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Wagner: Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold

A guide to Das Rheingold, the first opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle, featuring the Royal Opera House's director of opera Kasper Holten and music director Antonio Pappano, opera historian Sarah Lenton and Wagner experts John Deathridge and Mark Berry.

8mins

17 Jul 2013

Rank #1

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Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos

The following Opera on 3 download about Richard Strauss opera ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ includes contributions by opera experts William Mival and Hugo Shirley, as well as opera historian Sarah Lenton.

10mins

16 Jul 2014

Rank #2

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Wagner: Parsifal

A guide to Wagner's opera Parsifal featuring the voices of Wagner expert Nicholas Baragwaneth, conductor Mark Wigglesworth and singers Stuart Skelton and John Tomlinson

8mins

2 Mar 2013

Rank #3

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Verdi: La Traviata

A guide to Verdi's opera La Traviata featuring the voices of opera historian Sarah Lenton and soprano Ailyn Perez, as well as Verdi experts Flora Willson and Nicholas Baragwanath.

9mins

30 Mar 2013

Rank #4

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Wagner: Ring Cycle: Die Walkure

A guide to Die Walkure, the second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle, featuring the Royal Opera House’s music director Antonio Pappano, singers Susan Bullock and John Tomlinson, opera historian Sarah Lenton, and Wagner experts Laurence Dreyfus and Mark Berry.

8mins

17 Jul 2013

Rank #5

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Wagner: The Flying Dutchman

A guide to Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman featuring the voices of Wagner expert Nicholas Baragwanath, singers Bryn Terfel and Anja Kampe, director Tim Albery and conductor Jeffrey Tate.

7mins

23 May 2013

Rank #6

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Verdi: Don Carlos

A guide to Verdi's opera Don Carlos featuring the voices of opera historian Sarah Lenton, Verdi experts Flora Willson and Nicholas Baragwanath, as well as conductors Antonio Pappano and Semyon Bychkov and tenor Rolando Villazón.

8mins

7 Oct 2013

Rank #7

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Wagner: Ring Cycle: Siegfried

A guide to Siegfried, the third opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle, featuring the Royal Opera House's music director Antonio Pappano, director Keith Warner, opera historian Sarah Lenton and Wagner experts Laurence Dreyfus and Mark Berry.

8mins

17 Jul 2013

Rank #8

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Verdi: Attila

A guide to Verdi's opera Attila featuring the voices of opera historians Sarah Lenton, Flora Willson and Roger Parker.

7mins

7 Nov 2013

Rank #9

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Verdi: Otello

A guide to Verdi's opera Otello featuring the voices of Verdi expert Roger Parker, the conductor Antonio Pappano and the tenor Placido Domingo.

9mins

4 Apr 2013

Rank #10

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Verdi: I Due Foscari

A guide to Verdi's opera I Due Foscari featuring the opera historians Sarah Lenton, Flora Willson and Roger Parker

6mins

31 Oct 2013

Rank #11

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Wagner: Tannhauser

A guide to Wagner's opera Tannhauser featuring Wagner specialists John Deathridge, Barbara Eichner and Mike Ashman

6mins

4 Aug 2013

Rank #12

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Verdi: Oberto

A guide to Verdi's opera Oberto featuring opera historians Sarah Lenton, Flora Willson and Simon Rees

7mins

17 Oct 2013

Rank #13

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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

A guide to Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in Maschera"

7mins

3 Oct 2013

Rank #14

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Britten: Paul Bunyan

A guide to Britten's operetta, Paul Bunyan, featuring the voices of Britten experts Lucy Walker and Paul Kildea, and the Director Francesca Zambello.

9mins

6 Jun 2013

Rank #15

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Verdi: Stiffelio

A guide to Verdi's opera Stiffelio featuring the voices of Verdi expert Roger Parker, opera historian Sarah Lenton and conductor Mark Elder.

8mins

30 May 2013

Rank #16

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Britten: Owen Wingrave

A guide to Benjamin Britten's opera Owen Wingrave featuring the voices of Britten experts Paul Kildea, Philip Reed and archive interviews from Myfanwy Piper and Dame Janet Baker

8mins

28 Feb 2013

Rank #17

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Verdi: I Masnadieri

A guide to Verdi's opera I Masnadieri featuring the voices of opera historian Sarah Lenton as well as Verdi experts Flora Willson and Nicholas Baragwanath.

7mins

28 Mar 2013

Rank #18

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Wagner: Rienzi

A guide to Wagner's opera Rienzi featuring the voices of of Wagner experts Nicholas Baragwanath and John Deathridge, Barbara Eichner.

7mins

6 Jul 2013

Rank #19

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Wagner: Das Liebesverbot

A guide to Wagner's opera Das Liebesverbot

6mins

21 Sep 2013

Rank #20