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    BBC opera sung in English & related broadcasts

    I hereby initiate a new thread devoted to presumably public domain off-air recordings of BBC opera and related broadcasts.

    First off:

    Julius Benedict - The Lily of Killarney (BBC R3, 1968)

    This charming Irish-themed opera with music by Julius Benedict and a libretto by Dion Boucicault was presented on BBC Radio 3 in 1968 in a modestly abridged format with narration in place of spoken dialogue. The story is based on the infamous 1819 murder of 15-year-old Ellen Scanlan (née Hanley) aka The Colleen Bawn by Stephen Sullivan at the instigation of her husband, John Scanlan.



    THE LILY OF KILLARNEY
    Opera in three acts
    (abridged with narration)

    Libretto by Dion BOUCICAULT and JOHN OXENFORD
    Based on The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault
    Adapted by DENNIS ARUNDELL

    Music by Julius Benedict

    Cast:

    Peter Walker (Mr. O'Moore) ; Brian Fish (Hyland Creagh) ; Janet Fraser (Mrs Cregan) ; Duncan Robertson (Myles-na-Coppaleen) ; Rae Woodland (Eily O'Connor) ; Margaret Lensky (Ann Chute) ; John Mitchinson (Hardress Cregan) ; Gwyn Griffiths (Danny Mann) ; Jolyon Dodgson (Mr. Corrigan) ; Alfreda Hodgson (Sheelagh Mann) ; Richard Golding (Father Tom) ; Barbara Platt and Rachel Payne (bridesmaids)

    BBC NORTHERN SINGERS
    Chorus-Master, Stephen Wilkinson
    BBC NORTHERN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    Leader, Reginald Stead
    Conducted By: Stanford Robinson

    Produced By: Ernest Warburton
    Broadcast on July 18. 1968

    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/cbefe5162...07ade6719d169f

    DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.mediafire.com/?r4mc6rbiu7tn0r2

    While the quality of this vinyl transfer is quite listenable, there is, unfortunately, one serious flaw: for some reason the audio cuts out right before the decisive moment in the finale to Act II (CD2 track 12). It then resumes near the beginning of Act III. Hopefully a transfer without this omission will turn up. Thus far there has not been a complete and unabridged recording of the work. The BBC did, however, present a selection of newly recorded excerpts in the 1990s which I will upload later.


    Here's a 1911 Irish silent film adaptation of the original play on which the opera was based:


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    Giacomo Puccini - The Girl of the Golden West [La fanciulla del West] (London, 1963)


    If ever there was an Italian opera that was meant to be sung in English translation, this would be it. Puccini's romantic and emotionally overpowering adaptation of the David Belasco classic situated in the California Gold Rush of 1849-50 is presented here in a first-rate performance at Sadler's Wells (now the ENO). The two leads, Australians Elizabeth Fretwell and Donald Smith, contribute tender, lyrical and very moving performances. The sound quality of this live recording is very clear, and the text sung in English is easily understood. Highly recommended!



    Minnie - Elizabeth Fretwell
    Dick Johnson - Donald Smith
    Jack Rance - Raimund Herincx
    Nick - Stanley Bevan
    Ashby - Harold Blackburn
    Jake Wallace - John Hauxvell
    Castro - Derek Hammond Stroud
    Sonora - Neil Easton
    Trin - John Delaney
    Sid - Kenneth Fawcett
    Handsome - Howard Dyson
    Harry - Paul Crook
    Joe - Neville Griffiths
    Happy - Charles Draper
    Larkens - David Bowman
    Billy Jackrabbit - Leigh Maurice
    Wowkle - Dilys Davies

    Orchestra and Chorus of Sadler's Wells Opera
    Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

    10 January 1963
    BBC Radio Broadcast

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/0h...lish.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/4c...lish.part2.rar

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    Rutland Boughton - The Queen of Cornwall (BBC, 1950)

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    Rutland Boughton
    The Queen of Cornwall
    A music-drama based on the play by Thomas Hardy

    BBC Third Programme,
    Friday February 24, 1950 http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/167d2edb5...fc90df8c548823
    Repeated February 27, 1950 http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/75db790e3...52925ddf5f9605

    Queen Iseult - Sylvia Fisher
    Sir Tristram - Dennis Dowling
    Sir Andret - Emerys Lloyd
    Iseult of Brittany (called the Whitehanded) - Barbara Howitt
    Brangwain - Flora Nielsen
    King Mark - Trevor Anthony
    A Damsel - Mildred Watson
    A Watchman - Fisher Morgan

