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    Hector Berlioz - Les Troyens (London, 1957) sung in English



    Les Troyens
    (sung in English)

    Composer: Hector Berlioz
    Libretto: Hector Berlioz, after 'Aeneid' by Virgil
    Translator: Edward J. Dent

    Recording of a performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
    London and broadcast live on the BBC Third Programme, 20 June 1957.

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/third/1957-06-20


    Cast

    Part 1: The Capture of Troy

    A Trojan Soldier: Ronald Lewis
    Cassandra, a Trojan prophetess, daughter of Priam: Amy Shuard
    Choroebus, her betrothed: Jess Walters
    Priam, King of Troy: Forbes Robinson
    Helenus, son of Priam: Raymond Nilsson
    Hecuba, wife of Priam: Noreen Berry
    Polyxena, daughter of Priam: Marie Collier
    Ascanius, son of Aeneas: Joan Carlyle
    Andromache, widow of Hector: Wish Mary Hunt
    Astyanax, her son: Arthur Mackenzie
    Pantheus, a Trojan priest: Michael Langdon
    Aeneas, a Trojan hero: Jon Vickers
    Ghost of Hector: Joseph Rouleau
    A Greek Captain: Robert Allman
    Soldiers of Greece and Troy, Citizens, Women, Children, Shepherds, Priestesses

    Part 2: The Trojans at Carthage

    Dido, Queen of Carthage: Blanche Thebom
    Anna, her sister: Lauris Elms
    Narbal, Dido's minister: David Kelly
    Iopas, a Carthaginian poet: Richard Verreau
    Ascanius: Joan Carlyle
    Pantheus: Michael Langdon
    Aeneas: Jon Vickers
    The God Mercury: Alan Beale
    Hylas, a young Trojan sailor: Dermot Troy
    First Soldier: Ronald Lewis
    Second Soldier: Rhydderch Davies
    Ghost of Cassandra: Amy Shuard
    Ghost of Choroebus: Jess Walters
    Ghost of Hector: Joseph Rouleau
    Ghost of Priam: Forbes Robinson
    Soldiers of Troy and Carthage, Courtiers, Hunters, Sailors, Naiads, Fauns, Satyrs, and Wood Nymphs

    The Covent Garden Opera Chorus
    The Covent Garden Opera Ballet
    Students of Chartesey Secondary School
    The Covent Garden Orchestra

    Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
    Chorus Master: Douglas Robinson

    Information source: Royal Opera House programme for 6 June 1957 (in Royal Opera House Collections)

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/vwfem3...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/4nwckh...part2.rar/file

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    Hector Berlioz - Les Troyens (London, 1972) sung in English



    Les Troyens
    (sung in English)

    Composer: Hector Berlioz
    Libretto: Hector Berlioz, after 'Aeneid' by Virgil
    Translation: Edward J. Dent

    Recording of a performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, 7 October 1972.

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/8c57251c...7410521dab5b2a

    Cast

    Part 1: The Capture of Troy

    Cassandra, a prophetess, daughter of Priam: Josephine Veasey
    Choroebus, her betrothed: Robert Kerns
    A Trojan Soldier: William Elvin
    Priam, King of Troy: Eric Garrett
    Helenus, son of Priam, a priest: John Dobson
    Hecuba, wife of Priam: Noreen Berry
    Polyxena, daughter of Priam: Gillian Ramsden
    Andromache, widow of Hector: Romayne Grigorova
    Astyanax, her son: Simon Stebbings
    Pantheus, a Trojan priest: Richard Van Allan
    Aeneas, a Trojan hero: Jon Vickers
    Ascanius, son of Aeneas: Anne Pashley
    Ghost of Hector: Dennis Wicks
    Greek Captain: Eric Garrett
    Greek Captain: George Macpherson

    Part 2: The Trojans at Carthage

    Dido, Queen of Carthage: Janet Baker
    Anna, her sister: Heather Begg
    Narbal, Dido's minister: Stafford Dean
    Iopas, a Carthaginian poet: Francis Egerton
    The God Mercury: Anthony Sweeny [or William Clothier, according to some sources]
    Hylas, a young Trojan sailor: Derek Blackwell
    First Soldier: Michael Rippon
    Second Soldier: Paul Hudson
    Ghost of Cassandra: Margarete Williams
    Ghost of Choroebus: Robert Kerns
    Ghost of Priam: Eric Garrett
    Soldiers of Greece, Troy and Carthage, Citizens, Women, Children, Shepherds, Priestesses, Courtiers and Sailors

