This performance stars the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci conducted by Hartmut Haenchen

Presented by Verity Sharp

Gluck

Iphigenia in Tauris

Iphigénie (Iphigenia), Priestess of Diana....Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Oreste (Orestes), her brother....Bruno Taddia (baritone)

Pylade (Pylades), his friend....Steve Davislim (tenor)

Thoas, King of Scythia....Alexei Tikhomirov (bass)

Diane (Diana)....Julienne Walker (soprano)

A Scythian Man....Michel de Souza (baritone)

First Priestess....Mi Young Kim (soprano)

Second Priestess....Marianne Dellacasagrande (soprano)

A Greek Woman....Cristiana Presutti (soprano)

A Minister....Wolfgang Barta (bass)

Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus (chorus master Alan Woodbridge)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Hartmut Haenchen

c.2pm

Acts 1-2:

c.3.06

ActS 3-4:

c.3.54

Richard Strauss

Oboe Concerto in D

Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Andris Nelsons.

AO3Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride20150409

The Thursday opera is Gluck's Iphigenia in Tauris - his fifth opera for the French stage. With this opera, Gluck took his operatic reform to a new level, using a drama based on the play by the ancient Greek dramatist Euripides about the family of Agamemnon in the aftermath of the Trojan War. This performance stars the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci conducted by Hartmut Haenchen

Presented by Verity Sharp

Gluck

Iphigenia in Tauris

Iphigénie (Iphigenia), Priestess of Diana.....Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Oreste (Orestes), her brother.....Bruno Taddia (baritone)

Pylade (Pylades), his friend.....Steve Davislim (tenor)

Thoas, King of Scythia.....Alexei Tikhomirov (bass)

Diane (Diana).....Julienne Walker (soprano)

A Scythian Man .....Michel de Souza (baritone)

First Priestess..... Mi Young Kim (soprano)

Second Priestess.....Marianne Dellacasagrande (soprano)

A Greek Woman .....Cristiana Presutti (soprano)

A Minister..... Wolfgang Barta (bass)

Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus (chorus master Alan Woodbridge)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Hartmut Haenchen

c.2pm

Acts 1-2:

c.3.06

ActS 3-4:

c.3.54

Richard Strauss

Oboe Concerto in D

Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Andris Nelsons.

AO3Gretry - Guillaume Tell20140123

Thursday Opera Matinee

André-Modeste Grétry: Guillaume Tell (William Tell)

Louise Fryer introduces a performance recorded in June 2013 at Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium.

There's a very famous operatic setting of the story of William Tell, by Rossini. But today there's a rare chance to hear the much less well-known comic opera Guillaume Tell by André-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) - who was born in the city where this production was staged, Liège. It tells the same story of Swiss freedom as Rossini's masterpiece.

A dispute has arisen over how best to show respect to a representative of the Emperor, and - as a lesson - Gessler (the Austiran Governor) has demanded that his hat be displayed prominently in the town square, and that respects should be paid to it by everyone who passes. William Tell defies the ruling and is arrested but is given the chance to save himself from execution if he can demonstrate his ability as the greatest archer in Switzerland by shooting an apple set on the head of his son.

Grétry was hugely popular in his time but music associated with the Parisian opéra-comique form went out of fashion as the more serious German and Italian opera styles became the standard. The première took place shortly after the French Revolution and so the themes of revolt against a repressive regime (in this case, the Habsburgs) struck a chord with the Parisian audience. Grétry finds plenty of opportunity to add colourful interludes and songs, and - as would have been expected, as a standard part of the opéra-comique style - he provides all the key dramatic points with plenty of entertainment and colour.

Guillaume Tell - Marc Laho (tenor)

Madame Tell - Anne-Catherine Gillet (soprano)

Gessler - Lionel Lhote (baritone)

Marie - Liesbeth Devos (soprano)

Melktal Senior - Patrick Delcour (baritone)

Melktal Junior - Stefan Cifolelli (tenor)

The Traveller - Roger Joakim (baritone)

Orchestra and Chorus of Opéra Royal de Wallonie,

Claudio Scimone (conductor)

3.30pm

Live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast

John Toal introduces the Ulster Orchestra's second live concert this week at the Ulster Hall in Belfast. Belfast pianist Michael McHale joins the Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal for Mozart's beautifully poised A major Piano Concerto, composed at the same time as 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Plus Dvorak's tone poem 'Vodník' - The Water Goblin, telling the story of a mischievous water goblin who traps drowning souls in upturned teacups!

Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major, K488

Michael McHale (piano)

Dvorak: The Water Goblin, Op 107

Ulster Orchestra,

Michael Seal (conductor).

AO3Gretry - Guillaume Tell20140123

Thursday Opera Matinee

André-Modeste Grétry: Guillaume Tell (William Tell)

Louise Fryer introduces a performance recorded in June 2013 at Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium.

There's a very famous operatic setting of the story of William Tell, by Rossini. But today there's a rare chance to hear the much less well-known comic opera Guillaume Tell by André-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) - who was born in the city where this production was staged, Liège. It tells the same story of Swiss freedom as Rossini's masterpiece.

A dispute has arisen over how best to show respect to a representative of the Emperor, and - as a lesson - Gessler (the Austiran Governor) has demanded that his hat be displayed prominently in the town square, and that respects should be paid to it by everyone who passes. William Tell defies the ruling and is arrested but is given the chance to save himself from execution if he can demonstrate his ability as the greatest archer in Switzerland by shooting an apple set on the head of his son.

Grétry was hugely popular in his time but music associated with the Parisian opéra-comique form went out of fashion as the more serious German and Italian opera styles became the standard. The première took place shortly after the French Revolution and so the themes of revolt against a repressive regime (in this case, the Habsburgs) struck a chord with the Parisian audience. Grétry finds plenty of opportunity to add colourful interludes and songs, and - as would have been expected, as a standard part of the opéra-comique style - he provides all the key dramatic points with plenty of entertainment and colour.

Guillaume Tell - Marc Laho (tenor)

Madame Tell - Anne-Catherine Gillet (soprano)

Gessler - Lionel Lhote (baritone)

Marie - Liesbeth Devos (soprano)

Melktal Senior - Patrick Delcour (baritone)

Melktal Junior - Stefan Cifolelli (tenor)

The Traveller - Roger Joakim (baritone)

Orchestra and Chorus of Opéra Royal de Wallonie,

Claudio Scimone (conductor)

3.30pm

Live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast

John Toal introduces the Ulster Orchestra's second live concert this week at the Ulster Hall in Belfast. Belfast pianist Michael McHale joins the Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal for Mozart's beautifully poised A major Piano Concerto, composed at the same time as 'The Marriage of Figaro'. Plus Dvorak's tone poem 'Vodník' - The Water Goblin, telling the story of a mischievous water goblin who traps drowning souls in upturned teacups!

Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major, K488

Michael McHale (piano)

Dvorak: The Water Goblin, Op 107

Ulster Orchestra,

Michael Seal (conductor).

AO3Handel - Berenice20161013

Katie Derham presents Handel's opera Berenice recorded earlier this year at the Göttingen International Handel Festival.

Set in ancient Egypt, the many twists and turns in the plot reflect on love and duty. Queen Berenice is in love with Demetrio, who is in love with Berenice's sister, Selene. Alessandro loves the Queen who has been advised to make an alliance with Rome and marry him, but she's not having it, and orders him to be married to Selene. Demetrio is thrown in prison and the Queen threatens war on Rome, but the entanglements are gradually resolved.

Handel: Berenice - opera in 3 acts

Berenice... Mireille Asselin (soprano)

Selene...Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzo-soprano)

Alessandro...Anat Edri (soprano)

Demetrio...Michal Czerniawski (countertenor)

Arsace...Raffaele Pe (countertenor)

Fabio...Christopher Turner (bass)

Aristobolo...Timothy Dickinson (bass)

La Nuova Musica

conductor David Bates.

AO3Handel - Berenice20161013

Katie Derham presents Handel's opera Berenice recorded earlier this year at the Göttingen International Handel Festival.

Set in ancient Egypt, the many twists and turns in the plot reflect on love and duty. Queen Berenice is in love with Demetrio, who is in love with Berenice's sister, Selene. Alessandro loves the Queen who has been advised to make an alliance with Rome and marry him, but she's not having it, and orders him to be married to Selene. Demetrio is thrown in prison and the Queen threatens war on Rome, but the entanglements are gradually resolved.

Handel: Berenice - opera in 3 acts

Berenice... Mireille Asselin (soprano)

Selene...Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzo-soprano)

Alessandro...Anat Edri (soprano)

Demetrio ...Michal Czerniawski (countertenor)

Arsace...Raffaele Pe (countertenor)

Fabio...Christopher Turner (bass)

Aristobolo...Timothy Dickinson (bass)

La Nuova Musica

conductor David Bates.

AO3Handel - Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno20160915

AO3Handel - Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno20160915

Catriona Young presents a performance of Handel's first oratorio Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, recorded earlier this summer at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. With just four characters - Beauty, Pleasure, Enlightenment and Time - 'The triumph of time and enlightenment' is an allegorical tale of the fragile nature of beauty when faced with Time as "beauty is a flower that blooms in a day and then dies."

The conductor Emmanuelle Haïm and her early music ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée are joined by an all-star cast including soprano Sabine Devieilhe and countertenor Franco Fagioli.

Handel: Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, HWV 46a

Sabine Devieilhe, soprano, Bellezza

Franco Fagioli, countertenor, Piacere

Sara Mingardo, contralto, Disinganno

Michael Spyres, tenor, Tempo

Le Concert d'Astrée

Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor).

AO3Handel - Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno20160915

Catriona Young presents a performance of Handel's first oratorio Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, recorded earlier this summer at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. With just four characters - Beauty, Pleasure, Enlightenment and Time - 'The triumph of time and enlightenment' is an allegorical tale of the fragile nature of beauty when faced with Time as "beauty is a flower that blooms in a day and then dies."

The conductor Emmanuelle Haïm and her early music ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée are joined by an all-star cast including soprano Sabine Devieilhe and countertenor Franco Fagioli.

Handel: Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, HWV 46a

Sabine Devieilhe, soprano, Bellezza

Franco Fagioli, countertenor, Piacere

Sara Mingardo, contralto, Disinganno

Michael Spyres, tenor, Tempo

Le Concert d'Astrée

Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor).

AO3Handel - Poro, Re Dell'indie (acts 1 And 2)20130627

Louise Fryer presents Acts 1 and 2 of Handel's Poro, Re dell'Indie given in Basel.

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is Handel's Poro, Rè dell'Indie - Poro, King of the Indians. Louise Fryer presents the first two acts today, and you can hear the final act at 2pm tomorrow.

Written for the Royal Academy of Music and given its first performance in London in 1731, the opera is set around the time of the Indian King Poro's defeat on the banks of the Hydaspes (now known as the Jhelum) by Alexander the Great in 327BC.

This performance was recorded last year in Basel with Franco Fagioli in the title role, Veronica Cangemi as his wife Cleofide, James Gilchrist as Alexander the Great and conductor Enrico Onofri.

Plus we continue Afternoon on 3's season of British symphonies with John Veale's Third Symphony, completed in 2003 and recorded shortly before Veale's death in 2006 by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Barry Wordsworth.

Handel: Poro, Rè dell'Indie, HWV 28 - Acts I and II

Poro, Indian King - Franco Fagioli (countertenor)

Erissena, Poro's sister - Sonia Prina (contralto)

Gandarte, Erissena's lover - Kristina Hammarström (contralto)

Cleofide, Poro's wife - Veronica Cangemi (soprano)

Alessandro, King of Macedonia - James Gilchrist (tenor)

Timagene, Alexander's general - David Wilson-Johnson (bass)

Basel Chamber Orchestra

Enrico Onofri (conductor)

3.55pm

John Veale: Symphony no. 3

BBC Concert Orchestra,

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

AO3Handel - Poro, Re dell'Indie (Acts 1 and 2)20130627

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is Handel's Poro, Rè dell'Indie - Poro, King of the Indians. Louise Fryer presents the first two acts today, and you can hear the final act at 2pm tomorrow.

Written for the Royal Academy of Music and given its first performance in London in 1731, the opera is set around the time of the Indian King Poro's defeat on the banks of the Hydaspes (now known as the Jhelum) by Alexander the Great in 327BC.

This performance was recorded last year in Basel with Franco Fagioli in the title role, Veronica Cangemi as his wife Cleofide, James Gilchrist as Alexander the Great and conductor Enrico Onofri.

Plus we continue Afternoon on 3's season of British symphonies with John Veale's Third Symphony, completed in 2003 and recorded shortly before Veale's death in 2006 by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Barry Wordsworth.

Handel: Poro, Rè dell'Indie, HWV 28 - Acts I & II

Poro, Indian King - Franco Fagioli (countertenor)

Erissena, Poro's sister - Sonia Prina (contralto)

Gandarte, Erissena's lover - Kristina Hammarström (contralto)

Cleofide, Poro's wife - Veronica Cangemi (soprano)

Alessandro, King of Macedonia - James Gilchrist (tenor)

Timagene, Alexander's general - David Wilson-Johnson (bass)

Basel Chamber Orchestra

Enrico Onofri (conductor)

3.55pm

John Veale: Symphony no. 3

BBC Concert Orchestra,

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

Louise Fryer presents Acts 1 and 2 of Handel's Poro, Re dell'Indie given in Basel.

AO3Handel's Acis and Galatea20160714

AO3Handel's Acis and Galatea20160714

In this week's Opera Matinee there is the opportunity to hear again a performance of Handel's pastoral masterpiece, Acis and Galatea in a performance first broadcast in 2009. Catriona Young presents a recording made at the Royal Opera House, London, during the 250th anniversary of George Frederic Handel's death. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Christopher Hogwood lead a performance with Charles Workman and Danielle de Niese in the title roles. The afternoon also includes orchestral music conducted by Pierre Boulez in the 2009 Lucerne Summer Festival.

2.00pm

Handel

Acis and Galatea

Acis ...... Charles Workman (baritone)

Galatea ...... Danielle de Niese (soprano)

Damon ...... Paul Agnew (tenor)

Coridon ...... Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Polyphemus ...... Matthew Rose (bass)

Chorus Soprano soloist ...... Juliet Schiemann

Chorus tenor soloist ...... Philip Bell

The Royal Opera Extra Chorus

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Christopher Hogwood (conductor).

3.36pm

Debussy

Jeux

Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra

Pierre Boulez

3.53pm

Boulez

Notations 1-4 & 7

Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra

4.11pm

Mahler

2 songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn:

Rheinlegendchen

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen

Matthias Goerne, baritone

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Andris Nelsons.

AO3Handel's Acis and Galatea20160714

In this week's Opera Matinee there is the opportunity to hear again a performance of Handel's pastoral masterpiece, Acis and Galatea in a performance first broadcast in 2009. Catriona Young presents a recording made at the Royal Opera House, London, during the 250th anniversary of George Frederic Handel's death. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Christopher Hogwood lead a performance with Charles Workman and Danielle de Niese in the title roles. The afternoon also includes orchestral music conducted by Pierre Boulez in the 2009 Lucerne Summer Festival.

2.00pm

Handel

Acis and Galatea

Acis ...... Charles Workman (baritone)

Galatea ...... Danielle de Niese (soprano)

Damon ...... Paul Agnew (tenor)

Coridon ...... Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Polyphemus ...... Matthew Rose (bass)

Chorus Soprano soloist ...... Juliet Schiemann

Chorus tenor soloist ...... Philip Bell

The Royal Opera Extra Chorus

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Christopher Hogwood (conductor).

3.36pm

Debussy

Jeux

Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra

Pierre Boulez

3.53pm

Boulez

Notations 1-4 & 7

Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra

4.11pm

Mahler

2 songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn:

Rheinlegendchen

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen

Matthias Goerne, baritone

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Andris Nelsons.

AO3Hasse - Leucippo20150611

Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee - Hasse: Leucippo, in a rare performance from the 2014 Schwetzingen Festival, with Concerto Köln and conductor Konrad Junghänel. Hasse was a star composer in his day, sought after by royalty, and working with the best singers and librettists. The opera, with a libretto by Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, is a story of love and duty, as the ill-fated hero Leucippo falls for the unattainable Priestess Dafne, who has taken a vow of chastity.

2pm

Hasse: Leucippo

Vasily Khoroshev, countertenor, Leucippo

Francisco Fernández-Rueda, tenor, Narete

Franziska Gottwald, soprano, Dafne

Netto Or, soprano, Climene

Claudia Rohrbach, soprano, Delio

Holger Falk, bass, Nunte

Baroque Vocal Mainz

Concerto Köln

Conductor Konrad Junghänel.

AO3Hasse - Leucippo20150611

Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee - Hasse: Leucippo, in a rare performance from the 2014 Schwetzingen Festival, with Concerto Köln and conductor Konrad Junghänel. Hasse was a star composer in his day, sought after by royalty, and working with the best singers and librettists. The opera, with a libretto by Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, is a story of love and duty, as the ill-fated hero Leucippo falls for the unattainable Priestess Dafne, who has taken a vow of chastity.

2pm

Hasse: Leucippo

Vasily Khoroshev, countertenor, Leucippo

Francisco Fernández-Rueda, tenor, Narete

Franziska Gottwald, soprano, Dafne

Netto Or, soprano, Climene

Claudia Rohrbach, soprano, Delio

Holger Falk, bass, Nunte

Baroque Vocal Mainz

Concerto Köln

Conductor Konrad Junghänel.

AO3Haydn - La Vera Costanza20140227

Today's Thursday Opera Matinee is "La vera costanza" or "True Constancy" by Joseph Haydn. The story follows the trials and tribulations of the heroine as she is abandoned by her mad lover. Written for the Eszterházy court in 1779, the opera has many of the attractions that people love in the operas of Mozart. Recorded at the Haydn Festival in Bruhl.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Haydn: La vera costanza

2pm

Act1

3.05pm

Acts 2 and 3

Count Errico.... Krystian Adam (tenor)

Rosina.... Raffaella Milanesi (soprano)

Baroness Irene.... Ana Maria Labin (soprano)

Marquis Ernesto.... Colin Balzer (tenor)

Villotto - Johannes Weisser (baritone)

Lisetta.... Hannah Morrison (soprano)

Masino.... Jan Kobow(tenor)

Rosina's small son.... Jakob Spering (spoken role)

Capella Augustina

Andreas Spering.

AO3Haydn - La vera costanza20140227

Today's Thursday Opera Matinee is "La vera costanza" or "True Constancy" by Joseph Haydn. The story follows the trials and tribulations of the heroine as she is abandoned by her mad lover. Written for the Eszterházy court in 1779, the opera has many of the attractions that people love in the operas of Mozart. Recorded at the Haydn Festival in Bruhl.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Haydn: La vera costanza

2pm

Act1

3.05pm

Acts 2 and 3

Count Errico .... Krystian Adam (tenor)

Rosina .... Raffaella Milanesi (soprano)

Baroness Irene .... Ana Maria Labin (soprano)

Marquis Ernesto .... Colin Balzer (tenor)

Villotto - Johannes Weisser (baritone)

Lisetta .... Hannah Morrison (soprano)

Masino .... Jan Kobow(tenor)

Rosina's small son .... Jakob Spering (spoken role)

Capella Augustina

Andreas Spering.

AO3Herold - Le Pre Aux Clercs20151126

with Katie Derham. Today's opera matinee is a recording from the National Opera House in Wexford of Hérold's 1832 three-act opera, Le Pré aux Clercs. It was his final triumph - he died a few weeks later, aged 42 - and tells the story of three women and their love intrigues. It had over 1500 performances in Paris alone in the 19th century.

2pm

Ferdinand Hérold Le Pré aux clercs (The Clerks' Meadow)

Marguerite de Valois - Marie Lenormand (mezzo-soprano)

Isabelle Montbal - Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)

Nicette - Magali Simard Galdès (soprano)

Baron de Mergy.... Nico Darmanin (tenor)

Comte de Comminges - Dominique Coté (baritone)

Cantarelli - Eric Huchet (baritone)

Girot - Tomislav Lavoie (bass)

L'exempt du guet - Jan Capinski (bass)

Le Brigadier - Felix Kemp,

Archer 1 - David Howes

Archer 2 - Sheldon Baxter

Wexford Festival Chorus

Wexford Festival Orchestra

Jean-Luc Tingaud (conductor)

15.50

Braunfels: Symphonic Variations on a French Children's Song

BBC Concert Orchestra

Johannes Wildner (conductor).

AO3Herold - Le Pre aux Clercs20151126

with Katie Derham. Today's opera matinee is a recording from the National Opera House in Wexford of Hérold's 1832 three-act opera, Le Pré aux Clercs. It was his final triumph - he died a few weeks later, aged 42 - and tells the story of three women and their love intrigues. It had over 1500 performances in Paris alone in the 19th century.

2pm

Ferdinand Hérold Le Pré aux clercs (The Clerks' Meadow)

Marguerite de Valois - Marie Lenormand (mezzo-soprano)

Isabelle Montbal - Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)

Nicette - Magali Simard Galdès (soprano)

Baron de Mergy .... Nico Darmanin (tenor)

Comte de Comminges - Dominique Coté (baritone)

Cantarelli - Eric Huchet (baritone)

Girot - Tomislav Lavoie (bass)

L'exempt du guet - Jan Capinski (bass)

Le Brigadier - Felix Kemp,

Archer 1 - David Howes

Archer 2 - Sheldon Baxter

Wexford Festival Chorus

Wexford Festival Orchestra

Jean-Luc Tingaud (conductor)

15.50

Braunfels: Symphonic Variations on a French Children's Song

BBC Concert Orchestra

Johannes Wildner (conductor).

AO3Holst - At the Boar's Head20160128

AO3Holst - At the Boar's Head20160128

In the run up to Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee: At the Boar's Head by Gustav Holst - his one-act opera combining folk tunes with scenes from Shakespeare's Henry IV.

While convalescing from an illness, Holst had been reading both Henry IV, Part I, and an edition of John Playford's The English Dancing Master. He noticed similarities between the metre of Shakespeare's lines and the rhythms of tunes in the Playford collection and he decided to incorporate the two into an opera.

Plus more from this week's featured ensemble, the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Holst: At the Boar's Head, Op.42

Prince Hal - Philip Langridge (tenor)

Falstaff - John Tomlinson(bass)

Hostess (Mistress Quickly) - Elise Ross (soprano)

Doll Tearsheet - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

Pistol - David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Peto - Peter Hall (tenor)

Bardolph - Richard Suart (baritone)

Ponis - Michael George (bass)

Men's Voices of the Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor David Atherton

Followed by

c. 2.55pm

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op.64

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

c. 4pm

Astor Piazzolla

Sinfonia Buenos Aires Op.15

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor).

AO3Holst - At the Boar's Head20160128

In the run up to Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee: At the Boar's Head by Gustav Holst - his one-act opera combining folk tunes with scenes from Shakespeare's Henry IV.

While convalescing from an illness, Holst had been reading both Henry IV, Part I, and an edition of John Playford's The English Dancing Master. He noticed similarities between the metre of Shakespeare's lines and the rhythms of tunes in the Playford collection and he decided to incorporate the two into an opera.

Plus more from this week's featured ensemble, the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Holst: At the Boar's Head, Op.42

Prince Hal - Philip Langridge (tenor)

Falstaff - John Tomlinson(bass)

Hostess (Mistress Quickly) - Elise Ross (soprano)

Doll Tearsheet - Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

Pistol - David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Peto - Peter Hall (tenor)

Bardolph - Richard Suart (baritone)

Ponis - Michael George (bass)

Men's Voices of the Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor David Atherton

Followed by

c. 2.55pm

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op.64

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

c. 4pm

Astor Piazzolla

Sinfonia Buenos Aires Op.15

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor).

AO3Honegger - Judith20130418

Thursday Opera Matinee. With Louise Fryer. Honegger's "Judith".

Honegger had great sucess in Paris between the wars with his 'dramatic psalm' "Le Roi David" - "King David" - and in 1926 he collaborated with the same librettist, Rene Morax, to produce another work that is half opera, half oratorio, based on the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes. We only hear Judith (mezzo Paula Murrihy) and her servant (soprano Marie-Eve Munger) discussing the deed of decapitating the barbarian chief Holofernes, so there's not much onstage action, but the sound world Honegger creates suggests far more...

Plus complementary twentieth-century music from the BBC's orchestras.

Honegger: Judith

Judith - Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano)

Servant - Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)

Narrator - Liesbeth List

Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo-soprano)

Ani Sagsyan (mezzo-soprano)

Ludovic Provost (baritone)

Alan Belk (tenor)

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

Michael Schonwandt (conductor)

c. 2.45pm

Honegger: Cantique de Paques

Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)

Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano)

3.00pm

Florent Schmitt: Psalm 47

Christine Buffle (soprano)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

3.30pm

Ravel: Sheherezade

Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Clark Rundell (conductor)

3.50pm

Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

AO3Honegger - Judith20130418

Thursday Opera Matinee. With Louise Fryer. Honegger's "Judith".

Honegger had great sucess in Paris between the wars with his 'dramatic psalm' "Le Roi David" - "King David" - and in 1926 he collaborated with the same librettist, Rene Morax, to produce another work that is half opera, half oratorio, based on the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes. We only hear Judith (mezzo Paula Murrihy) and her servant (soprano Marie-Eve Munger) discussing the deed of decapitating the barbarian chief Holofernes, so there's not much onstage action, but the sound world Honegger creates suggests far more...

Plus complementary twentieth-century music from the BBC's orchestras.

Honegger: Judith

Judith - Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano)

Servant - Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)

Narrator - Liesbeth List

Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo-soprano)

Ani Sagsyan (mezzo-soprano)

Ludovic Provost (baritone)

Alan Belk (tenor)

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

Michael Schonwandt (conductor)

c. 2.45pm

Honegger: Cantique de Paques

Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)

Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano)

Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo-soprano)

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

Michael Schonwandt (conductor)

3.00pm

Florent Schmitt: Psalm 47

Christine Buffle (soprano)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

3.30pm

Ravel: Sheherezade

Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Clark Rundell (conductor)

3.50pm

Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

AO3Honegger And Ibert - L'aiglon20130613

Jonathan Swain presents this week's Thursday Opera Matinee: L'Aiglon - 'The Young Eagle' - a little-known work which was a collaborative effort by two composers, both Arthur Honegger (who wrote Acts II, III, and IV) and Jacques Ibert (Acts I and V). The libretto by Henri Cain was based on Edmond Rostand's 1900 play about the life of Napoleon Bonaparte's son, the Duc de Reichstadt - known to Bonapartists as 'Napoleon II of France' and to almost everybody by the nickname L'Aiglon. The opera was first performed at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in 1937.

After the opera, Afternoon on 3's celebration of the British symphony continues with a work by Robert Simpson. A conscientious objector, during World War II he studied composition with Herbert Howells whilst serving with a mobile surgical unit in the London Blitz. His Fifth Symphony was "dedicated in admiration" to the London Symphony Orchestra, who gave the premiere in 1973.

Arthur Honegger and Jacques Ibert: L'Aiglon

Duc de Reichstadt - Carine Séchaye (soprano),

Séraphin Flambeau - Marc Barrard (baritone),

Prince de Metternich - Franco Pomponi (baritone),

Maréchal Marmont - Benoît Capt (baritone),

Frédéric de Gentz - André Gass (tenor),

Military Attaché - Christophe Berry (tenor),

Prokesch-Osten - Sacha Michon (baritone),

Thérèse de Lorget - Carole Meyer (soprano),

Duchesse de Parme - Marie Karall (soprano),

Comtesse Camerata - Céline Soudain (mezzo-soprano),

Fanny Elssler - Antoinette Dennefeld (mezzo-soprano),

Lausanne Opera Chorus,

Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,

Jean-Yves Ossonce (conductor).

3.35pm

Robert Simpson: Symphony no. 5

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor).

AO3Humperdinck - Hansel And Gretel20160114

Katie Derham presents Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, recorded at the Vienna State Opera last November. Deep in the forest Hansel and Gretel must use all their guile and trickery to avoid a nasty fate in this well-loved fairy tale. The German conductor Christian Thielemann, now Music Director at Bayreuth, gives his interpretation of this classic score by a Wagner devotee.

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, opera in 3 acts

Peter - Clemens Unterreiner (baritone)

Gertrud - Janina Baechle (mezzo-soprano)

Hansel - Daniela Sindram (mezzo-soprano)

Gretel - Ileana Tonca (soprano)

Knusperhexe (Witch) - Michaela Schuster (mezzo-soprano)

Sandman/Dew Fairy - Annika Gerhards (soprano)

Children from the Vienna State Opera School

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor Christian Thielemann.

AO3Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel20160114

Katie Derham presents Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, recorded at the Vienna State Opera last November. Deep in the forest Hansel and Gretel must use all their guile and trickery to avoid a nasty fate in this well-loved fairy tale. The German conductor Christian Thielemann, now Music Director at Bayreuth, gives his interpretation of this classic score by a Wagner devotee.

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, opera in 3 acts

Peter - Clemens Unterreiner (baritone)

Gertrud - Janina Baechle (mezzo-soprano)

Hansel - Daniela Sindram (mezzo-soprano)

Gretel - Ileana Tonca (soprano)

Knusperhexe (Witch) - Michaela Schuster (mezzo-soprano)

Sandman/Dew Fairy - Annika Gerhards (soprano)

Children from the Vienna State Opera School

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor Christian Thielemann.

AO3J Strauss II - Die Fledermaus20120705

Katie Derham presents Strauss's Johann Strauss II's evergreen operetta where Champagne, waltzes and memorable tunes ceaselessly flow -- and which features everything you'd expect in the way of jealous spouses, mistaken identity and a happy ending.

Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus

Gabriel von Eisenstein....Kurt Streit (tenor)

Rosalinde...Michaela Kaune (soprano)

Adele....Daniela Fally (soprano)

Ida...Lydia Rathkolb (soprano)

Alfred...Rainer Trost (tenor)

Dr Falke....Markus Eiche (baritone)

Dr Blind....Peter Jelosits (tenor)

Frank....Alfred Sramek (baritone)

Prince Orlofsky....Zoryana Kushpler (mezzo-soprano)

Frosch....Peter Simonischek

Vienna State Opera Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor.

AO3J Strauss Ii - Die Fledermaus20120705

Katie Derham presents Strauss's Johann Strauss II's evergreen operetta where Champagne, waltzes and memorable tunes ceaselessly flow -- and which features everything you'd expect in the way of jealous spouses, mistaken identity and a happy ending.

Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus

Gabriel von Eisenstein....Kurt Streit (tenor)

Rosalinde...Michaela Kaune (soprano)

Adele....Daniela Fally (soprano)

Ida...Lydia Rathkolb (soprano)

Alfred...Rainer Trost (tenor)

Dr Falke....Markus Eiche (baritone)

Dr Blind....Peter Jelosits (tenor)

Frank....Alfred Sramek (baritone)

Prince Orlofsky....Zoryana Kushpler (mezzo-soprano)

Frosch....Peter Simonischek

Vienna State Opera Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor.

AO3Jacopo Foroni - Cristina, Queen Of Sweden20140605

Today's Opera Matinee is a rare chance to hear Jacopo Foroni's Cristina, Queen of Sweden in a performance from Wexford Festival Opera. An Italian composer who settled in Sweden, Foroni perhaps could have been as famous as his fellow bel-canto Italian composers had he not died early from the plague in 1858. The opera tells of the tumultuous life of Queen Christina of Sweden who caused a scandal by abdicating and converting to Catholicism, along with having a secret affair with her cousin.

Presented by Katie Derham.

Jacopo Foroni: Cristina, regina di Svezia, opera in five parts and three acts

Cristina....Helena Dix (soprano),

Gabriele de la Gardie....John Bellemer (tenor),

Maria Eufrosina.... Lucia Cirillo (mezzo-soprano),

Axel Oxenstierna....David Stout (bass),

Erik....Patrick Hyland (tenor),

Carlo Gustavo.... Igor Golovatenko (baritone),

Johan.... Daniel Szeili (tenor),

Wexford Opera Chorus

Wexford Opera Orchestra

Andrew Greenwood (conductor)

c.4.10pm

Mackenzie: The Little Minister - overture from the incidental music

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

AO3Jacopo Foroni - Cristina, Queen of Sweden20140605

Today's Opera Matinee is a rare chance to hear Jacopo Foroni's Cristina, Queen of Sweden in a performance from Wexford Festival Opera. An Italian composer who settled in Sweden, Foroni perhaps could have been as famous as his fellow bel-canto Italian composers had he not died early from the plague in 1858. The opera tells of the tumultuous life of Queen Christina of Sweden who caused a scandal by abdicating and converting to Catholicism, along with having a secret affair with her cousin.

Presented by Katie Derham.