    Narrator - Andrew Cruickshank

    BBC Opera Orchestra (leader John Sharpe) & Chorus (Chorus Master John Clements)
    c. Stanford Robinson

    DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.mediafire.com/?72v83xjddoighdv

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    Giacomo Meyerbeer - The African Woman [L'africaine] (London, 1963)




    An exceptional studio performance in English of Giacomo Meyerbeer's final work "L'africaine," a grand opera with a libretto by Eugène Scribe. This recording is outstanding on numerous levels, chief of which is a characteristically thrilling and moving performance in the title role by British mezzo-soprano Josephine Veasey.



    BBC Third Programme 10 May 1964
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/1f5afd4cd...94c24bc841cf0b

    Network Three, 21 March 1965
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/bba1acf59...003228a1f2114b

    Selika……..Josephine Veasey
    Vasco…….Robert Thomas
    Nelusko…..Raimund Herincx
    Inez……….Heather Harper
    Anna……..Rosemary Phillips
    Grand Inquisitor..Stanislav Pieczora
    Don Diego….Roger Stahlman
    Don Pedro…..Forbes Robinson
    Don Alvar…..Max Worthsley
    High Priest of Brahma…Harvey Allen
    Sailors…….Richard Dawson, Gordon Farrell
    Usher…..…Cyril Summers
    Priest………Leslie Fry

    BBC Orchestra and Chorus
    Cond: Leo Wurmser
    26 May 1963
    Sung in English

    DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.mediafire.com/?e9r8wfs2vem2llk

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    A brutal and brief opera based on an infamous murder in Quantock Hills, Somerset in 1789. A gripping experience in exceptional sound.

    Thomas Wilson - The Charcoal Burner (1969)



    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/d27105133...538886a60d8686

    Libretto by Edwin Morgan
    Music by Thomas Wilson

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Leader: Tom Rowlette
    Conductor: James Loughran

    The Poet: William McAlpine (tenor)
    John Walford, charcoal burner: Ronald Morrison (baritone)
    Jenny: Patricia Purcell (mezzo)
    Walford's mother: Johanna Peters (contralto)
    Anne Rice: Noelle Barker (soprano)
    Parish officer: William McCue (bass)
    Bill Bishop, the Clergyman: John Robertson (tenor)

    Narrator: Unknown

    Producer: Colin Ratcliffe
    BBC Radio 3, 12 September 1969

    DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/download/rw...%281969%29.rar

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    Lionel Monckton and Paul Rubens - A Country Girl (BBC, 1966)



    A COUNTRY GIRL

    BBC Home Service Basic, 21 November 1966 19.30
    Synopsis

    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/f2fae97a4...6efce5672932b9

    An original musical play by James T. Tanner
    Lyrics by ADRIAN Ross
    Music by Lionel Monckton
    Additional lyrics and numbers by PAUL A. RUBENS , PERCY GREENBANK
    THE RITA WILLIAMS SINGERS
    BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA Leader, Arthur Leavins
    Conductor, MARCUS DODS
    Produced by Elizabeth Johnson and Michael Moores
    Repeated: Friday, 2.0 p.m. (Music)
    Next Monday: La Perichole
    Contributors

    Play By: James T. Tanner
    Unknown: Adrian Ross
    Music By: Lionel Monckton
    Unknown: Paul A. Rubens
    Unknown: Percy Greenbank
    Conductor: Marcus Dods
    Produced By: Elizabeth Johnson
    Produced By: Michael Moores
    Marjorie Joy: Morag Noble
    Nan: Margaret Burton
    Madame Sophie: Felicity Page
    Princess Mehelaneh of Bhong: Sheila Amit
    Geoffrey Challoner: Michael Rippon
    Barry: Dennis Martin
    The Rajah of Bhong: John Frost

    DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.mediafire.com/?z98mdv48638v4x9

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    Gilbert and Sullivan - The 1966 BBC Complete Broadcasts



    Description taken from http://gasdisc.oakapplepress.com/narradio.htm#bbc

    In 1966, the BBC undertook the massive task of recording and broadcasting all of the extant Gilbert and Sullivan operas with complete dialogue. The operas were broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on Sundays at noon, one every two or three weeks. The series was then repeated in late 1967/early 1968. The BBC recruited excellent casts, headed by former D'Oyly Carte patter baritone Peter Pratt. Only a few other singers with D'Oyly Carte experience participated, but most of the artists had top-flight light opera credentials.