    The Royal Opera Chorus
    Dancers
    Children from Finchley Catholic High School
    The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    Conductor: Colin Davis
    Chorus Master: Douglas Robinson
    Leader: Charles Taylor

    IN STEREO

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/n842yb...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/sw10w2...part2.rar/file

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    Michael William Balfe - The Bohemian Girl (London, 1951)



    This is a real gem. A recently discovered recording of the 1951 BBC Third Programme broadcast of the celebrated Covent Garden revival of Balfe's beloved opera, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham and with an enchanting performance by 21-year-old Roberta Peters.

    The Bohemian Girl

    Composer: Michael William Balfe
    Librettist: Alfred Bunn, after the ballet pantomime 'La Gypsy' by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges,
    which was based on the short story 'La gitanilla' by Miguel de Cervantes
    World premiere: 27 November 1843, Drury Lane, London
    ROH premiere: 15 August 1951, Covent Garden Opera Company
    ROH company premiere: 6 August 1951, Covent Garden Opera Company, Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

    The Bohemian Girl - 18 August 1951 Evening

    Company: Covent Garden Opera Company
    Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    Performance status: Original season
    Conductor: Thomas Beecham
    Chorus Master: Douglas Robinson
    Leader: Thomas Matthews

    Cast

    Count Arnheim of the Austrian Army: Jess Walters
    Florestein, his nephew: Murray Dickie
    Arline, his daughter as a child: Yvonne Prestige
    Buda, her Nurse: Winifred Watkins
    Thaddeus of the Polish Army: Anthony Marlowe
    Devilshoof, Captain of the Gipsies: Howell Glynne
    A Gipsy: Hubert Littlewood
    An Austrian Soldier: Hector Thomas
    A Huntsman: Alan Hobson
    A Peasant: James Brown
    A Woman Servant: Phyllis Simons
    Arline, Count Arnheim's daughter twelve years later: Roberta Peters
    The Queen of the Gypsies: Edith Coates
    Another Gipsy: Thomas Fletcher
    Austrian Officers, Soldiers, Huntsmen, Peasants, Gipsies, Serving Women, Townsfolk and Guests: The Covent Garden Opera Chorus
    Peasant Dancers, Entertainers at the Fair, Gipsy Dancers: Dancers
    Polish Soldiers, Hunt Grooms, Serving-men, Major-Domo, City Guard, Magistrate's Clerks: Actors
    The Covent Garden Orchestra
    Language: English
    Translator: Dennis Arundell
    Information source: Royal Opera House programme for 18 August 1951 (in Royal Opera House Collections)

    Description as per Radio Times Issue 1448, 10 August 1951, Page 37
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/517cb6ee...3b5bf5e8a850e2

    Covent Garden Opera Trust presents the Covent Garden Opera in 'THE BOHEMIAN GIRL'
    Third Programme, 18 August 1951 19.00

    Opera in three acts
    Music by Michael William Balfe
    Special arrangement by Sir Thomas Beecham, Bt.
    Libretto by Alfred Bunn adapted by Dennis Arundell
    Covent Garden Opera Chorus
    (Chorus-Master, Douglas Robinson)
    Covent Garden Opera Orchestra
    (Leader, Thomas Matthews )
    Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, Bt.
    Producer: Dennis Arundell
    From the Royal Opera House. Covent Garden

    Scene: Presburg and its neighbourhood in the eighteenth century

    Act 1 [Prologue, as per Covent Garden yearbook, 1951]
    Count Arnheim's castle on the Danube
    7.45 app. Interval
    8.0 app. Act 2 [Act 1, as per Covent Garden yearbook, 1951]
    (Twelve years later)
    Sc. 1: The Gypsy encampment
    Sc. 2: In the Gypsy Queen's tent Se. 3: A fair in the public square Sc. 4: The Hall of Justice
    8.55 app. Interval
    9.10 app. Act 3 [Act 2, per Covent Garden yearbook, 1951]
    Sc. 1: Arline's boudoir
    Sc. 2: A hall in the Count's castle