Jacopo Foroni: Cristina, regina di Svezia, opera in five parts and three acts

Cristina ....Helena Dix (soprano),

Gabriele de la Gardie ....John Bellemer (tenor),

Maria Eufrosina.... Lucia Cirillo (mezzo-soprano),

Axel Oxenstierna ....David Stout (bass),

Erik ....Patrick Hyland (tenor),

Carlo Gustavo.... Igor Golovatenko (baritone),

Johan.... Daniel Szeili (tenor),

Wexford Opera Chorus

Wexford Opera Orchestra

Andrew Greenwood (conductor)

c.4.10pm

Mackenzie: The Little Minister - overture from the incidental music

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

AO3Janacek - Jenufa20161103

AO3Janacek - Jenufa20161103

Today's Opera Matinee is Janacek's opera Jenufa recorded at the Vienna Opera and conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and with a cast including Dorothea Roschmann and Angela Denoke

Jenufa is hiding her pregnancy from the village and the two men, half-brothers, who might be the father. Her step-mother Kostelnicka however fears for the family's reputation and commits a shocking atrocity. It is only when the body of a baby is found on the day of Jenufa's wedding that the terrible truth unfolds.

Presented by Verity Sharp

Jenufa - Dorothea Roschmann (soprano)

Kostelnicka - Angela Denoke (soprano)

Laca - Christian Franz (tenor)

Steva - Marian Talaba (tenor)

Grandmother Buryjovka - Aura Twarowska (contralto)

Starek - Il Hong (baritone)

Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Ingo Metzmacher (conductor).

AO3Janacek - Jenufa20161103

Today's Opera Matinee is Janacek's opera Jenufa recorded at the Vienna Opera and conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and with a cast including Dorothea Roschmann and Angela Denoke

Jenufa is hiding her pregnancy from the village and the two men, half-brothers, who might be the father. Her step-mother Kostelnicka however fears for the family's reputation and commits a shocking atrocity. It is only when the body of a baby is found on the day of Jenufa's wedding that the terrible truth unfolds.

Presented by Verity Sharp

Jenufa - Dorothea Roschmann (soprano)

Kostelnicka - Angela Denoke (soprano)

Laca - Christian Franz (tenor)

Steva - Marian Talaba (tenor)

Grandmother Buryjovka - Aura Twarowska (contralto)

Starek - Il Hong (baritone)

Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Ingo Metzmacher (conductor).

AO3Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen20110217

LIVE from the City Halls in Glasgow, presented by Jamie MacDougall. Radio 3 New Generation Artist soprano Malin Christensson sings a selection of songs by Grieg, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra end with music by a composer with whom they have a close affinity, Sibelius' Third Symphony.

Dvorak: Symphonic Variations

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Rory MacDonald (conductor)

2.25pm

Grieg: Solveig's Song; Solveig's Cradle Song; En Svane; Varen

Malin Christensson (soprano)

2.40pm

Sibelius: Symphony no. 3

3.15pm

Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen

Presented by Louise Fryer

Bystrouska, the Cunning Little Vixen - Rosemary Joshua

Forester - Alan Opie

Forester's Wife - Sim Tokyurek

Schoolmaster - Ian Thompson

Priest - Laszlo Polgar

Harasta, poultry dealer - David Wakeham

Fox (Zlatohrbitek) - Anna Katharina Behnke

Lapak, the dog - Ernesto Panariello

Cock - Gregori Bonfatti

Hen (Chocholka) - Giovanna Donadini

Mosquito - Nicola Pamio

Badger - Luigi Roni

Woodpecker - David Livermore

Owl - Adelina Scarabelli

Jay - Gemma Gabriella Stimola

La Scala Chorus and Orchestra

Andrew Davis, conductor.

AO3Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen20110217

LIVE from the City Halls in Glasgow, presented by Jamie MacDougall. Radio 3 New Generation Artist soprano Malin Christensson sings a selection of songs by Grieg, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra end with music by a composer with whom they have a close affinity, Sibelius' Third Symphony.

Dvorak: Symphonic Variations

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Rory MacDonald (conductor)

2.25pm

Grieg: Solveig's Song; Solveig's Cradle Song; En Svane; Varen

Malin Christensson (soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Rory MacDonald (conductor)

2.40pm

Sibelius: Symphony no. 3

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Rory MacDonald (conductor)

3.15pm

Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen

Presented by Louise Fryer

Bystrouska, the Cunning Little Vixen - Rosemary Joshua

Forester - Alan Opie

Forester's Wife - Sim Tokyurek

Schoolmaster - Ian Thompson

Priest - Laszlo Polgar

Harasta, poultry dealer - David Wakeham

Fox (Zlatohrbitek) - Anna Katharina Behnke

Lapak, the dog - Ernesto Panariello

Cock - Gregori Bonfatti

Hen (Chocholka) - Giovanna Donadini

Mosquito - Nicola Pamio

Badger - Luigi Roni

Woodpecker - David Livermore

Owl - Adelina Scarabelli

Jay - Gemma Gabriella Stimola

La Scala Chorus and Orchestra

Andrew Davis, conductor.

AO3Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen20150402

In telling the story of the Vixen and her forest companions and that of the Forester's life in the village, Janacek evokes two worlds that intersect, musing through this enchanting fable on man and nature, the passing of time, and the natural life-cycle.

Recorded at the Vienna Staatsoper last June. Presented by Jonathan Swain.

2pm:

JANACEK The Cunning Little Vixen

Forester - Gerald Finley (baritone)

Vixen (Sharp-Ears) - Chen Reiss, (soprano)

Harašta - Wolfgang Bankl (bass)

Schoolmaster/Mosquito - James Kryshak (tenor)

Forester's Wife/Owl - Donna Ellen (contralto)

Priest/Badger - Andreas Hörl (bass)

Pásek - Wolfram Igor Derntl (tenor)

Fox - Hyuna Ko (soprano)

Young Vixen - Isolde Zerweck (child soprano)

Frantík - Bernhard Sengstschmid (treble)

Pepík - Jan Sebastian Höhener (treble)

Pásek's Wife - Sabine Kogler (soprano)

Chocholka - Lydia Rathkolb (soprano)

Rooster - Heinz Zednik (tenor)

Woodpecker/Lapak the Dog - Ilseyar Khayrullova (contralto)

Cricket - Johanna Laslop, (child soprano)

Frog - Mina Todorowski, (child soprano)

Grasshopper - Isabella Orasch (child soprano)

Jay - Maria Gusenleitner (soprano)

Midge - Lea Dluhos (child soprano)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)

3:30pm:

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony no. 10 in E minor, Op.93

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor).

AO3Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen20150402

In telling the story of the Vixen and her forest companions and that of the Forester's life in the village, Janacek evokes two worlds that intersect, musing through this enchanting fable on man and nature, the passing of time, and the natural life-cycle.

Recorded at the Vienna Staatsoper last June. Presented by Jonathan Swain.

2pm:

JANACEK The Cunning Little Vixen

Forester - Gerald Finley (baritone)

Vixen (Sharp-Ears) - Chen Reiss, (soprano)

Harašta - Wolfgang Bankl (bass)

Schoolmaster/Mosquito - James Kryshak (tenor)

Forester's Wife/Owl - Donna Ellen (contralto)

Priest/Badger - Andreas Hörl (bass)

Pásek - Wolfram Igor Derntl (tenor)

Fox - Hyuna Ko (soprano)

Young Vixen - Isolde Zerweck (child soprano)

Frantík - Bernhard Sengstschmid (treble)

Pepík - Jan Sebastian Höhener (treble)

Pásek's Wife - Sabine Kogler (soprano)

Chocholka - Lydia Rathkolb (soprano)

Rooster - Heinz Zednik (tenor)

Woodpecker/Lapak the Dog - Ilseyar Khayrullova (contralto)

Cricket - Johanna Laslop, (child soprano)

Frog - Mina Todorowski, (child soprano)

Grasshopper - Isabella Orasch (child soprano)

Jay - Maria Gusenleitner (soprano)

Midge - Lea Dluhos (child soprano)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)

3:30pm:

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony no. 10 in E minor, Op.93

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor).

AO3Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen20160707

AO3Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen20160707

Penny Gore presents Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen, first heard in 2010 from the Royal Opera House, conducted by Charles Mackerras in one of the final performances before his death.

Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen holds a very special place in the repertoire - an opera whose characters are a mixture of human beings and animals which tells the story of the life of a Vixen. We meet her woodland friends and enemies - and their lives are contrasted with the human characters who live nearby. But the magic of Janacek's score is in the way he portrays all of these lives with his most colourful and deftly woven music, sometimes spiky, sometimes intensely lyrical.

Vixen Sharp-Ears - Emma Matthews (soprano)

Forester - Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Fox - Elizabeth Meister (soprano)

Schoolmaster/Mosquito - Robin Leggate (tenor)

Gamekeeper's Wife/Owl - Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano)

Priest/Badger - Jeremy White (bass)

Harasta - Matthew Rose (bass)

Pasek - Alasdair Elliott (tenor)

Inkeeper's Wife - Elizabeth Sikora (mezzo-soprano)

Pepik - Simona Mihai (soprano)

Frantik - Elizabeth Cragg (soprano)

Rooster/Jay - Deborah Peake-Jones (soprano)

Chief Hen - Glenys Groves (soprano)

Cricket - Peter Shafran (treble)

Caterpillar....Talor Hanson (child soprano)

Frog - Harry Bradford (treble)

Young Vixen - Eleanor Burke (child soprano)

Woodpecker - Amanda Floyd (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Children's Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

conductor Sir Charles Mackerras

3.35

Hadley: Salome, Op 55

BBC Concert Orchestra

conductor Rebecca Miller.

AO3Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen20160707

Penny Gore presents Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen, first heard in 2010 from the Royal Opera House, conducted by Charles Mackerras in one of the final performances before his death.

Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen holds a very special place in the repertoire - an opera whose characters are a mixture of human beings and animals which tells the story of the life of a Vixen. We meet her woodland friends and enemies - and their lives are contrasted with the human characters who live nearby. But the magic of Janacek's score is in the way he portrays all of these lives with his most colourful and deftly woven music, sometimes spiky, sometimes intensely lyrical.

Vixen Sharp-Ears - Emma Matthews (soprano)

Forester - Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Fox - Elizabeth Meister (soprano)

Schoolmaster/Mosquito - Robin Leggate (tenor)

Gamekeeper's Wife/Owl - Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano)

Priest/Badger - Jeremy White (bass)

Harasta - Matthew Rose (bass)

Pasek - Alasdair Elliott (tenor)

Inkeeper's Wife - Elizabeth Sikora (mezzo-soprano)

Pepik - Simona Mihai (soprano)

Frantik - Elizabeth Cragg (soprano)

Rooster/Jay - Deborah Peake-Jones (soprano)

Chief Hen - Glenys Groves (soprano)

Cricket - Peter Shafran (treble)

Caterpillar .....Talor Hanson (child soprano)

Frog - Harry Bradford (treble)

Young Vixen - Eleanor Burke (child soprano)

Woodpecker - Amanda Floyd (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Children's Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

conductor Sir Charles Mackerras

3.35

Hadley: Salome, Op 55

BBC Concert Orchestra

conductor Rebecca Miller.

AO3Janacek - The Cunning Little Vixen20160707

Penny Gore presents Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen, first heard in 2010 from the Royal Opera House, conducted by Charles Mackerras in one of the final performances before his death.

Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen holds a very special place in the repertoire - an opera whose characters are a mixture of human beings and animals which tells the story of the life of a Vixen. We meet her woodland friends and enemies - and their lives are contrasted with the human characters who live nearby. But the magic of Janacek's score is in the way he portrays all of these lives with his most colourful and deftly woven music, sometimes spiky, sometimes intensely lyrical.

Vixen Sharp-Ears - Emma Matthews (soprano)

Forester - Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Fox - Elizabeth Meister (soprano)

Schoolmaster/Mosquito - Robin Leggate (tenor)

Gamekeeper's Wife/Owl - Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano)

Priest/Badger - Jeremy White (bass)

Harasta - Matthew Rose (bass)

Pasek - Alasdair Elliott (tenor)

Inkeeper's Wife - Elizabeth Sikora (mezzo-soprano)

Pepik - Simona Mihai (soprano)

Frantik - Elizabeth Cragg (soprano)

Rooster/Jay - Deborah Peake-Jones (soprano)

Chief Hen - Glenys Groves (soprano)

Cricket - Peter Shafran (treble)

Caterpillar .....Talor Hanson (child soprano)

Frog - Harry Bradford (treble)

Young Vixen - Eleanor Burke (child soprano)

Woodpecker - Amanda Floyd (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Children's Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

conductor Sir Charles Mackerras

3.35

Hadley: Salome, Op 55

BBC Concert Orchestra

conductor Rebecca Miller.

AO3Janacek - The Makropulos Case20150205

The Swedish soprano Gitta-Maria Sjoberg sings the role of Emily Marty in a production of Janacek's The Makropulos Case from Brno Opera, with the tenor Ales Briscein as Albert Gregor and the bass-baritone Frantisek Duriac as Dr Kolenaty. Plus Saarijaho's Laterna Magica performed by Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner.

Presented by Katie Derham.

2pm

JANACEK

The Makropulos Case, opera in 3 acts

Emilia Marty.............Gitta-Maria Sjoberg (soprano)

Albert Gregor............Ales Briscein (tenor)

Dr Kolenaty..............Frantisek Duriac (bass-baritone)

Vitek.......................Petr Levicek (tenor)

Kristina....................Eva Sterbova (soprano)

Baron Jaroslav Prus....Svatopluk Sem (baritone)

Janek......................Peter Racko (tenor)

Count Hauk-Sendorf...Josef Skrobanek (tenor)

Stage Technician.......Jiri Klecker (baritone)

Cleaning Woman.......Jitka Zerhauova (contralto)

Maid.......................Jana Wallingerova (contralto)

Brno Opera Chorus

Brno Opera Orchestra

Marko Ivanovic (conductor)

3:55pm

SAARIAHO

Laterna Magica

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

AO3Janacek - The Makropulos Case20150205

The Swedish soprano Gitta-Maria Sjoberg sings the role of Emily Marty in a production of Janacek's The Makropulos Case from Brno Opera, with the tenor Ales Briscein as Albert Gregor and the bass-baritone Frantisek Duriac as Dr Kolenaty. Plus Saarijaho's Laterna Magica performed by Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner.

Presented by Katie Derham.

2pm

JANACEK

The Makropulos Case, opera in 3 acts

Emilia Marty....Gitta-Maria Sjoberg (soprano)

Albert Gregor....Ales Briscein (tenor)

Dr Kolenaty....Frantisek Duriac (bass-baritone)

Vitek....Petr Levicek (tenor)

Kristina....Eva Sterbova (soprano)

Baron Jaroslav Prus....Svatopluk Sem (baritone)

Janek....Peter Racko (tenor)

Count Hauk-Sendorf...Josef Skrobanek (tenor)

Stage Technician....Jiri Klecker (baritone)

Cleaning Woman....Jitka Zerhauova (contralto)

Maid....Jana Wallingerova (contralto)

Brno Opera Chorus

Brno Opera Orchestra

Marko Ivanovic (conductor)

3:55pm

SAARIAHO

Laterna Magica

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

AO3Lalo - La Jacquerie20151001

Katie Derham presents Lalo's opera La Jacquerie, recorded at the Montpellier Festival in July, starring Véronique Gens and Charles Castronovo.

Set in late-medieval France, the young Robert falls in love with Blanche, daughter of the local lord, while a bloody peasant revolt takes place. He places himself as protector between her father and the disenfranchised people, but he is pursued and attacked by the crowd.

Lalo's admiration for Wagner is clear in this concise 4-act drama. He left it unfinished but it was completed by his collaborator Arthur Coquard.

2pm:

Lalo: La Jaquerie

Blanche de Sainte-Croix - Véronique Gens (soprano)

Jeanne - Nora Gubisch (mezzo-soprano)

Robert - Charles Castronovo (tenor)

Guillaume - Boris Pinkhasovich (baritone)

Le Comte de Sainte-Croix - Jean-Sébastien Bou (baritone)

Le Sénéchal - Patrick Bolleire (bass)

Le Baron de Savigny - Enguerrand de Hys (tenor)

Radio France Chorus

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Patrick Davin.

AO3Lalo - La Jacquerie20151001

Katie Derham presents Lalo's opera La Jacquerie, recorded at the Montpellier Festival in July, starring Véronique Gens and Charles Castronovo.

Set in late-medieval France, the young Robert falls in love with Blanche, daughter of the local lord, while a bloody peasant revolt takes place. He places himself as protector between her father and the disenfranchised people, but he is pursued and attacked by the crowd.

Lalo's admiration for Wagner is clear in this concise 4-act drama. He left it unfinished but it was completed by his collaborator Arthur Coquard.

2pm:

Lalo: La Jaquerie

Blanche de Sainte-Croix - Véronique Gens (soprano)

Jeanne - Nora Gubisch (mezzo-soprano)

Robert - Charles Castronovo (tenor)

Guillaume - Boris Pinkhasovich (baritone)

Le Comte de Sainte-Croix - Jean-Sébastien Bou (baritone)

Le Sénéchal - Patrick Bolleire (bass)

Le Baron de Savigny - Enguerrand de Hys (tenor)

Radio France Chorus

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Patrick Davin.

AO3Leoncavallo - Zaza20160407

AO3Leoncavallo - Zaza20160407

Verity Sharp presents a studio recording based on a concert performance the BBC Symphony Orchestra gave, in collaboration with Opera Rara, of Leoncavallo rarely-heard verismo opera Zazà. Set in a cafe-concert called the Alcazar in Paris in the 1890s, Zaza is the star performer. She falls in love with one of the Alcazar's patrons, a businessman called Milio Dufresne and they begin an affair. Suspecting Milio might have another woman, Zaza visits his house where she discovers that he not only has a wife, but a young daughter too. She selflessly dismisses Milio from her life to shield his family from disrepute.

2.00pm

Leoncavallo Zazà

Zazà .... Ermonela Jaho (soprano)

Anaide - Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

Floriana - Fflur Wyn (soprano)

Natalia - Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

Milio Dufresne - Riccardo Massi (tenor)

Cascart .... Stephen Gaertner (baritone)

Bussy .... David Stout (baritone)

Duclou - Simon Thorpe

Marco - Edward Goater (tenor)

Augusto - Christopher Turner (tenor)

A gentleman - Robert Anthony Gardiner (tenor)

Courtois - Nicky Spence (tenor)

Signora Dufresne - Helen Neeves (soprano)

Totò - Julia Ferri (spoken role)

Claretta .... Eleanor Minney (mezzo-soprano)

Simona - Rebecca Lodge (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Maurizio Benini (conductor).

AO3Leoncavallo - Zaza20160407

Verity Sharp presents a studio recording based on a concert performance the BBC Symphony Orchestra gave, in collaboration with Opera Rara, of Leoncavallo rarely-heard verismo opera Zazà. Set in a cafe-concert called the Alcazar in Paris in the 1890s, Zaza is the star performer. She falls in love with one of the Alcazar's patrons, a businessman called Milio Dufresne and they begin an affair. Suspecting Milio might have another woman, Zaza visits his house where she discovers that he not only has a wife, but a young daughter too. She selflessly dismisses Milio from her life to shield his family from disrepute.

2.00pm

Leoncavallo Zazà

Zazà .... Ermonela Jaho (soprano)

Anaide - Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

Floriana - Fflur Wyn (soprano)

Natalia - Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

Milio Dufresne - Riccardo Massi (tenor)

Cascart .... Stephen Gaertner (baritone)

Bussy .... David Stout (baritone)

Duclou - Simon Thorpe

Marco - Edward Goater (tenor)

Augusto - Christopher Turner (tenor)

A gentleman - Robert Anthony Gardiner (tenor)

Courtois - Nicky Spence (tenor)

Signora Dufresne - Helen Neeves (soprano)

Totò - Julia Ferri (spoken role)

Claretta .... Eleanor Minney (mezzo-soprano)

Simona - Rebecca Lodge (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Maurizio Benini (conductor).

AO3Live At Southbank Centre: Thursday Opera Matinee - Gluck's Orfeo20140327

Thursday Opera Matinee, Gluck's ground-breaking 'Orfeo ed Euridice', plus performances from some of the artists who regularly perform at SBC including the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Introduced by Louise Fryer from the Radio 3 pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre.

If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

2pm

Gluck

Orfeo ed Euridice (One-act 'Parma' version)

Orfeo - Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano),

Euridice - Kerstin Avemo (soprano),

Amore Mia - Karlsson (soprano),

Gothenburg Opera Chorus and Orchestra,

Laurence Cummings (conductor)

Recorded last month at Gothenburg Opera, Gothenburg

3.25pm

Rimsky-Korsakov

Russian Easter Festival Overture, op. 36

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

3.40pm

CPE Bach

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, Wq. 69

Dejan Lazic (piano)

4pm

Verdi

Te Deum (Four Sacred Pieces)

Evelin Novak (soprano)

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Staatskapelle

Daniel Barenboim (conductor).

AO3Live at Southbank Centre: Thursday Opera Matinee - Gluck's Orfeo20140327

Thursday Opera Matinee, Gluck's ground-breaking 'Orfeo ed Euridice', plus performances from some of the artists who regularly perform at SBC including the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Introduced by Louise Fryer from the Radio 3 pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre.

If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

2pm

Gluck

Orfeo ed Euridice (One-act 'Parma' version)

Orfeo - Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano),

Euridice - Kerstin Avemo (soprano),

Amore Mia - Karlsson (soprano),

Gothenburg Opera Chorus and Orchestra,

Laurence Cummings (conductor)

Recorded last month at Gothenburg Opera, Gothenburg

3.25pm

Rimsky-Korsakov

Russian Easter Festival Overture, op. 36

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

3.40pm

CPE Bach

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, Wq. 69

Dejan Lazic (piano)

4pm

Verdi

Te Deum (Four Sacred Pieces)

Evelin Novak (soprano)

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Staatskapelle

Daniel Barenboim (conductor).

AO3Lortzing - Der Wildschutz20140130

Today's Thursday Opera Matinee is a performance of Lortzing's comic opera Der Wildschutz from Vienna Volksoper. The schoolteacher Baculus's engagement celebrations are interrupted by a message from the Count dismissing him from his job for having shot a deer on the Count's land. To get back in favour, Baculus enlists his betrothed, Gretchen, and the Count's sister. After much mistaken identity and farce, it turns out that what Baculus actually shot was his own donkey.

Presented by Katie Derham.

Lortzing: Der Wildschutz

Count von Eberbach - Daniel Ochoa (baritone),

Countess von Eberbach - Alexandra Kloose (contralto),

Baron Kronthal - Mirko Roschkowski ( tenor),

Baroness von Freimann - Anja Nina Bahrmann (soprano),

Baculus - Lars Woldt (bass),

Gretchen - Elisabeth Schwarz (soprano),

Pancratius - Gernot Kranner (baritone),

Nanette - Christine Sidak (mezzo-soprano),

A Guest - David Busch (tenor),

Vienna Volksoper Chorus

Vienna Volksoper Children's Chorus

Vienna Volksoper Orchestra

Alfred Eschwé (conductor).

AO3Lortzing - Der Wildschutz20140130

Today's Thursday Opera Matinee is a performance of Lortzing's comic opera Der Wildschutz from Vienna Volksoper. The schoolteacher Baculus's engagement celebrations are interrupted by a message from the Count dismissing him from his job for having shot a deer on the Count's land. To get back in favour, Baculus enlists his betrothed, Gretchen, and the Count's sister. After much mistaken identity and farce, it turns out that what Baculus actually shot was his own donkey.

Presented by Katie Derham.

Lortzing: Der Wildschutz

Count von Eberbach - Daniel Ochoa (baritone),

Countess von Eberbach - Alexandra Kloose (contralto),

Baron Kronthal - Mirko Roschkowski ( tenor),

Baroness von Freimann - Anja Nina Bahrmann (soprano),

Baculus - Lars Woldt (bass),

Gretchen - Elisabeth Schwarz (soprano),

Pancratius - Gernot Kranner (baritone),

Nanette - Christine Sidak (mezzo-soprano),

A Guest - David Busch (tenor),

Vienna Volksoper Chorus

Vienna Volksoper Children's Chorus

Vienna Volksoper Orchestra

Alfred Eschwé (conductor).

AO3Lully - Phaeton20140206

Katie Derham presents Lully's Phaëton.

What do you give the Sun King who has everything? Flattery, of course! Jean-Baptiste Lully wasn't Louis XIV's favourite composer for nothing and tried-and-trusted egregious sycophancy is the starting point for his opera 'Phaëton'. You might think that the tale from Ovid (including the inevitable love problems of the gods) with its 'pride comes before a fall' theme was a risky one to put before the king. But rest assured: the composer with the XIV Factor knew the myth's message of 'don't mess with the Sun' would have been lost on no one in the 1683 audience.

Of course, there's more to 'Phaëton' than fulsome puffery and, over three centuries later, the power of some of Lully's greatest music still impresses. The great chaconne that ends Act 2 and the fourth Act's depiction of the Sun's kingdom are just two of many memorable moments brought to life here by one of the leading Lully interpreters of our time, Christophe Rousset who leads a specialist ensemble and cast. Recorded live at the Lausanne Bach Festival. Plus, from 3.30 pm, more from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Lully: Phaëton (Prologue and Acts 1 and 2)

Phaëton.... Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor)

Clymène.... Ingrid Perruche (soprano)

Théone, Astrée....Isabelle Druet, (mezzo)

Libie.... Gaëlle Arquez (mezzo)

Epaphus.... Andrew Forster-Williams (bass-baritone)

Mérops, Automne, Jupiter....Frédéric Caton (bass)

Protée, Saturne.... Benoît Arnould (baritone)

Triton, Le Soleil, La Déesse de la Terre.... Cyril Auvity (tenor)

Une heure, Une bergère egyptienne.... Virginie Thomas (soprano)

Namur Chamber Chorus

Les Talens Lyriques

Christophe Rousset, conductor

(Acts 3, 4 and 5 tomorrow from 2.00 pm)

3.30 pm

Chabrier: Gwendoline (Overture)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Neeme Järvi (conductor)

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor

Martha Argerich and Nelson Goerner (pianos)

Alejo Pérz (conductor)

4.05 pm

Richard Strauss: Suite (Der Rosenkavalier, Op 59)

Kazuki Yamada (conductor).

AO3Lully - Phaeton20140206

Katie Derham presents Lully's Phaëton.

What do you give the Sun King who has everything? Flattery, of course! Jean-Baptiste Lully wasn't Louis XIV's favourite composer for nothing and tried-and-trusted egregious sycophancy is the starting point for his opera 'Phaëton'. You might think that the tale from Ovid (including the inevitable love problems of the gods) with its 'pride comes before a fall' theme was a risky one to put before the king. But rest assured: the composer with the XIV Factor knew the myth's message of 'don't mess with the Sun' would have been lost on no one in the 1683 audience.

Of course, there's more to 'Phaëton' than fulsome puffery and, over three centuries later, the power of some of Lully's greatest music still impresses. The great chaconne that ends Act 2 and the fourth Act's depiction of the Sun's kingdom are just two of many memorable moments brought to life here by one of the leading Lully interpreters of our time, Christophe Rousset who leads a specialist ensemble and cast. Recorded live at the Lausanne Bach Festival. Plus, from 3.30 pm, more from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Lully: Phaëton (Prologue and Acts 1 & 2)

Phaëton.... Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (tenor)

Clymène.... Ingrid Perruche (soprano)

Théone, Astrée....Isabelle Druet, (mezzo)

Libie.... Gaëlle Arquez (mezzo)

Epaphus.... Andrew Forster-Williams (bass-baritone)

Mérops, Automne, Jupiter....Frédéric Caton (bass)

Protée, Saturne.... Benoît Arnould (baritone)

Triton, Le Soleil, La Déesse de la Terre.... Cyril Auvity (tenor)

Une heure, Une bergère egyptienne.... Virginie Thomas (soprano)

Namur Chamber Chorus

Les Talens Lyriques

Christophe Rousset, conductor

(Acts 3, 4 and 5 tomorrow from 2.00 pm)

3.30 pm

Chabrier: Gwendoline (Overture)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Neeme Järvi (conductor)

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor

Martha Argerich & Nelson Goerner (pianos)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Alejo Pérz (conductor)

4.05 pm

Richard Strauss: Suite (Der Rosenkavalier, Op 59)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Kazuki Yamada (conductor).

AO3Marschner - Der Vampyr20170209

Katie Derham presents Heinrich Marschner's 1827 opera Der Vampyr (The Vampire), recorded in Geneva last year - the first Gothic grand opera, inspired by the Romantic horror creations of William Polidori and Mary Shelley, mixing the Italian style with the German Singspiel.

2pm:

Heinrich Marschner: Der Vampyr - grand Romantic opera in two acts

Lord Ruthven - Tómas Tómasson (baritone)

Sir Humphrey Davenaut - Jens Larsen (bass)

Malwina - Laura Claycomb (soprano)

Sir Edgar Aubry - Shawn Mathey (tenor)

George Dibdin - Ivan Turšic (tenor)

Emmy Perth - Maria Fiselier (soprano)

Chorus of the Grand Théâtre, Geneva

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductor Dmitri Jurowski

Also this afternoon at c. 3.20pm:

Victoria: Missa pro Victoria

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Howard Arman, director

3.40pm

Janequin: La Guerre

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Howard Arman, director

3.50pm

Arman: La Bataille de Marignan

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Munich Radio Orchestra Percussion Ensemble

Howard Arman, director

4.10pm

Tormis: Raua needmine (Curse upon Iron)

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Munich Radio Orchestra Percussion Ensemble

Howard Arman, director.

AO3Marschner - Der Vampyr20170209

Katie Derham presents Heinrich Marschner's 1827 opera Der Vampyr (The Vampire), recorded in Geneva last year - the first Gothic grand opera, inspired by the Romantic horror creations of William Polidori and Mary Shelley, mixing the Italian style with the German Singspiel.

2pm:

Heinrich Marschner: Der Vampyr - grand Romantic opera in two acts

Lord Ruthven - Tómas Tómasson (baritone)

Sir Humphrey Davenaut - Jens Larsen (bass)

Malwina - Laura Claycomb (soprano)

Sir Edgar Aubry - Shawn Mathey (tenor)

George Dibdin - Ivan Turšic (tenor)

Emmy Perth - Maria Fiselier (soprano)

Chorus of the Grand Théâtre, Geneva

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductor Dmitri Jurowski

Also this afternoon at c. 3.20pm:

Victoria: Missa pro Victoria

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Howard Arman, director

3.40pm

Janequin: La Guerre

3.50pm

Arman: La Bataille de Marignan

Munich Radio Orchestra Percussion Ensemble

4.10pm

Tormis: Raua needmine (Curse upon Iron)

AO3Marschner - Hans Heiling20151203

Verity Sharp presents this week's opera matinee, Hans Heiling by Heinrich Marschner, recorded in Vienna earlier this year at the Theater an der Wien, featuring the soprano Angela Denoke and the baritone Michael Nagy.

Heiling is a supernatural creature from German folklore who sometimes takes a human form and is said to be able to put a village to sleep for a century, or turn an entire wedding-party to stone. Premiered in 1833, the music wears well the composer's influences of Weber and Spontini, and the lively libretto was written by Eduard Devrient who also sang the title-role in the premiere!

Marschner: Hans Heiling

Queen of the Erdgeister - Angela Denoke (soprano)

Hans Heiling, her son - Michael Nagy (baritone)

Anna, his bride - Katerina Tretyakova (soprano)

Gertrude, her mother - Stephanie Houtzeel (contralto)

Konrad, a hunter and Anna's sweetheart - Peter Sonn (tenor)

Stephan, a blacksmith - Christoph Seidl (bass)

Niklas, a tailor - Patrick Maria Kühn (tenor)

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna

Constantin Trinks (conductor).

AO3Marschner - Hans Heiling20151203

Verity Sharp presents this week's opera matinee, Hans Heiling by Heinrich Marschner, recorded in Vienna earlier this year at the Theater an der Wien, featuring the soprano Angela Denoke and the baritone Michael Nagy.

Heiling is a supernatural creature from German folklore who sometimes takes a human form and is said to be able to put a village to sleep for a century, or turn an entire wedding-party to stone. Premiered in 1833, the music wears well the composer's influences of Weber and Spontini, and the lively libretto was written by Eduard Devrient who also sang the title-role in the premiere!

Marschner: Hans Heiling

Queen of the Erdgeister - Angela Denoke (soprano)

Hans Heiling, her son - Michael Nagy (baritone)

Anna, his bride - Katerina Tretyakova (soprano)

Gertrude, her mother - Stephanie Houtzeel (contralto)

Konrad, a hunter and Anna's sweetheart - Peter Sonn (tenor)

Stephan, a blacksmith - Christoph Seidl (bass)

Niklas, a tailor - Patrick Maria Kühn (tenor)

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna

Constantin Trinks (conductor).