    Most of the operas in the 1966 series were conducted by Stanford Robinson. Some years later, he told a meeting of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society that he had carefully corrected the orchestra parts D'Oyly Carte provided, rectifying many inconsistencies, traditional “wrong notes,” and other errors. Afterwords the D'Oyly Carte, far from expressing any gratitude for his efforts, carefully removed all his annotations and sent him a bill for the clean-up.

    One oddity of the series was the casting of different performers in the music and the dialogue (for most parts, at any rate). At the same Gilbert and Sullivan Society meeting, Stanford Robinson explained that the music and dialogue were recorded at different sessions, and for the latter, actors were used because they were cheaper than singers. As Michael Walters observed, “Presumably those (like Peter Pratt) who did both dialogue and music were those who were willing to be paid a lower rate for the dialogue sessions.” Leon Berger added that most of the the actors used were already in the BBC repertory company and may have been on retainer.



    The 1966 BBC Trial By Jury



    The series got off to a rather inauspicious start with a less than stellar rendition of "Trial By Jury," of particular interest due to its inclusion of D'Oyly Carte stalwart and octogenarian George Baker, who began his G&S recording career in 1917.

    Cast
    The Learned Judge: George Baker
    The Plaintiff: Cynthia Glover
    The Defendant: Kenneth Bowen
    Counsel for the Plaintiff: Denis Dowling
    Usher: William Parsons
    Foreman of the Jury: Leslie Fyson (?)

    John McCarthy Singers
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Producer: Michael Moores
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson

    Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 30 January 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/download/7e...al_By_Jury.rar


    The 1927 D'Oyly Carte Trial By Jury

    As a remedy to the disappointing performance above, here is the classic 1927 HMV recording, easily the funniest version available. In particular, it benefits from the sprightly conducting of Harry Norris and the endearing mock-heroic vocals of tenor Derek Oldham.

    The transfer I provided is taken from the Dutch website satyr78opera.blogspot.com and is preferable to that available at archive.org (which, unfortunately, dices the recording into individual tracks which utterly spoils the pacing).



    The Learned Judge: Leo Sheffield
    The Plaintiff: Winifred Lawson
    The Defendant: Derek Oldham
    Counsel for the Plaintiff: Arthur Hosking
    Usher: George Baker
    Foreman of the Jury: T. Penry Hughes

    Conductor: Harry Norris

    Recorded in London,
    September 20 & 29, 1927

    DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.mediafire.com/?9njdy1mgw9xmobw


    The 1966 BBC Sorcerer



    Next in the series was a perfectly fabulous broadcast of "The Sorcerer," and includes the entire spoken dialogue (unlike the several D'Oyly Carte recordings).

    Cast

    Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre: John Cameron (music)
    Ralph Truman (dialogue)
    Alexis Pointdextre: Lloyd Strauss-Smith (music)
    Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
    Dr. Daly: Leslie Fyson (music)
    Frederick Treves (dialogue)
    Notary: John Frost
    John Wellington Wells: Eric Shilling (music)
    Hugh Burden (dialogue)
    Lady Sangazure: Sybil Michelow
    Aline: Jeannette Sinclair (music)
    Judy Franklin (dialogue)
    Mrs. Partlet: Catherine Lawson (music)
    Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
    Constance: Ellen Dales (music)
    Gudrun Ure (dialogue)

    The John McCarthy Singers
    The BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson
    Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

    Originally Broadcast on January 30, 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/3q...erer.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/2s...erer.part2.rar


    The 1966 BBC Pinafore



    Cast

    Sir Joseph Porter: Peter Pratt
    Captain Corcoran: Donald Franke (music)
    Frederick Treves (dialogue)
    Ralph Rackstraw: Kenneth Bowen (music)
    Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
    Dick Deadeye: Forbes Robinson (music)
    Julian Summers (dialogue)
    Bill Bobstay: Alan Dudley
    Bob Becket: John Frost
    Josephine: Jeannette Sinclair (music)
    Sheila Manahan (dialogue)
    Little Buttercup: Jean Allister (music)
    Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
    Hebe [information missing]

    John McCarthy Singers
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Producer: Michael Moores
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson

    Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 30 January 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    https://www.mediafire.com/?1befuocsz7d60ro
    https://www.mediafire.com/?1y7chymcalh2yk7


    The 1966 BBC Pirates




    Cast

    Major-General Stanley: Peter Pratt
    Pirate King: Victor Godfrey (music)
    Ronald Baddiley (dialogue)
    Samuel: Leslie Fyson (music)
    Antony Viccars (dialogue)
    Frederic: Thomas Round (music)
    Glyn Dearman (dialogue)
    Sergeant of Police: Alan Dudley
    Mabel: Cyntha Glover (music)
    Etain O'Dell (dialogue)
    Edith: Pamela Binns
    Kate: Gillian Knight (music)
    Wendy Lovelock (dialogue)
    Isabel: Carol Haddon
    Ruth: Pamela Bowden (music)
    Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)

    The John McCarthy Singers
    The BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor: Vilem Tausky
    Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

    Originally Broadcast on February 27, 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/58...ates.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/a0...ates.part2.rar


    The 1966 BBC Patience



    Cast

    Colonel Calverley: Donald Francke (music)
    Jack May (dialogue)
    Major Murgatroyd: Leslie Fyson (music)
    Frederick Treves (dialogue)
    Duke of Dunstable: Duncan Robertson (music)
    John Wood (dialogue)
    Reginald Bunthorne: Peter Pratt
    Archibald Grosvenor: Derek Hammond-Stroud (music)
    Andrew Sachs (dialogue)
    Lady Angela: Shirley Minty (music)
    Elizabeth Morgan (dialogue)
    Lady Saphir: Patricia Clark (music)
    Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
    Lady Ella: Ursula Connors (music)
    Pamela Binns (dialogue)
    Lady Jane: Pamela Bowden (music
    Joyce Grant (dialogue)
    Patience: Pamela Wollmore (music)
    Prunella Scales (dialogue)

    The John McCarthy Singers
    The BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson
    Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

    Originally Broadcast on March 13, 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/99...ence.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/0l...ence.part2.rar


    The 1966 BBC Iolanthe



    Cast

    Lord Chancellor: Peter Pratt
    Earl of Mountararat: Donald Francke (music)
    Derek Birch (dialogue)
    Earl Tolloller: Andrew Downie
    Private Willis: Owen Brannigan
    Strephon: Denis Quilley
    Queen of the Fairies: Janet Coster (music)
    Barbara Mitchell (dialogue)
    Iolanthe: Patricia Routledge
    Celia: Sylvia Eaves (music)
    Polly Murch (dialogue)
    Leila: Hilda Bickley (music
    Dorit Welles (dialogue)
    Fleta: Pamela Binns
    Phyllis: Ellen Dales (music)
    Pinkie Johnstone (dialogue)

    The John McCarthy Singers
    The BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson
    Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

    Originally Broadcast on 27 March 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/lx...nthe.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/1v...nthe.part2.rar


    The BBC Princess Ida (1966)



    Cast

    King Hildebrand: Donald Francis (music)
    Jack May (dialogue)
    Hilarion: John Wakefield (music)
    Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
    Cyril: John Fryatt (music)
    John Baddeley (dialogue)
    Florian: Denis Quilley
    King Gama: George Baker (music)
    Timothy West (dialogue)
    Arac: Forbes Robinson
    Guron: Leslie Fyson
    Scynthius: John Noble
    Princess Ida: Jeanette Sinclair (music)
    Prunella Scales (dialogue)
    Lady Blanche: Monica Sinclair (music)
    Mary Wimbush (dialogue)
    Lady Psyche: Patricia Kern (music)
    Dorit Welles (dialogue)
    Melissa: Patricia Routledge
    Sacharissa: Pamela Binns
    Chloe: Karen Ford

    The John McCarthy Singers
    The BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson
    Producer: Michael Moores

    Originally Broadcast on 17 April 1966

    This is one of the gems of the series of BBC broadcasts from 1966, as the performance is outstanding and (unlike all of the D'Oyly Carte recordings) it contains the entire spoken dialogue.

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/62..._Ida.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/3s..._Ida.part2.rar

    For those new to this material, be sure to read Alfred Lord Tennyson's narrative poem "The Princess" (which "Princess Ida" satirizes) to appreciate just how funny W. S Gilbert's libretto is.

    https://archive.org/stream/princessm...ge/n0/mode/2up

    Dialogue aside, however, the funniest of the recordings remains the first, made in 1924, which I include below. It is also one of the few to include Lady Blanche's "Come, mighty must," here performed by the magnificent Bertha Lewis, who tragically perished in an automobile accident in 1931.