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/59ymmg...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/zf97m9...part2.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ro02wh...part3.rar/file

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    Paul Hindemith - Cardillac (BBC, 1966) sung in English



    Cardillac
    (sung in English)

    Original version in three acts and four scenes (1926)

    Music: Paul Hindemith
    Libretto: Ferdinand Lion, after E. T. A. Hoffmann
    Translation: Leo Black

    Cast

    The Captain of the Guard: John Noble
    A lady: Elizabeth Robson
    A cavalier: John Mitchinson
    Cardillac, a celebrated goldsmith: Thomas Hemsley
    A gold merchant: Harold Blackburn
    Cardillac's daughter: April Cantelo
    An Officer: Kenneth MacDonald

    BBC Chorus
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Leader: Trevor Williams
    Conductor: Walter Susskind
    Assistant conductor: Alan G. Melville
    Répétiteur: Tom Gligoroff

    Producer: Lionel Salter

    Recording of a studio performance that was broadcast on
    the BBC Third Programme, Network Three, 23 April 1966.
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...04-23#at-22.20

    The action takes place in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV

    Act 1, Scene 1: A street
    Scene 2: The lady's bedroom
    Act 2: Cardillac's workshop
    Act 3: A street

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/44un8z...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/b9m0a7...part2.rar/file

    NB: I recommend using the latest version of Bandizip to extract the files (as other, similar programs will often provide incomplete extractions).

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    That's possibly one for Amfortas!

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    Charles Gounod - Faust (Sydney, 1963) sung in English



    Faust
    (sung in English)

    Music: Charles Gounod
    Libretto: Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Translation: Unknown



    Cast

    Faust: Peter Baillie
    Mephistopheles: Alan Light
    Marguerite: Mary O’Brien
    Valentin : John Germain
    Siebel: Althea Bridges
    Wagner: Norman Yemm
    Marthe: Mary Blake

    Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    Leader: Donald Hazelwood
    Chorus of the Elizabethan Trust Opera Company
    Conductor: Georg Tintner

    Producer: John Young

    Recording of a performance by the Elizabethan Trust Opera Company at the Elizabethan Theatre,
    Newtown, Sydney, Australia in November, 1963 and broadcast on ABC radio.

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ge24j2...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/pt076a...part2.rar/file

    NB: As usual, I recommend using the latest version of Bandizip to extract the files.

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    Ruggero Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (BBC, 1958) sung in English



    PAGLIACCI
    (sung in English)

    An opera in two acts

    Words and music by Ruggero Leoncavallo
    English version by Frederick E. Weatherly

    A performance to celebrate the centenary of the composer's birth.

    The troupe of strolling players:

    Canio. their leader (Punchinello in the play): Charles Craig
    Nedda, his wife (Columbine in the play): Victoria Elliott
    Tonio a hunchback (Taddeo in the play): John Cameron
    Peppe (Harlequin in the play): Rene Soames
    Silvio, a peasant in love with Nedda: John Heddle Nash

    BBC Midland Chorus
    BBC Midland Orchestra
    Leader: James Hutcheon
    Conductor: Leo Wurmser

    Produced by David Harris

    The action takes place in a village in Southern Italy in the summer of 1865'

    Recording of a studio performance that was broadcast on BBC Home Service on April 19, 1958.

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/78e9a180...76c9d79c95cfeb

    File Type: MP4 (.m4a)
    Total Size: 69.1 MB

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/yx6984...glish.rar/file

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    Two different studio performances of Georges Bizet's "Djamileh" sung in English:



    Georges Bizet - Djamileh (BBC, 1957) sung in English

    Djamileh
    (sung in English)

    A comic opera in one act

    Music: Georges Bizet
    Libretto: Louis Gallet, after Alfred de Musset
    Translation: Geoffrey Dunn

    Cast:

    Haroun: Alexander Young
    Splendiano: Bruce Boyce
    Djamileh: Jennifer Vyvyan
    A slave-merchant: Norman Painting

    BBC Midland Chorus
    BBC Midland Orchestra
    Leader: James Hutcheon
    Conductor: Leo Wurmser

    Producer: C. Denis Freeman

    Recording of a studio performance that was broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on November 17, 1957.