AO3Mascagni - Iris20160922

Katie Derham presents a rare performance of Mascagni's Iris from the Montpellier Festival. Set in ancient Japan, the story concerns the innocent Iris, daughter of a blind old man, who is kidnapped by the young lord Osaka with the help of the brothel-keeper Kyoto. When Iris refuses Osaka's advances, he leaves her at the mercy of Kyoto. Her father discovers her situation and she's overwhelmed by shame, throwing herself into an abyss. With a score including a hymn to the sun and an octopus aria, Sonya Yoncheva leads a cast which is conducted by Domingo Hindoyan.

2pm

Mascagni Iris

Iris....Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)

Osaka....Andrea Carè (tenor)

Il Cieco....Nikolay Didenko (bass)

Kyoto....Gabriele Vivani, (baritone)

Il Cenciaiulo....Marin Yonchev (tenor)

Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon National Chorus and Orchestra

Domingo Hindoyan (conductor).

AO3Mascagni - Iris20160922

Katie Derham presents a rare performance of Mascagni's Iris from the Montpellier Festival. Set in ancient Japan, the story concerns the innocent Iris, daughter of a blind old man, who is kidnapped by the young lord Osaka with the help of the brothel-keeper Kyoto. When Iris refuses Osaka's advances, he leaves her at the mercy of Kyoto. Her father discovers her situation and she's overwhelmed by shame, throwing herself into an abyss. With a score including a hymn to the sun and an octopus aria, Sonya Yoncheva leads a cast which is conducted by Domingo Hindoyan.

2pm

Mascagni Iris

Iris....Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)

Osaka....Andrea Carè (tenor)

Il Cieco....Nikolay Didenko (bass)

Kyoto.....Gabriele Vivani, (baritone)

Il Cenciaiulo....Marin Yonchev (tenor)

Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon National Chorus and Orchestra

Domingo Hindoyan (conductor).

AO3Massenet - Cendrillon20141204

Massenet: Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato dons Cinderella's glass slippers and Alice Coote pulls on Prince Charming's trousers in Massenet's fairy-tale opera. Together with an all-star cast in this acclaimed production recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, they shall go to the ball! Presented by Penny Gore.

Cendrillon - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

La Fée - Eglise Gutiérrez (soprano)

Le Prince Charmant - Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

Madame de la Haltière - Ewa Podles (mezzo-soprano)

Pandolfe - Jean-Philippe Lafont (baritone)

Noémie - Madeleine Pierard (soprano)

Dorothée - Kai Rüütel (mezzo-soprano)

Roi - Jeremy White (bass)

Doyen de la Faculté - Harry Nicoll (tenor)

Surintendant des Plaisirs - Dawid Kimberg (baritone)

Premier Ministre - John-Owen Miley-Read

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

Bertrand de Billy (conductor).

AO3Massenet - Cendrillon20141204

Massenet: Cendrillon

Joyce DiDonato dons Cinderella's glass slippers and Alice Coote pulls on Prince Charming's trousers in Massenet's fairy-tale opera. Together with an all-star cast in this acclaimed production recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, they shall go to the ball! Presented by Penny Gore.

Massenet: Cendrillon

Cendrillon - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

La Fée - Eglise Gutiérrez (soprano)

Le Prince Charmant - Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

Madame de la Haltière - Ewa Podles (mezzo-soprano)

Pandolfe - Jean-Philippe Lafont (baritone)

Noémie - Madeleine Pierard (soprano)

Dorothée - Kai Rüütel (mezzo-soprano)

Roi - Jeremy White (bass)

Doyen de la Faculté - Harry Nicoll (tenor)

Surintendant des Plaisirs - Dawid Kimberg (baritone)

Premier Ministre - John-Owen Miley-Read

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

Bertrand de Billy (conductor).

AO3Massenet - Cleopatre20150305

Opera matinee - Massenet: Cléopâtre, opera in four acts

Penny Gore presents a rare performance of Massenet's lyrical swansong. The story of the ill-fated elicit love of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and the Roman Marc-Anthony is the stuff of cinema and operatic legend. We don't get Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton here but we do get to hear some of the most ravishingly exotic music that Massenet, a master of the theatre, ever wrote. In a world miles away from his Manon and Werther, Massenet here conjures up the the contrasting atmospheres of the Egyptian and Roman courts; the Egyptian court of Cleopatra is one of languor and sensuality whilst the Roman world of Mark Anthony is one of marches and fanfares. This 'drame passionnel' is brought to life here by Sophie Koch and Frédéric Goncalves on the stage of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris.

Presented by Penny Gore

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Librettist: Louis Payen

Cléopâtre, opera in four acts

Cléopâtre....Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano), Cléopâtre

Marc-Antoine....Frédéric Goncalves (baritone),

Octavie....Cassandre Berthon (soprano),

Spakos....Benjamin Bernheim (tenor),

Sévérus, Amnhès, a Voice....Jean-Gabriel Saint Martin (baritone),

Charmion....Olivia Doray (soprano),

Ennius....Pierre-Yves Binard (baritone),

L'Esclave de la Porte....Yuri Kissin (baritone)

Paris Opera Chorus, Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra

Michel Plasson (conductor)

rec. November 2014 at The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

followed at approx 3.40pm by

Dvorak Symphony No. 9 'New World'

BBC Philharmonic, Nicholas Collon (conductor).

AO3Massenet - Cleopatre20150305

Opera matinee - Massenet: Cléopâtre, opera in four acts

Penny Gore presents a rare performance of Massenet's lyrical swansong. The story of the ill-fated elicit love of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and the Roman Marc-Anthony is the stuff of cinema and operatic legend. We don't get Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton here but we do get to hear some of the most ravishingly exotic music that Massenet, a master of the theatre, ever wrote. In a world miles away from his Manon and Werther, Massenet here conjures up the the contrasting atmospheres of the Egyptian and Roman courts; the Egyptian court of Cleopatra is one of languor and sensuality whilst the Roman world of Mark Anthony is one of marches and fanfares. This 'drame passionnel' is brought to life here by Sophie Koch and Frédéric Goncalves on the stage of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris.

Presented by Penny Gore

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Librettist: Louis Payen

Cléopâtre, opera in four acts

Cléopâtre...... Sophie Koch (mezzo-soprano), Cléopâtre

Marc-Antoine...... Frédéric Goncalves (baritone),

Octavie...... Cassandre Berthon (soprano),

Spakos...... Benjamin Bernheim (tenor),

Sévérus, Amnhès, a Voice...... Jean-Gabriel Saint Martin (baritone),

Charmion...... Olivia Doray (soprano),

Ennius...... Pierre-Yves Binard (baritone),

L'Esclave de la Porte...... Yuri Kissin (baritone)

Paris Opera Chorus, Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra

Michel Plasson (conductor)

rec. November 2014 at The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

followed at approx 3.40pm by

Dvorak Symphony No. 9 'New World'

BBC Philharmonic, Nicholas Collon (conductor).

AO3Massenet - Don Quichotte20170216

Opera matinee with Penny Gore.

Cervantes' heroic knight errant is just the starting point for Massenet's five-act comic opera "Don Quichotte". Premiered in 1910, it was Massenet's final operatic triumph, and his own situation echoed the fictional relationship between the aged Don Quichotte and the young beautiful Dulcinée. Massenet was infatuated with a singer half his age who sang the role of Dulcinée at the first performance, and Massenet can see the ridiculousness of the situation, but writes tenderly for the pair.

Of course there is the Don's faithful servant Sancho Panza and windmills too, and bandits and a stolen jewel that Don Quichotte vows to return to Dulcinée - he thinks in return for becoming his wife. Towards the end of the opera Dulcinée quietly and sensitively thanks Don Quichotte for returning her jewel, but gives him a reality check - their destinies are completely different: she is in the present and looking to the future, he is a relic of the past - they can never be married.

Feodor Chaliapin was the original Don Quichotte, and Ferrucio Furlanetto takes the central role in this performance given on Christmas Eve last year at Chicago Lyric Opera and Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

2pm

Massenet

Don Quichotte

La belle Dulcinée - Clémentine Margaine (mezzo-soprano)

Don Quichotte - Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Sancho - Nicola Alaimo (baritone)

Pedro - Diana Newman (soprano)

Garcias - Lindsay Metzger (soprano)

Rodriguez - Jonathan Johnson (tenor)

Juan - Alec Carlson (tenor)

Ténébrun the Bandit Chief - Bradley Smoak (bass baritone)

First Servant - Takaoki Onishi (baritone)

Second Servant - Emmett O'Hanlon (baritone)

4 Bandits - William Combs, Matthew Carroll, John Concepcion, Ronald Watkins

Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Chorus

Sir Andrew Davis

3.55pm

Arnold

Clarinet Concerto

Michael Collins (soloist/director)

BBC Symphony Orchestra.

AO3Massenet - Therese20140501

Katie Derham presents this week's opera matinee - Massenet's Thérèse. Set during the French Revolution, our heroine, Thérèse, must choose between duty and love as her husband and her lover represent opposing factions. After which we join the BBC Singers live in St Paul's Knightsbridge for a concert of Taverner and Tavener in which the 16th-century Missa Corona Spinea is interspersed with 20th-century choral favourites.

Massenet Thérèse, opera in two acts

Thérèse - Nora Sourouzian (mezzo-soprano),

Armand de Clerval - Philippe Do (tenor),

Morel - Damian Pass (baritone),

André Thorel - Brian Mulligan (bass),

City Official - Jamie Rock (baritone),

Officer - Raffaele d'Ascanio (tenor),

Wexford Festival Chorus and Orchestra

Carlos Izcaray (conductor)

3.15pm (Live)

John Taverner

Missa Corona Spinea

Interspersed with:

John Tavener

Hymn to the Mother of God

Funeral Ikos

The Lamb

BBC Singers

Peter Phillips (conductor).

AO3Massenet - Therese20140501

Katie Derham presents this week's opera matinee - Massenet's Thérèse. Set during the French Revolution, our heroine, Thérèse, must choose between duty and love as her husband and her lover represent opposing factions. After which we join the BBC Singers live in St Paul's Knightsbridge for a concert of Taverner and Tavener in which the 16th-century Missa Corona Spinea is interspersed with 20th-century choral favourites.

Massenet Thérèse, opera in two acts

Thérèse - Nora Sourouzian (mezzo-soprano),

Armand de Clerval - Philippe Do (tenor),

Morel - Damian Pass (baritone),

André Thorel - Brian Mulligan (bass),

City Official - Jamie Rock (baritone),

Officer - Raffaele d'Ascanio (tenor),

Wexford Festival Chorus and Orchestra

Carlos Izcaray (conductor)

3.15pm (Live)

John Taverner

Missa Corona Spinea

Interspersed with:

John Tavener

Hymn to the Mother of God

Funeral Ikos

The Lamb

BBC Singers

Peter Phillips (conductor).

AO3Massenet - Werther20151105

Opera matinee: Massenet's Werther from this year's Salzburg Festival.

Jonathan Swain presents this starry concert performance given at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg

Piotr Beczala.... Werther

Angela Gheorghiu... Charlotte

Daniel Schmutzhard.... Albert

Chiara Skerath.... Sophie

Giorgio Surian.... Le Bailli

Martin Zysset.... Schmidt

Ruben Drole.... Johann

Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children's Chorus

Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg

Alejo Pérez (conductor).

AO3Massenet - Werther20151105

Opera matinee: Massenet's Werther from this year's Salzburg Festival.

Jonathan Swain presents this starry concert performance given at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg

Piotr Beczala.... Werther

Angela Gheorghiu... Charlotte

Daniel Schmutzhard.... Albert

Chiara Skerath.... Sophie

Giorgio Surian.... Le Bailli

Martin Zysset.... Schmidt

Ruben Drole.... Johann

Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children's Chorus

Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg

Alejo Pérez (conductor).

AO3Massenet's Marie-magdeleine20121004

This year is the 100th anniversary of Massenet's death, and today's Opera Matinee is a rare chance to hear his epic sacred drama Marie-Magdeleine, in a performance from Prague. The work depicts the events during the final days of Jesus' life, in particular his relationship with the title character, Mary Magdalene. That's followed by more from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and today's Romantic piano concerto by Brahms's great friend Robert Fuchs.

Presented by Jonathan Swain.

2pm

Massenet: Marie-Magdeleine

Marthe - Eva Drízgová (soprano),

Marie-Madeleine - Barbora Polásková (mezzo-soprano),

Jesus - Josef Zedník (tenor),

Judas - Richard Haan (bass),

Czech Philharmonic Chorus, Brno,

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,

Vladimír Válek (conductor).

3.30pm

Lutoslawski: Grave

Paul Watkins (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Strauss: Das Rosenband, Op. 36 no. 1; Muttertandelei, Op. 43 no. 2

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

Jakub Hrusa (conductor)

3.50pm

Robert Fuchs: Piano Concerto in B flat minor, Op.27

Martin Roscoe (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

AO3Massenet's Marie-Magdeleine20121004

This year is the 100th anniversary of Massenet's death, and today's Opera Matinee is a rare chance to hear his epic sacred drama Marie-Magdeleine, in a performance from Prague. The work depicts the events during the final days of Jesus' life, in particular his relationship with the title character, Mary Magdalene. That's followed by more from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and today's Romantic piano concerto by Brahms's great friend Robert Fuchs.

Presented by Jonathan Swain.

2pm

Massenet: Marie-Magdeleine

Marthe - Eva Drízgová (soprano),

Marie-Madeleine - Barbora Polásková (mezzo-soprano),

Jesus - Josef Zedník (tenor),

Judas - Richard Haan (bass),

Czech Philharmonic Chorus, Brno,

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,

Vladimír Válek (conductor).

3.30pm

Lutoslawski: Grave

Paul Watkins (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Strauss: Das Rosenband, Op. 36 no. 1; Muttertandelei, Op. 43 no. 2

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jakub Hrusa (conductor)

3.50pm

Robert Fuchs: Piano Concerto in B flat minor, Op.27

Martin Roscoe (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

AO3Meyerbeer - L'africaine (acts 1-3)20141106

Not one but three love triangles, a love potion, wounded pride, and a poison tree are all part of the heady mix of the rather un-PC plot of Meyerbeer's L'Africaine. Driven, impetuous and the possessor of a massive ego, Vasco da Gama is thwarted by rival explorer Don Pedro in his attempt to gain royal backing for an expedition to the uncharted zone beyond Africa. Vasco nonetheless sets sail, in bitter pursuit of Don Pedro who also happens to be married to Inès, Vasco's old flame. Taking with him a couple of slaves from a previous expedition, Nélusko and Sélika (the proud and regal African woman of the title), Vasco catches up with Don Pedro. The Europeans are shipwrecked and captured by Sélika's compatriots. With all his countrymen executed (and the women marched off to the poison tree), Vasco marries Sélika and decides, with the help of a love potion, that his new life isn't so bad, after all. But in the end, Sélika resolves that Inès is Vasco's real true love and helpfully takes herself off to the poison tree so that Vasco and Inès can sail back home together to Portugal.

When it came to L'Africaine, Meyerbeer didn't hold back: mid-nineteenth century opera doesn't come much grander than this. The monster five-acter, begun in 1837, originally clocked in at over six hours (Meyerbeer died during rehearsals) but was cut to a more practical three for its 1865 premiere. L'Africaine's long gestation and tortuous progress to its final version led to various confusing anomalies, including references to Indian religion in what appears to be Madagascar. But with Sélika Meyerbeer came up with the operatic prototype of the ill-fated exotic woman whose love for a white man proves her undoing.

This live recording was made last November at one of Italy's most famous opera houses, Venice's historic La Fenice. Concludes tomorrow with Acts 4 and 5.

Plus Strauss from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Penny Gore Presents.

Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (acts 1 - 3)

Sélika....Veronica Simeoni (soprano)

Vasco da Gama....Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Inès....Jessica Pratt (soprano)

Nélusko-.. Angelo Veccia (baritone)

Don Pédro-.. Luca dall'Amico (bass)

Don Diégo-.. Davide Ruberti (bass)

Anna-.. Anna Bordignon (mezzo-soprano)

Don Alvaro-.. Emanuele Giannino (tenor)

Grand Inquisitor of Lisbon-.. Mattia Denti (bass)

High Priest of Brahma-.. Ruben Amoretti (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice

Emmanuel Villaume (conductor)

3.55pm

Strauss: Violin Concerto in D minor Op.8

Tanja Becker-Bender (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Garry Walker (conductor).

AO3Meyerbeer - L'Africaine (Acts 1-3)20141106

Not one but three love triangles, a love potion, wounded pride, and a poison tree are all part of the heady mix of the rather un-PC plot of Meyerbeer's L'Africaine. Driven, impetuous and the possessor of a massive ego, Vasco da Gama is thwarted by rival explorer Don Pedro in his attempt to gain royal backing for an expedition to the uncharted zone beyond Africa. Vasco nonetheless sets sail, in bitter pursuit of Don Pedro who also happens to be married to Inès, Vasco's old flame. Taking with him a couple of slaves from a previous expedition, Nélusko and Sélika (the proud and regal African woman of the title), Vasco catches up with Don Pedro. The Europeans are shipwrecked and captured by Sélika's compatriots. With all his countrymen executed (and the women marched off to the poison tree), Vasco marries Sélika and decides, with the help of a love potion, that his new life isn't so bad, after all. But in the end, Sélika resolves that Inès is Vasco's real true love and helpfully takes herself off to the poison tree so that Vasco and Inès can sail back home together to Portugal.

When it came to L'Africaine, Meyerbeer didn't hold back: mid-nineteenth century opera doesn't come much grander than this. The monster five-acter, begun in 1837, originally clocked in at over six hours (Meyerbeer died during rehearsals) but was cut to a more practical three for its 1865 premiere. L'Africaine's long gestation and tortuous progress to its final version led to various confusing anomalies, including references to Indian religion in what appears to be Madagascar. But with Sélika Meyerbeer came up with the operatic prototype of the ill-fated exotic woman whose love for a white man proves her undoing.

This live recording was made last November at one of Italy's most famous opera houses, Venice's historic La Fenice. Concludes tomorrow with Acts 4 and 5.

Plus Strauss from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Penny Gore Presents.

Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (acts 1 - 3)

Sélika..... Veronica Simeoni (soprano)

Vasco da Gama..... Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Inès..... Jessica Pratt (soprano)

Nélusko-.. Angelo Veccia (baritone)

Don Pédro-.. Luca dall'Amico (bass)

Don Diégo-.. Davide Ruberti (bass)

Anna-.. Anna Bordignon (mezzo-soprano)

Don Alvaro-.. Emanuele Giannino (tenor)

Grand Inquisitor of Lisbon-.. Mattia Denti (bass)

High Priest of Brahma-.. Ruben Amoretti (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice

Emmanuel Villaume (conductor)

3.55pm

Strauss: Violin Concerto in D minor Op.8

Tanja Becker-Bender (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Garry Walker (conductor).

AO3Milhaud - La Mere Coupable20151112

Jonathan Swain presents Milhaud's La mere coupable, recorded in Vienna earlier this year at the Theater an der Wien, featuring Mireille Delunsch, Angelika Kirchschlager and Stefan Loges.

This rarely-performed opera by Milhaud is based on the final part of the Beaumarchais Figaro trilogy. While Mozart mines the class tensions with a comedic touch, Milhaud chooses to set Beaumarchais' more serious moral conclusion. In the intervening 20 years both the Count and Countess have had indiscretions resulting in illegitimate children, Leon and Florestine, both of whom are being brought up by the pair as their own. Figaro and Suzanne are still in their service, but their relationship is now in diffculties.

2pm:

Milhaud: La mère coupable - opera in 3 acts

Count Almaviva - Markus Butter (baritone)

Countess Rosine - Mireille Delunsch (soprano)

Chevalier Léon - Andrew Owens (tenor)

Florestine - Frederikke Kampmann (soprano)

Figaro - Stephan Loges (baritone)

Suzanne - Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Begaers - Aris Argiris (baritone)

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Leo Hussain (conductor)

Followed by more performances from the BBC Philharmonic.

3.50pm:

Berlioz: Overture to Beatrice and Benedict

BBC Philharmonic

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

4.00pm:

Poulenc: Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra

Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier (pianos)

Edward Gardner (conductor).

AO3Milhaud - La mere coupable20151112

Jonathan Swain presents Milhaud's La mere coupable, recorded in Vienna earlier this year at the Theater an der Wien, featuring Mireille Delunsch, Angelika Kirchschlager and Stefan Loges.

This rarely-performed opera by Milhaud is based on the final part of the Beaumarchais Figaro trilogy. While Mozart mines the class tensions with a comedic touch, Milhaud chooses to set Beaumarchais' more serious moral conclusion. In the intervening 20 years both the Count and Countess have had indiscretions resulting in illegitimate children, Leon and Florestine, both of whom are being brought up by the pair as their own. Figaro and Suzanne are still in their service, but their relationship is now in diffculties.

2pm:

Milhaud: La mère coupable - opera in 3 acts

Count Almaviva - Markus Butter (baritone)

Countess Rosine - Mireille Delunsch (soprano)

Chevalier Léon - Andrew Owens (tenor)

Florestine - Frederikke Kampmann (soprano)

Figaro - Stephan Loges (baritone)

Suzanne - Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Begaers - Aris Argiris (baritone)

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Leo Hussain (conductor)

Followed by more performances from the BBC Philharmonic.

3.50pm:

Berlioz: Overture to Beatrice and Benedict

BBC Philharmonic

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

4.00pm:

Poulenc: Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra

Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier (pianos)

BBC Philharmonic

Edward Gardner (conductor).

AO3Moniuszko - Verbum nobile20160331

AO3Moniuszko - Verbum nobile20160331

Penny Gore presents today's Opera Matinee: Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko's one act comic opera, Verbum nobile (The Word of a Nobleman). An instant success at its Warsaw premiere in 1861, the opera concerns Zuzia and Michal who have never met, but have been promised to each other by their parents. The couple then meet accidentally and fall in love, but as Michal introduces himself as Stanislaw, Zusia's father refuses to let them wed.

Plus more from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philhamonic with Hummel's Trumpet concerto with soloist Alison Balsom and Mahler's Symphony no.1, from a concert given at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.

2pm

Moniuszko: Verbum nobile - opera in one act

Serwacy Lagoda... Patryk Rymanowski (bass)

Marcin Pakula.... Leszek Skrla (baritone)

Zuzia.... Iwona Hossa (soprano)

Stanislaw ....Robert Gierlach (baritone)

Bartlomiej...Piotr Nowacki (bass)

National Polish Radio Chorus

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Lukasz Borowicz (conductor)

c.3.05pm

Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major

c.3.30pm:

Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D major

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor).

AO3Moniuszko - Verbum nobile20160331

Penny Gore presents today's Opera Matinee: Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko's one act comic opera, Verbum nobile (The Word of a Nobleman). An instant success at its Warsaw premiere in 1861, the opera concerns Zuzia and Michal who have never met, but have been promised to each other by their parents. The couple then meet accidentally and fall in love, but as Michal introduces himself as Stanislaw, Zusia's father refuses to let them wed.

Plus more from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philhamonic with Hummel's Trumpet concerto with soloist Alison Balsom and Mahler's Symphony no.1, from a concert given at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.

2pm

Moniuszko: Verbum nobile - opera in one act

Serwacy Lagoda... Patryk Rymanowski (bass)

Marcin Pakula.... Leszek Skrla (baritone)

Zuzia.... Iwona Hossa (soprano)

Stanislaw ....Robert Gierlach (baritone)

Bartlomiej...Piotr Nowacki (bass)

National Polish Radio Chorus

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Lukasz Borowicz (conductor)

c.3.05pm

Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major

c.3.30pm:

Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D major

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor).

AO3Montemezzi - L'amore Dei Tre Re20130124

Penny Gore presents Opera Matinée - a rare chance to hear L'amore dei tre re (The Love of Three Kings), a tragic drama set in the Dark Ages by Italo Montemezzi. Premiered a hundred years ago at La Scala in Milan, the work soon became an international success, remaining in the repertoire until the end of the Second World War. After that its blend of lush Italian lyricism, its Wagnerian use of motifs and a subtle orchestration owing much to Debussy were deemed to be out of step with post war musical tastes. Recently however, the opera has enjoyed something of a revival, as seen in this Warsaw concert performance. Stand by for two spectacular love duets and, as the drama reaches fever pitch, a dramatic strangling by an enraged king.

The Opera Matinée is followed by orchestral music with the BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrating another centenary with Polish connections, in this case that of the composer Witold Lutoslawski, whose one hundredth birthday would have been tomorrow.

Italo Montemezzi: L'amore dei tre re (tragic poem in 3 Acts)

2.30 - Act 2

3.15 - Act 3

Sara Jakubiak (soprano) - Fiora,

Eric Barry (tenor) - Avito,

David Pershall (baritone) - Manfredo,

Nikolai Didenko (bass) - Archibaldo,

Jorge Prego (tenor) - Flaminio,

Magdalena Dobrowolska (soprano) - Young Girl,

Anna Fijalkowska (mezzo-soprano) - Old Woman,

Tomasz Warmijak (tenor) - Youth,

Piotr Ronek (boy soprano),

Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus,

Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,

Lukasz Borowicz (conductor)

Followed by

3.35

Lutoslawski: Concerto for cello and orchestra

Paul Watkins (cello),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Edward Gardner, conductor.

4.00

Lutoslawski: Chain 3

Edward Gardner (conductor).

AO3Montemezzi - L'amore dei tre re20130124

Penny Gore presents Opera Matinée - a rare chance to hear L'amore dei tre re (The Love of Three Kings), a tragic drama set in the Dark Ages by Italo Montemezzi. Premiered a hundred years ago at La Scala in Milan, the work soon became an international success, remaining in the repertoire until the end of the Second World War. After that its blend of lush Italian lyricism, its Wagnerian use of motifs and a subtle orchestration owing much to Debussy were deemed to be out of step with post war musical tastes. Recently however, the opera has enjoyed something of a revival, as seen in this Warsaw concert performance. Stand by for two spectacular love duets and, as the drama reaches fever pitch, a dramatic strangling by an enraged king.

The Opera Matinée is followed by orchestral music with the BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrating another centenary with Polish connections, in this case that of the composer Witold Lutoslawski, whose one hundredth birthday would have been tomorrow.

Italo Montemezzi: L'amore dei tre re (tragic poem in 3 Acts)

2.30 - Act 2

3.15 - Act 3

Sara Jakubiak (soprano) - Fiora,

Eric Barry (tenor) - Avito,

David Pershall (baritone) - Manfredo,

Nikolai Didenko (bass) - Archibaldo,

Jorge Prego (tenor) - Flaminio,

Magdalena Dobrowolska (soprano) - Young Girl,

Anna Fijalkowska (mezzo-soprano) - Old Woman,

Tomasz Warmijak (tenor) - Youth,

Piotr Ronek (boy soprano),

Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus,

Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,

Lukasz Borowicz (conductor)

Followed by

3.35

Lutoslawski: Concerto for cello and orchestra

Paul Watkins (cello),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Edward Gardner, conductor.

4.00

Lutoslawski: Chain 3

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Edward Gardner (conductor).

AO3Monteverdi - L'incoronazione Di Poppea20140717

Penny Gore presents Part I of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini plus music by Strauss and Bruch from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm

Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea Part I

La Fortuna / Drusilla - Gaëlle Arquez (mezzo-soprano)

La Virtù / Damigella - Jael Azzaretti (soprano)

Amore - Amel Brahim-Djelloul (soprano)

Ottone - Varduhi Abrahamyan (mezzo-soprano)

Poppea - Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)

Nerone - Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

Arnalta - Manuel Nunes Camelino (tenor)

Ottavia - Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)

Nutrice - Giuseppe de Vittorio (tenor)

Seneca - Andrea Concetti (bass)

Valletto - Marie-Adeline Henry (soprano)

Mercurio - Nahuel Di Piero (bass)

Secondo Tribuno / Famigliare di Seneca - Salvo Vitale (bass)

Soldato pretoriano/Lucano/Famigliare di Seneca - Valerio Contaldo (tenor)

Soldato pretoriano / Liberto / Primo Tribuno - Furio Zanasi (baritone)

Concerto Italiano

Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor

c.3.30pm

Strauss: Burleske in D minor AV.85 for piano and orchestra

Martin Roscoe, piano

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Gourlay, conductor

c.3.45pm

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy Op.46 for violin and orchestra

Jack Liebeck, violin

Martyn Brabbins, conductor.

AO3Monteverdi - L'Incoronazione di Poppea20140717

Penny Gore presents Part I of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini plus music by Strauss & Bruch from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm

Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea Part I

La Fortuna / Drusilla - Gaëlle Arquez (mezzo-soprano)

La Virtù / Damigella - Jael Azzaretti (soprano)

Amore - Amel Brahim-Djelloul (soprano)

Ottone - Varduhi Abrahamyan (mezzo-soprano)

Poppea - Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)

Nerone - Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

Arnalta - Manuel Nunes Camelino (tenor)

Ottavia - Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)

Nutrice - Giuseppe de Vittorio (tenor)

Seneca - Andrea Concetti (bass)

Valletto - Marie-Adeline Henry (soprano)

Mercurio - Nahuel Di Piero (bass)

Secondo Tribuno / Famigliare di Seneca - Salvo Vitale (bass)

Soldato pretoriano/Lucano/Famigliare di Seneca - Valerio Contaldo (tenor)

Soldato pretoriano / Liberto / Primo Tribuno - Furio Zanasi (baritone)

Concerto Italiano

Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor

c.3.30pm

Strauss: Burleske in D minor AV.85 for piano and orchestra

Martin Roscoe, piano

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Gourlay, conductor

c.3.45pm

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy Op.46 for violin and orchestra

Jack Liebeck, violin

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins, conductor.

AO3Monteverdi - L'orfeo20140403

Opera matinee - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, favola in musica

Monteverdi's colourful fable in music, written in 1607 for performance at the Duke of Gonzaga's court in Mantua, is performed here at Crakow's Misteria Paschalia Festival by one of Italy's leading early music groups. Beginning with its famous toccata, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo tells the legend of Orpheus, who "held the wild beasts spellbound with his song," but who descends to Hades in a fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. The drama moves between the pastoral world of the fields of Thrace and the Underworld as Monteverdi explores every musical device available to a composer standing on the cusp of the Renaissance and the Baroque to paint one of the richest and most beautiful tapestries in all music. As a member of the audience in that first performance noted: "Both poet and musician have depicted the inclinations of the heart so skilfully that it could not have been done better... nothing more beautiful is to be heard anywhere".

La Musica / Euridice - Roberta Mameli (soprano),

Orfeo - Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (tenor),

La Messaggiera / Speranza - Marina De Liso (contralto),

Proserpina / Ninfa - Giorgia Milanesi (soprano),

Plutone / Apollo - Ugo Guagliardo (bass),

Caronte - Salvo Vitale (bass),

Pastore I - Luca Cervoni (tenor),

Pastore II / Spirito I - Alessio Tosi (tenor),

Pastore III....Raffaele Pé (countertenor),

Pastore IV / Spirito II - Tony Corradini (bass),

Capella Cracoviensis Chamber Chorus

La Venexiana

Claudio Cavina (conductor)

Recorded in Cracow at the Misteria Paschalia Festival 2013.

AO3Monteverdi - L'Orfeo20140403

Opera matinee - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, favola in musica

Monteverdi's colourful fable in music, written in 1607 for performance at the Duke of Gonzaga's court in Mantua, is performed here at Crakow's Misteria Paschalia Festival by one of Italy's leading early music groups. Beginning with its famous toccata, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo tells the legend of Orpheus, who "held the wild beasts spellbound with his song," but who descends to Hades in a fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. The drama moves between the pastoral world of the fields of Thrace and the Underworld as Monteverdi explores every musical device available to a composer standing on the cusp of the Renaissance and the Baroque to paint one of the richest and most beautiful tapestries in all music. As a member of the audience in that first performance noted: "Both poet and musician have depicted the inclinations of the heart so skilfully that it could not have been done better ... nothing more beautiful is to be heard anywhere".

La Musica / Euridice - Roberta Mameli (soprano),

Orfeo - Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (tenor),

La Messaggiera / Speranza - Marina De Liso (contralto),

Proserpina / Ninfa - Giorgia Milanesi (soprano),

Plutone / Apollo - Ugo Guagliardo (bass),

Caronte - Salvo Vitale (bass),

Pastore I - Luca Cervoni (tenor),

Pastore II / Spirito I - Alessio Tosi (tenor),

Pastore III..... Raffaele Pé (countertenor),

Pastore IV / Spirito II - Tony Corradini (bass),

Capella Cracoviensis Chamber Chorus

La Venexiana

Claudio Cavina (conductor)

Recorded in Cracow at the Misteria Paschalia Festival 2013.

AO3Mozart - La Clemenza Di Tito20140410

Opera matinee: Mozart's politically charged La Clemenza di Tito - completed in 1791, the last year of his life - is a tale of passion, intrigue and divided loyalties, set in Ancient Rome. Kurt Streit and Veronique Gens star in this production from La Monnaie in Brussels.