    The 1924 D'Oyly Carte Princess Ida



    King Hildebrand: Leo Sheffield
    Hilarion: Derek Oldham
    Cyril: Leo Darnton
    Florian: Sydney Granville
    King Gama: Henry Lytton
    Arac: Darrell Fancourt
    Guron: Leonard Hubbard
    Scynthius: Edward Halland
    Princess Ida: Winifred Lawson
    Lady Blanche: Bertha Lewis
    Lady Psyche: Kathleen Anderson
    Melissa: Eileen Sharp
    Sacharissa: Eileen Sharp

    Chorus and Light Opera Orchestra
    Conductors: Harry Norris / George W. Byng

    Recorded in London
    10 Oct 1924 – 23 Feb. 1925

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/ef..._Ida.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/6x..._Ida.part2.rar


    The 1966 BBC Mikado



    Cast

    The Mikado: Forbes Robinson (music)
    Ronald Baddiley (dialogue)
    Nanki-Poo: Max Worthley (music)
    David Enders (dialogue)
    Ko-Ko: Peter Pratt
    Pooh-Bah: Ian Wallace (music)
    Jack May (dialogue)
    Pish-Tush: Derek Hammond-Stroud (music)
    Hugh Dickson (dialogue)
    Yum-Yum: Cynthia Glover (music)
    Meg Wyn Owen (dialogue)
    Pitti-Sing: Patricia Lambert
    Peep-Bo: Ursula Connors (music)
    Wendy Lovelock (dialogue)
    Katisha: Jean Allister (music)
    Margaret Gordon (dialogue)

    The John McCarthy Singers
    The BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson
    Producer: Michael Moores

    Originally Broadcast on 1 May 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/gw...kado.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/na...kado.part2.rar

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    As an extra, I include the highly regarded 1926 recording in a different (and, I think, superior) transfer than that posted to archive.org (and if you haven't yet partaken of the G&S treasures that some kind soul uploaded to that site, you are missing out!):

    The 1926 D'Oyly Carte Mikado



    Cast

    The Mikado: Darrell Fancourt
    Nanki-Poo: Derek Oldham
    Ko-Ko: Henry Lytton
    Pooh-Bah: Leo Sheffield
    Pish-Tush: George Baker
    Go-To: T. Penry Hughes
    Yum-Yum: Elsie Griffin
    Pitti-Sing: Aileen Davies/Doris Hemingway/Beatrice Elburn
    Peep-Bo: Beatrice Elburn
    Katisha: Bertha Lewis

    Conductor: Harry Norris

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/a5...kado.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/yp...kado.part2.rar

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    Last, but not least...

    1926 promotional film with hand-colored scenes of the D'Oyly Carte Company in The Mikado




    The 1966 BBC Ruddigore



    Cast

    Robin Oakapple: Peter Pratt
    Richard Dauntless: John Fryatt (music)
    Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
    Sir Despard Murgatroyd: Alan Dudley
    Old Adam: Norman Lumsden (music)
    Earl Gray (dialogue)
    Rose Maybud: Ellen Dales (music)
    Meg Wyn Owen (dialogue)
    Mad Margaret: Patricia Routledge
    Dame Hannah: Monica Sinclair (music)
    Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
    Zorah: Joanne Brown (music)
    Sheila Hammond (dialogue)
    Ruth: Wendy Lovelock
    Sir Roderic Murgatroyd: Forbes Robinson (music)
    Julian Summers (dialogue)

    The John McCarthy Singers
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Producer: Michael Moores
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson

    Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 15 May 1966

    This is another gem of the series, again due to the high standard of performance of both the music and the spoken dialogue (which is excluded from the many commercially available recordings). Patricia Routledge in particular makes a striking impression here.