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/09ac0df4...7fcba57bdcfa1b

    File Type: MP4 (.m4a)
    Total Size: 70.4 MB

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/dnqbdl...glish.rar/file


    Georges Bizet - Djamileh (BBC R3, 1968) sung in English

    Djamileh
    (sung in English)

    A comic opera in one act

    Music: Georges Bizet
    Libretto: Louis Gallet, after Alfred de Musset
    Translation: Geoffrey Dunn

    Cast:

    Djamileh: Ann Hood
    Haroun: Kenneth Bowen
    Splendiano: John Heddle Nash
    A slave-merchant: George Hagan
    Narrator: George Hagan

    The BBC Northern Singers
    Chorus Master: Stephen Wilkinson
    The BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
    Leader: James Davis (or Reginald Stead, per Radio Times)
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson

    Produced and adapted for radio by Geoffrey Dunn.

    Recording of a studio performance that was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on May 5, 1968.

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/75889081...71f40b500bc1d2

    File Type; FLAC (.flac)
    Bit Rate: 1,411 kbps
    Total Size: 210 MB

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/v4ez7q...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/u2cqb6...part2.rar/file

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    Carl Maria von Weber - Oberon (BBC, 1962)



    Oberon
    or The Elf-King's Oath
    A romantic opera in three acts

    Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
    Libretto: James R. Planché, after Christoph Martin Wieland

    Cast:

    Oberon, King of the Fairies: Alexander Young (tenor)
    Puck, his attendant spirit: Marjorie Westbury (soprano)
    Sir Huon of Bordeaux, Duke of Guienne: Charles Craig (tenor)
    Sir Huon of Bordeaux, Duke of Guienne, spoken by: Leslie Perrins
    Scherasmin, his squire: Joseph Ward (baritone)
    Haroun el Raschid, Caliph of Bagdad: George Hagan (spoken part)
    Rezia, his daughter: Joan Hammond (soprano)
    Rezia, his daughter, spoken by: Hilda Kriseman
    Fatima, her attendant: Monica Sinclair (mezzo-soprano)
    Babekan, a Saracen Prince: Godfrey Kenton (spoken part)
    Mesru, captain of the harem guard: Arthur Gomez (spoken part)
    Almanzor, Emir of Tunis: Arthur Gomez (spoken part)
    Roshana, his wife: Peggy Butt (spoken part)
    Abdullah, a Cor-sair: Godfrey Kenton (spoken part)
    Charlemagne, Emperor of France: Godfrey Kenton (spoken part)
    Mermaid: June Wilson (soprano)
    Mermaid: Pamela Petts (soprano)
    A fairy: Dorit Welles (spoken part)
    A slave girl: Dorit Welles (spoken part)
    Fairies, spirits, water-nymphs, knights, guards, slaves, harem girls, courtiers: BBC Northern Singers

    Joseph Ward broadcasts by permission of the General Administrator. Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Ltd.

    BBC Northern Singers
    Chorus-Master: Stephen Wilkinson
    BBC Northern Orchestra
    Leader: Reginald Stead
    Conductor: Leo Wurmser
    Radio adaptation and production: Dennis Arundell

    Recording of a studio performance that was originally broadcast on the BBC Third Programme, 2 December 1962
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/third/1962-12-02

    Rebroadcast on the BBC Third Programme, 11 March 1963
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...03-11#at-20.00

    The action: in the Fairy Kingdom, in Bagdad, in Tunis, and in France, around the year 806.

    Act 1
    Scene 1 Oberon's bower
    Scene 2 The banks of the Tigris
    Scene 3 In the harem of the Caliph Second performance of this production
    Act 2
    Scene 1 A hall In the Caliph's palace Scene 2 The port of Ascolon Scene 3 A rocky sea-shore
    Scene 4 A cavern by the sea
    Act 3
    Scene 1 The courtyard of the gardener of the Emir
    Scene 2 In the Emir's harem
    Scene 3 The palace of Charlemagne

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/tkb6fo...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/22u4dw...part2.rar/file

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    One of the few operas in this series that's not being sung in translation: Oberon's original libretto is in English; the German version is the one sung in translation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    One of the few operas in this series that's not being sung in translation: Oberon's original libretto is in English; the German version is the one sung in translation.
    Now I have to put this on my shopping list. Apparently the only set sung in English, and with a phenomenal tenor too!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Sergei Prokofiev - The Fiery Angel (London, 1965) sung in English