Tito, Roman Emperor - Kurt Streit (tenor),

Vitellia, daughter of the deposed Emperor Vitellio - Véronique Gens (soprano)

Sesto, a young patrician, friend of Tito, in love with Vitelia - Anna Bonitatibus (soprano),

Annio, a young patrician, friend of Sesto, in love with Servilia - Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano),

Servilia, sister of Sesto, in love with Annio - Simona Saturová (soprano),

Publio, Praetorian prefect, commander of the Praetorian Guard - Alex Esposito (bass),

Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels,

Ludovic Morlot (conductor).

AO3Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito20140410

Opera matinee: Mozart's politically charged La Clemenza di Tito - completed in 1791, the last year of his life - is a tale of passion, intrigue and divided loyalties, set in Ancient Rome. Kurt Streit and Veronique Gens star in this production from La Monnaie in Brussels.

Tito, Roman Emperor - Kurt Streit (tenor),

Vitellia, daughter of the deposed Emperor Vitellio - Véronique Gens (soprano)

Sesto, a young patrician, friend of Tito, in love with Vitelia - Anna Bonitatibus (soprano),

Annio, a young patrician, friend of Sesto, in love with Servilia - Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano),

Servilia, sister of Sesto, in love with Annio - Simona Saturová (soprano),

Publio, Praetorian prefect, commander of the Praetorian Guard - Alex Esposito (bass),

Chorus and Orchestra of Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels,

Ludovic Morlot (conductor).

AO3Mozart - La Clemenza Di Tito20150319

Katie Derham presents a performance of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris last December, featuring tenor Kurt Streit as Tito, Kate Linsdey as Sesto and soprano Karina Gauvin as Vitellia, with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie conducted by Jérémie Rhorer.

Presented by Katie Derham.

14:00

MOZART: La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621

Tito....Kurt Streit (tenor)

Vitellia....Karina Gauvin (soprano)

Sesto....Kate Lindsey (soprano)

Annio....Julie Boulianne (soprano)

Servilia...Julie Fuchs (soprano)

Publio....Robert Gleadow (bass)

Aedes Chorus

Le Cercle de l'Harmonie

Jérémie Rhorer (conductor)

15:05

Act 2

Recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, in December 2014

16:20

JOHN ADAMS

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

Stéphane Denève (conductor).

AO3Mozart - La clemenza di Tito20150319

Katie Derham presents a performance of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris last December, featuring tenor Kurt Streit as Tito, Kate Linsdey as Sesto and soprano Karina Gauvin as Vitellia, with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie conducted by Jérémie Rhorer.

Presented by Katie Derham.

14:00

MOZART: La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621

Tito........Kurt Streit (tenor)

Vitellia....Karina Gauvin (soprano)

Sesto.....Kate Lindsey (soprano)

Annio.....Julie Boulianne (soprano)

Servilia...Julie Fuchs (soprano)

Publio.....Robert Gleadow (bass)

Aedes Chorus

Le Cercle de l'Harmonie

Jérémie Rhorer (conductor)

15:05

Act 2

Recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, in December 2014

16:20

JOHN ADAMS

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

Stéphane Denève (conductor).

AO3Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov20121213

Katie Derham presents the Vienna Philharmonic with conductor Tugan Sokhiev in today's opera matinee: continuing the week's Russian theme with Mussorgsky's masterpiece Boris Godunov. There's something rotten in the state of Russia: Boris Godunov, sung by the Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, is a ruthless Tsar who seizes the Russian throne after murdering the rightful heir. Can he enjoy the spoils of his crime?

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov - Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass),

Fyodor, his son... Stephanie Houtzeel (mezzo-soprano),

Xenia, Boris's daughter... Ileana Tonca (soprano),

Xenia's nurse... Aura Twarowska (contralto),

Prince Vasiliy Ivanovich Shuysky - Jorma Silvasti (tenor),

Andrey Shchelkalov, Clerk of the Duma... Eijiro Kai (baritone),

Pimen, chronicler-hermit... Kurt Rydl (bass),

The Pretender under the name Grigoriy... Marian Talaba (tenor),

Varlaam, vagabond... Andreas Hörl (bass),

Misail, vagabond... Benedikt Kobel (tenor),

Innkeeper... Monika Bohinec (mezzo-soprano),

The Yuródivïy... Norbert Ernst (tenor),

Nikitich, a police officer... Sorin Coliban (bass),

Mityukha, a peasant... Hans Peter Kammerer (bass),

Captain... Alfred Sramek (bass),

Vienna State Opera Chorus,

Vienna Philharmonic,

Tugan Sokhiev (conductor).

AO3Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov20121213

Katie Derham presents the Vienna Philharmonic with conductor Tugan Sokhiev in today's opera matinee: continuing the week's Russian theme with Mussorgsky's masterpiece Boris Godunov. There's something rotten in the state of Russia: Boris Godunov, sung by the Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, is a ruthless Tsar who seizes the Russian throne after murdering the rightful heir. Can he enjoy the spoils of his crime?

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov - Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass),

Fyodor, his son... Stephanie Houtzeel (mezzo-soprano),

Xenia, Boris's daughter... Ileana Tonca (soprano),

Xenia's nurse... Aura Twarowska (contralto),

Prince Vasiliy Ivanovich Shuysky - Jorma Silvasti (tenor),

Andrey Shchelkalov, Clerk of the Duma... Eijiro Kai (baritone),

Pimen, chronicler-hermit... Kurt Rydl (bass),

The Pretender under the name Grigoriy... Marian Talaba (tenor),

Varlaam, vagabond... Andreas Hörl (bass),

Misail, vagabond... Benedikt Kobel (tenor),

Innkeeper... Monika Bohinec (mezzo-soprano),

The Yuródivïy... Norbert Ernst (tenor),

Nikitich, a police officer... Sorin Coliban (bass),

Mityukha, a peasant... Hans Peter Kammerer (bass),

Captain... Alfred Sramek (bass),

Vienna State Opera Chorus,

Vienna Philharmonic,

Tugan Sokhiev (conductor).

Katie Derham presents the Vienna Philharmonic with conductor Tugan Sokhiev in today's opera matinee: continuing the week's Russian theme with Mussorgsky's masterpiece Boris Godunov. There's something rotten in the state of Russia: Boris Godunov, sung by the Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, is a ruthless Tsar who seizes the Russian throne after murdering the rightful heir. Can he enjoy the spoils of his crime?

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov - Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass),

Fyodor, his son ... Stephanie Houtzeel (mezzo-soprano),

Xenia, Boris's daughter ... Ileana Tonca (soprano),

Xenia's nurse ... Aura Twarowska (contralto),

Prince Vasiliy Ivanovich Shuysky - Jorma Silvasti (tenor),

Andrey Shchelkalov, Clerk of the Duma ... Eijiro Kai (baritone),

Pimen, chronicler-hermit ... Kurt Rydl (bass),

The Pretender under the name Grigoriy ... Marian Talaba (tenor),

Varlaam, vagabond ... Andreas Hörl (bass),

Misail, vagabond ... Benedikt Kobel (tenor),

Innkeeper ... Monika Bohinec (mezzo-soprano),

The Yuródivïy ... Norbert Ernst (tenor),

Nikitich, a police officer ... Sorin Coliban (bass),

Mityukha, a peasant ... Hans Peter Kammerer (bass),

Captain ... Alfred Sramek (bass),

Vienna State Opera Chorus,

Vienna Philharmonic,

Tugan Sokhiev (conductor).

AO3Mussorgsky - Khovanshchina20150312

Katie Derham presents our Thursday Opera Matinee: Musorgsky's Khovanshchina in a performance from Vienna State Opera conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Khovanshchina is set during the Moscow Uprising of 1682, and deals with the struggle between the progressive and reactionary political factions of the time. Left unfinished at his death, several eminent Russian composers completed the score, the most commonly performed being this orchestration by Shostakovich. Then more from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with music by Delius.

Presented by Katie Derham

Musorgsky Khovanshchina

Acts 1-3

Prince Ivan Khovansky... Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Prince Andrey Khovansky... Christopher Ventris (tenor)

Prince Vasiliy Golitsin... Herbert Lippert (tenor)

Dosifey... Ain Anger (bass)

Boyar Fyodor Shaklovity... Andrzej Dobber (bass-baritone)

Marfa... Elena Maximova (mezzo-soprano)

Susanna... Lydia Rathkolb (soprano)

Scrivener... Norbert Ernst (tenor)

Emma...Caroline Wenborne (soprano)

Golitsin's Confidant... Benedikt Kobel (baritone)

Varsonofyev... Marcus Pelz (bass)

Kuzka...Marian Talaba (tenor)

Streshnev...Wolfram Igor Derntl (tenor)

Vienna State Opera Chorus

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

(Acts 4 and 5 continue tomorrow at 2pm)

c.4.10pm

Delius A Village Romeo and Juliet: The walk to the paradise garden

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Richard Farnes (conductor).

AO3Mussorgsky - Khovanshchina20150312

Katie Derham presents our Thursday Opera Matinee: Musorgsky's Khovanshchina in a performance from Vienna State Opera conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Khovanshchina is set during the Moscow Uprising of 1682, and deals with the struggle between the progressive and reactionary political factions of the time. Left unfinished at his death, several eminent Russian composers completed the score, the most commonly performed being this orchestration by Shostakovich. Then more from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with music by Delius.

Presented by Katie Derham

Musorgsky Khovanshchina

Acts 1-3

Prince Ivan Khovansky... Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Prince Andrey Khovansky... Christopher Ventris (tenor)

Prince Vasiliy Golitsin... Herbert Lippert (tenor)

Dosifey... Ain Anger (bass)

Boyar Fyodor Shaklovity... Andrzej Dobber (bass-baritone)

Marfa... Elena Maximova (mezzo-soprano)

Susanna... Lydia Rathkolb (soprano)

Scrivener... Norbert Ernst (tenor)

Emma ...Caroline Wenborne (soprano)

Golitsin's Confidant... Benedikt Kobel (baritone)

Varsonofyev... Marcus Pelz (bass)

Kuzka ...Marian Talaba (tenor)

Streshnev ...Wolfram Igor Derntl (tenor)

Vienna State Opera Chorus

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

(Acts 4 and 5 continue tomorrow at 2pm)

c.4.10pm

Delius A Village Romeo and Juliet: The walk to the paradise garden

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Richard Farnes (conductor).

AO3New Year New Music: Saariaho - Emilie20160107

Jonathan Swain presents the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's Émilie, recorded at Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, written to a libretto by Amin Maalouf. It is based on the life and writings of Marquise Émilie du Châtelet, the 18th century French mathematician, physicist, and author.

Émilie, premiered in Lyon in 2010, focuses on the love between a man and a woman and also on a passion for knowledge, science and truth. Saariaho says that in Émilie she was above all enchanted by the unusual, conflicting character of this exceptional woman. Émilie is best remembered today as Voltaire's lover rather than for her scientific achievements.

In a room in the Château de Lunéville, Émilie is working feverishly round the clock to complete her French translation of Newton's Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.

2pm:

Saariaho: Émilie, opera in one act and nine scenes, monodrama for

soprano

Émilie du Châtelet - Camilla Nylund (soprano)

Marianna Henriksson (harpsichord)

Finnish National Opera Orchestra (reduced)

conductor André de Ridder

Followed by more for the New Year, New Music season:

3.20pm:

Dallapiccola: Piccola musica notturna

Basel Sinfonietta

conductor Lavard Skou Larsen

3.30pm:

Musgrave: The Seasons

BBC Symphony Orchestra

conductor Martyn Brabbins

4pm:

David Matthews: Toward sunrise, Op.117

BBC Philhamonic

conductor Michael Seal.

AO3New Year New Music: Saariaho - Emilie20160107

Jonathan Swain presents the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's Émilie, recorded at Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, written to a libretto by Amin Maalouf. It is based on the life and writings of Marquise Émilie du Châtelet, the 18th century French mathematician, physicist, and author.

Émilie, premiered in Lyon in 2010, focuses on the love between a man and a woman and also on a passion for knowledge, science and truth. Saariaho says that in Émilie she was above all enchanted by the unusual, conflicting character of this exceptional woman. Émilie is best remembered today as Voltaire's lover rather than for her scientific achievements.

In a room in the Château de Lunéville, Émilie is working feverishly round the clock to complete her French translation of Newton's Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.

2pm:

Saariaho: Émilie, opera in one act and nine scenes, monodrama for

soprano

Émilie du Châtelet - Camilla Nylund (soprano)

Marianna Henriksson (harpsichord)

Finnish National Opera Orchestra (reduced)

conductor André de Ridder

Followed by more for the New Year, New Music season:

3.20pm:

Dallapiccola: Piccola musica notturna

Basel Sinfonietta

conductor Lavard Skou Larsen

3.30pm:

Musgrave: The Seasons

BBC Symphony Orchestra

conductor Martyn Brabbins

4pm:

David Matthews: Toward sunrise, Op.117

BBC Philhamonic

conductor Michael Seal.

AO3Nielsen - Saul Og David20150604

Nielsen 150.

Katie Derham presents the first of our opera broadcasts marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen - a performance from Danish Royal Opera of his first opera, Saul and David, telling the Biblical story of Saul's jealousy of the young David, who has won the favour of the people by defeating the giant, Goliath. Celebrated Nielsen interpreter Michael Schønwandt conducts, with Johan Reuter in the dramatic title role as King Saul and Ann Petersen as David's beloved Michal. His other opera, Maskerade, will be broadcast later this month.

Nielsen: Saul og David

Johan Reuter, bass-baritone, Saul

Michael Kristensen, tenor, Jonathan

Ann Petersen, soprano, Michal

Niels Jørgen Riis, tenor, David

Morten Staugaard, bass, Samuel

Leif Jone Ølberg, bass-baritone, Abner

Susanne Resmark, contralto, Witch of Eldor

Danish Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Michael Schønwandt, conductor.

AO3Nielsen - Saul og David20150604

Nielsen 150.

Katie Derham presents the first of our opera broadcasts marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen - a performance from Danish Royal Opera of his first opera, Saul and David, telling the Biblical story of Saul's jealousy of the young David, who has won the favour of the people by defeating the giant, Goliath. Celebrated Nielsen interpreter Michael Schønwandt conducts, with Johan Reuter in the dramatic title role as King Saul and Ann Petersen as David's beloved Michal. His other opera, Maskerade, will be broadcast later this month.

Nielsen: Saul og David

Johan Reuter, bass-baritone, Saul

Michael Kristensen, tenor, Jonathan

Ann Petersen, soprano, Michal

Niels Jørgen Riis, tenor, David

Morten Staugaard, bass, Samuel

Leif Jone Ølberg, bass-baritone, Abner

Susanne Resmark, contralto, Witch of Eldor

Danish Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra

Michael Schønwandt, conductor.

AO3Nielsen 150 - Maskarade20150625

Nielsen 150 Opera Matinee: Penny Gore presents Nielsen's opera Maskarade with a Danish cast and Michael Schønwandt conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir. First performed at the Royal Danish Opera in 1906, Nielsen's vivid comedy based on a play by Ludvig Holberg has become popularly known as Denmark's national opera ever since.

The plot centres on a young couple, Leander and Leonora, who fall in love at a masquerade ball. Leander, rather inconveniently, is already betrothed to someone else.

2pm

Nielsen: Maskarade

Johan Reuter (bass)

Stephen Milling (bass)

Niels Jørgen Riis (tenor)

Dénise Beck (soprano)

Anne Margrethe Dahl (soprano)

Ditte Højgaard Andersen (soprano)

Christian Damsgaard-Madsen (tenor)

Simon Duus (bass)

Guido Paevatalu (baritone)

Stig Fogh Andersen (tenor)

Kristian Boland (baritone)

Steffen Bruun (bass)

Danish National Concert Choir

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Michael Schønwandt (conductor).

AO3Nielsen 150 - Maskarade20150625

Nielsen 150 Opera Matinee: Penny Gore presents Nielsen's opera Maskarade with a Danish cast and Michael Schønwandt conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir. First performed at the Royal Danish Opera in 1906, Nielsen's vivid comedy based on a play by Ludvig Holberg has become popularly known as Denmark's national opera ever since.

The plot centres on a young couple, Leander and Leonora, who fall in love at a masquerade ball. Leander, rather inconveniently, is already betrothed to someone else.

2pm

Nielsen: Maskarade

Johan Reuter (bass)

Stephen Milling (bass)

Niels Jørgen Riis (tenor)

Dénise Beck (soprano)

Anne Margrethe Dahl (soprano)

Ditte Højgaard Andersen (soprano)

Christian Damsgaard-Madsen (tenor)

Simon Duus (bass)

Guido Paevatalu (baritone)

Stig Fogh Andersen (tenor)

Kristian Boland (baritone)

Steffen Bruun (bass)

Danish National Concert Choir

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Michael Schønwandt (conductor).

AO3Nielsen 150: Saul And David20150716

Nielsen 150.

Penny Gore presents an opera broadcast marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen - a performance from Danish Royal Opera of his first opera, Saul and David, telling the Biblical story of Saul's jealousy of the young David, who has won the favour of the people by defeating the giant, Goliath. Celebrated Nielsen interpreter Michael Schønwandt conducts, with Johan Reuter in the dramatic title role as King Saul and Ann Petersen as David's beloved Michal.

Nielsen

Saul and David

Johan Reuter, bass-baritone, Saul

Michael Kristensen, tenor, Jonathan

Ann Petersen, soprano, Michal

Niels Jørgen Riis, tenor, David

Morten Staugaard, bass, Samuel

Leif Jone Ølberg, bass-baritone, Abner

Susanne Resmark, contralto, Witch of Eldor

Danish Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Michael Schønwandt, conductor Nielsen

2pm

Acts 1 and 2

3.10pm

Acts 3 and 4.

AO3Nielsen 150: Saul and David20150716

Nielsen 150.

Penny Gore presents an opera broadcast marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen - a performance from Danish Royal Opera of his first opera, Saul and David, telling the Biblical story of Saul's jealousy of the young David, who has won the favour of the people by defeating the giant, Goliath. Celebrated Nielsen interpreter Michael Schønwandt conducts, with Johan Reuter in the dramatic title role as King Saul and Ann Petersen as David's beloved Michal.

Nielsen

Saul and David

Johan Reuter, bass-baritone, Saul

Michael Kristensen, tenor, Jonathan

Ann Petersen, soprano, Michal

Niels Jørgen Riis, tenor, David

Morten Staugaard, bass, Samuel

Leif Jone Ølberg, bass-baritone, Abner

Susanne Resmark, contralto, Witch of Eldor

Danish Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra

Michael Schønwandt, conductor Nielsen

2pm

Acts 1 and 2

3.10pm

Acts 3 and 4.

AO3Offenbach - Le roi Carotte20160519

AO3Offenbach - Le roi Carotte20160519

Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee - a rare chance to hear Offenbach's comic opera Le roi Carotte (King Carrot), performed by Lyon Opera. Originally over six hours long with a cast of hundreds, the price of putting productions on persuaded Offenbach to simplify the work into the more manageble three-act version we'll hear today.

Prince Fridolin has to marry a rich widow to support his kingdom's finances, when really he wants to marry Rosee du Soir, who has just escaped from a witch after ten years in captivity. The angry witch calls on King Carrot and his court of root vegetables to depose Fridolin. Undeterred, Fridolin gets a magician on side, and they embark on a series of adventures including tricking gladiators in Roman Pompeii, and triumphing over the kingdom of insects.

Robin-Luron.... Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano)

Fridolin XXIV.... Yann Beuron (tenor)

Le Roi Carotte....Christophe Mortagne (tenor)

Truck...Boris Grappe (baritone)

Piepertrunk.... Jean-Sébastien Bou (baritone)

Rosée du soir.... Chloé Briot (soprano)

Princesse Cunégonde... Antoinette Dennefeld (mezzo-soprano)

Sorcière Coloquinte....Lydie Pruvot (actress)

Baron Koffre.... Brenton Spiteri (tenor)

Maréchal Trac....Romain Bockler (baritone)

Comte Schopp.... Jean-Christophe Fillol (baritone)

Ladislas / Dagobert....Thibault De Damas (bass)

Lyon Opera Chorus

Lyon Opera Studio

Lyon Opera Orchestra

Victor Aviat (conductor).

AO3Offenbach - Le roi Carotte20160519

Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee - a rare chance to hear Offenbach's comic opera Le roi Carotte (King Carrot), performed by Lyon Opera. Originally over six hours long with a cast of hundreds, the price of putting productions on persuaded Offenbach to simplify the work into the more manageble three-act version we'll hear today.

Prince Fridolin has to marry a rich widow to support his kingdom's finances, when really he wants to marry Rosee du Soir, who has just escaped from a witch after ten years in captivity. The angry witch calls on King Carrot and his court of root vegetables to depose Fridolin. Undeterred, Fridolin gets a magician on side, and they embark on a series of adventures including tricking gladiators in Roman Pompeii, and triumphing over the kingdom of insects.

Robin-Luron.... Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano)

Fridolin XXIV.... Yann Beuron (tenor)

Le Roi Carotte....Christophe Mortagne (tenor)

Truck...Boris Grappe (baritone)

Piepertrunk.... Jean-Sébastien Bou (baritone)

Rosée du soir.... Chloé Briot (soprano)

Princesse Cunégonde... Antoinette Dennefeld (mezzo-soprano)

Sorcière Coloquinte....Lydie Pruvot (actress)

Baron Koffre.... Brenton Spiteri (tenor)

Maréchal Trac....Romain Bockler (baritone)

Comte Schopp.... Jean-Christophe Fillol (baritone)

Ladislas / Dagobert....Thibault De Damas (bass)

Lyon Opera Chorus

Lyon Opera Studio

Lyon Opera Orchestra

Victor Aviat (conductor).

AO3Opera Matinee: Gluck's Armide20170119

Verity Sharp presents a performance of Gluck's Armide recorded at the State Opera, Vienna

The tale of Armide has been set by many composers but today's Opera Matinée features a performance of Gluck's operatic tragedy. The tale is based on part of Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, and sees the Syrian princess Armide ensnaring her enemy Renaud with her magic spells. As Armide is about to kill Renaud, she realises she has fallen in love with him, and tries to cast a spell so he loves her in return. This sets up an epic struggle between her and her feelings and the spirits she has asked to help destroy Renaud.

Gluck's setting includes some stunning melodies, made famous in the Metropolitan Opera's revival of the work in the 1910 with a cast that then included Enrico Caruso. This afternoon, soprano Gaëlle Arquez and tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac take the lead roles in a performance recorded last autumn at the State Opera, Vienna with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Gustav Mahler Chorus, Vienna conducted by Marc Minkowski.

Armide - Gaëlle Arquez (soprano)

Renaud - Stanislas de Barbeyrac (tenor)

Phénice - Olga Bezsmertna (soprano)

Sidonie - Hila Fahima (soprano)

Hidraot - Paolo Rumetz (baritone)

Hatred - Stephanie Houtzeel (contralto)

The Danish Knight / Artémidore - Bror Magnus Tødenes, (tenor)

Ubalde - Gabriel Bermúdez (baritone)

Aronte - Mihail Dogotari (baritone)

Gustav Mahler Chorus, Vienna

Les Musiciens du Louvre

Marc Minkowski, conductor.

AO3Paisiello - The Barber Of Seville20150507

Katie Derham presents The Barber of Seville - not in the famous setting by Rossini, but in a lesser known version by Paisiello, who wrote his opera a generation before Rossini. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under René Jacobs brush the dust off this rarely performed sparkling comedy, recorded in March at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, during this year's KlaraFestival.

Giovanni Paisiello

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Topi Lehtipuu, tenor, Il Conte d'Almaviva

Mari Eriksmoen, soprano, Rosina

Pietro Spagnoli, baritone, Bartolo

Andrè Schuen, baritone, Figaro

Fulvio Bettini, baritone, Don Basilio

Christoph Seidl, bass, Lo Svegliato / Un Notario

Erik Arman, tenor, Il Giovinetto / Un Alcalde

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

René Jacobs

2pm

Act 1

3.15pm

Act 2.

AO3Paisiello - The Barber of Seville20150507

Katie Derham presents The Barber of Seville - not in the famous setting by Rossini, but in a lesser known version by Paisiello, who wrote his opera a generation before Rossini. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under René Jacobs brush the dust off this rarely performed sparkling comedy, recorded in March at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, during this year's KlaraFestival.

Giovanni Paisiello

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Topi Lehtipuu, tenor, Il Conte d'Almaviva

Mari Eriksmoen, soprano, Rosina

Pietro Spagnoli, baritone, Bartolo

Andrè Schuen, baritone, Figaro

Fulvio Bettini, baritone, Don Basilio

Christoph Seidl, bass, Lo Svegliato / Un Notario

Erik Arman, tenor, Il Giovinetto / Un Alcalde

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

René Jacobs

2pm

Act 1

3.15pm

Act 2.

AO3Peter Von Winter - The Labyrinth20121101

Penny Gore presents Peter von Winter's The Labyrinth, a 1790s sequel to The Magic Flute. This rare performance was given in the open air at the Salzburg Festival where it was mounted to commemorate the death two hundred years ago of Mozart's librettist Emanuel Schikaneder. It was he who provided the libretto for, and also directed, the early performances of Winter's 'heroic comedy' - a work complete with High Priests, a Queen of the Night, a spectacular battle with the elements, a glockenspiel and, of course, a jolly bird catcher.

Peter von Winter: The Labyrinth or the Battle with the Elements

Part 2 of the Magic Flute

Sarastro - Christof Fischesser (bass)

Queen of the Night - Julia Novikova (soprano)

Pamina, her daughter - Malin Hartelius (soprano)

Tamino - Michael Schade (tenor)

Papageno....Thomas Tatzl (bass)

Papagena - Regula Mühlemann (soprano)

Old Papageno - Anton Scharinger (bass)

Old Papagena....Ute Gfrerer (soprano)

First Lady of the Queen - Venus - Nina Bernsteiner (soprano)

Second Lady of the Queen - Amor - Christina Daletska (mezzo soprano)

Third Lady of the Queen - Page - Monica Bohinec (mezzo soprano)

Monostatos, a Moor - Klaus Kuttler (tenor)

Tipheus, King of Paphos - Clemens Unterreiner (baritone)

Sithos, his friend - Philippe Sly (bass-baritone)

Salzburg Bach Choir

Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children's Choir

Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg

Ivor Bolton (conductor).

AO3Peter von Winter - The Labyrinth20121101

Penny Gore presents Peter von Winter's The Labyrinth, a 1790s sequel to The Magic Flute. This rare performance was given in the open air at the Salzburg Festival where it was mounted to commemorate the death two hundred years ago of Mozart's librettist Emanuel Schikaneder. It was he who provided the libretto for, and also directed, the early performances of Winter's 'heroic comedy' - a work complete with High Priests, a Queen of the Night, a spectacular battle with the elements, a glockenspiel and, of course, a jolly bird catcher.

Peter von Winter: The Labyrinth or the Battle with the Elements

Part 2 of the Magic Flute

Sarastro - Christof Fischesser (bass)

Queen of the Night - Julia Novikova (soprano)

Pamina, her daughter - Malin Hartelius (soprano)

Tamino - Michael Schade (tenor)

Papageno .....Thomas Tatzl (bass)

Papagena - Regula Mühlemann (soprano)

Old Papageno - Anton Scharinger (bass)

Old Papagena ...... Ute Gfrerer (soprano)

First Lady of the Queen - Venus - Nina Bernsteiner (soprano)

Second Lady of the Queen - Amor - Christina Daletska (mezzo soprano)

Third Lady of the Queen - Page - Monica Bohinec (mezzo soprano)

Monostatos, a Moor - Klaus Kuttler (tenor)

Tipheus, King of Paphos - Clemens Unterreiner (baritone)

Sithos, his friend - Philippe Sly (bass-baritone)

Salzburg Bach Choir

Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children's Choir

Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg

Ivor Bolton (conductor).

AO3Puccini - Il Tabarro20121129

Louise Fryer introduces the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra's production of Puccini's Il Tabarro.

Daniel Harding conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in this one-act opera by Puccini at the Berwaldhallen, Stockholm. The first in a trilogy of short operas by Puccini, Il Tabarro - The Cloak - is a dark passionate opera with a love triangle at its core and is set on a barge on the banks of the river Seine.

Recorded just a few days ago and featuring an international cast, Paoletta Marrocu is Giorgetta, Lucio Gallo is her husband Michele and Thiago Arancam plays the young docker Luigi. At the climax of the opera the cloak reveals its dark secret.

And at 3pm, live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra performs music by Dvorak and Sibelius, introduced from the stage by John Toal.

Puccini: Il Tabarro

Giorgetta - Paoletta Marrocu (soprano)

La Frugola (the rummager) - Ingrid Tobiasson (mezzo-soprano)

Luigi - Thiago Arancam (tenor)

Michele - Lucio Gallo (baritone)

Il Tinca and ballad-seller - Niklas Björling Rygert (tenor)

Il Talpa - Jeremy Carpenter (baritone)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor)

c. 3pm

Dvorak: The Midday Witch, Op.108

Ulster Orchestra

Jac van Steen, conductor

c. 3.20pm

Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite Op.22

Jac van Steen (conductor).

AO3Puccini - Il Tabarro20121129

Louise Fryer introduces the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra's production of Puccini's Il Tabarro.

Daniel Harding conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in this one-act opera by Puccini at the Berwaldhallen, Stockholm. The first in a trilogy of short operas by Puccini, Il Tabarro - The Cloak - is a dark passionate opera with a love triangle at its core and is set on a barge on the banks of the river Seine.

Recorded just a few days ago and featuring an international cast, Paoletta Marrocu is Giorgetta, Lucio Gallo is her husband Michele and Thiago Arancam plays the young docker Luigi. At the climax of the opera the cloak reveals its dark secret.

And at 3pm, live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra performs music by Dvorak and Sibelius, introduced from the stage by John Toal.

Puccini: Il Tabarro

Giorgetta - Paoletta Marrocu (soprano)

La Frugola (the rummager) - Ingrid Tobiasson (mezzo-soprano)

Luigi - Thiago Arancam (tenor)

Michele - Lucio Gallo (baritone)

Il Tinca & ballad-seller - Niklas Björling Rygert (tenor)

Il Talpa - Jeremy Carpenter (baritone)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor)

c. 3pm

Dvorak: The Midday Witch, Op.108

Ulster Orchestra

Jac van Steen, conductor

c. 3.20pm

Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite Op.22

Ulster Orchestra

Jac van Steen (conductor).

Louise Fryer introduces the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra's production of Puccini's Il Tabarro.

Daniel Harding conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in this one-act opera by Puccini at the Berwaldhallen, Stockholm. The first in a trilogy of short operas by Puccini, Il Tabarro - The Cloak - is a dark passionate opera with a love triangle at its core and is set on a barge on the banks of the river Seine.

Recorded just a few days ago and featuring an international cast, Paoletta Marrocu is Giorgetta, Lucio Gallo is her husband Michele and Thiago Arancam plays the young docker Luigi. At the climax of the opera the cloak reveals its dark secret.

And at 3pm, live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra performs music by Dvorak and Sibelius, introduced from the stage by John Toal.

Puccini: Il Tabarro

Giorgetta - Paoletta Marrocu (soprano)

La Frugola (the rummager) - Ingrid Tobiasson (mezzo-soprano)

Luigi - Thiago Arancam (tenor)

Michele - Lucio Gallo (baritone)

Il Tinca & ballad-seller - Niklas Björling Rygert (tenor)

Il Talpa - Jeremy Carpenter (baritone)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Harding (conductor)

c. 3pm

Dvorak: The Midday Witch, Op.108

Ulster Orchestra

Jac van Steen, conductor

c. 3.20pm

Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite Op.22

Jac van Steen (conductor).

AO3Puccini - La boheme20120913

Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala star as tragic lovers Mimì and Rodolfo in a classic tearjerker for this week's Thursday Opera Matinee: Puccini's La Bohème, one of the highlights of the 2012 Salzburg Festival.

Her tiny hand is frozen - starving, consumptive seamstress Mimì enjoys a few months of winter happiness in her Paris garret with the equally penniless poet-next-door Rodolfo, before the inevitable unhappy ending.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Plus another adopted Parisian - Frederick Delius - take the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrew Davis climbing in the Norwegian mountains.

Opera Matinee

Puccini: La Bohème

Rodolfo - Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Mimi - Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Marcello - Massimo Cavalletti (baritone)

Musetta - Nino Machaidze (soprano)

Schaunard - Alessio Arduini (baritone)

Colline - Carlo Colombara (bass)

Benoit / Alcindoro - Davide Fersini (bass)

Parpignol - Steven Forster (tenor).

Vienna State Opera Chorus Concert Association,

Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus,

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,

Daniele Gatti (conductor).

c. 3.50pm

Delius: The Song of the High Hills

Olivia Robinson (soprano),

Christopher Bowen (tenor),

BBC Symphony Chorus,

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Andrew Davis (conductor).