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/pf...gore.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/zi...gore.part2.rar


    The 1966 BBC Yeomen



    Cast:

    Sir Richard Cholmondely: Donald Franke (music)
    Rolf Lefebvre (dialogue)
    Colonel Fairfax: Max Worthley (music)
    Dinsdale Landen (dialogue)
    Sergeant Meryll: Richard Goulding (music)
    Julian Summers (dialogue)
    Leonard Meryll: Edgar Fleet (music)
    Michael Spice (dialogue)
    Jack Point: Peter Pratt
    Wilfred Shadbolt: Alan Dudley
    First Yeoman: Leslie Fyson
    Second Yeoman: John Noble
    First Citizen Wilfred Babbage
    Second Citizen: Douglas Hankin
    Elsie Maynard: Janice Chapman (music)
    Sheila Manners (dialogue)
    Phoebe Meryll: Jean Allister (music)
    Pauline Yates (dialogue)
    Dame Carruthers: Monica Sinclair (music)
    Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
    Kate: Ursula Connors (music)
    Denise Buckley (dialogue)

    The John McCarthy Singers
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Producer: Michael Moores
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson

    Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 29 May 1966

    Another gem in this series of BBC broadcasts. Peter Pratt is especially memorable and endearing here.

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    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/a6...omen.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/7g...omen.part2.rar


    The 1966 BBC Gondoliers



    Cast:

    Duke of Plaza-Toro: Peter Pratt
    Luiz: John Heddle Nash (music)
    David Enders (dialogue)
    Don Alhambra: Richard Goulding (music)
    Hamlyn Benson (dialogue)
    Marco: John Fryatt (music)
    Dinsdale Landen (dialogue)
    Giuseppe: Donald Franke (music)
    Hugh Dickson (dialogue)
    Antonio: Neil Howlett
    Francesco: Leslie Fyson
    Giorgio: Peter Crays
    Annibale: Anthony Jackson
    Duchess of Plaza-Toro: Anna Cooper (music)
    Mary Wimbush (dialogue)
    Casilda: Ellen Dales (music)
    Judy Franklin (dialogue)
    Gianetta: Patricia Reakes (music)
    Shane Davis (dialogue)
    Tessa: Marion Grimaldi
    Fiametta: Patricia Clark
    Vittoria: Margaret Cable
    Giulia: Ursula Connors
    Inez: Shirley Minty

    The John McCarthy Singers
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Producer: Michael Moores
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson

    Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 12 December 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/6j...iers.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/9g...iers.part2.rar


    The Mountebanks (Washington, 1964)

    Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
    Music by Alfred Cellier



    As an extra, here is the only known recording (that is, with orchestra and most of the spoken dialogue) of Gilbert's 1891 collaboration with composer, orchestrator and conductor Alfred Cellier, "The Mountebanks."

    From the same G & S site referenced above:

    After The Gondoliers, the last great Gilbert and Sullivan success, the collaborators went their separate ways. In 1891, Sullivan produced the only grand opera of his career, Ivanhoe. The following year Gilbert weighed in with his first post-Sullivan opera, The Mountebanks.

    The story, in which characters' personalities change after ingesting a magic potion, was essentially the "lozenge plot" that Sullivan had on several occasions refused to set. Cellier died before completing the score, and Gilbert seems to have disliked his own libretto, but the opera enjoyed a good success anyway.


    The source of the following recording is unknown. Some listeners are sure to have problems with the faux-British accents essayed by the American cast, though in fairness British actors who attempt American accents are often equally unconvincing. I personally find this production very enjoyable and Gilbert's libretto to be extremely funny. Cellier, who had the unenviable task of filling the shoes of a musical giant, nevertheless provided an inventive and tuneful score (completed by Ivan Caryll after Cellier's premature death from tuberculosis) .


    Cast:

    Arrostino Annegato: Gregory Wise
    Risotto: Harlan C. Snow
    Giorgio Ravioli: Douglas Baker
    Luigi Spaghetti: Tim Walton
    Alfredo: Jerry Holloway
    Pietro: Harold Isen
    Bartolo: Richard Barager
    Elvino Di Pasta: Lewis Grenville
    Beppo: Jonathan Deitz
    Teresa: Carol Scott
    Ultrice: Carroll Mattoon
    Nita: Susan Hoagland
    Minestra: Grace Wallace Bouvé

    Lyric Theater Company (Washington, D.C.)
    Stage Director: Harold Isen
    Conductor: John Landis

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/v4...4%29.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/rk...4%29.part2.rar


    The last two Gilbert and Sullivan operas in this series of BBC broadcasts come from a different source and are in inferior quality MP3s. They lack the clarity of the FLAC transfers, but are still quite listenable. It is hoped that improved transfers will eventually turn up.

