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    The only recording of Bellini in English that I have is an abridged performance of "Norma" from Little Rock, Arkansas in 1960. The ENO did a production of this same opera a couple years ago to poor reviews, but I haven't come across a recording. There is no record of any Bellini opera performed in English as having ever been broadcast on the BBC. Nor can I find any record of Bellini being performed in English in either Canada or Australia during the past century, other than excerpts. So, the odds are that no such recording exists.

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    Cannot download tried everything.

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    The fiery angel states error in file

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    cannot open part 2/3 as usual comes up with error in file

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    Please download the latest version of Bandizip and use that to extract the files. I guarantee it will work, whereas other similar programs will fail. I just downloaded the parts from MediaFire and used Bandizip and the whole process worked without any problem.

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    Giacomo Puccini - Le Villi (BBC R3, 1967) sung in English



    Le Villi
    (sung in English)

    Music: Giacomo Puccini
    Libretto: Ferdinando Fontana, after the short story "Les Willis" by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
    Translation: David Harris

    THE WITCH DANCERS
    BBC Radio 3, 3 December 1967 14.00

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/e1e1eb59...1130578c33d969

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/4b718ddf...7bd87362fabeab

    Cast in order of singing:

    Wulf: Delme Bryn-Jones (baritone)
    Anna: Jacqueline Delman (soprano)
    Roberto: John Mitchinson (tenor)

    Narrator: Ronald Harvi

    BBC Northern Singers
    Chorus-Master: Stephen Wilkinson
    BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
    Leader: Reginald Stead
    Conducted by Myer Fredman

    Produced and adapted for radio by Dennis Arundell

    Delme Bryn-Jones broadcasts by permission of the Gen. Administrator, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    Recording of a studio performance that was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 3 December 1967 and repeated under the title "The Wraiths" on 26 December 1969.

    DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/file/l8gins...glish.rar/file

    As usual, I recommend using the latest version of Bandizip.

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    Arthur Bliss - The Olympians (BBC, 1949) excerpts



    The British Broadcasting Corporation presents:

    Music from 'The Olympians'

    An opera by Arthur Bliss
    with libretto by J. B. Priestley

    A program of excerpts from the opera (with an introduction by Mr. Priestley) that was broadcast on BBC Overseas Service on Wednesday, December 28, 1949 (as per the November 24, 1949 issue of London Calling).

    Covent Garden Opera Company
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

    Production premiere: 29 September 1949
    Producer: Peter Brook

    Cast (on this broadcast)

    The Curé, An elderly priest: Murray Dickie
    Madame Bardeau, Landlady of the "Golden Duck": Edith Coates
    Jean, A porter at the "Golden Duck": Ronald Lewis
    Joseph Lavatte, A rich bourgeois: Howell Glynne
    Hector de Florac, A young poet: Rudolf Schock
    Madeleine, Lavatte's daughter: Adele Leigh
    Alfred, A night watchman in Lavatte's house: Rhydderch Davies

    THE OLYMPIANS (a troupe of strolling players):

    Mercury: Robert Helpmann
    Venus: Moira Fraser
    Bacchus: Thorsteinn Hannessonn
    Mars: David Franklin
    Diana: Margherita Grandi
    Jupiter: Kenneth Schon

    The Covent Garden Opera Chorus
    (Chorus Master, Douglas Robinson)
    The Covent Garden Orchestra
    (Leader, Joseph Shadwick)
    Conductor: Karl Rankl

    Narration by Henry Reed, spoken by Robert Harris

    The music from 'The Olympians' was performed in the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and the program was produced in the London studios of the BBC.

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    Also included is this conversation with Priestley that aired during the interval of BBC Radio 3's broadcast of the opera's revival in 1972.

    A Playwright as Librettist
    BBC Radio 3, 21 February 1972 20.40

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/3e5b7ed3...710e4d82eb6978

    J. B. Priestley recalls to Gareth Lloyd Evans how the collaboration with Sir Arthur Bliss came about, and the difficulties surrounding the first production of The Olympians at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in September 1949.

    DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/file/n3j4n7...erpts.rar/file

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

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    Béla Bartók - Bluebeard's Castle (London, 1970) sung in English



    Duke Bluebeard's Castle
    (sung in English)

    Music: Béla Bartók
    Libretto: Béla Balázs, after Charles Perrault
    Translation: Chester Kallman

    Cast:

    Bluebeard: David Ward
    Judith: Evelyn Lear

    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor: Pierre Boulez

    Narrator: Robert Eddison

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/8bc3844d...8a6a52bbc41cb5

    Recording of a performance at the Royal Festival Hall, London
    and originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 21 October 1970, repeated in August 1971 and October 1972.

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    Two different studio performances of excerpts from Edward Loder's "Raymond and Agnes"



    RAYMOND AND AGNES
    Network Three, 18 December 1966 12.00
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/6f586818...29c50bc13ef8d9

    Repeated on BBC Radio 3, 19 November 1967 14.10
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/d7396e1c...e5c213299b92d9

    An opera by Edward Loder
    Libretto by Edward Fitzball, revised by Max Miradin.
    Arranged in a radio version by NICHOLAS TEMPERLEY
    BBC NORTHERN SINGERS
    Chorus-Master, Stephen Wilkinson
    BBC NORTHERN ORCHESTRA
    Led by James Davis
    Conducted by LEON LOVETT
    Produced by LIONEL SALTER

    The action takes place in Spain and Germany during the sixteenth century.

    Cast:

    Narrator: George Hagan [excluded from this recording, unfortunately].

    Agnes, ward of Baron Inigo: Elisabeth Robinson (soprano)
    Raymond, a Spanish nobleman in love with her: William McAlpine (tenor)
    Inigo, Baron of Lindenberg: Forbes Robinson (bass)
    Madelina, a friend of Agnes: Janet Coster (mezzo-Soprano)
    Theodore, servant to Raymond: Malcolm Singer (baritone)
    Antoni, leader of a band of robbers: Michael Rippon (baritone)

    Forbes Robinson broadcasts by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden

    DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/file/538qzn...erpts.rar/file

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    Britannia at the Opera
    BBC Radio 3, 13 February 1995 12.00
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/8b434f16...6f9530b2a3d928

    Repeated: BBC Radio 3, 26 August 1995 0.00
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/be12f7d0...23747d1b43f8f2

    With Roderic Dunnett.

    Edward Loder - Raymond and Agnes

    The curse of the House of Lindenburg can only be lifted if the Baron marries Lady Agnes, but she only has eyes for Don Raymond. Will true love conquer all?
    Loder's dramatic work, the crowning achievement of English romantic opera, receives only its second revival since 1859 in this of the highlights.

    BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor James Lockhart
    Producer Tim Thome

    Cast:

    Agnes: Judith Howarth (soprano)
    Raymond: Justin Lavender (tenor)
    Baron: Gidon Saks (bass)
    Madelina: Therese Feighan (mezzo)
    Theodore: Jamie MacDougall (tenor)

    DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/file/tvnksz...erpts.rar/file

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    Hector Berlioz - Les Troyens (London, 1960) sung in English



    'THE TROJANS'
    Third Programme, 10 May 1960
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/third/1960-05-10

    The Trojans - 10 May 1960 Evening 6.00pm

    Opera: Performance details

    Company: Covent Garden Opera Company
    Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    Performance status: Revival
    Conductor: John Pritchard
    Chorus Master: Douglas Robinson
    Leader: Charles Taylor

    Cast

    Part 1 - The Capture of Troy (Acts I and II in this production)