AO3Puccini - La Boheme20120913

Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala star as tragic lovers Mimì and Rodolfo in a classic tearjerker for this week's Thursday Opera Matinee: Puccini's La Bohème, one of the highlights of the 2012 Salzburg Festival.

Her tiny hand is frozen - starving, consumptive seamstress Mimì enjoys a few months of winter happiness in her Paris garret with the equally penniless poet-next-door Rodolfo, before the inevitable unhappy ending.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Plus another adopted Parisian - Frederick Delius - take the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrew Davis climbing in the Norwegian mountains.

Opera Matinee

Puccini: La Bohème

Rodolfo - Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Mimi - Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Marcello - Massimo Cavalletti (baritone)

Musetta - Nino Machaidze (soprano)

Schaunard - Alessio Arduini (baritone)

Colline - Carlo Colombara (bass)

Benoit / Alcindoro - Davide Fersini (bass)

Parpignol - Steven Forster (tenor).

Vienna State Opera Chorus Concert Association,

Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus,

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,

Daniele Gatti (conductor).

c. 3.50pm

Delius: The Song of the High Hills

Olivia Robinson (soprano),

Christopher Bowen (tenor),

BBC Symphony Chorus,

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Andrew Davis (conductor).

AO3Puccini - La boheme20161229

AO3Puccini - La Boheme20161229

Catriona Young presents Puccini's La Bohème, in a Royal Opera House production from 2015. Starring Anna Netrebko as Mimi opposite Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo, this was the final run of director John Copley's classic production, recreating the struggles of young bohemians in 19th-century Paris.

2pm: Puccini: La Bohème

Mimi - Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Rodolfo - Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Marcello - Lucas Meachem (baritone)

Musetta - Jennifer Rowley (soprano)

Schaunard - Simone Del Savio (bass-baritone)

Colline - Marco Vinco (bass)

Benoît - Jeremy White (bass)

Alcindoro - Ryland Davies (tenor)

Parpignol - Luke Price (tenor)

Royal Opera House Chorus

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Dan Ettinger, conductor

c.3.50pm:

Followed by more from the European Summer Festivals:

Chopin: Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano' in B flat, op. 2

Nelson Goerner (fortepiano)

Europa Galante

Conductor Fabio Biondi.

AO3Puccini - La boheme20161229

Catriona Young presents Puccini's La Bohème, in a Royal Opera House production from 2015. Starring Anna Netrebko as Mimi opposite Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo, this was the final run of director John Copley's classic production, recreating the struggles of young bohemians in 19th-century Paris.

2pm: Puccini: La Bohème

Mimi - Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Rodolfo - Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Marcello - Lucas Meachem (baritone)

Musetta - Jennifer Rowley (soprano)

Schaunard - Simone Del Savio (bass-baritone)

Colline - Marco Vinco (bass)

Benoît - Jeremy White (bass)

Alcindoro - Ryland Davies (tenor)

Parpignol - Luke Price (tenor)

Royal Opera House Chorus

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Dan Ettinger, conductor

c.3.50pm:

Followed by more from the European Summer Festivals:

Chopin: Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano' in B flat, op. 2

Nelson Goerner (fortepiano)

Europa Galante

Conductor Fabio Biondi.

AO3Puccini - La boheme20161229

Catriona Young presents Puccini's La Bohème, in a Royal Opera House production from 2015. Starring Anna Netrebko as Mimi opposite Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo, this was the final run of director John Copley's classic production, recreating the struggles of young bohemians in 19th-century Paris.

2pm: Puccini: La Bohème

Mimi - Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Rodolfo - Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Marcello - Lucas Meachem (baritone)

Musetta - Jennifer Rowley (soprano)

Schaunard - Simone Del Savio (bass-baritone)

Colline - Marco Vinco (bass)

Benoît - Jeremy White (bass)

Alcindoro - Ryland Davies (tenor)

Parpignol - Luke Price (tenor)

Royal Opera House Chorus

Royal Opera House Orchestra

Dan Ettinger, conductor

c.3.50pm:

Followed by more from the European Summer Festivals:

Chopin: Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano' in B flat, op. 2

Nelson Goerner (fortepiano)

Europa Galante

Conductor Fabio Biondi.

AO3Puccini - La Fanciulla Del West20110210

Deborah Voigt stars as Puccini's Girl of the Golden West at the New York Metropolitan Opera. It's the 1840s and the Californian Gold Rush is in full swing - and Minnie, the upstanding tough cookie of a local bar owner, falls for the local outlaw Dick Johnson. But the sheriff Jack Rance loves her too... Puccini thought the opera was the best he'd ever written: here's your chance to find out why.

Presented by Penny Gore

Minnie - Deborah Voigt, soprano

Dick Johnson - Marcello Giordani, tenor

Jack Rance - Lucio Gallo, baritone

Nick - Tony Stevenson, tenor

Ashby - Keith Miller, bass

Sonora - Dwayne Croft, baritone

Trin - Hugo Vera, tenor

Sid - Trevor Scheunemann, baritone

Handsome - Richard Bernstein, baritone

Harry - Adam Laurence Herskowitz, tenor

Joe - Michael Forest, tenor

Happy - David Crawford, baritone

Jim Larkens - Edward Parks, bass

Billy Jackrabbit - Philip Cokorinos, bass

Wowkle - Ginger Costa-Jackson, mezzo-soprano

Jack Wallace - Oren Gradus, baritone

The Pony Express rider - Edward Mout, tenor

José Castro - Jeff Mattsey, baritone

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Nicola Luisotti, conductor

4.15pm

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto

Giuliano Sommerhalder, trumpet

Jiri Belohlavek, conductor

4.40pm

Sibelius: Rakastava

Arild Remmereit, conductor.

AO3Puccini - La fanciulla del West20110210

Deborah Voigt stars as Puccini's Girl of the Golden West at the New York Metropolitan Opera. It's the 1840s and the Californian Gold Rush is in full swing - and Minnie, the upstanding tough cookie of a local bar owner, falls for the local outlaw Dick Johnson. But the sheriff Jack Rance loves her too... Puccini thought the opera was the best he'd ever written: here's your chance to find out why.

Presented by Penny Gore

Minnie - Deborah Voigt, soprano

Dick Johnson - Marcello Giordani, tenor

Jack Rance - Lucio Gallo, baritone

Nick - Tony Stevenson, tenor

Ashby - Keith Miller, bass

Sonora - Dwayne Croft, baritone

Trin - Hugo Vera, tenor

Sid - Trevor Scheunemann, baritone

Handsome - Richard Bernstein, baritone

Harry - Adam Laurence Herskowitz, tenor

Joe - Michael Forest, tenor

Happy - David Crawford, baritone

Jim Larkens - Edward Parks, bass

Billy Jackrabbit - Philip Cokorinos, bass

Wowkle - Ginger Costa-Jackson, mezzo-soprano

Jack Wallace - Oren Gradus, baritone

The Pony Express rider - Edward Mout, tenor

José Castro - Jeff Mattsey, baritone

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Nicola Luisotti, conductor

4.15pm

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto

Giuliano Sommerhalder, trumpet

Jiri Belohlavek, conductor

4.40pm

Sibelius: Rakastava

Arild Remmereit, conductor.

AO3Puccini - Madama Butterfly20170126

Penny Gore presents Puccini's Madam Butterfly in the original 2 act version in a performance from La Scala under Riccardo Chailly with Maria José Siri as the abandoned geisha girl and Bryan Hymel as the feckless cad who seduces and then deserts her. Puccini's score is a miracle of spicy harmonies, colourful orchestrations and wide-arching tunes in this ever-green tearjerker.

2pm

Puccini: Madam Butterfly

Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) - Maria José Siri (soprano)

BF Pinkerton - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Sharpless - Carlos ?lvarez (baritone)

Suzuki - Annalisa Stroppa (mezzo-soprano)

Goro - Carlo Bosi (tenor)

Prince Yamadori - Constantino Finucci (tenor)

Kate Pinkerton - Nicole Brandolino (mezzo-soprano)

La Scala Chorus and Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

3.05

Act 2.

AO3Puccini - Tosca20160616

Thursday Opera Matinee: a performance of Puccini's Tosca given in April at the Vienna State Opera. Passion, jealousy, suicide and murder: Tosca is a compelling theatrical experience. The main roles are taken by a glittering trio of the world's greatest opera stars - Angela Gheorghiu sings the title role, Jonas Kaufmann is her lover Cavaradossi, and Bryn Terfel is Baron Scarpia, a menacing embodiment of sadistic evil.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Floria Tosca - Angela Gheorghiu, soprano

Mario Cavaradossi.... Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Baron Scarpia.... Bryn Terfel, baritone

Cesare Angelotti - Ryan Speedo Green, bass

Sacristan - Alfred Sramek, baritone

Spoletta - Benedict Kobel, tenor

Sciarrone - Marcus Pelz, bass

Jailor - Il Hong, bass

Shepherd boy - Bernhard Sengstschmid, treble

Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Jesus Lopez Cobos, conductor.

AO3Puccini - Tosca20160616

Thursday Opera Matinee: a performance of Puccini's Tosca given in April at the Vienna State Opera. Passion, jealousy, suicide and murder: Tosca is a compelling theatrical experience. The main roles are taken by a glittering trio of the world's greatest opera stars - Angela Gheorghiu sings the title role, Jonas Kaufmann is her lover Cavaradossi, and Bryn Terfel is Baron Scarpia, a menacing embodiment of sadistic evil.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Floria Tosca - Angela Gheorghiu, soprano

Mario Cavaradossi .... Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Baron Scarpia .... Bryn Terfel, baritone

Cesare Angelotti - Ryan Speedo Green, bass

Sacristan - Alfred Sramek, baritone

Spoletta - Benedict Kobel, tenor

Sciarrone - Marcus Pelz, bass

Jailor - Il Hong, bass

Shepherd boy - Bernhard Sengstschmid, treble

Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Jesus Lopez Cobos, conductor.

AO3Puccini - Turandot20121011

Opera Matinee

Puccini: Turandot

Presented by Louise Fryer.

From the Les Chorégies d'Orange Festival 2012 we bring you a performance of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, his unfinished swan song from the opera stage. Michel Plasson conducts the French National Orchestra with a cast led by Lise Lindstrom in the title role as the Princess of ice in search of a suitable husband, and tenor Roberto Alagna as Prince Calaf, her brave suitor defying fate. Also today, following our week's theme of Romantic piano concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a short gem: Alkan's Concerto da camera No. 2 with virtuoso soloist Marc-André Hamelin, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins.

Turandot - Lise Lindstrom (soprano)

Liù - Maria Luigia Borsi (soprano)

Calaf - Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Timur - Marco Spotti (bass)

Imperator Altoum - Chris Merritt (tenor)

Ping - Marc Barrard (baritone)

Pang - Jean-François Borras (tenor)

Pong - Florian Laconi (tenor)

A Mandarin - Luc Bertin-Hugault (baritone).

Orchestre National de France,

Michel Plasson (conductor).

4.10pm

Charles-Valentin Alkan: Concerto da camera in C sharp minor. Op. 10 No. 2

Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano),

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

AO3Puccini - Turandot20121011

Opera Matinee

Puccini: Turandot

Presented by Louise Fryer.

From the Les Chorégies d'Orange Festival 2012 we bring you a performance of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, his unfinished swan song from the opera stage. Michel Plasson conducts the French National Orchestra with a cast led by Lise Lindstrom in the title role as the Princess of ice in search of a suitable husband, and tenor Roberto Alagna as Prince Calaf, her brave suitor defying fate. Also today, following our week's theme of Romantic piano concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a short gem: Alkan's Concerto da camera No. 2 with virtuoso soloist Marc-André Hamelin, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins.

Turandot - Lise Lindstrom (soprano)

Liù - Maria Luigia Borsi (soprano)

Calaf - Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Timur - Marco Spotti (bass)

Imperator Altoum - Chris Merritt (tenor)

Ping - Marc Barrard (baritone)

Pang - Jean-François Borras (tenor)

Pong - Florian Laconi (tenor)

A Mandarin - Luc Bertin-Hugault (baritone).

Orchestre National de France,

Michel Plasson (conductor).

4.10pm

Charles-Valentin Alkan: Concerto da camera in C sharp minor. Op. 10 No. 2

Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano),

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

Opera Matinee

Puccini: Turandot

Presented by Louise Fryer.

From the Les Chorégies d'Orange Festival 2012 we bring you a performance of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, his unfinished swan song from the opera stage. Michel Plasson conducts the French National Orchestra with a cast led by Lise Lindstrom in the title role as the Princess of ice in search of a suitable husband, and tenor Roberto Alagna as Prince Calaf, her brave suitor defying fate. Also today, following our week's theme of Romantic piano concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a short gem: Alkan's Concerto da camera No. 2 with virtuoso soloist Marc-André Hamelin, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins.

Turandot - Lise Lindstrom (soprano)

Liù - Maria Luigia Borsi (soprano)

Calaf - Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Timur - Marco Spotti (bass)

Imperator Altoum - Chris Merritt (tenor)

Ping - Marc Barrard (baritone)

Pang - Jean-François Borras (tenor)

Pong - Florian Laconi (tenor)

A Mandarin - Luc Bertin-Hugault (baritone).

Orchestre National de France,

Michel Plasson (conductor).

4.10pm

Charles-Valentin Alkan: Concerto da camera in C sharp minor. Op. 10 No. 2

Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano),

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

AO3Puccini's La Rondine20140619

Opera matinee - Puccini's La Rondine

Angela Gheorghiu stars in this highly-acclaimed production recorded last year at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Magda enjoys a comfortable life as the mistress of the rich banker Rambaldo, but this all changes when she meets the young Ruggero who falls in love with her. She leaves Rambaldo for him, but is she really in love with Ruggero, or just trying to recreate the exciting romances of her youth? Angela Gheorghiu sings Madga, the restless swallow in the title of Puccini's light opera La Rondine, with Charles Castronovo as her unfortunate lover. Marco Armiliato conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra in Puccini's little-known but very tuneful score.

Presented by Katie Derham

Magda - Angela Gheorghiu (soprano),

Ruggero Lastouc - Charles Castronovo (tenor),

Lisette - Sabina Puertolas (soprano),

Prunier - Edgaras Montvidas (tenor),

Rambaldo Fernandez - Pietro Spagnoli (baritone),

Yvette - Dušica Bijelic (soprano),

Bianca - Hanna Hipp (soprano),

Suzy - Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano),

Gobin - Pablo Bemsch (tenor),

Périchaud - John Cunningham (baritone),

Crébillon - Ashley Riches (bass),

Georgette - Kathy Batho (soprano),

Gabriella - Melissa Alder (soprano),

Lolette - Amanda Floyd (soprano),

Rabonier - Jonathan Fisher (bass),

Young Man - Elliot Goldie (tenor),

Distant Voice - Dušica Bijelic (soprano),

Maître d'hôtel - John Bernays (bass),

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conducted by Marco Armiliato

followed at approx 3.50pm by one of the three cello concertos featured this week written for Raphael Wallfisch.

Christopher Wright: Cello Concerto

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, William Boughton (conductor)

c. 4.10pm

Mozart

Ah, lo previdi... Ah, t'invola - recitative and aria K.272

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac van Steen (conductor).

AO3Puccini's La Rondine20140619

Opera matinee - Puccini's La Rondine

Angela Gheorghiu stars in this highly-acclaimed production recorded last year at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Magda enjoys a comfortable life as the mistress of the rich banker Rambaldo, but this all changes when she meets the young Ruggero who falls in love with her. She leaves Rambaldo for him, but is she really in love with Ruggero, or just trying to recreate the exciting romances of her youth? Angela Gheorghiu sings Madga, the restless swallow in the title of Puccini's light opera La Rondine, with Charles Castronovo as her unfortunate lover. Marco Armiliato conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra in Puccini's little-known but very tuneful score.

Presented by Katie Derham

Magda - Angela Gheorghiu (soprano),

Ruggero Lastouc - Charles Castronovo (tenor),

Lisette - Sabina Puertolas (soprano),

Prunier - Edgaras Montvidas (tenor),

Rambaldo Fernandez - Pietro Spagnoli (baritone),

Yvette - Dušica Bijelic (soprano),

Bianca - Hanna Hipp (soprano),

Suzy - Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano),

Gobin - Pablo Bemsch (tenor),

Périchaud - John Cunningham (baritone),

Crébillon - Ashley Riches (bass),

Georgette - Kathy Batho (soprano),

Gabriella - Melissa Alder (soprano),

Lolette - Amanda Floyd (soprano),

Rabonier - Jonathan Fisher (bass),

Young Man - Elliot Goldie (tenor),

Distant Voice - Dušica Bijelic (soprano),

Maître d'hôtel - John Bernays (bass),

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conducted by Marco Armiliato

followed at approx 3.50pm by one of the three cello concertos featured this week written for Raphael Wallfisch.

Christopher Wright: Cello Concerto

Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, William Boughton (conductor)

c. 4.10pm

Mozart

Ah, lo previdi ... Ah, t'invola - recitative and aria K.272

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac van Steen (conductor).

AO3Purcell - Dido And Aeneas20151029

Penny Gore presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee; a performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas from the Utrecht Early Music Festival. Based on Virgil, the opera tells of the love between Dido and Aeneas which comes to a tragic end when a socrceress incites Aeneas to abandon Dido. Christina Pluhar directs L'Arpeggiata, and Mariana Flores and Marc Mauillon sing the doomed lovers. Plus more from this week's featured ensembles - the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers with music by Bliss and Vaughan Williams.

2pm

Purcell

Dido and Aeneas

Dido....Mariana Flores (soprano)

Aeneas - Marc Mauillon (baritone)

Belinda - Céline Scheen (soprano)

L'Arpeggiata

Christina Pluhar (director)

c.3.30pm

Bliss

Hymn to Apollo

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Richard Blackford

Oboe Concerto

Emily Pailthrope (oboe)

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

c.3.55pm

Gorecki

Audi clamantes, audi plorantes (Church Songs)

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)

c.4pm

Vaughan Williams

Mass in G minor

Olivia Robinson (soprano)

Margaret Cameron (contralto)

Robert Johnston (tenor)

Stephen Charlesworth (baritone)

Richard Pearce (conductor).

AO3Purcell - Dido And Aeneas20170202

Jonathan Swain presents this week's Thursday Opera Matinee, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in a performance by Les Talens Lyriques at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. One of the first English operas, it recounts the story of the Queen of Carthage and her torment as her lover Aeneas abandons her. Plus more from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, with music by Sibelius and Shostakovich.

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Dido - Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano)

Aeneas - Yaïr Polishook (tenor)

Belinda - Daniela Skorka (soprano)

First Sailor - Cyril Auvity (tenor)

First Witch/Second Woman - Anat Edri (soprano)

Second Witch - Valerie Gabail (soprano)

Spirit - Jean-François Novelli (countertenor)

Les Talens Lyriques

Christophe Rousset (director)

Rec 01/10/16, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Nielsen: Overture, Maskerade

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

Sibelius: The Wood Nymph

Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor

Nicholas Collon (conductor).

Jonathan Swain presents this week's Thursday Opera Matinee, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in a performance by Les Talens Lyriques at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. One of the first English operas, it recounts the story of the Queen of Carthage and her torment as her lover Aeneas abandons her. Plus more from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, with music by Sibelius and Shostakovich.

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Dido - Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano)

Aeneas - Yaïr Polishook (tenor)

Belinda - Daniela Skorka (soprano)

First Sailor - Cyril Auvity (tenor)

First Witch/Second Woman - Anat Edri (soprano)

Second Witch - Valerie Gabail (soprano)

Spirit - Jean-François Novelli (countertenor)

Les Talens Lyriques

Christophe Rousset (director)

Rec 01/10/16, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Nielsen: Overture, Maskerade

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor)

Sibelius: The Wood Nymph

Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor

Nicholas Collon (conductor).

AO3Purcell - King Arthur20151022

Penny Gore introduces the Thursday opera matinee, a performance of Purcell's semi-opera King Arthur recorded at this year's Utrecht Early Music Festival. The story is not about Camelot but concerns the battles between King Arthur's Britons and the Saxons; and Arthur's attempts to get back his beloved, the blind Cornish Princess Emmeline, who has been taken off by his rival, King Oswald. The rest of the afternoon continues the week's theme of music from the Southern Hemisphere with a piece by the Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, who died last year. And the afternoon ends with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra playing works by Sibelius and Haydn

2pm

Purcell

King Arthur, Part 1

Caroline Weynants, soprano (Philidel)

Tomás Král, bass (Aeolus, Grimbald)

Sophie Junker, soprano (Nereid, Cupid)

Sebastian Myrus, baritone (Cold Genius, Comus)

Lionel Meunier, bass (Pan)

Kristen Witmer, soprano (Comus, Venus, Honour)

Robert Buckland, tenor (Comus)

Olivier Berten, tenor (Comus)

Zsuzsi Tóth, soprano (Venus)

Vox Luminis

Ensemble La Fenice

Jean Tubéry (conductor)

2.47pm

King Arthur Part 2

3.21pm

Sculthorpe

Earth Cry

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jessica Cottis (conductor)

3.32pm

James Ledger

Two Memorials

3.53pm

Sibelius

Finlandia

Eivind Aadland (conductor)

4.03pm

Haydn

Trumpet Concerto

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

AO3Purcell - King Arthur20151022

Penny Gore introduces the Thursday opera matinee, a performance of Purcell's semi-opera King Arthur recorded at this year's Utrecht Early Music Festival. The story is not about Camelot but concerns the battles between King Arthur's Britons and the Saxons; and Arthur's attempts to get back his beloved, the blind Cornish Princess Emmeline, who has been taken off by his rival, King Oswald. The rest of the afternoon continues the week's theme of music from the Southern Hemisphere with a piece by the Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, who died last year. And the afternoon ends with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra playing works by Sibelius and Haydn

2pm

Purcell

King Arthur, Part 1

Caroline Weynants, soprano (Philidel)

Tomás Král, bass (Aeolus, Grimbald)

Sophie Junker, soprano (Nereid, Cupid)

Sebastian Myrus, baritone (Cold Genius, Comus)

Lionel Meunier, bass (Pan)

Kristen Witmer, soprano (Comus, Venus, Honour)

Robert Buckland, tenor (Comus)

Olivier Berten, tenor (Comus)

Zsuzsi Tóth, soprano (Venus)

Vox Luminis

Ensemble La Fenice

Jean Tubéry (conductor)

2.47pm

Purcell

King Arthur Part 2

3.21pm

Sculthorpe

Earth Cry

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jessica Cottis (conductor)

3.32pm

James Ledger

Two Memorials

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jessica Cottis (conductor)

3.53pm

Sibelius

Finlandia

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Eivind Aadland (conductor)

4.03pm

Haydn

Trumpet Concerto

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Eivind Aadland (conductor).

AO3Purcell - The Fairy Queen20150423

Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee, Purcell's The Fairy Queen. Described as a semi-opera, the Fairy Queen was based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and premiered at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1692. Unlike what we now think of as opera, this was an opulant mixture of spoken dialogue, incidental music and masques. In this performance from Graz recorded last year, Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts a top cast including Dorothea Roschmann, and Florian Boesch. Plus more from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Composer in Association B Tommy Andersson's tribute to Wagner called Death in Venice.

2pm

Purcell: The Fairy Queen

Dorothea Roschmann (soprano)

Martina Jankova (soprano)

Elisabeth von Magnus (mezzo-soprano)

Terry Wey (countertenor)

Joshua Ellicot (tenor)

Florian Boesch (bass)

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Concentus Musicus Vienna

Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

c.4.10pm

Andersson: Death in Venice

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

AO3Purcell - The Fairy Queen20150423

Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee, Purcell's The Fairy Queen. Described as a semi-opera, the Fairy Queen was based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and premiered at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1692. Unlike what we now think of as opera, this was an opulant mixture of spoken dialogue, incidental music and masques. In this performance from Graz recorded last year, Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts a top cast including Dorothea Roschmann, and Florian Boesch. Plus more from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Composer in Association B Tommy Andersson's tribute to Wagner called Death in Venice.

2pm

Purcell: The Fairy Queen

Dorothea Roschmann (soprano)

Martina Jankova (soprano)

Elisabeth von Magnus (mezzo-soprano)

Terry Wey (countertenor)

Joshua Ellicot (tenor)

Florian Boesch (bass)

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Concentus Musicus Vienna

Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

c.4.10pm

Andersson: Death in Venice

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

AO3Rachmaninov - Aleko20130516

With Katie Derham.

Rachmaninov's student opera 'Aleko' is effectively his graduation exercise, a tale of jealous love and life set in a gipsy camp. Its series of cameos won Rachmaninov Tchaikovsky's friendship (among others), and launched his career as a composer. Gianandrea Noseda brings it to life in his native country of Italy with the BBC Philharmonic, and a cast of leading Russian soloists. Recorded in the RAI Auditorium in Turin.

After it, we hear the BBC Philharmonic - this week's featured orchestra - in a rapturously received performance given last year in Zagreb; Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena, directs them in Mahler's epic Fifth Symphony.

Rachmaninov: Aleko

Aleko - Sergey Murzaev (baritone)

Young Gypsy - Evgheny Akimov (tenor)

Old Gypsy - Gennadi Bezzubenkov (bass)

Zemfira - Svetla Vassileva (soprano)

Old Gypsy Woman - Nadeshda Vassilieva (mezzo-soprano)

Chorus of the Teatro Regio, Turin,

BBC Philharmonic,

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

2.55pm

Mahler: Symphony No 5

BBC Philharmonic,

Juanjo Mena (conductor).

With Katie Derham.

Rachmaninov's student opera 'Aleko' is effectively his graduation exercise, a tale of jealous love and life set in a gipsy camp. Its series of cameos won Rachmaninov Tchaikovsky's friendship (among others), and launched his career as a composer. Gianandrea Noseda brings it to life in his native country of Italy with the BBC Philharmonic, and a cast of leading Russian soloists. Recorded in the RAI Auditorium in Turin.

After it, we hear the BBC Philharmonic - this week's featured orchestra - in a rapturously received performance given last year in Zagreb; Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena, directs them in Mahler's epic Fifth Symphony.

Rachmaninov: Aleko

Aleko - Sergey Murzaev (baritone)

Young Gypsy - Evgheny Akimov (tenor)

Old Gypsy - Gennadi Bezzubenkov (bass)

Zemfira - Svetla Vassileva (soprano)

Old Gypsy Woman - Nadeshda Vassilieva (mezzo-soprano)

Chorus of the Teatro Regio, Turin,

BBC Philharmonic,

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

2.55pm

Mahler: Symphony No 5

Juanjo Mena (conductor).

AO3Rachmaninov - Iolanta20120524

Thursday Opera Matinee: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta

In the mountains of Southern France in the fifteenth century, ignorance is bliss for Princess Iolanta: she knows neither that she's blind, nor that she is a princess, because no one's told her. But all that is about to change when her betrothed decides to marry another woman, an alternative suitor conveniently arrives and a Moorish doctor comes along with a blindness cure. Katie Derham presents Tchaikovsky's one act opera, written to be performed with 'The Nutcracker' and, like its companion-piece ballet, a satisfying work in its own right.

Iolanta....Olga Mykytenko (soprano),

Rene....Dmitry Belosselsky (bass),

Robert....Dalibor Jenis (baritone),

Count Vaudemont....Saimir Pirgu (tenor),

Ibn-Hakia....Elchin Azizov (baritone),

Almeric....Ladislav Elgr (tenor),

Bertrand....Vladimir Baykov (bass),

Marta....Svetlana Shilova (contralto),

Brigitta....Rinnat Moriah (soprano),

Laura....Victoria Yarovaya (mezzo-soprano),

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

At approx. 3.35pm more from the BBC Philharmonic on tour:

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 in D minor

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO3Rachmaninov - Iolanta20120524

Thursday Opera Matinee: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta

In the mountains of Southern France in the fifteenth century, ignorance is bliss for Princess Iolanta: she knows neither that she's blind, nor that she is a princess, because no one's told her. But all that is about to change when her betrothed decides to marry another woman, an alternative suitor conveniently arrives and a Moorish doctor comes along with a blindness cure. Katie Derham presents Tchaikovsky's one act opera, written to be performed with 'The Nutcracker' and, like its companion-piece ballet, a satisfying work in its own right.

Iolanta....Olga Mykytenko (soprano),

Rene....Dmitry Belosselsky (bass),

Robert....Dalibor Jenis (baritone),

Count Vaudemont....Saimir Pirgu (tenor),

Ibn-Hakia....Elchin Azizov (baritone),

Almeric....Ladislav Elgr (tenor),

Bertrand....Vladimir Baykov (bass),

Marta....Svetlana Shilova (contralto),

Brigitta....Rinnat Moriah (soprano),

Laura....Victoria Yarovaya (mezzo-soprano),

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

At approx. 3.35pm more from the BBC Philharmonic on tour:

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 in D minor

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

Thursday Opera Matinee: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta

In the mountains of Southern France in the fifteenth century, ignorance is bliss for Princess Iolanta: she knows neither that she's blind, nor that she is a princess, because no one's told her. But all that is about to change when her betrothed decides to marry another woman, an alternative suitor conveniently arrives and a Moorish doctor comes along with a blindness cure. Katie Derham presents Tchaikovsky's one act opera, written to be performed with 'The Nutcracker' and, like its companion-piece ballet, a satisfying work in its own right.

Iolanta ..... Olga Mykytenko (soprano),

Rene ..... Dmitry Belosselsky (bass),

Robert ..... Dalibor Jenis (baritone),

Count Vaudemont ..... Saimir Pirgu (tenor),

Ibn-Hakia ..... Elchin Azizov (baritone),

Almeric ..... Ladislav Elgr (tenor),

Bertrand ..... Vladimir Baykov (bass),

Marta ..... Svetlana Shilova (contralto),

Brigitta ..... Rinnat Moriah (soprano),

Laura ..... Victoria Yarovaya (mezzo-soprano),

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

At approx. 3.35pm more from the BBC Philharmonic on tour:

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 in D minor

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO3Rameau - Les Boreades20141030

Verity Sharp with our opera matinee: Rameau's lyric tragedy in five acts Les Boréades, commemorating the 250th anniversary of his death, performed by Marc Minkowski conducting Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble and the Aedes Ensemble at this year's Aix-en-Provence Festival. Based on the Greek legend of Abaris the Hyperborean, this opera, the composer's last lyric tragedy, features soprano Julie Fuchs as Alphise and tenor Samuel Boden as her lover Abaris.

Jean-Philippe Rameau - Les Boréades, lyric tragedy in five acts, with libretto by Louis de Cahusac

Recorded in July, 2014 at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, as part of the Aix-en-Provence Festival

Alphise - Julie Fuchs (soprano)

Abaris - Samuel Boden (tenor)

Semire, Amour, Polymnie - Chloe Briot (soprano)

Calisis - Manuel Nunez-Camelino (tenor)

Borilée - Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin (baritone)

Borée - Damien Pass, (bass-baritone)

Apollon, Adamas - Mathieu Gardon, (baritone)

Aedes Ensemble

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble

Marc Minkowski (conductor).

AO3Rameau - Les Boreades20141030

Verity Sharp with our opera matinee: Rameau's lyric tragedy in five acts Les Boréades, commemorating the 250th anniversary of his death, performed by Marc Minkowski conducting Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble and the Aedes Ensemble at this year's Aix-en-Provence Festival. Based on the Greek legend of Abaris the Hyperborean, this opera, the composer's last lyric tragedy, features soprano Julie Fuchs as Alphise and tenor Samuel Boden as her lover Abaris.

Jean-Philippe Rameau - Les Boréades, lyric tragedy in five acts, with libretto by Louis de Cahusac

Recorded in July, 2014 at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, as part of the Aix-en-Provence Festival

Alphise - Julie Fuchs (soprano)

Abaris - Samuel Boden (tenor)

Semire, Amour, Polymnie - Chloe Briot (soprano)

Calisis - Manuel Nunez-Camelino (tenor)

Borilée - Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin (baritone)

Borée - Damien Pass, (bass-baritone)

Apollon, Adamas - Mathieu Gardon, (baritone)

Aedes Ensemble

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble

Marc Minkowski (conductor).

AO3Rameau - Les Indes galantes (Acts 1 and 2)20161208

AO3Rameau - Les Indes galantes (Acts 1 and 2)20161208

Katie Derham presents the first part of this week's Opera Matinee - Rameau's Les Indes Galantes, in a production from the Munich Opera Festival, conducted by Ivor Bolton. Rameau's opera-ballet features a Prologue and 4 acts with separate plots and colourful music depicting exotic locations. Plus more from this week's featured ensemble, the BBC Concert Orchestra with music by Prokofiev, Chick Corea and Morricone.