    The Angel of Fire [aka The Fiery Angel]
    (sung in English)

    Opera in five acts

    Music: Sergei Prokofiev
    Libretto: Sergei Prokofiev, after the novel by Valery Bryusov
    Translation: Christopher Hassall

    Renata: Marie Collier
    Ruprecht: John Shaw
    Innkeeper and Abbess: Yvonne Minton
    Labourer and Matthew: John Rhys Evans
    Fortune-Teller: Elizabeth Bainbridge
    Jacob Glock and Mephistopheles: John Fryatt
    Agrippa of Netteshem: Jon Andrew
    Heinrich: Maurice Colbourne
    Doctor: Francis Egerton
    Faustus: John Noble
    Pot Boy: George Batley
    Tavern-keeper: William McCue
    Inquisitor: Inia Te Wiata
    Novices: Iris Saunders, Elizabeth Bainbridge
    Nuns: Phyllis Glavin, Vanessa Gold, Mary Grimmett,
    Elaine Howarth, Maurine London, Margaret Morris

    New Opera Chorus
    Chorus-Master: David Lloyd-Jones
    New Opera Orchestra
    Leader: David McCallum
    Conductor: Leon Lovett

    Producer: Peter Coe

    Recording of a performance by the New Opera Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
    and broadcast live on BBC Network Three, 31 July 1965.

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...07-31#at-19.30

    John Shaw and Marie Collier broadcast by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; John Fryatt and Jon Andrew by permission of Sadler's Well's Opera Company

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/bokw9o...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/2do1n8...part2.rar/file

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    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - The Golden Cockerel (New York, 1945) sung in English



    The Golden Cockerel [aka Le Coq d'or]
    (sung in English)

    Music: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
    Libretto: Vladimir Nikolayevich Bel'sky, after Alexander Pushkin, based in turn on 'The House of the Weathercock' and 'Legend of the Arabian Astrologer' from 'The Alhambra' by Washington Irving.
    Translation: Tatania Balkoff Drowne

    Cockerel................Thelma Votipka
    Queen...................Patrice Munsel
    Dodon...................Norman Cordon
    Amelfa..................Margaret Harshaw
    Astrologer..............Anthony Marlowe
    Polkan..................John Gurney
    Gvidon..................Richard Manning
    Afron...................Hugh Thompson
    Conductor...............Emil Cooper

    Metropolitan Opera House
    March 10, 1945 Matinee Broadcast

    Le Coq d'Or received five performances that season.

    [The opera was billed as The Golden Cockerel. The music for the dance episode was drawn from Shéhérazade.]

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ayi5ps...glish.rar/file

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    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - The Golden Cockerel (London, 1954) sung in English



    The Golden Cockerel [aka Le Coq d'or]
    (sung in English)

    Dramatized fable in a prologue, three acts and an epilogue

    Music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Libretto: Vladimir Bel'sky, after Alexander Pushkin and Washington Irving
    Translation: Edward Agate



    Cast

    The Astrologer: Hugues Cuenod
    King Dodon: Howell Glynne
    Prince Guidon, Son to King Dodon: John Lanigan
    Prince Afron, Son to King Dodon: Geraint Evans
    General Polkan: Frederick Dalberg
    The Golden Cockerel: Arda Mandikian
    Amelfa, the Royal Housekeeper: Barbara Howitt
    The Queen of Shemakhan: Mattiwilda Dobbs

    The Covent Garden Opera Chorus
    Students of the Sadler's Wells School of Ballet
    Chorus Master: Douglas Robinson
    The Covent Garden Orchestra
    Leader: Charles Taylor
    Conductor: Igor Markevitch

    Producer: Robert Helpmann

    Recording of a performance by the Covent Garden Opera Company, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    and broadcast on the BBC Third Programme, 14 January 1954.

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...01-14#at-19.00

    Act 1
    King Dodon's realm: the Council Hall
    Act 2
    A mountain pass before dawn
    Act 3
    The city square of King Dodon's capital

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/zp1akr...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/317gl0...part2.rar/file

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    I am looking for Bellini's La Sonnambula in English.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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Opera Lively is the Official Media Partner of UNC Opera
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