    A Trojan Soldier: Glynne Thomas
    Cassandra, a Trojan prophetess: Amy Shuard
    Choroebus, her betrothed: John Shaw
    Priam, King of Troy: Rhydderch Davies
    Helenus, son of Priam: Edgar Evans
    Hecuba, wife of Priam: Noreen Berry
    Polyxena, daughter of Priam: Mary Wells
    Ascanius, son of Aeneas: Joan Carlyle
    Andromache, widow of Hector: Diana Wynyard
    Astyanax, her son: Peter Wheeler
    Pantheus, a Trojan priest: Forbes Robinson
    Aeneas, a Trojan hero: Jon Vickers
    Ghost of Hector: David Kelly
    A Greek Captain: George Reibbitt
    Soldiers of Greece and Troy, Citizens, Women, Children, Shepherds, Priestesses

    Part 2 - The Trojans at Carthage (Acts III, IV and V in this production)
    Dido, Queen of Carthage: Kerstin Meyer
    Anna, her sister: Josephine Veasey
    Narbal, Dido's minister: Joseph Rouleau
    Iopas, a Carthaginian poet: Kenneth MacDonald
    Ascanius: Joan Carlyle
    Pantheus: Forbes Robinson
    Aeneas: Jon Vickers
    The God Mercury: John Walsh
    Hylas, a young Trojan sailor: John Lanigan
    First Soldier: Gwyn Griffiths
    Second Soldier: Rhydderch Davies
    Ghost of Cassandra: Kathleen Dunkerley
    Ghost of Choroebus: John Shaw
    Ghost of Hector: David Kelly
    Ghost of Priam: Rhydderch Davies
    Soldiers of Troy and Carthage, Courtiers, Sailors

    The Covent Garden Opera Ballet
    Children from Edith Cavell Secondary School
    The Covent Garden Orchestra

    Language: English
    Translator: E. J. Dent
    Durations: Acts I and II: 6.02-7.26pm, Act III: 7.53-8.30pm, Act IV: 8.53-9.43pm, Act V: 10.05-10.56pm
    Information source: Royal Opera House programme for 29 April 1960 (in Royal Opera House Collections)

    This is a different performance to those posted previously. Includes most of the original announcements. Excellent sound.

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    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ohbrcv...part2.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/qx51b1...part3.rar/file

    NB. For best results, use Bandizip to extract the files.

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    Joseph Holbrooke - Bronwen (BBC R3, 1995) excerpts



    Britannia at the Opera
    BBC Radio 3, 14 August 1995 12.00

    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/c5a306817...04347311e78343

    Roderic Dunnett introduces excerpts from the third opera in The Cauldron of Annwn trilogy, a massive cycle which earned Holbrooke the nickname "the Cockney Wagner". His dark and rich sound-world echoes the Welsh myth which provides the narrative in a world of druids and chieftains, where romance and jealously abound, but old blood insults prove even stronger.

    New London Children's Choir
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor James Lockhart

    Bronwen: Alison Pearce (sop)
    Evnissyen: Stephen Gadd (bass-Bar)
    Taliessin/Bran/Dernach: Julian Gavin (tenor)
    Caradoc: Paul Parfitt (tenor)
    Matholoc: Gidon Saks (bass)
    Cormac: Gordon Wilson (tenor)

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    Hector Berlioz - Béatrice et Bénédict (Sydney, 1973) sung in English



    Béatrice et Bénédict
    (sung in English)

    Music: Hector Berlioz
    Libretto: Hector Berlioz, after William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
    Translation: Geoffrey Dunn

    Beatrice: Lauris Elms (Anne Haddy)
    Benedict: Ronald Dowd (John Bonney)
    Hero: Carolyn Vaughan
    Claudio: Glyn Paul
    Don Pedro: Christopher Field
    Ursula: Helen McKinnon
    Somarone: John Brosnan
    Narrators: Nigel Lovell, Gillian Owen

    The Oriana Singers
    Sydney Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: John Hopkins

    Recording of a concert performance at Sydney Town Hall on 10 February 1973 and broadcast on ABC Radio.

    NB. In lieu of the original spoken dialogue, the performance includes excerpts from Shakespeare's play, expertly performed by Anne Haddy and John Bonney.