2pm

Rameau: Les Indes Galantes - part 1 (Prologue, Acts 1 &2)

Hebe/Zima .... Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

Bellone .... Goran Juric (bass)

L'Amour/Zaire .... Ana Quintans (soprano)

Osman/Ali .... Tareq Nazmi (bass)

Emile - Elsa Benoit (soprano)

Valere/Tacmas - Cyril Auvity (tenor)

Huascar/Don Alvaro .... Francois Lis (bass)

Phani/Fatime - Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Don Carlos/Damon .... Mathias Vidal (tenor)

Adario .... John Moore (baritone)

Balthasar-Neumann Chor, Freiburg

Münchner Festspielorchester

Ivor Bolton (conductor)

Part 2 in tomorrow's programme

c.3.35pm

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart

Shostakovich: Assault on Beautiful Gorky

Valentina Lisitsa (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Christopher Warren-Green

c.4pm

Ennio Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe

Chick Corea, arr John Harle: Children's Songs

Jessika Gillam (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart.

AO3Rameau - Les Indes galantes (Acts 1 and 2)20161208

Katie Derham presents the first part of this week's Opera Matinee - Rameau's Les Indes Galantes, in a production from the Munich Opera Festival, conducted by Ivor Bolton. Rameau's opera-ballet features a Prologue and 4 acts with separate plots and colourful music depicting exotic locations. Plus more from this week's featured ensemble, the BBC Concert Orchestra with music by Prokofiev, Chick Corea and Morricone.

2pm

Rameau: Les Indes Galantes - part 1 (Prologue, Acts 1 &2)

Hebe/Zima .... Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

Bellone .... Goran Juric (bass)

L'Amour/Zaire .... Ana Quintans (soprano)

Osman/Ali .... Tareq Nazmi (bass)

Emile - Elsa Benoit (soprano)

Valere/Tacmas - Cyril Auvity (tenor)

Huascar/Don Alvaro .... Francois Lis (bass)

Phani/Fatime - Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Don Carlos/Damon .... Mathias Vidal (tenor)

Adario .... John Moore (baritone)

Balthasar-Neumann Chor, Freiburg

Münchner Festspielorchester

Ivor Bolton (conductor)

Part 2 in tomorrow's programme

c.3.35pm

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart

Shostakovich: Assault on Beautiful Gorky

Valentina Lisitsa (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Christopher Warren-Green

c.4pm

Ennio Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe

Chick Corea, arr John Harle: Children's Songs

Jessika Gillam (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart.

AO3Rameau - Les Indes galantes (part 1)20161208

AO3Rameau - Les Indes galantes (part 1)20161208

Katie Derham presents the first part of this week's Opera Matinee - Rameau's Les Indes Galantes, in a production from the Munich Opera Festival, conducted by Ivor Bolton. Rameau's opera-ballet features a Prologue and 4 acts with separate plots and colourful music depicting exotic locations. Plus more from this week's featured ensemble, the BBC Concert Orchestra with music by Prokofiev, Chick Corea and Morricone.

2pm

Rameau: Les Indes Galantes - part 1 (Prologue, Acts 1-3)

Hebe/Zima .... Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

Bellone .... Goran Juric (bass)

L'Amour/Zaire .... Ana Quintans (soprano)

Osman/Ali .... Tareq Nazmi (bass)

Emile - Elsa Benoit (soprano)

Valere/Tacmas - Cyril Auvity (tenor)

Huascar/Don Alvaro .... Francois Lis (bass)

Phani/Fatime - Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Don Carlos/Damon .... Mathias Vidal (tenor)

Adario .... John Moore (baritone)

Balthasar-Neumann Chor, Freiburg

Münchner Festspielorchester

Ivor Bolton (conductor)

Part 2 in tomorrow's programme

c.3.35pm

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart

Shostakovich: Assault on Beautiful Gorky

Valentina Lisitsa (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Christopher Warren-Green

c.4pm

Ennio Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe

Chick Corea, arr John Harle: Children's Songs

Jessika Gillam (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart.

AO3Rameau - Les Indes galantes (part 1)20161208

Katie Derham presents the first part of this week's Opera Matinee - Rameau's Les Indes Galantes, in a production from the Munich Opera Festival, conducted by Ivor Bolton. Rameau's opera-ballet features a Prologue and 4 acts with separate plots and colourful music depicting exotic locations. Plus more from this week's featured ensemble, the BBC Concert Orchestra with music by Prokofiev, Chick Corea and Morricone.

2pm

Rameau: Les Indes Galantes - part 1 (Prologue, Acts 1-3)

Hebe/Zima .... Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

Bellone .... Goran Juric (bass)

L'Amour/Zaire .... Ana Quintans (soprano)

Osman/Ali .... Tareq Nazmi (bass)

Emile - Elsa Benoit (soprano)

Valere/Tacmas - Cyril Auvity (tenor)

Huascar/Don Alvaro .... Francois Lis (bass)

Phani/Fatime - Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Don Carlos/Damon .... Mathias Vidal (tenor)

Adario .... John Moore (baritone)

Balthasar-Neumann Chor, Freiburg

Münchner Festspielorchester

Ivor Bolton (conductor)

Part 2 in tomorrow's programme

c.3.35pm

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart

Shostakovich: Assault on Beautiful Gorky

Valentina Lisitsa (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Christopher Warren-Green

c.4pm

Ennio Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe

Chick Corea, arr John Harle: Children's Songs

Jessika Gillam (saxophone)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart.

AO3Rameau - Zoroastre20161020

Today's Opera Matinee is a recording from this year's Montpellier festival of Rameau's Zoroastre.The story takes place in the ancient kingdom of Bactria and deals with the forces of Good, led by Zoroastre, contending with the forces of Evil, led by the sorcerer Abramane. Unusually for operas of the time the story is not taken from Classical mythology but from Persian religion. The historical Zoroaster was an important figure in Masonic circles and as with Mozart's The Magic Flute, there are obvious connections between the opera and Freemasonry. Presented by Penny Gore

Zoroastre....Reinoud van Mechelen (countertenor)

Abramane....Nicolas Courjal (bass)

Erinice....Emmanuelle de Negri (soprano)

Amélite....Katherine Watson (soprano)

Zopire/Oromasès....Christian Immler (baritone)

Céphie....Léa Desandre (mezzo-soprano)

Pygmalion Ensemble

Raphaël Pichon

2.00pm Acts 1 and 2

3.10pm Act 3

3.35 Acts 4 and 5.

AO3Rameau - Zoroastre20161020

Today's Opera Matinee is a recording from this year's Montpellier festival of Rameau's Zoroastre.The story takes place in the ancient kingdom of Bactria and deals with the forces of Good, led by Zoroastre, contending with the forces of Evil, led by the sorcerer Abramane. Unusually for operas of the time the story is not taken from Classical mythology but from Persian religion. The historical Zoroaster was an important figure in Masonic circles and as with Mozart's The Magic Flute, there are obvious connections between the opera and Freemasonry. Presented by Penny Gore

Zoroastre.....Reinoud van Mechelen (countertenor)

Abramane.....Nicolas Courjal (bass)

Erinice .....Emmanuelle de Negri (soprano)

Amélite.....Katherine Watson (soprano)

Zopire/Oromasès.....Christian Immler (baritone)

Céphie.....Léa Desandre (mezzo-soprano)

Pygmalion Ensemble

Raphaël Pichon

2.00pm Acts 1 and 2

3.10pm Act 3

3.35 Acts 4 and 5.

AO3Ravel - L'enfant et les sortileges20160303

Katie Derham presents Ravel's haunting one-act opera L'Enfant et les sortileges, recorded in Geneva last October, conducted by Charles Dutoit. The plot centres on a naughty child who in a fit of temper breaks his toys and furniture and hurts the animals around him. These characters come to life to reproach the boy for the destruction he's caused. Followed by more for this week's featured orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony.

2pm:

Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortileges

Child......Khatouna Gadeila (soprano)

Mother/Chinese Teacup/Dragonfly/Shepherd.....Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Female Cat/Squirrel...... Daniela Mack (mezzo-soprano)

Fire/Nightingale/Princess..... Kathleen Kim (soprano)

Shepherdess/Bat/Owl.....Julie Pasturaud (mezzo-soprano)

Armchair/Cat........David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Grandfather Clock/Tree.......Elliot Madore (baritone)

Teapot/Little Old Man/Tree Frog...François Piolino (tenor)

Geneva Grand Théâtre Chorus

Suisse Romande Orchestra

conductor Charles Dutoit

2:50pm:

Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

conductor Mariss Jansons

3.00pm:

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

conductor Mariss Jansons

3.15pm:

Vivaldi: Sonata a 4 in C RV 801

Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony

3.25pm:

Handel: Two arias

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony

3.40pm:

Fux: Sonata a 4 in D minor, K342

Telemann: Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony

4pm:

CPE Bach: Pastorale in A minor

Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony

4.05pm:

Biber: Mystery Sonata No.15

Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony.

AO3Ravel - L'enfant Et Les Sortileges20160303

Katie Derham presents Ravel's haunting one-act opera L'Enfant et les sortileges, recorded in Geneva last October, conducted by Charles Dutoit. The plot centres on a naughty child who in a fit of temper breaks his toys and furniture and hurts the animals around him. These characters come to life to reproach the boy for the destruction he's caused. Followed by more for this week's featured orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony.

2pm:

Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortileges

Child....Khatouna Gadeila (soprano)

Mother/Chinese Teacup/Dragonfly/Shepherd....Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Female Cat/Squirrel....Daniela Mack (mezzo-soprano)

Fire/Nightingale/Princess....Kathleen Kim (soprano)

Shepherdess/Bat/Owl....Julie Pasturaud (mezzo-soprano)

Armchair/Cat....David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Grandfather Clock/Tree....Elliot Madore (baritone)

Teapot/Little Old Man/Tree Frog...François Piolino (tenor)

Geneva Grand Théâtre Chorus

Suisse Romande Orchestra

conductor Charles Dutoit

2:50pm:

Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

conductor Mariss Jansons

3.00pm:

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole

3.15pm:

Vivaldi: Sonata a 4 in C RV 801

Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony

3.25pm:

Handel: Two arias

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

3.40pm:

Fux: Sonata a 4 in D minor, K342

Telemann: Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht

4pm:

CPE Bach: Pastorale in A minor

4.05pm:

Biber: Mystery Sonata No.15

AO3Ravel - L'heure Espagnole20140306

Katie Derham's Thursday matinee, ahead of Ravel Day tomorrow, is his one-act opera L'heure espagnole, after which she brings you the final Afternoon on 3 instalment of Thea Musgrave 'Total Immersion' from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers. Plus Elgar's perennially popular Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 and Ravel's masterful orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Ravel

L'heure espagnol

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

2.55pm

Thea Musgrave

Turbulent Landscapes

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

3.25pm

Ben Parker

The Affects of a Butterfly

BBC Singers

Matthew Hamilton (conductor)

3.30pm

Elgar

Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major

Andrew Davis (conductor)

3.40pm

On the Underground, Set 3: A Medieval Summer (1995)

Paul Brough (conductor)

3.55pm

Mussorgsky orch Ravel

Pictures at an Exhibition

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO3Ravel - L'heure espagnole20140306

Katie Derham's Thursday matinee, ahead of Ravel Day tomorrow, is his one-act opera L'heure espagnole, after which she brings you the final Afternoon on 3 instalment of Thea Musgrave 'Total Immersion' from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers. Plus Elgar's perennially popular Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 and Ravel's masterful orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Ravel

L'heure espagnol

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

2.55pm

Thea Musgrave

Turbulent Landscapes

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

3.25pm

Ben Parker

The Affects of a Butterfly

BBC Singers

Matthew Hamilton (conductor)

3.30pm

Elgar

Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

3.40pm

Thea Musgrave

On the Underground, Set 3: A Medieval Summer (1995)

BBC Singers

Paul Brough (conductor)

3.55pm

Mussorgsky orch Ravel

Pictures at an Exhibition

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO3Ravel - L'heure Espagnole20160225

Katie Derham presents today's Opera Matinee - Ravel's L'Heure espagnole in a performance by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Charles Dutoit. Ravel's comic opera is set over an hour in the clockmaker Torquemada's shop in Spain. Torquemada's wife Concepcion makes full use of the large clocks in the shop to hide her various lovers from her unsuspecting husband. Followed by music with French connections from the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, featuring recent studio recordings from two Radio 3 New Generation Artists, plus Poulenc's glittering Gloria.

2pm

Ravel L'Heure espagnole

Concepcion....Daniela Mack (mezzo-soprano)

Gonzalve...Julien Behr (tenor)

Torquemada...Francois Piolino (tenor)

Ramiro...Elliot Madore (baritone)

Don Inigo...Davis Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

3.00pm:

Peter Dickinson: Satie Transformations

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Clark Rundell (conductor)

3.15pm:

Copland: Concerto for clarinet, strings, harp and piano

Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet)

Perry So (conductor)

David (orch. Lindberg): Trombone Concertino in E flat major, Op.4

Peter Moore (trombone)

c.4.00pm

Poulenc: Gloria

Marita Solberg (soprano)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

AO3Ravel - L'heure espagnole20160225

Katie Derham presents today's Opera Matinee - Ravel's L'Heure espagnole in a performance by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Charles Dutoit. Ravel's comic opera is set over an hour in the clockmaker Torquemada's shop in Spain. Torquemada's wife Concepcion makes full use of the large clocks in the shop to hide her various lovers from her unsuspecting husband. Followed by music with French connections from the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, featuring recent studio recordings from two Radio 3 New Generation Artists, plus Poulenc's glittering Gloria.

2pm

Ravel L'Heure espagnole

Concepcion....Daniela Mack (mezzo-soprano)

Gonzalve...Julien Behr (tenor)

Torquemada...Francois Piolino (tenor)

Ramiro...Elliot Madore (baritone)

Don Inigo...Davis Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

3.00pm:

Peter Dickinson: Satie Transformations

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Clark Rundell (conductor)

3.15pm:

Copland: Concerto for clarinet, strings, harp and piano

Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Perry So (conductor)

David (orch. Lindberg): Trombone Concertino in E flat major, Op.4

Peter Moore (trombone)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Perry So (conductor)

c.4.00pm

Poulenc: Gloria

Marita Solberg (soprano)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

AO3Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve20151231

AO3Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve20151231

Ian Skelly presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee: Rimsky Korsakov's Christmas Eve, performed by the State Symphony Capella of Russia. Based on a short story by Gogol, the opera tells of events happening in the Ukrainian hamlet of Dikanka on Christmas Eve. The widow Solokha helps the Devil steal the moon, and lots of people hide in sacks. Plus more from the BBC Performing Groups 'Best of 2015', with a performance of Vaughan Williams' overture The Wasps performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

2pm

Thursday Opera Matinee:

Rimsky Korsakov Christmas Eve

Solokha... Lyudmila Kuznetsova (mezzo-soprano)

Vakula...Oleg Dolgov (tenor)

Devil....Maxim Sazhin (tenor)

Village Head...Sergei Toptygin (baritone)

Chub....Andrei Antonov (bass)

Oxana...Anna Pegova (soprano)

Deacon Osip Nikiforovich.... Leonid Bomstein (tenor)

Tsaritsa...Elena Evseeva (soprano)

Panas...Alexander Markeev (bass)

Patsyuk...Ruslan Rozyev (bass)

Woman with violet nose...Viktoria Smoinikova (soprano)

Woman with ordinary nose...Anastasia Proviznova (soprano)

State Symphony Capella of Russia Chorus

State Symphony Capella of Russia

Valery Polyansky (conductor)

c.4.15pm

Vaughan Williams Wasps Overture

BBC Concert Orchestra

Keith Lockhart (conductor).

AO3Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve20151231

Ian Skelly presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee: Rimsky Korsakov's Christmas Eve, performed by the State Symphony Capella of Russia. Based on a short story by Gogol, the opera tells of events happening in the Ukrainian hamlet of Dikanka on Christmas Eve. The widow Solokha helps the Devil steal the moon, and lots of people hide in sacks. Plus more from the BBC Performing Groups 'Best of 2015', with a performance of Vaughan Williams' overture The Wasps performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

2pm

Thursday Opera Matinee:

Rimsky Korsakov Christmas Eve

Solokha... Lyudmila Kuznetsova (mezzo-soprano)

Vakula...Oleg Dolgov (tenor)

Devil....Maxim Sazhin (tenor)

Village Head...Sergei Toptygin (baritone)

Chub....Andrei Antonov (bass)

Oxana...Anna Pegova (soprano)

Deacon Osip Nikiforovich.... Leonid Bomstein (tenor)

Tsaritsa...Elena Evseeva (soprano)

Panas...Alexander Markeev (bass)

Patsyuk...Ruslan Rozyev (bass)

Woman with violet nose...Viktoria Smoinikova (soprano)

Woman with ordinary nose...Anastasia Proviznova (soprano)

State Symphony Capella of Russia Chorus

State Symphony Capella of Russia

Valery Polyansky (conductor)

c.4.15pm

Vaughan Williams Wasps Overture

BBC Concert Orchestra

Keith Lockhart (conductor).

AO3Rimsky-korsakov - The Tsar's Bride20150326

Penny Gore presents this week's opera matinee, Rimsky-Korsakov's thrilling 4-act melodrama The Tsar's Bride, recorded live at La Scala last March.

The libretto, by Ilyaa Tyumenev, is a complex, psychological drama, steeped in history and driven by one of the same characters that inspired Eisenstein: Tsar Ivan IV, "Ivan the Terrible." It's 1571 and the Tsar is looking for his third bride. He's assembled some 2000 girls for inspection, but the one he's taken with is Marfa. However, she is already promised in marriage to her childhood sweetheart Ivan and, as if the situation isn't complicated enough, Marfa is also loved by another powerful man, Grigory - one of the Tsar's secret police. It's a love-triangle which has all the makings of catastrophe.

Rimsky-Korsakov brings the story to life with spectacular music, including lively melodies evoking Russian folklore which lighten the mood.

Daniel Barenboim conducts the company premiere of this opera, staged and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, and with Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The cast includes soprano Olga Peretyatko as Marfa, baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle as the ruthless oprichnik Griaznoy and mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya as Marfa's tragic rival, Lyubasha.

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride

Marfa.... Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Dunyasha.... Anna Lapkovskaya (mezzo-soprano)

Grigoriy Lukyanovich Malyuta Skuratov.... Tobias Schabel (bass)

Lyubasha.... Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo-soprano)

Vasiliy Stepanovich Sobakin.... Anatoly Kotscherga (bass)

Ivan Sergeyevich Loykov.... Pavel Cernoch (tenor)

Petrovna.... Carola Hohn (mezzo-soprano)

Domna Ivanovna Saburova.... Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano)

Grigoriy Grigorevich Gryaznoy.... Johannes Martin Kranzle (baritone)

Yelisey Bomelius.... Stephan Rugamer (tenor)

The Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala

Daniel Barenboim.

AO3Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride20150326

Penny Gore presents this week's opera matinee, Rimsky-Korsakov's thrilling 4-act melodrama The Tsar's Bride, recorded live at La Scala last March.

The libretto, by Ilyaa Tyumenev, is a complex, psychological drama, steeped in history and driven by one of the same characters that inspired Eisenstein: Tsar Ivan IV, "Ivan the Terrible." It's 1571 and the Tsar is looking for his third bride. He's assembled some 2000 girls for inspection, but the one he's taken with is Marfa. However, she is already promised in marriage to her childhood sweetheart Ivan and, as if the situation isn't complicated enough, Marfa is also loved by another powerful man, Grigory - one of the Tsar's secret police. It's a love-triangle which has all the makings of catastrophe.

Rimsky-Korsakov brings the story to life with spectacular music, including lively melodies evoking Russian folklore which lighten the mood.

Daniel Barenboim conducts the company premiere of this opera, staged and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, and with Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The cast includes soprano Olga Peretyatko as Marfa, baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle as the ruthless oprichnik Griaznoy and mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya as Marfa's tragic rival, Lyubasha.

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride

Marfa .... Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Dunyasha .... Anna Lapkovskaya (mezzo-soprano)

Grigoriy Lukyanovich Malyuta Skuratov .... Tobias Schabel (bass)

Lyubasha .... Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo-soprano)

Vasiliy Stepanovich Sobakin .... Anatoly Kotscherga (bass)

Ivan Sergeyevich Loykov .... Pavel Cernoch (tenor)

Petrovna .... Carola Hohn (mezzo-soprano)

Domna Ivanovna Saburova .... Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano)

Grigoriy Grigorevich Gryaznoy .... Johannes Martin Kranzle (baritone)

Yelisey Bomelius .... Stephan Rugamer (tenor)

The Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala

Daniel Barenboim.

AO3Rossini - Aureliano in Palmira20141023

Today's Opera Matinee is by Rossini, his opera seria "Aureliano in Palmira" a historical tale of Love and War between the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (Aureliano), and Queen Zenobia of Palmyra, a city in Syria.

For such a rarity (Aureliano in Palmira was a flop at its first outing, never re-staged in Rossini's lifetime and disappearing almost without trace), a great deal of the music sounds familiar - very familiar in fact. From the Overture there is more than a nagging sense that you've heard this before somewhere and that is because Rossini re-cycled his forlorn historical drama into one of his comic masterpieces "The Barber of Seville" (which also flopped on its first outing, but history has been kinder to it). So the quality of the music is assured.

And the setting of the Rossini Festival Pesaro is the most sympathetic place to hear again this original score with the outstanding pairing of tenor Michael Spyres as the Roman emperor Aureliano and soprano Jessica Pratt as the Palmyran queen Zenobia.

We hear Act 1 today and Act 2 is tomorrow

2pm Opera Matinee

Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira - opera seria in 2 Acts

From the 2014 Pesaro Festival

Act 1

Act 1 begins in the temple in Palmyra. Queen Zenobia, her lover Arsace, Prince of Persia, and the citizens of Palmyra are praying for deliverance from the Romans, led by the emperor Marcus Aurelius (Aureliano), who are approaching the city gates.

Battle is joined outside the city and the Romans defeat the Palmyrans and capture Arsace, who declares his love for Zenobia to Aureliano. Zenobia tries to negotiate the release of her captured citizens, but Aureliano is adamant and prepares to enter Palmyra itself.

Zenobia prepares the city for one last desperate defence, knowing that her lover Arsace is already in the hands of Aureliano.

Aureliano - Michael Spyres (tenor)

Zenobia - Jessica Pratt (soprano)

Arsace - Lena Belkina (mezzo-soprano)

Publia - Raffaella Lupinacci (mezzo-soprano)

Oraspe - Dempsey C'Rivera (tenor)

High Priest - Dimitri Pkhaladze (bass)

Priest - Raffaele Constantini (bass)

Licinio - Sergio Vitale (baritone)

Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Gioachino Rossini Symphony Orchestra/

Will Crutchfield (conductor)

(Act 2 tomorrow at 2pm)

3.50pm

Schubert

Symphony No.4 in C minor (D.417) "Tragic"

BBC Philharmonic.

AO3Rossini - Aureliano In Palmira20141023

Today's Opera Matinee is by Rossini, his opera seria "Aureliano in Palmira" a historical tale of Love and War between the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (Aureliano), and Queen Zenobia of Palmyra, a city in Syria.

For such a rarity (Aureliano in Palmira was a flop at its first outing, never re-staged in Rossini's lifetime and disappearing almost without trace), a great deal of the music sounds familiar - very familiar in fact. From the Overture there is more than a nagging sense that you've heard this before somewhere and that is because Rossini re-cycled his forlorn historical drama into one of his comic masterpieces "The Barber of Seville" (which also flopped on its first outing, but history has been kinder to it). So the quality of the music is assured.

And the setting of the Rossini Festival Pesaro is the most sympathetic place to hear again this original score with the outstanding pairing of tenor Michael Spyres as the Roman emperor Aureliano and soprano Jessica Pratt as the Palmyran queen Zenobia.

We hear Act 1 today and Act 2 is tomorrow

2pm Opera Matinee

Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira - opera seria in 2 Acts

From the 2014 Pesaro Festival

Act 1

Act 1 begins in the temple in Palmyra. Queen Zenobia, her lover Arsace, Prince of Persia, and the citizens of Palmyra are praying for deliverance from the Romans, led by the emperor Marcus Aurelius (Aureliano), who are approaching the city gates.

Battle is joined outside the city and the Romans defeat the Palmyrans and capture Arsace, who declares his love for Zenobia to Aureliano. Zenobia tries to negotiate the release of her captured citizens, but Aureliano is adamant and prepares to enter Palmyra itself.

Zenobia prepares the city for one last desperate defence, knowing that her lover Arsace is already in the hands of Aureliano.

Aureliano - Michael Spyres (tenor)

Zenobia - Jessica Pratt (soprano)

Arsace - Lena Belkina (mezzo-soprano)

Publia - Raffaella Lupinacci (mezzo-soprano)

Oraspe - Dempsey C'Rivera (tenor)

High Priest - Dimitri Pkhaladze (bass)

Priest - Raffaele Constantini (bass)

Licinio - Sergio Vitale (baritone)

Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Gioachino Rossini Symphony Orchestra/

Will Crutchfield (conductor)

(Act 2 tomorrow at 2pm)

3.50pm

Schubert

Symphony No.4 in C minor (D.417) "Tragic"

BBC Philharmonic.

AO3Rossini - Ciro In Babilonia20161124

Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee - Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia, recorded at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in August this year. One of two Lenten operas by the composer, the plot is based on the Biblical story of the overthrow of the Babylonian king Belshazzar by the Persian ruler Cyrus the Great.

Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia, drama in two acts

Baldassare - Antonio Siragusa (tenor)

Ciro - Ewa Podles (contralto)

Amira - Pretty Yende (soprano)

Argene - Isabella Gaudi (soprano)

Zambri - Oleg Tsybulko (bass)

Arbace - Alessandro Luciano (tenor)

Daniello - Dimitri Pkhaladze (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Conductor Jader Bignamini.

AO3Rossini - Il Signor Bruschino20121115

Katie Derham whisks us off to 'Rossiniland' for today's opera matinee: a zany production of Rossini's comic opera Il Signor Bruschino (Mr Bruschino) was one of the highlights of this year's Rossini Opera Festival in the composer's native city of Pesaro, Italy. Sofia and Florville are head over heels in love, but their parents are at loggerheads and Sofia's father plans to hitch her to the son of his old friend Mr Bruschino. Fortunately, nobody's seen said son for years - so Florville takes his place, and even fools the local police into believing him. Will he get the girl? There's only one way to find out - tune in at 2pm.

Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino

Maria Aleida (soprano) - Sofia

Chiara Amarù (mezzo-soprano) - Marianna

Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore (baritone) - Filiberto

Francisco Brito (tenor) - Bruschino junior / A Police Commissioner

Roberto De Candia (baritone) - Bruschino senior

David Alegret (tenor) - Florville

Carlo Lepore (bass).. Gaudenzio

Gioachino Rossini Symphony Orchestra

Daniele Rustioni (conductor)

Plus jolly ballet music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams' hard-hitting Fourth Symphony.

3.25pm

Elgar: The Sanguine Fan (ballet)

BBC Concert Orchestra,

John Wilson (conductor).

c. 3.45pm

Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 4

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Andrew Manze (conductor).

AO3Rossini - Il Signor Bruschino20121115

Katie Derham whisks us off to 'Rossiniland' for today's opera matinee: a zany production of Rossini's comic opera Il Signor Bruschino (Mr Bruschino) was one of the highlights of this year's Rossini Opera Festival in the composer's native city of Pesaro, Italy. Sofia and Florville are head over heels in love, but their parents are at loggerheads and Sofia's father plans to hitch her to the son of his old friend Mr Bruschino. Fortunately, nobody's seen said son for years - so Florville takes his place, and even fools the local police into believing him. Will he get the girl? There's only one way to find out - tune in at 2pm.

Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino

Maria Aleida (soprano) - Sofia

Chiara Amarù (mezzo-soprano) - Marianna

Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore (baritone) - Filiberto

Francisco Brito (tenor) - Bruschino junior / A Police Commissioner

Roberto De Candia (baritone) - Bruschino senior

David Alegret (tenor) - Florville

Carlo Lepore (bass).. Gaudenzio

Gioachino Rossini Symphony Orchestra

Daniele Rustioni (conductor)

Plus jolly ballet music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams' hard-hitting Fourth Symphony.

3.25pm

Elgar: The Sanguine Fan (ballet)

BBC Concert Orchestra,

John Wilson (conductor).

c. 3.45pm

Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 4

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Andrew Manze (conductor).

Katie Derham whisks us off to 'Rossiniland' for today's opera matinee: a zany production of Rossini's comic opera Il Signor Bruschino (Mr Bruschino) was one of the highlights of this year's Rossini Opera Festival in the composer's native city of Pesaro, Italy. Sofia and Florville are head over heels in love, but their parents are at loggerheads and Sofia's father plans to hitch her to the son of his old friend Mr Bruschino. Fortunately, nobody's seen said son for years - so Florville takes his place, and even fools the local police into believing him. Will he get the girl? There's only one way to find out - tune in at 2pm.

Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino

Maria Aleida (soprano) - Sofia

Chiara Amarù (mezzo-soprano) - Marianna

Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore (baritone) - Filiberto

Francisco Brito (tenor) - Bruschino junior / A Police Commissioner

Roberto De Candia (baritone) - Bruschino senior

David Alegret (tenor) - Florville

Carlo Lepore (bass) .. Gaudenzio

Gioachino Rossini Symphony Orchestra

Daniele Rustioni (conductor)

Plus jolly ballet music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams' hard-hitting Fourth Symphony.

3.25pm

Elgar: The Sanguine Fan (ballet)

BBC Concert Orchestra,

John Wilson (conductor).

c. 3.45pm

Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 4

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Andrew Manze (conductor).

AO3Rossini - Il Turco In Italia20160929

Katie Derham presents Rossini's Opera Il Turco in Italia recorded at this year's Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, conducted by Speranza Scappucci, starring Erwin Schrott and Olga Peretyatko.

In one of Rossini's comic masterpieces, Neapolitan live-wire Fiorilla is bored with her husband and quickly falls for the dashing visitor from Turkey, Selim. Much flirtation, intrigue and mishap ensues: will the course of true love run smooth...???

Selim... Erwin Schrott (bass-baritone)

Fiorilla... Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Geronio... Nicola Alaimo (baritone)

Narciso... René Barbera (tenor)

Prosdocimo... Pietro Spagnoli (baritone)

Zaida... Cecilia Molinari (mezzo-soprano)

Albazar... Levy Sekgapane (tenor)

Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini Chorus

G. Rossini Symphony Orchestra

Speranza Scappucci (conductor).

AO3Rossini - Il Turco in Italia20160929

Katie Derham presents Rossini's Opera Il Turco in Italia recorded at this year's Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, conducted by Speranza Scappucci, starring Erwin Schrott and Olga Peretyatko.

In one of Rossini's comic masterpieces, Neapolitan live-wire Fiorilla is bored with her husband and quickly falls for the dashing visitor from Turkey, Selim. Much flirtation, intrigue and mishap ensues: will the course of true love run smooth...???

Selim ... Erwin Schrott (bass-baritone)

Fiorilla ... Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Geronio ... Nicola Alaimo (baritone)

Narciso ... René Barbera (tenor)

Prosdocimo ... Pietro Spagnoli (baritone)

Zaida ... Cecilia Molinari (mezzo-soprano)

Albazar ... Levy Sekgapane (tenor)

Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini Chorus

G. Rossini Symphony Orchestra

Speranza Scappucci (conductor).

AO3Rossini - La Gazzetta20151008

Penny Gore presents this week's Opera Matinee: Rossini's 'La Gazzetta', which satirizes the influence of newspapers on people's lives, recorded at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in August. The pompous Don Pomponio Storione travels the world in search of a husband for his daughter, putting ads in the newspapers, but learns that this might not be the route to his daughter's happiness. Rossini's second opera written for Naples was the only comedy he wrote there, but there are conflicting reports on whether or not it was well received.

Rossini: La Gazzetta

Madama la Rose - José Maria Lo Monaco (mezzo-soprano)

Doralice - Raffaella Lupinacci (soprano)

Lisetta - Hasmik Torosyan (soprano)

Don Pomponio Storione - Nicola Alaimo (bass)

Monsù Traversen - Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore (bass)

Alberto - Maxim Mironov (tenor)

Filippo - Vito Priante (baritone)

Anselmo - Dario Shikhmiri (bass)

Andrea Faidutti (chorus director)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Enrique Mazzola (conductor)

Recorded 11/08/2015

Pesaro - Rossini Theatre.

AO3Rossini - La Gazzetta20151008

Penny Gore presents this week's Opera Matinee: Rossini's 'La Gazzetta', which satirizes the influence of newspapers on people's lives, recorded at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in August. The pompous Don Pomponio Storione travels the world in search of a husband for his daughter, putting ads in the newspapers, but learns that this might not be the route to his daughter's happiness. Rossini's second opera written for Naples was the only comedy he wrote there, but there are conflicting reports on whether or not it was well received.