    The 1966 BBC Utopia, Limited



    Cast:

    King Paramount: Peter Pratt
    Scaphio: Derek Hammond-Stroud (music)
    Rolf Lefebvre (dialogue)
    Phantis: Eric Shilling (music)
    Aubrey Woods (dialogue)
    Tarara: John Frost (music)
    Wilfrid Carter (dialogue)
    Calynx: Frederick Treves
    Lord Dramaleigh: David Price (music)
    Hamlyn Benson (dialogue)
    Captain Fitzbattleaxe: Kenneth Bowen (music)
    Peter Howell (dialogue)
    Captain Sir Edward Corcoran Donald Francke
    Mr. Goldbury: Leslie Fyson (music)
    Frederick Treves (dialogue)
    Sir Bailey Barre: Edgar Fleet
    Mr. Blushington: John Noble
    Princess Zara: Patricia Reakes (music)
    Sheila Manahan (dialogue)
    Princess Nekaya: Joanne Brown (music)
    Wendy Lovelock (dialogue)
    Princess Kalyba: Jane Wenham
    Lady Sophy: Jean Allister (music)
    Margaret Gordon (dialogue)
    Salata: Elizabeth Proud
    Melene: Pamela Binns
    Phylla: Doreen Murray

    The John McCarthy Singers
    The BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson
    Producer: Michael Moores

    Originally Broadcast on 3 July 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINK:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/l5...2C_Limited.rar


    The 1966 BBC Grand Duke



    Cast:

    Rudolph: Peter Pratt
    Ernest Dummkopf: Kenneth Bowen (music)
    Dinsdale Landen (dialogue)
    Ludwig: John Heddle Nash (music)
    John Sharp (dialogue)
    Dr. Tannhäuser: Leslie Fyson (music)
    Michael Spice (dialogue)
    Prince of Monte Carlo: Neil Howlett (music)
    Wilfred Carter (dialogue)
    Viscount Mentone: Peter Pratt
    Herald: John Noble
    Ben Hashbaz: Don Paulin (music)
    Timothy Harley (dialogue)
    Princess of Monte Carlo: Ursula Connors (music)
    Jane Wenham (dialogue)
    Baroness von Krakenfeldt: Jean Allister (music)
    Margaret Gordon (dialogue)
    Julia Jellicoe: Laura Sarti
    Lisa: Elizabeth Robinson (music)
    Diana Olsson (dialogue)
    Olga: Valerie Heath-Davies
    Gretchen: Christine Parker (music)
    Eva Haddon (dialogue)
    Bertha: Gloria Jennings (music)
    Jane Wenham (dialogue)
    Elsa: Shirley Minty

    The John McCarthy Singers
    The BBC Concert Orchestra
    Conductor: Stanford Robinson
    Producer: Michael Moores

    Originally Broadcast on 10 July 1966

    DOWNLOAD LINK:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/6y...Grand_Duke.rar

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    The BBC has over the years adapted many of the original plays and novels that were the sources of well known operas, among which are the following:

    Friedrich von Schiller - Don Carlos (BBC, Third Programme, 11 November 1959)
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/f89f6ec03...53d8b12f523910

    DOWNLOAD LINK:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/rbmbft...Theatre%29.mp3


    Aleksandr Pushkin - Boris Godunov (BBC Radio 3, 21 October 1984)
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/055ee0c75...90cd03608e3711

    DOWNLOAD LINK:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/w9x2xw...ama_Now%29.mp3


    Maurice Maeterlinck - Pelléas and Mélisande (BBC R3 1988-08-07)
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/e4fedfe68...94884ca1889ce4

    DOWNLOAD LINK:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/4hlle3...8-08-07%29.mp3


    Molière - Don Juan (BBC R3 19720102 - Drama Today)
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/bbaa9d609...d6600da193a7c1

    AKA "Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre" (1665), presumably one of the sources of Lorenzo Da Ponte's libretto for Mozart's "Don Giovanni."