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    http://www.mediafire.com/file/8iokqb...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/dzju37...part2.rar/file

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nervous Gentleman View Post
    Please download the latest version of Bandizip and use that to extract the files. I guarantee it will work, whereas other similar programs will fail. I just downloaded the parts from MediaFire and used Bandizip and the whole process worked without any problem.
    Looks like Bandizip runs on Windows. What about Linux. I get error on Linux with the default Archive Manager in trying to open these.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    I'm a Windows man. Don't know anything about either Linux or Mac. I downloaded the files from MediaFire to another computer and they opened for me. You might want to try another archive program. I don't have an explanation as to why some have trouble extracting the files whereas others do not. It could be a compatibility issue between different platforms.

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    Richard Strauss - Salome (London, 1976) sung in English



    Salome
    (sung in English)

    Opera in one act

    Music: Richard Strauss
    Libretto: Hedwig Lachmann, after Oscar Wilde
    Translation: Tom Hammond

    Salome: Josephine Barstow
    Herodias: Elizabeth Connell
    Herod's Page: Rosalind Plowright
    Narraboth: Ramon Remedios
    Herod: Emile Belcourt
    John the Baptist: Neil Howlett
    Soldiers: Malcolm Rivers, Dennis Wicks
    Cappadocian: Harry Coghill
    Mannassah: Ashton Smith
    Five Jews: Stuart Kale, Edward Byles, Terry Jenkins, John Winfield, John Tomlinson
    Nazarene Slaves: Clifford Grant, John Kitchiner

    English National Opera Orchestra
    Leader: Barry Collins
    Conductor: Mark Elder

    Producer: Joachim Herz

    Recording of a performance by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, 10 January 1976.

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/02e47bd1...273a7d01aa82b0

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    Modest Mussorgsky - Khovanshchina (BBC R3, 1969) sung in English



    KHOVANSHCHINA
    BBC Radio 3, 4 May 1969 12.00
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...05-04#at-12.00
    BBC Radio 3, 1 January 1970 14.00
    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...01-01#at-14.00

    Opera in five acts
    Libretto by VLADIMIR STASSOV and THE COMPOSER
    English version by EDWARD DOWNES
    Music by MUSSORGSKY
    Arranged and orchestrated by SHOSTAKOVICH
    Narrator: RONALD HARVI

    Kouzka a Strelyets: Peter Walker (baritone)
    1st Strelyets: Brian Fish (tenor)
    2nd Strelvets: Terence Rogan (baritone)
    A scribe: David Lennox (tenor)
    Shaklovity, a Boyar: Gwyn Griffiths (baritone)
    Prince Ivan Khovansky, Commander of the Streltsy: Gordon Farrall (bass)
    Emma, a girl from the German quarter: Gwenyth Annear (soprano)
    Prince Andrei Khovansky, Prince Ivan's son: Robert Thomas (tenor)
    Martha, an Old Believer: Elizabeth Bainbridge (mezzo)
    Dosifei, Leader of the Old Believers: Don Garrard (bass)
    Prince Vassily Galitsin, a lover of the Regent Sophia: John Lanigan (tenor)
    Varsonofiev, his servant: Raymond Aspin (bass)
    A servant: John Stenson
    Streshnev, a Boyar: Arthur Gardner (tenor)

    BBC NORTHERN SINGERS
    Chorus-Master, Stephen Wilkinson
    BOYS OF MANCHESTER GRAMMAR SCHOOL
    Chorus-Master, Richard Sinton
    BBC Northern SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    Leader, Reginald Stead
    Conducted by EDWARD DOWNES
    Repetiteur, Robert Keys
    Produced by Ernest Warburton

    ACT 1 The Red Square. Moscow
    ACT 2 Prince Vassily Galitsin's house
    ACT 3 The Streltsy settlement
    ACT 4 Scene 1: Prince Ivan Khovansky's house
    Scene 2: The square in front of St. Basil's Church, Moscow
    ACT 5 A pine forest

    Elizabeth Bainbridge, Edward Downes, John Lanigan and David Lennox broadcast by permission of the Gen. Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Don Garrard by permission of Sadler's Wells Opera Co

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