Rossini: La Gazzetta

Madama la Rose - José Maria Lo Monaco (mezzo-soprano)

Doralice - Raffaella Lupinacci (soprano)

Lisetta - Hasmik Torosyan (soprano)

Don Pomponio Storione - Nicola Alaimo (bass)

Monsù Traversen - Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore (bass)

Alberto - Maxim Mironov (tenor)

Filippo - Vito Priante (baritone)

Anselmo - Dario Shikhmiri (bass)

Andrea Faidutti (chorus director)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Enrique Mazzola (conductor)

Recorded 11/08/2015

Pesaro - Rossini Theatre.

AO3Rossini - La Scala Di Seta20130411

Mozart: PiaThursday Opera Matinee: Jonathan Swain presents a rarely heard one-act comic opera by Gioacchino Rossini with a libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa: La scala di seta, The Silken Ladder. The performance was given towards the end of March at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Rossini: La scala di seta

Daniele Zanfardino (tenor),

Olga Peretyatko (soprano),

Laura Cherici (soprano),

Bogdan Mihai (tenor),

Pietro Spagnoli (tenor),

Luca Tittoto (bass),

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic,

Alessandro De Marchi (conductor).

3.30pm

Following the opera, this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, returns with more music by centenary composer Benjamin Britten - a brand new recording of his only Piano Concerto. Plus songs by the Viennese composer Britten wanted to study with (but his parents and the Royal College of Music wouldn't let him): Alban Berg. And tomorrow you can hear the BBC Philharmonic back in Vienna.

Britten: Piano Concerto, Op. 13

Howard Shelley (piano),

BBC Philharmonic,

Edward Gardner (conductor).

Berg: Altenberg Lieder

Ruby Hughes (soprano),

John Storgards (conductor).no Trio in G, K496; Quintet for piano and winds, K452.

AO3Rossini - La scala di seta20130411

Mozart: PiaThursday Opera Matinee: Jonathan Swain presents a rarely heard one-act comic opera by Gioacchino Rossini with a libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa: La scala di seta, The Silken Ladder. The performance was given towards the end of March at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Rossini: La scala di seta

Daniele Zanfardino (tenor),

Olga Peretyatko (soprano),

Laura Cherici (soprano),

Bogdan Mihai (tenor),

Pietro Spagnoli (tenor),

Luca Tittoto (bass),

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic,

Alessandro De Marchi (conductor).

3.30pm

Following the opera, this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, returns with more music by centenary composer Benjamin Britten - a brand new recording of his only Piano Concerto. Plus songs by the Viennese composer Britten wanted to study with (but his parents and the Royal College of Music wouldn't let him): Alban Berg. And tomorrow you can hear the BBC Philharmonic back in Vienna.

Britten: Piano Concerto, Op. 13

Howard Shelley (piano),

BBC Philharmonic,

Edward Gardner (conductor).

Berg: Altenberg Lieder

Ruby Hughes (soprano),

BBC Philharmonic,

John Storgards (conductor).no Trio in G, K496; Quintet for piano and winds, K452.

AO3Rossini - Le Comte Ory20140508

Katie Derham presents our opera matinee: Rossini's comic opera Le Comte Ory, in two acts, with Stefano Montari conducting the Lyon Opera, Chorus and solosits: Dmitry Korchak is Le Comte, Desirée Rancatore is La Comtesse, Antoinette Dennefeld is Isolier, and Patrick Bolleire is the Governor, leading the cast in a production recorded in February.

Gioachino Rossini

Le Comte Ory, comic opera in two acts (1828)

Count Ory.... Dmitry Korchak (tenor)

Governor - Patrick Bolleire (baritone)

Isolier - Antoinette Dennefeld (mezzo-soprano)

Raimbaud - Jean-Sébastien Bou (baritone)

Countess Adèle - Desirée Rancatore (coloratura soprano)

Ragonde - Doris Lamprecht (mezzo-soprano)

Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera

Stefano Montanari (conductor).

AO3Rossini - Le Comte Ory20140508

Katie Derham presents our opera matinee: Rossini's comic opera Le Comte Ory, in two acts, with Stefano Montari conducting the Lyon Opera, Chorus and solosits: Dmitry Korchak is Le Comte, Desirée Rancatore is La Comtesse, Antoinette Dennefeld is Isolier, and Patrick Bolleire is the Governor, leading the cast in a production recorded in February.

Gioachino Rossini

Le Comte Ory, comic opera in two acts (1828)

Count Ory .... Dmitry Korchak (tenor)

Governor - Patrick Bolleire (baritone)

Isolier - Antoinette Dennefeld (mezzo-soprano)

Raimbaud - Jean-Sébastien Bou (baritone)

Countess Adèle - Desirée Rancatore (coloratura soprano)

Ragonde - Doris Lamprecht (mezzo-soprano)

Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera

Stefano Montanari (conductor).

AO3Rossini - L'inganno Felice20150226

Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee; a recording of Rossini's one act opera, L'Inganno felice from La Fenice. Isabella, happily married to Duke Bertrando rejects the advances of the villainous Ormondo. In revenge, he spreads rumours about her reputation, and bribes Batone into casting her adrift in a boat on the sea. She's rescued by a local miner who disguises her as his niece, Nisa. Ten years pass before Duke Bertando visits the mines, and she has a chance to win her husband back.

Then it's live to MediaCity in Salford where Ian Skelly introduces a live performance by the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgards as part of Afternoon on 3's Nordic and Baltic season. They perform Sibelius' Rakastava, before a live contribution to this week's complete Nielsen symphony cycle - No 5.

2pm

Rossini

L'Inganno felice (The Fortunate Deception)

Isabella... Marina Bucciarelli (soprano)

Duca Bertrando... Giorgio Misseri (tenor)

Batone...Filippo Fontana (bass)

Tarabotto... Omar Montanari (bass)

Ormondo... Marco Filippo Romano (bass)

Teatro La Fenice Chorus

Teatro La Fenice Orchestra

Stefano Montanari (conductor)

3.30pm

Live from MediaCity, Salford, presented by Ian Skelly

Sibelius

Rakastava, Op.14

Nielsen Symphony No 5, Op.50

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor).

AO3Rossini - L'inganno felice20150226

Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee; a recording of Rossini's one act opera, L'Inganno felice from La Fenice. Isabella, happily married to Duke Bertrando rejects the advances of the villainous Ormondo. In revenge, he spreads rumours about her reputation, and bribes Batone into casting her adrift in a boat on the sea. She's rescued by a local miner who disguises her as his niece, Nisa. Ten years pass before Duke Bertando visits the mines, and she has a chance to win her husband back.

Then it's live to MediaCity in Salford where Ian Skelly introduces a live performance by the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgards as part of Afternoon on 3's Nordic and Baltic season. They perform Sibelius' Rakastava, before a live contribution to this week's complete Nielsen symphony cycle - No 5.

2pm

Rossini

L'Inganno felice (The Fortunate Deception)

Isabella... Marina Bucciarelli (soprano)

Duca Bertrando... Giorgio Misseri (tenor)

Batone ...Filippo Fontana (bass)

Tarabotto... Omar Montanari (bass)

Ormondo... Marco Filippo Romano (bass)

Teatro La Fenice Chorus

Teatro La Fenice Orchestra

Stefano Montanari (conductor)

3.30pm

Live from MediaCity, Salford, presented by Ian Skelly

Sibelius

Rakastava, Op.14

Nielsen Symphony No 5, Op.50

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards (conductor).

AO3Rossini - Tancredi20140710

Rossini's Tancredi has a plot whose convoluted complications risk making even the most committed operaphile go cross-eyed. Suffice to say that, set in 11th century Syracuse, it features two endlessly feuding families (think Romeo and Juliet), a father who condemns to death his own daughter, a love triangle (of course), mistaken identity and a knight in shining armour.

But more to the point, Tancredi is one of Rossini's most lyrical works and contains numbers like 'Di tanti palpiti' which became a hit all over Europe and still wows audiences today. This recording was made at the recent highly acclaimed production at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, and features an international cast, led by the celebrated Canadian coloratura contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux as the eponymous knight.

Rossini: Tancredi (Act 1)

Tancredi.... Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto)

Amenaide.... Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

Argirio.... Antonino Siragusa (tenor)

Orbazzano.... Christian Helmer (bass)

Isaura.... Josè Maria Lo Monaco (contralto)

Roggiero.... Sarah Tynan (mezzo-soprano)

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Enrique Mazzola (conductor)

(Act 2 tomorrow at 2.00pm)

Plus more from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Artist in Residence Gil Shaham, soloists and archive. Jonathan Swain presents.

3.15 pm

Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, op. 20

Gil Shaham (violin) with Soloists of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra:

Tobias Steymans, Yi Li, Heather Cottrell (violins)

Hermann Menninghaus, Ben Hames (viola)

Sebastian Klinger, Hanno Simons (violoncello)

Dvorak

Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Rafael Kubelík (conductor).

AO3Rossini - Tancredi20140710

Rossini's Tancredi has a plot whose convoluted complications risk making even the most committed operaphile go cross-eyed. Suffice to say that, set in 11th century Syracuse, it features two endlessly feuding families (think Romeo and Juliet), a father who condemns to death his own daughter, a love triangle (of course), mistaken identity and a knight in shining armour.

But more to the point, Tancredi is one of Rossini's most lyrical works and contains numbers like 'Di tanti palpiti' which became a hit all over Europe and still wows audiences today. This recording was made at the recent highly acclaimed production at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, and features an international cast, led by the celebrated Canadian coloratura contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux as the eponymous knight.

Rossini: Tancredi (Act 1)

Tancredi.... Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto)

Amenaide.... Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)

Argirio.... Antonino Siragusa (tenor)

Orbazzano.... Christian Helmer (bass)

Isaura .... Josè Maria Lo Monaco (contralto)

Roggiero.... Sarah Tynan (mezzo-soprano)

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Enrique Mazzola (conductor)

(Act 2 tomorrow at 2.00pm)

Plus more from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Artist in Residence Gil Shaham, soloists and archive. Jonathan Swain presents.

3.15 pm

Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, op. 20

Gil Shaham (violin) with Soloists of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra:

Tobias Steymans, Yi Li, Heather Cottrell (violins)

Hermann Menninghaus, Ben Hames (viola)

Sebastian Klinger, Hanno Simons (violoncello)

Dvorak

Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Rafael Kubelík (conductor).

AO3Rossini - The Italian Girl In Algiers20140116

Thursday Opera Matinee with Penny Gore

Written in just 28 days when he was 21, Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) is one of his most enduring comic creations - free flowing and fast paced.

The Bey of Algiers, Mustafà, wants shot of his loving, but to his mind a bit boring, wife Elvira, and decides to palm her off on his Italian slave Lindoro.

Meanwhile Isabella, in search of her true love (Lindoro) who was captured by Algerian pirates, has been shipwrecked on the Algerian coast and brought to the Bey's Palace.

The Bey is instantly smitten by this feisty Italian girl - and the rest of the opera revolves around the plans to escape by Isabella and Lindoro, and seeing how much of a fool they can make the Bey look, before he admits he's out of his depth with these Italians, and welcomes back Elvira.

This performance was recorded last August at the annual Rossini Festival in Rossini's native town of Pesaro.

Isabella - Anna Goryachova (mezzo-soprano)

Lindoro - Yijie Shi (tenor)

Mustafà - Alex Esposito (bass-baritone)

Elvira - Mariangela Sicilia (soprano)

Zulma - Raffaella Lupinacci (mezzo-soprano)

Haly - Davide Luciano (baritone)

Taddeo - Mario Cassi (baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna,

José Ramón Encinar (conductor).

AO3Rossini - The Italian Girl in Algiers20140116

Thursday Opera Matinee with Penny Gore

Written in just 28 days when he was 21, Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) is one of his most enduring comic creations - free flowing and fast paced.

The Bey of Algiers, Mustafà, wants shot of his loving, but to his mind a bit boring, wife Elvira, and decides to palm her off on his Italian slave Lindoro.

Meanwhile Isabella, in search of her true love (Lindoro) who was captured by Algerian pirates, has been shipwrecked on the Algerian coast and brought to the Bey's Palace.

The Bey is instantly smitten by this feisty Italian girl - and the rest of the opera revolves around the plans to escape by Isabella and Lindoro, and seeing how much of a fool they can make the Bey look, before he admits he's out of his depth with these Italians, and welcomes back Elvira.

This performance was recorded last August at the annual Rossini Festival in Rossini's native town of Pesaro.

Isabella - Anna Goryachova (mezzo-soprano)

Lindoro - Yijie Shi (tenor)

Mustafà - Alex Esposito (bass-baritone)

Elvira - Mariangela Sicilia (soprano)

Zulma - Raffaella Lupinacci (mezzo-soprano)

Haly - Davide Luciano (baritone)

Taddeo - Mario Cassi (baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna,

José Ramón Encinar (conductor).

AO3Rufus Wainwright - Prima Donna20150618

For the Classical Voice season on Radio 3, today's Thursday Opera Matinee is Prima Donna by the singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who first developed an interest in opera as a teenager. It centres on a day in the life of an ageing opera singer who is anxiously preparing for her comeback in 1970s Paris. Once a soprano with a powerhouse voice and a reputation to match, she's been discarded - disdained by critics and forgotten by audiences. But the diva is determined to prove her doubters wrong: all she asks is a chance to reprise the role that made her reputation all those years ago. Presented by Verity Sharp.

2pm:

Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

Régine St Laurent - Janis Kelly (soprano)

Marie - Kathryn Guthrie (soprano)

Philippe - Richard Morrison (baritone)

André Le Tourner - Antonio Figueroa (tenor)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jayce Ogren (conductor).

AO3Rufus Wainwright - Prima Donna20150618

For the Classical Voice season on Radio 3, today's Thursday Opera Matinee is Prima Donna by the singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who first developed an interest in opera as a teenager. It centres on a day in the life of an ageing opera singer who is anxiously preparing for her comeback in 1970s Paris. Once a soprano with a powerhouse voice and a reputation to match, she's been discarded - disdained by critics and forgotten by audiences. But the diva is determined to prove her doubters wrong: all she asks is a chance to reprise the role that made her reputation all those years ago. Presented by Verity Sharp.

2pm:

Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

Régine St Laurent - Janis Kelly (soprano)

Marie - Kathryn Guthrie (soprano)

Philippe - Richard Morrison (baritone)

André Le Tourner - Antonio Figueroa (tenor)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jayce Ogren (conductor).

AO3Saint-saens - Proserpine20161201

Penny Gore presents Saint-Saëns's opera Proserpine, recorded in Munich in September. Featuring the soprano Véronique Gens in the title role.

Saint-Saëns's opera depicts the fate of Proserpine the Renaissance courtesan, rather than the mythological character of the same name. In this tale, the composer relishes the opportunity to experiment with dissonance and bold harmonies to portray the age-old battle between good and evil, lost innocence and temptation, thwarted love, passion and violence.

2:00pm

Saint-Saëns: Proserpine, lyric drama in four acts

Proserpine...Véronique Gens (soprano)

Angiola...Marie-Adeline Henry (soprano)

Sabatino...Frédéric Antoun (tenor)

Squarocca...Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone)

Renzo...Jean Teitgen (bass)

Orlando...Mathias Vidal (tenor)

Ercole...(Philippe-N. Martin (baritone)

Filippo / Gil...Artavazd Sargsyan (tenor)

Young Girl/Novice/Nun...Clémence Tilquin (soprano)

Flemish Radio Chorus

Munich Radio Orchestra

conductor, Ulf Schirmer.

AO3Saint-Saens - Proserpine20161201

Penny Gore presents Saint-Saëns's opera Proserpine, recorded in Munich in September. Featuring the soprano Véronique Gens in the title role.

Saint-Saëns's opera depicts the fate of Proserpine the Renaissance courtesan, rather than the mythological character of the same name. In this tale, the composer relishes the opportunity to experiment with dissonance and bold harmonies to portray the age-old battle between good and evil, lost innocence and temptation, thwarted love, passion and violence.

2:00pm

Saint-Saëns: Proserpine, lyric drama in four acts

Proserpine...Véronique Gens (soprano)

Angiola...Marie-Adeline Henry (soprano)

Sabatino...Frédéric Antoun (tenor)

Squarocca...Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone)

Renzo...Jean Teitgen (bass)

Orlando...Mathias Vidal (tenor)

Ercole...(Philippe-N. Martin (baritone)

Filippo / Gil...Artavazd Sargsyan (tenor)

Young Girl/Novice/Nun...Clémence Tilquin (soprano)

Flemish Radio Chorus

Munich Radio Orchestra

conductor, Ulf Schirmer.

AO3Sallinen - The King Goes Forth To France20151217

As part of Northern Lights on Afternoon on 3, Verity Sharp presents The King Goes Forth to France, which is the third opera of Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen. The composer himself subtitled the opera a 'chronicle for the music theatre of the coming Ice Age' and it is a satirical musical allegory to a libretto written by Paavo Haavikko that follows the Prince as he decides to escape the advance of a new ice sheet across his land, England, and the urges of the Prime Minister for him to take a wife, instead crossing the Channel on a bridge of ice to resettle in France, where he is declared King. In France, he marries a German Princess who he immediately pawns together with his crown to fund his military campaigns in the resurgence of the Hundred Years' War and the Battle of Crécy and Siege of Calais. As Calais falls again, and spring returns, the King requests his chronicler to omit name from history, believing that he is nothing but a figment of Time.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

Aulis Sallinen

The King goes forth to France - opera in 3 acts

The Prince who later becomes the King... Tommi Hakala (baritone)

The Prime Minister who also appears as his own son, the Young Prime Minister... Jyrki Korhonen (bass

The Nice Caroline... Riikka Rantanen (soprano)

The Caroline with the Thick Mane... Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo-soprano)

The Anne who Steals... Mari Palo (high soprano)

The Anne who Strips... Laura Nykanen (contralto)

Guide... Jyrki Anttila (dramatic tenor)

English Archer... Herman Wallen (high baritone)

The Queen... Kirsi thum (soprano)

Six Burghers of Calais... Tuomas Katajala and Jussi Myllys (tenors), Arttu Kataja (baritone), Tuomas Tuloisela, Niklas Spangberg and Janne Sundqvist (basses)

Froissart... Santeri Kinnunen (spoken role)

Finnish Philharmonic Chorus

Tapiola Chamber Choir

Hanny Norjanen (chorus master)

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Okku Kamu (conductor).

AO3Sallinen - The King Goes Forth to France20151217

As part of Northern Lights on Afternoon on 3, Verity Sharp presents The King Goes Forth to France, which is the third opera of Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen. The composer himself subtitled the opera a 'chronicle for the music theatre of the coming Ice Age' and it is a satirical musical allegory to a libretto written by Paavo Haavikko that follows the Prince as he decides to escape the advance of a new ice sheet across his land, England, and the urges of the Prime Minister for him to take a wife, instead crossing the Channel on a bridge of ice to resettle in France, where he is declared King. In France, he marries a German Princess who he immediately pawns together with his crown to fund his military campaigns in the resurgence of the Hundred Years' War and the Battle of Crécy and Siege of Calais. As Calais falls again, and spring returns, the King requests his chronicler to omit name from history, believing that he is nothing but a figment of Time.

Presented by Verity Sharp.

Aulis Sallinen

The King goes forth to France - opera in 3 acts

The Prince who later becomes the King . . . Tommi Hakala (baritone)

The Prime Minister who also appears as his own son, the Young Prime Minister . . . Jyrki Korhonen (bass

The Nice Caroline . . . Riikka Rantanen (soprano)

The Caroline with the Thick Mane . . . Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo-soprano)

The Anne who Steals . . . Mari Palo (high soprano)

The Anne who Strips . . . Laura Nykanen (contralto)

Guide . . . Jyrki Anttila (dramatic tenor)

English Archer . . . Herman Wallen (high baritone)

The Queen . . . Kirsi thum (soprano)

Six Burghers of Calais . . . Tuomas Katajala & Jussi Myllys (tenors), Arttu Kataja (baritone), Tuomas Tuloisela, Niklas Spangberg & Janne Sundqvist (basses)

Froissart . . . Santeri Kinnunen (spoken role)

Finnish Philharmonic Chorus

Tapiola Chamber Choir

Hanny Norjanen (chorus master)

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Okku Kamu (conductor).

AO3Schumann - Scenes From Goethe's Faust20140417

Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Daniel Harding conducts an all-star cast in this rare performance of Schumann's dramatic masterpiece which gives full voice both to the struggle between good and evil at the heart of Goethe's work and to Faust's tumultuous search for enlightenment and peace.

Written a decade or so after Goethe's death, Schumann's music, like Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a touch stone of Romanticism; it calls for a vast array of soloists and encompasses song, horror opera, grand opera, oratorio and church music as Faust woos Gretchen, Ariel and the spirits call Faust to savour the beauties of nature and he deludes himself on hearing of a new world being created and its rapturous promise of an everlasting present.

The Schumann is followed by a performance recorded a couple of weeks ago of a flute concerto by Carl Reinecke, a pupil of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt.

Presented by Penny Gore

Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Ariel - Werner Güra (tenor),

Gretchen - Dorothea Röschmann (soprano),

Luca Pisaroni (bass-baritone) Mephisto,

Faust - Christian Gerhaher (baritone),

Marthe - Martina Janková (soprano),

Pater profundus....Franz-Josef Selig (bass-baritone),

Wiebke Lehmkuhl (contralto),

Elisabeth von Magnus (mezzo-soprano),

Berlin Radio Chorus, Robin Gritton (chorus master),

Boys of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir,

Berlin Philharmonic,

Daniel Harding (conductor)

followed at 3.55pm by

Peteris Vasks

Cantabile for Strings

Berlin Philharmonic, Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Reinecke

Flute Concerto in D, op. 283

Andreas Blau (flute),

Berlin Philharmonic, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor).

AO3Schumann - Scenes from Goethe's Faust20140417

Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Daniel Harding conducts an all-star cast in this rare performance of Schumann's dramatic masterpiece which gives full voice both to the struggle between good and evil at the heart of Goethe's work and to Faust's tumultuous search for enlightenment and peace.

Written a decade or so after Goethe's death, Schumann's music, like Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a touch stone of Romanticism; it calls for a vast array of soloists and encompasses song, horror opera, grand opera, oratorio and church music as Faust woos Gretchen, Ariel and the spirits call Faust to savour the beauties of nature and he deludes himself on hearing of a new world being created and its rapturous promise of an everlasting present.

The Schumann is followed by a performance recorded a couple of weeks ago of a flute concerto by Carl Reinecke, a pupil of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt.

Presented by Penny Gore

Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Ariel - Werner Güra (tenor),

Gretchen - Dorothea Röschmann (soprano),

Luca Pisaroni (bass-baritone) Mephisto,

Faust - Christian Gerhaher (baritone),

Marthe - Martina Janková (soprano),

Pater profundus .....Franz-Josef Selig (bass-baritone),

Wiebke Lehmkuhl (contralto),

Elisabeth von Magnus (mezzo-soprano),

Berlin Radio Chorus, Robin Gritton (chorus master),

Boys of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir,

Berlin Philharmonic,

Daniel Harding (conductor)

followed at 3.55pm by

Peteris Vasks

Cantabile for Strings

Berlin Philharmonic, Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Reinecke

Flute Concerto in D, op. 283

Andreas Blau (flute),

Berlin Philharmonic, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor).

AO3Smetana - Dalibor20150514

Jonathan Swain presents a performance of Smetana's tragic opera Dalibor, performed earlier this month at the Barbican by a Czech cast and the BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jirí Belohlávek. The Czech knight Dalibor is imprisoned for having avenged the death of his friend Zdenek. With strong echos of Beethoven's Fidelio, Milada falls in love with Dalibor and disguises herself as a boy in order to befriend his jailor and rescue him.

2pm

Smetana Dalibor

Dalibor - Richard Samek (tenor)

Vladislav - Ivan Kusnjer (baritone)

Vitek - Aleš Vorácek (tenor)

Milada - Dana Burešova (soprano)

Jitka - Alžbeta Polácková (soprano)

Budivoj - Svatopluk Sem (baritone)

Beneš - Jan Stava (bass)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor).

AO3Smetana - Dalibor20150514

Jonathan Swain presents a performance of Smetana's tragic opera Dalibor, performed earlier this month at the Barbican by a Czech cast and the BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jirí Belohlávek. The Czech knight Dalibor is imprisoned for having avenged the death of his friend Zdenek. With strong echos of Beethoven's Fidelio, Milada falls in love with Dalibor and disguises herself as a boy in order to befriend his jailor and rescue him.

2pm

Smetana Dalibor

Dalibor - Richard Samek (tenor)

Vladislav - Ivan Kusnjer (baritone)

Vitek - Aleš Vorácek (tenor)

Milada - Dana Burešova (soprano)

Jitka - Alžbeta Polácková (soprano)

Budivoj - Svatopluk Sem (baritone)

Beneš - Jan Stava (bass)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor).

AO3Sounds of Shakespeare: Gounod - Romeo et Juliette20160505

As part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare season, Jonathan Swain presents a performance of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette recorded at the Vienna State Opera, starring soprano Marina Rebeka and tenor Juan Diego Florez as the star-crossed lovers.

A five-act tragedy based on Shakespeare's play, Gounod's Roméo et Juliette was premiered in Paris in 1867 as a follow-up to the composer's hugely successful Faust, and is glorious French romantic opera at its most passionate and melodic.

This performance, recorded in Vienna earlier this year, features a top international cast lead by Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez and Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka.

2.00pm

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Juliette .... Marina Rebeka (soprano)

Roméo .... Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Mercutio .... Gabriel Bermudez (baritone)

Frère Laurent .... Alexandru Moisiuc (bass)

Stéphanio .... Rachel Frenkel (mezzo-soprano)

Gertrude .... Carole Wilson (mezzo-soprano)

Tybalt .... Marian Talaba (tenor)

Benvolio .... Martin Müller (tenor)

Pâris .... Mihail Dogotari (baritone)

Grégorio .... Marcus Pelz (baritone)

Count Capulet .... Il Hong (bass)

Duke of Verona .... Viktor Shevchenko (bass)

Vienna State Opera Chorus

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Marco Armiliato (conductor).

AO3Sounds of Shakespeare: Rossini - Otello20160428

AO3Sounds of Shakespeare: Rossini - Otello20160428

As part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare season, Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee - a concert performance of Rossini's rarely heard Otello from Barcelona with tenor Gregory Kunde taking the title role.

Rossini's Otello was written for Naples and first performed in 1816. The libretto, by Francesco Berio di Salsa, was based on a French translation of Shakespeare's play. Although Rossini's version is overshadowed by Verdi's masterpiece, this opera showcases Rossini's dramatic style. There are a few small differences between the two operas - Rossini writes the three main male roles for tenors, and the librettist sets this in Venice rather than Cyprus.

Christopher Franklin conducts this concert version from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, with Gregory Kunde in the title role and soprano Jessica Pratt as Desdemona.

Otello - Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Desdemona - Jessica Pratt (soprano)

Rodrigo - Dmitry Korchak (tenor)

Jago - Yijie Shi (tenor)

Emilia - Lidia Vinyes-Curtis (mezzo-soprano)

Elmiro - Mirco Palazzi (bass)

The Doge of Venice - Josep Fadó (tenor)

Lucio - Josep Lluís Moreno (tenor)

A Gondolier - Beñat Egiarte (tenor)

Gran Teatre del Liceu Chorus

Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Franklin, conductor.

AO3Sounds of Shakespeare: Rossini - Otello20160428

As part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare season, Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee - a concert performance of Rossini's rarely heard Otello from Barcelona with tenor Gregory Kunde taking the title role.

Rossini's Otello was written for Naples and first performed in 1816. The libretto, by Francesco Berio di Salsa, was based on a French translation of Shakespeare's play. Although Rossini's version is overshadowed by Verdi's masterpiece, this opera showcases Rossini's dramatic style. There are a few small differences between the two operas - Rossini writes the three main male roles for tenors, and the librettist sets this in Venice rather than Cyprus.

Christopher Franklin conducts this concert version from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, with Gregory Kunde in the title role and soprano Jessica Pratt as Desdemona.

Otello - Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Desdemona - Jessica Pratt (soprano)

Rodrigo - Dmitry Korchak (tenor)

Jago - Yijie Shi (tenor)

Emilia - Lidia Vinyes-Curtis (mezzo-soprano)

Elmiro - Mirco Palazzi (bass)

The Doge of Venice - Josep Fadó (tenor)

Lucio - Josep Lluís Moreno (tenor)

A Gondolier - Beñat Egiarte (tenor)

Gran Teatre del Liceu Chorus

Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Franklin, conductor.

AO3Sounds of Shakespeare: Verdi - Falstaff20160421

AO3Sounds of Shakespeare: Verdi - Falstaff20160421

Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee. In the run up to Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend, a chance to hear Verdi's late great comic opera, Falstaff in a performance from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2012. Ambrogio Maestri sings the hapless fat knight, attempting to seduce two married women in order to get to their husbands' wealth.

2pm

Verdi: Falstaff

Falstaff.....Ambrogio Maestri (Baritone)

Mrs Alice Ford.....Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano)

Nannetta.....Amanda Forsythe (Soprano)

Mrs Meg Page.....Kai Ruutel (Mezzo-Soprano)

Mistress Quickly.....Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Contralto)

Fenton.....Joel Prieto (Tenor)

Ford.....Dalibor Jenis (Baritone)

Dr Caius.....Carlo Bosi (Tenor)

Bardolph.....Alasdair Elliott (Tenor)

Pistol.....Lukas Jakobski (Bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Daniele Gatti (conductor).

AO3Sounds of Shakespeare: Verdi - Falstaff20160421

Katie Derham presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee. In the run up to Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend, a chance to hear Verdi's late great comic opera, Falstaff in a performance from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2012. Ambrogio Maestri sings the hapless fat knight, attempting to seduce two married women in order to get to their husbands' wealth.

2pm

Verdi: Falstaff

Falstaff.....Ambrogio Maestri (Baritone)

Mrs Alice Ford.....Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano)

Nannetta.....Amanda Forsythe (Soprano)

Mrs Meg Page.....Kai Ruutel (Mezzo-Soprano)

Mistress Quickly.....Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Contralto)

Fenton.....Joel Prieto (Tenor)

Ford.....Dalibor Jenis (Baritone)

Dr Caius.....Carlo Bosi (Tenor)

Bardolph.....Alasdair Elliott (Tenor)

Pistol.....Lukas Jakobski (Bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Daniele Gatti (conductor).

AO3Strauss - Ariadne Auf Naxos20130207

Opera matinee: Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos from the Vienna State Opera

General Music Director, Franz Welser-Möst conducts his Vienna forces in Richard Strauss re-telling of the myth of Ariadne. But with typical ingenuity, Strauss and his librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, combine the serious classical story with commedia dell'arte slapstick as high and low art vie with one another for the public's attention. This version of the opera, first heard in Vienna in 1916 contains some of the most Strauss's most beautiful music.

Richard Strauss

Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Ariadne auf Naxos, opera

Ariadne....Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano),

Zerbinetta....Daniela Fally (soprano),

Bacchus....Stephen Gould (tenor),

Harlequin, a player....Adam Plachetka (baritone),

Scaramuccio, a player....Carlos Osuna (tenor),

Truffaldino, a player....Andreas Hörl (bass),

Brighella, a player....Pavel Kolgatin (tenor),

The Composer....Christine Schäfer (soprano),

His Music Master....Jochen Schmeckenbecher (baritone),

The Dancing Master....Norbert Ernst (tenor),

A Lackey....Marcus Pelz (bass),

An Officer....Daniel Lökös (tenor),

The Major-Domo....Peter Matic (spoken role),

Naiad, a nymph....Valentina Nafornita (high soprano),

Dryad, a nymph....Margarita Gritskova (contralto),

Echo, a nymph....Olga Bezsmertna (soprano)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).

AO3Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos20130207

Opera matinee: Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos from the Vienna State Opera

General Music Director, Franz Welser-Möst conducts his Vienna forces in Richard Strauss re-telling of the myth of Ariadne. But with typical ingenuity, Strauss and his librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, combine the serious classical story with commedia dell'arte slapstick as high and low art vie with one another for the public's attention. This version of the opera, first heard in Vienna in 1916 contains some of the most Strauss's most beautiful music.

Richard Strauss

Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Ariadne auf Naxos, opera

Ariadne..... Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano),

Zerbinetta..... Daniela Fally (soprano),

Bacchus..... Stephen Gould (tenor),

Harlequin, a player..... Adam Plachetka (baritone),

Scaramuccio, a player..... Carlos Osuna (tenor),

Truffaldino, a player..... Andreas Hörl (bass),

Brighella, a player..... Pavel Kolgatin (tenor),

The Composer..... Christine Schäfer (soprano),

His Music Master..... Jochen Schmeckenbecher (baritone),

The Dancing Master..... Norbert Ernst (tenor),

A Lackey..... Marcus Pelz (bass),

An Officer..... Daniel Lökös (tenor),

The Major-Domo..... Peter Matic (spoken role),

Naiad, a nymph..... Valentina Nafornita (high soprano),

Dryad, a nymph..... Margarita Gritskova (contralto),

Echo, a nymph..... Olga Bezsmertna (soprano)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor).

AO3Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos20160602

Penny Gore presents today's opera matinée: a performance given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.

Karita Mattila stars in one of Strauss's great soprano roles as the Prima Donna who appears later as Ariadne and Roberto Sacca is the Tenor, later Bacchus, in this often funny work, which sets a libretto by Strauss's greatest collaborator, Hugo von Hoffmansthal. The work was originally intended as a short divertissement to be performed after Hoffmansthal's version of Molière's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, but was revised as an opera in a prologue and one act. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra in Christof Loy's production from 2014.

Ariadne auf Naxos:

The prima donna/Ariadne - Karita Mattila (soprano)

The tenor/Bacchus - Roberto Saccà (tenor)

Zerbinetta - Jane Archibald (soprano)

The composer - Ruzandra Donose (mezzo-soprano)

Comedian/Harlequin ...... Markus Werba (baritone)

A music master - Thomas Allen (baritone)

A dancing master - Ed Lyon (tenor)

A wigmaker - Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

A lackey - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Comedian/Scaramuccio - Wynne Evans (tenor)

Comedian/Brighella - Paul Schweinester (tenor)

Comedian/Truffaldino - Jeremy White (bass)

An officer - David Butt Philip (tenor)

The major domo - Christoph Quest (speaker)

Singer/Naiad - Sofia Fomina (soprano)

Singer/Dryad - Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Singer/Echo - Kiandra Howarth (soprano)

The Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

AO3Strauss - Ariadne Auf Naxos20160602

Penny Gore presents today's opera matinée: a performance given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.

Karita Mattila stars in one of Strauss's great soprano roles as the Prima Donna who appears later as Ariadne and Roberto Sacca is the Tenor, later Bacchus, in this often funny work, which sets a libretto by Strauss's greatest collaborator, Hugo von Hoffmansthal. The work was originally intended as a short divertissement to be performed after Hoffmansthal's version of Molière's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, but was revised as an opera in a prologue and one act. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra in Christof Loy's production from 2014.

Ariadne auf Naxos:

The prima donna/Ariadne - Karita Mattila (soprano)

The tenor/Bacchus - Roberto Saccà (tenor)

Zerbinetta - Jane Archibald (soprano)

The composer - Ruzandra Donose (mezzo-soprano)

Comedian/Harlequin....Markus Werba (baritone)

A music master - Thomas Allen (baritone)

A dancing master - Ed Lyon (tenor)

A wigmaker - Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

A lackey - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Comedian/Scaramuccio - Wynne Evans (tenor)

Comedian/Brighella - Paul Schweinester (tenor)

Comedian/Truffaldino - Jeremy White (bass)

An officer - David Butt Philip (tenor)

The major domo - Christoph Quest (speaker)

Singer/Naiad - Sofia Fomina (soprano)

Singer/Dryad - Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Singer/Echo - Kiandra Howarth (soprano)

The Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

AO3Strauss - Die Frau ohne Schatten2012060720120607 (R3)

Richard Strauss

Opera matinee: Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten Acts 1 and 2 in this Salzburg Festival performance with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christian Thielemann

John Shea presents this week's celebration of some of the best of Austrian music making

In the mythical land of the Southeastern Islands the Emperor captures a gazelle who assumes human form and marries him. But, in a symbol of her inability to have children, she has no shadow. It is decreed that unless the Empress gains a shadow before the end of the twelfth moon, she will be reclaimed by her father and the Emperor will turn to stone.

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's opera, with its involved plot, heightened use of symbolism and generous passages of monologue has recently been enjoying the acclaim which many have felt it deserves. Calling for a large cast and orchestra and for frequent scene changes, it is difficult to stage in the theatre. but here receives a warmly received performance at the Salzburg Festival.

Die Frau ohne Schatten (Acts 1 and 2)

The Emperor (Der Kaiser) Stephen Gould (tenor),

The Empress (Die Kaiserin), Keikobad's daughter Anne Schwanewilms (soprano),

The Nurse (Die Amme), her guardian Michaela Schuster (mezzo),

Barak, the Dyer (Barak, der Färber) Wolfgang Koch (baritone),

The Dyer's Wife (Die Färberin) Evelyn Herlitzius (soprano),

The One-eyed Man (Der Einäugige), Barak's brother Markus Brück (high bass),

The One-Armed Man (Der Einarmige), Barak's brother Steven Humes (bass),

The Hunchback (Der Bucklige), Barak's brother Andreas Conrad (tenor),

The Messenger of Keikobad Thomas Johannes Mayer (high baritone),

Vienna State Opera Chorus Concert Association

Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Christian Thielemann (conductor)

(Continued tomorrow afternoon).

Richard Strauss

Opera matinee: Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten Acts 1 and 2 in this Salzburg Festival performance with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christian Thielemann

John Shea presents this week's celebration of some of the best of Austrian music making

In the mythical land of the Southeastern Islands the Emperor captures a gazelle who assumes human form and marries him. But, in a symbol of her inability to have children, she has no shadow. It is decreed that unless the Empress gains a shadow before the end of the twelfth moon, she will be reclaimed by her father and the Emperor will turn to stone.

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's opera, with its involved plot, heightened use of symbolism and generous passages of monologue has recently been enjoying the acclaim which many have felt it deserves. Calling for a large cast and orchestra and for frequent scene changes, it is difficult to stage in the theatre. but here receives a warmly received performance at the Salzburg Festival.

Die Frau ohne Schatten (Acts 1 and 2)

The Emperor (Der Kaiser) Stephen Gould (tenor),

The Empress (Die Kaiserin), Keikobad's daughter Anne Schwanewilms (soprano),

The Nurse (Die Amme), her guardian Michaela Schuster (mezzo),

Barak, the Dyer (Barak, der Färber) Wolfgang Koch (baritone),

The Dyer's Wife (Die Färberin) Evelyn Herlitzius (soprano),

The One-eyed Man (Der Einäugige), Barak's brother Markus Brück (high bass),

The One-Armed Man (Der Einarmige), Barak's brother Steven Humes (bass),

The Hunchback (Der Bucklige), Barak's brother Andreas Conrad (tenor),

The Messenger of Keikobad Thomas Johannes Mayer (high baritone),

Rachel Frenkel, The Voice of the Falcon

Peter Sonn, The Apparition of a Youth

Christina Landshamer, A Guardian of the Threshold of the Temple

Maria Radner, A Voice from Above

Christina Landshamer, First Servant

Lenneke Ruiten, Second Servant

Martina Mikelic, Third Servant

Hanna Herfurtner, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Christina Landshamer, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Lenneke Ruiten, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Rachel Frenkel, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Martina Mikelic, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Maria Radner, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Vienna State Opera Chorus Concert Association

Members of Angelika Prokopp Sommerakademie der Wiener Philharmoniker, Stage Music

Christa Schönfeldinger, Glass Harmonica

Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Christian Thielemann (conductor)

(Continued tomorrow afternoon).

AO3Strauss - Die Frau Ohne Schatten20120607

Richard Strauss

Opera matinee: Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten Acts 1 and 2 in this Salzburg Festival performance with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christian Thielemann

John Shea presents this week's celebration of some of the best of Austrian music making

In the mythical land of the Southeastern Islands the Emperor captures a gazelle who assumes human form and marries him. But, in a symbol of her inability to have children, she has no shadow. It is decreed that unless the Empress gains a shadow before the end of the twelfth moon, she will be reclaimed by her father and the Emperor will turn to stone.

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's opera, with its involved plot, heightened use of symbolism and generous passages of monologue has recently been enjoying the acclaim which many have felt it deserves. Calling for a large cast and orchestra and for frequent scene changes, it is difficult to stage in the theatre. but here receives a warmly received performance at the Salzburg Festival.

Die Frau ohne Schatten (Acts 1 and 2)

The Emperor (Der Kaiser) Stephen Gould (tenor),

The Empress (Die Kaiserin), Keikobad's daughter Anne Schwanewilms (soprano),

The Nurse (Die Amme), her guardian Michaela Schuster (mezzo),

Barak, the Dyer (Barak, der Färber) Wolfgang Koch (baritone),

The Dyer's Wife (Die Färberin) Evelyn Herlitzius (soprano),

The One-eyed Man (Der Einäugige), Barak's brother Markus Brück (high bass),

The One-Armed Man (Der Einarmige), Barak's brother Steven Humes (bass),

The Hunchback (Der Bucklige), Barak's brother Andreas Conrad (tenor),

The Messenger of Keikobad Thomas Johannes Mayer (high baritone),

Rachel Frenkel, The Voice of the Falcon

Peter Sonn, The Apparition of a Youth

Christina Landshamer, A Guardian of the Threshold of the Temple

Maria Radner, A Voice from Above

Christina Landshamer, First Servant

Lenneke Ruiten, Second Servant

Martina Mikelic, Third Servant

Hanna Herfurtner, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Christina Landshamer, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Lenneke Ruiten, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Rachel Frenkel, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Martina Mikelic, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Maria Radner, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Vienna State Opera Chorus Concert Association

Members of Angelika Prokopp Sommerakademie der Wiener Philharmoniker, Stage Music

Christa Schönfeldinger, Glass Harmonica

Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Christian Thielemann (conductor)

(Continued tomorrow afternoon).

AO3Strauss - Die Frau Ohne Schatten2012060720120607 (R3)

Richard Strauss

Opera matinee: Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten Acts 1 and 2 in this Salzburg Festival performance with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christian Thielemann

John Shea presents this week's celebration of some of the best of Austrian music making

In the mythical land of the Southeastern Islands the Emperor captures a gazelle who assumes human form and marries him. But, in a symbol of her inability to have children, she has no shadow. It is decreed that unless the Empress gains a shadow before the end of the twelfth moon, she will be reclaimed by her father and the Emperor will turn to stone.

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's opera, with its involved plot, heightened use of symbolism and generous passages of monologue has recently been enjoying the acclaim which many have felt it deserves. Calling for a large cast and orchestra and for frequent scene changes, it is difficult to stage in the theatre. but here receives a warmly received performance at the Salzburg Festival.

Die Frau ohne Schatten (Acts 1 and 2)

The Emperor (Der Kaiser) Stephen Gould (tenor),

The Empress (Die Kaiserin), Keikobad's daughter Anne Schwanewilms (soprano),

The Nurse (Die Amme), her guardian Michaela Schuster (mezzo),

Barak, the Dyer (Barak, der Färber) Wolfgang Koch (baritone),

The Dyer's Wife (Die Färberin) Evelyn Herlitzius (soprano),

The One-eyed Man (Der Einäugige), Barak's brother Markus Brück (high bass),

The One-Armed Man (Der Einarmige), Barak's brother Steven Humes (bass),

The Hunchback (Der Bucklige), Barak's brother Andreas Conrad (tenor),

The Messenger of Keikobad Thomas Johannes Mayer (high baritone),

Rachel Frenkel, The Voice of the Falcon

Peter Sonn, The Apparition of a Youth

Christina Landshamer, A Guardian of the Threshold of the Temple

Maria Radner, A Voice from Above

Christina Landshamer, First Servant

Lenneke Ruiten, Second Servant

Martina Mikelic, Third Servant

Hanna Herfurtner, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Christina Landshamer, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Lenneke Ruiten, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Rachel Frenkel, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Martina Mikelic, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Maria Radner, Solo Voices / Voices of Unborn Children

Vienna State Opera Chorus Concert Association

Members of Angelika Prokopp Sommerakademie der Wiener Philharmoniker, Stage Music

Christa Schönfeldinger, Glass Harmonica

Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Christian Thielemann (conductor)

(Continued tomorrow afternoon).

Richard Strauss

Opera matinee: Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten Acts 1 and 2 in this Salzburg Festival performance with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christian Thielemann

John Shea presents this week's celebration of some of the best of Austrian music making

In the mythical land of the Southeastern Islands the Emperor captures a gazelle who assumes human form and marries him. But, in a symbol of her inability to have children, she has no shadow. It is decreed that unless the Empress gains a shadow before the end of the twelfth moon, she will be reclaimed by her father and the Emperor will turn to stone.

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's opera, with its involved plot, heightened use of symbolism and generous passages of monologue has recently been enjoying the acclaim which many have felt it deserves. Calling for a large cast and orchestra and for frequent scene changes, it is difficult to stage in the theatre. but here receives a warmly received performance at the Salzburg Festival.

Die Frau ohne Schatten (Acts 1 and 2)

The Emperor (Der Kaiser) Stephen Gould (tenor),

The Empress (Die Kaiserin), Keikobad's daughter Anne Schwanewilms (soprano),

The Nurse (Die Amme), her guardian Michaela Schuster (mezzo),

Barak, the Dyer (Barak, der Färber) Wolfgang Koch (baritone),

The Dyer's Wife (Die Färberin) Evelyn Herlitzius (soprano),

The One-eyed Man (Der Einäugige), Barak's brother Markus Brück (high bass),

The One-Armed Man (Der Einarmige), Barak's brother Steven Humes (bass),

The Hunchback (Der Bucklige), Barak's brother Andreas Conrad (tenor),

The Messenger of Keikobad Thomas Johannes Mayer (high baritone),

Vienna State Opera Chorus Concert Association

Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Christian Thielemann (conductor)

(Continued tomorrow afternoon).

AO3Strauss 150 - Daphne20140612

Another day in Greek Myth Land; another unwanted advance by Apollo. In this award-winning recording, Renée Fleming is nymph-turned-tree Daphne, whose vegetal transformation saves her from the lecherous clutches of Apollo. The tale, with its moonlit sylvan setting, sex, love and death, was a gift to Richard Strauss. Strauss responded, demonstrating his utter mastery of voice and orchestra, with some of his most consistently lyrical and beautiful music, ending with the famously sumptuous transformation scene.

Plus Beethoven Symphony No. 7: a work in the repertoire of Strauss, who was one of the most celebrated conductors of his day. Presented by Verity Sharp

Richard Strauss: Daphne

Daphne - Renée Fleming (soprano)

Peneios - Kwanchul Youn (bass)

Gaea - Anna Larsson (contralto)

Leukippos - Michael Schade (tenor)

Apollo - Johan Botha (tenor)

1st Shepherd - Eike Wilm Schulte (Baritone)

2nd Shepherd - Cosmin Ifrim (tenor)

3rd Shepherd - Gregory Reinhart (bass)

4th Shepherd - Carsten Wittmoser (bass bartione)

1st Maid - Julia Kleiter (soprano)

2nd Maid - Twyla Robinson (soprano)

WDR Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

3.50 pm

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op.92

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor).

AO3Strauss 150 - Daphne20140612

Another day in Greek Myth Land; another unwanted advance by Apollo. In this award-winning recording, Renée Fleming is nymph-turned-tree Daphne, whose vegetal transformation saves her from the lecherous clutches of Apollo. The tale, with its moonlit sylvan setting, sex, love and death, was a gift to Richard Strauss. Strauss responded, demonstrating his utter mastery of voice and orchestra, with some of his most consistently lyrical and beautiful music, ending with the famously sumptuous transformation scene.

Plus Beethoven Symphony No. 7: a work in the repertoire of Strauss, who was one of the most celebrated conductors of his day. Presented by Verity Sharp

Richard Strauss: Daphne

Daphne - Renée Fleming (soprano)

Peneios - Kwanchul Youn (bass)

Gaea - Anna Larsson (contralto)

Leukippos - Michael Schade (tenor)

Apollo - Johan Botha (tenor)

1st Shepherd - Eike Wilm Schulte (Baritone)

2nd Shepherd - Cosmin Ifrim (tenor)

3rd Shepherd - Gregory Reinhart (bass)

4th Shepherd - Carsten Wittmoser (bass bartione)

1st Maid - Julia Kleiter (soprano)

2nd Maid - Twyla Robinson (soprano)

WDR Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

3.50 pm

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op.92

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor).

AO3Strauss 150 - Feuersnot20140313

Strauss 150 Opera Matinee: Feuersnot

Richard Strauss's second opera - Feuersnot, or "Fire famine" is a comedy based on an old bawdy Dutch story. A wizard, thwarted in love, casts a spell extinguishing every fire in the town until the object of his desire - a young maiden from the town - becomes his.

Strauss sets the story in a medieval Munich, his own home town, which had reacted so badly to his first operatic effort, Guntram, and had always been cool towards Wagner's operas. Here the young apprentice wizard Kunrad (Strauss), is besotted with Diemut, the Mayor's daughter, and sneaks a kiss without her permission. Diemut plans her revenge and instigates an assignation with Kunrad which involves him climbing into a basket to be winched up to her bedroom. Up goes the basket - but it stops only halfway there. Kunrad is left suspended, surrounded by the townsfolk and feeling humiliated and angry. Kunrad calls on the teachings of his master (Wagner) to help him cast a spell to put out every fire in Munich. In the spell, Kunrad says that in the town of Munich, which he says laughs at Love - no flame will burn till he has kindled love with Diemut. The scared townsfolk begin to plead with Diemut, but she has already taken matters into her own hands and at the end of an extended, typically Straussian, orchestral passage all the fires in Munich sponateously re-ignite...

Since the disappointment of his first opera Guntram, Strauss had written the tone-poem Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), and the spirit of mischief and satire that imbue that creep into Feuersnot - which features a street-children's choir and several direct quotes of leitmotifs from Wagner's operas.

Adding to the sense of place, this performance was given in Munich's Prinzregententheater in January this year.

Richard Strauss

Feuersnot (Fire Famine), op. 50, in one act

Kunrad, alchemist - Markus Eiche (baritone)

Ortolf Sentlinger, mayor - Lars Woldt (bass)

Diemut, mayor's daughter - Simone Schneider (soprano)

Schweiker von Gundelfingen, bailiff - Rouwen Huther (tenor)

Elsbeth, Diemut's friend - Jean Broekhuizen (mezzo-soprano)

Wigelis, Diemut's friend - Sandra Janke (contralto)

Margret, Diemut's friend - Olena Tokar (soprano)

Jörg Pöschel, Leitgeb - Wilhelm Schwinghammer (bass)

Hämerlein, haberdasher - Michael Kupfer (baritone)

Bavarian Radio Chorus,

Children's Chorus of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

Munich Radio Orchestra

Ulf Schirmer (conductor)

3.40

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, op. 73 ('Emperor')

Marc-André Hamelin

Les Violons du Roy,Bernard Labadie (cond).

AO3Strauss 150 - Feuersnot20140313

Strauss 150 Opera Matinee: Feuersnot

Richard Strauss's second opera - Feuersnot, or "Fire famine" is a comedy based on an old bawdy Dutch story. A wizard, thwarted in love, casts a spell extinguishing every fire in the town until the object of his desire - a young maiden from the town - becomes his.

Strauss sets the story in a medieval Munich, his own home town, which had reacted so badly to his first operatic effort, Guntram, and had always been cool towards Wagner's operas. Here the young apprentice wizard Kunrad (Strauss), is besotted with Diemut, the Mayor's daughter, and sneaks a kiss without her permission. Diemut plans her revenge and instigates an assignation with Kunrad which involves him climbing into a basket to be winched up to her bedroom. Up goes the basket - but it stops only halfway there. Kunrad is left suspended, surrounded by the townsfolk and feeling humiliated and angry. Kunrad calls on the teachings of his master (Wagner) to help him cast a spell to put out every fire in Munich. In the spell, Kunrad says that in the town of Munich, which he says laughs at Love - no flame will burn till he has kindled love with Diemut. The scared townsfolk begin to plead with Diemut, but she has already taken matters into her own hands and at the end of an extended, typically Straussian, orchestral passage all the fires in Munich sponateously re-ignite...

Since the disappointment of his first opera Guntram, Strauss had written the tone-poem Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), and the spirit of mischief and satire that imbue that creep into Feuersnot - which features a street-children's choir and several direct quotes of leitmotifs from Wagner's operas.

Adding to the sense of place, this performance was given in Munich's Prinzregententheater in January this year.

Richard Strauss

Feuersnot (Fire Famine), op. 50, in one act

Kunrad, alchemist - Markus Eiche (baritone)

Ortolf Sentlinger, mayor - Lars Woldt (bass)

Diemut, mayor's daughter - Simone Schneider (soprano)

Schweiker von Gundelfingen, bailiff - Rouwen Huther (tenor)

Elsbeth, Diemut's friend - Jean Broekhuizen (mezzo-soprano)

Wigelis, Diemut's friend - Sandra Janke (contralto)

Margret, Diemut's friend - Olena Tokar (soprano)

Jörg Pöschel, Leitgeb - Wilhelm Schwinghammer (bass)

Hämerlein, haberdasher - Michael Kupfer (baritone)

Bavarian Radio Chorus,

Children's Chorus of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

Munich Radio Orchestra

Ulf Schirmer (conductor)

3.40

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, op. 73 ('Emperor')

Marc-André Hamelin

Les Violons du Roy,Bernard Labadie (cond).

AO3Strauss 150 - Guntram20141113

Richard Strauss 150: Katie Derham presents the rarely-heard Guntram, continuing our complete Strauss opera series in today's opera matinee. Strauss's first opera owes much to the influence of Wagner, whose Act I Prelude to Parsifal follows. Strauss wrote his own libretto and the 13th-century setting, character names, and singing contest integral to the plot reveal Wagnerian influences.

2pm

Strauss: Guntram

Guntram - Reiner Goldberg (tenor)

Freihild - Ilona Tokody (soprano)

The Old Duke - Sander Sólyom-Nagy (bass)

Robert - István Gáti (baritone)

The Duke's Fool - János Bándi (tenor)

Hungarian State Orchestra

Eve Queler (conductor)

4.10pm

Wagner: Prelude to Act I of 'Parsifal'

Orchestre National de France

Alain Altinoglu (conductor).

AO3Strauss 150 - Guntram20141113

Richard Strauss 150: Katie Derham presents the rarely-heard Guntram, continuing our complete Strauss opera series in today's opera matinee. Strauss's first opera owes much to the influence of Wagner, whose Act I Prelude to Parsifal follows. Strauss wrote his own libretto and the 13th-century setting, character names, and singing contest integral to the plot reveal Wagnerian influences.

2pm

Strauss: Guntram

Guntram - Reiner Goldberg (tenor)

Freihild - Ilona Tokody (soprano)

The Old Duke - Sander Sólyom-Nagy (bass)

Robert - István Gáti (baritone)

The Duke's Fool - János Bándi (tenor)

Hungarian State Orchestra

Eve Queler (conductor)

4.10pm

Wagner: Prelude to Act I of 'Parsifal'

Orchestre National de France

Alain Altinoglu (conductor).

AO3Strauss 150: Der Liebe der Danae (Acts 1 and 2)20141211

Strauss 150

In celebration of 150 years since Richard Strauss's today's Thursday Opera Matinee is Der Liebe der Danae, in a performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Opera Chorus conducted by Charles Mackerras in 1980. The cast includes Arlene Saunders, Norman Bailey and Rosalind Plowright. Act 3 can be heard tomorrow. Plus music from this week's featured BBC artists: the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

Presented by Katie Derham

2.00pm

Richard Strauss: Der Liebe der Danae.

Danae..... Arlene Saunders (Soprano)

Jupiter..... Norman Bailey (Baritone)

Midas, King of Lydia..... Kenneth Woollam (Tenor)

Pollux, King of Eos..... John Dobson (Tenor)

Xanthe, Servant to Danae..... Rosalind Plowright (Soprano)

Mercury..... Emile Belcourt (Tenor)

4 Queens: Semele..... Elizabeth Gale (Soprano)

Europa..... Alison Hargen (Soprano)

Alkmene..... Patricia Price (Mezzo-Soprano)

Leda..... Linda Finnie (Alto)

4 Kings...... Bernard Dickerson, Stuart Kale, Alan Watt, Geoffrey Moses

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Opera Chorus

Sir Charles Mackerras

3.35pm

Damase Concertino

Ashley Wass (piano),

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Martin Yates

Frédéric d'Erlanger Midnight Rose

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Johannes Wildner

4.05pm

Rautavaara Magnificat

BBC Singers, conductor Justin Doyle.

AO3Strauss 150: Der Liebe Der Danae (acts 1 And 2)20141211

Strauss 150

In celebration of 150 years since Richard Strauss's today's Thursday Opera Matinee is Der Liebe der Danae, in a performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Opera Chorus conducted by Charles Mackerras in 1980. The cast includes Arlene Saunders, Norman Bailey and Rosalind Plowright. Act 3 can be heard tomorrow. Plus music from this week's featured BBC artists: the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

Presented by Katie Derham

2.00pm

Richard Strauss: Der Liebe der Danae.

Danae....Arlene Saunders (Soprano)

Jupiter....Norman Bailey (Baritone)

Midas, King of Lydia....Kenneth Woollam (Tenor)

Pollux, King of Eos....John Dobson (Tenor)

Xanthe, Servant to Danae....Rosalind Plowright (Soprano)

Mercury....Emile Belcourt (Tenor)

4 Queens: Semele....Elizabeth Gale (Soprano)

Europa....Alison Hargen (Soprano)

Alkmene....Patricia Price (Mezzo-Soprano)

Leda....Linda Finnie (Alto)

4 Kings....Bernard Dickerson, Stuart Kale, Alan Watt, Geoffrey Moses

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Opera Chorus

Sir Charles Mackerras

3.35pm

Damase Concertino

Ashley Wass (piano),

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Martin Yates

Frédéric d'Erlanger Midnight Rose

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Johannes Wildner

4.05pm

Rautavaara Magnificat

BBC Singers, conductor Justin Doyle.

AO3Strauss 150: Die Schweigsame Frau20141127

STRAUSS 150

Katie Derham presents this week's opera matinee as part of Radio 3's continuing complete Strauss opera series to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

A landmark live performance of Strauss's 3-act comedy Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), Op. 80, recorded at the Salzburg Festival on 6th August 1959. A stellar cast list, including Hans Hotter Lucia Popp and Georgine von Milinkovic, is directed by of one of the great Strauss conductors, Karl Böhm.

The libretto for Die schweigsame Frau was the result of Strauss's only collaboration with the Jewish author Stefan Zweig, based on Ben Jonson's play, "The Silent Woman." Cantankerous outbursts are commonplace in the life of Sir John Morosus, a retired admiral who is hypersensitive to all kinds of noise - including the music of an opera troupe ushered in by the unexpected return of his long-lost nephew. Soon Morosus is at the centre of a farce cooked up by various characters, who present him with an allegedly silent woman to marry. However, the relationship turns into a hilarious nightmare.

Richard Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), Op. 80

Sir Morosus - Hans Hotter (bass-baritone)

Seine Haushälterin (His Housekeeper) - Georgine von Milinkovic (mezzo-soprano)

Der Barbier (The Barber) - Hermann Prey (baritone)

Henry Morosus - Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Aminta (His wife) - Hilde Güden (soprano)

Isotta - Pierrette Alarie (soprano)

Carlotta - Hetty Plümacher (mezzo-soprano)

Morbio - Josef Knapp (baritone)

Vanuzzi - Karl Dönch (bass-baritone)

Farfallo - Alois Pernerstorfer (bass-baritone)

The Chorus of the Vienna State Opera

Vienna Philharmonic

Karl Böhm.

AO3Strauss 150: Die schweigsame Frau20141127

STRAUSS 150

Katie Derham presents this week's opera matinee as part of Radio 3's continuing complete Strauss opera series to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

A landmark live performance of Strauss's 3-act comedy Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), Op. 80, recorded at the Salzburg Festival on 6th August 1959. A stellar cast list, including Hans Hotter Lucia Popp and Georgine von Milinkovic, is directed by of one of the great Strauss conductors, Karl Böhm.

The libretto for Die schweigsame Frau was the result of Strauss's only collaboration with the Jewish author Stefan Zweig, based on Ben Jonson's play, "The Silent Woman." Cantankerous outbursts are commonplace in the life of Sir John Morosus, a retired admiral who is hypersensitive to all kinds of noise - including the music of an opera troupe ushered in by the unexpected return of his long-lost nephew. Soon Morosus is at the centre of a farce cooked up by various characters, who present him with an allegedly silent woman to marry. However, the relationship turns into a hilarious nightmare.

Richard Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), Op. 80

Sir Morosus - Hans Hotter (bass-baritone)

Seine Haushälterin (His Housekeeper) - Georgine von Milinkovic (mezzo-soprano)

Der Barbier (The Barber) - Hermann Prey (baritone)

Henry Morosus - Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Aminta (His wife) - Hilde Güden (soprano)

Isotta - Pierrette Alarie (soprano)

Carlotta - Hetty Plümacher (mezzo-soprano)

Morbio - Josef Knapp (baritone)

Vanuzzi - Karl Dönch (bass-baritone)

Farfallo - Alois Pernerstorfer (bass-baritone)

The Chorus of the Vienna State Opera

Vienna Philharmonic

Karl Böhm.

AO3Strauss 150: Friedenstag20140925

Strauss 150

Friedenstag is a 1-act opera composed by Strauss just before the outbreak of World War 2. The idea for the story came from Stefan Zweig who'd worked with Strauss before. Strauss had been criticised for working with Zweig because he was a Jew so it was agreed that Joseph Gregor would write the libretto. It's an opera about peace and is set in the early 17th century during the Thirty Years War. A Commandant defending his fortress from attack, decides to die rather than give in. But news of peace arrives and he and his former enemy decide to work together for a better world. The opera is a rarity on stage and in recordings but this one is conducted by one of the great Strauss conductors, Wolfgang Sawallisch. Presented by Verity Sharp who also introduces the Radio 3 Opera Guide to Friedenstag.

Commandant - Bernd Weikl (baritone)

Maria, his wife - Sabine Hass (soprano)

Sergeant Major - Jaakko Ryhanen (bass)

A Private - Jan Vacik (tenor)

A Munitions Officer - Jan Hendrik-Rootering (bass-baritone)

A Musketeer - Alfred Kuhn (bass-baritone)

A bugler - Gerhard Auer (bass)

An officer - Florian Cerny (baritone)

A front line officer - Thomas Woodman (baritone)

A Piedmontese - Eduardo Villa (tenor)

The Holsteiner - Kurt Moll (bass)

The Mayor - Robert Shunk (tenor)

The bishop - Karl Helm (baritone)

Townswoman - Cornelia Wulkopf (soprano)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.

After the opera, highlights from recent concerts by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

AO3Strauss's Intermezzo20141016

Richard Strauss 150: Intermezzo, Strauss's 2 act comedy with Lucia Popp and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Katie Derham presents this week's opera matinee as part of Radio 3's continuing complete Strauss opera series to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. Intermezzo has a libretto by Strauss himself and is his first attempt at writing what he called "a completely modern, absolutely realistic psychological comedy of character." Intermezzo was apparently based on incidents from Strauss's own family life with Strauss depicted by Robert Storch and his wife, Pauline by Christine Storch. Alas, when it was first performed at the Dresden Semperoper in 1924 with sets modelled on those in the Strauss home, Pauline was far from amused by her husband's "bourgeois comedy with symphonic interludes."

This classic 1980 recording features many singers known for their interpretations of Strauss and is conducted by one of the leading Strauss conductors of the twentieth century.

Christine Storch...... Lucia Popp (soprano)

Robert Storch..... Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Franzl their son..... Philipp Brammer (spoken)

Anna, their maid..... Gabriele Fuchs (soprano)

Baron Lummer..... Adolf Dallapozza (tenor)

The Notary..... Klaus Hirte (baritone)

His Wife..... Gudrun Greindl-Rosner (soprano)

Kapellmeister Stroh..... Martin Finke (tenor)

A commercial counsellor..... Raimund Grumbach (baritone)

A legal counsellor..... Jorn W. Wilsing (baritone)

A singer..... Kurt Moll (bass)

Fanny the cook..... Elisabeth Woska (spoken)

Marie, Therese..... Erika Ruggeberg (spoken)

Resi, a young girl..... Karin Hautermann (soprano)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor).

AO3Strauss's Intermezzo20141016

Richard Strauss 150: Intermezzo, Strauss's 2 act comedy with Lucia Popp and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Katie Derham presents this week's opera matinee as part of Radio 3's continuing complete Strauss opera series to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. Intermezzo has a libretto by Strauss himself and is his first attempt at writing what he called "a completely modern, absolutely realistic psychological comedy of character." Intermezzo was apparently based on incidents from Strauss's own family life with Strauss depicted by Robert Storch and his wife, Pauline by Christine Storch. Alas, when it was first performed at the Dresden Semperoper in 1924 with sets modelled on those in the Strauss home, Pauline was far from amused by her husband's "bourgeois comedy with symphonic interludes."

This classic 1980 recording features many singers known for their interpretations of Strauss and is conducted by one of the leading Strauss conductors of the twentieth century.

Christine Storch....Lucia Popp (soprano)

Robert Storch....Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Franzl their son....Philipp Brammer (spoken)

Anna, their maid....Gabriele Fuchs (soprano)

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