    DOWNLOAD LINK:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/fscy1o...a_Today%29.mp3

    Georg Büchner - Woyzeck (BBC, 1980-05-09 - POTW)

    DOWNLOAD LINK:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/zdy5vn..._-_POTW%29.mp3


    Frank Wedekind - The "Lulu" Plays

    Frank Wedekind - Lulu (BBC R3 1975-05-18, Drama Now)
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/dc389289e...07d2aa6c76ef0a

    Frank Wedekind - Earth Spirit (1994-09-15, POTW)

    Frank Wedekind - Pandora's Box (1994-09-17, POTW)

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/9naebd...ama_Now%29.mp3

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/f87cb6...2C_POTW%29.mp3

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/uyqbue...2C_POTW%29.mp3


    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Faust (BBC R3, 1982)
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/2b112d74c...4ab2b78f25f80a

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/9nhb9n...2%29.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/9qe5di...2%29.part2.rar


    Alexandre Dumas, fils - The Lady of the Camellias (BBC R4, 1974)
    [Source of Verdi's "La Traviata"]
    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/5fd4c4a82...a7eafd74a408fc

    DOWNLOAD LINKS:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/rjm3fe...4%29.part1.rar
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/q7pe2k...4%29.part2.rar

    More to come...

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    Wow, outstanding work! Thank you so much, and welcome back, my friend!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Arnold Schoenberg - Moses and Aaron (London, 1965) sung in English



    Recording of a performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London and broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on Thursday, 1 July 1965.

    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/2636f9399...6db1eb88606212

    Music by Arnold Schoenberg
    Libretto by Arnold Schoenberg after the Book of Exodus
    Translation by David Rudkin

    Cast:

    Moses - Forbes Robinson
    Aaron - Richard Lewis
    Young Girl - Cynthia Johnston
    Young Man - John Lanigan
    Another Man - David Kelly
    Priest - Michael Langdon
    Elder - Rhydderch Davies
    Elder - George Macpherson
    Elder - Glynne Thomas
    Invalid Woman - Maureen Guy
    Ephraimite - Victor Godfrey
    Virgin - Cynthia Johnston
    Virgin - Morag Noble
    Virgin - Yvonne Minton
    Virgin - Elizabeth Bainbridge
    Naked Youth - John Dobson
    Solo Voice in Orchestra - Jeannette Sinclair
    Solo Voice in Orchestra - Noreen Berry
    Solo Voice in Orchestra - Helen Watts
    Solo Voice in Orchestra - Kenneth MacDonald
    Solo Voice in Orchestra - Delme Bryn-Jones
    Solo Voice in Orchestra - Dennis Wicks

    Tribal Chieftains, Elders, Bricklayers, Priests, Tribeswoman, Butchers, Guardsmen, Herdsmen -
    The Covent Garden Opera Chorus
    Students of St Martin-in-the-Fields Secondary School
    The Covent Garden Opera Ballet

    The Covent Garden Orchestra
    Conductor - Georg Solti
    Chorus Master - Douglas Robinson
    Leader - Charles Taylor

    Information source: Royal Opera House programme for 28 June 1965 (in Royal Opera House Collections)


    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ofc9h4...in_English.rar

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    Dmitri Shostakovich - Katerina Ismailova (London, 1963) sung in English



    The outstanding and ill-fated Australian soprano Marie Collier stars alongside the great English tenor Charles Craig in this live performance of the British premiere of Shostakovich's opera, with the composer himself in attendance.

    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/12c9c3495...cf5886d6378646

    Originally broadcast on the BBC Third Programme, 13 December 1963 19.00

    Performance details

    Company: Covent Garden Opera Company
    Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    Performance status: Original season
    Conductor: Edward Downes
    Chorus Master: Douglas Robinson
    Leader: Charles Taylor

    Cast

    Katerina Lvovna Ismailova: Marie Collier
    Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov: Otakar Kraus
    Zinovsky Borisovich Ismailov: Edgar Evans
    Workman from Mill: David Winnard
    Aksinya, a servant: Barbara Howitt
    Sergei: Charles Craig
    Coachman: Lewis Powell
    Village Drunk: John Lanigan
    Porter: Eric Garrett
    Steward: Rhydderch Davies
    1st Workman: Andrew Daniels
    2nd Workman: Daniel McCoshan
    Priest: David Kelly
    Police Inspector: Robert Savoie
    Policeman: George Reibbitt
    Local Nihilist: Joseph Ward
    Old Convict: Michael Langdon
    Sentry: Eric Garrett
    Sonyetka: Janet Coster
    Female Convict: Jeannette Sinclair
    Sergeant: Dennis Wicks

    Workmen, Policemen, Guests, Servants, Convicts:
    The Covent Garden Opera Chorus
    The Covent Garden Orchestra

    Language: English
    Translator: Edward Downes
    Information source: Royal Opera House programme for 2 December 1963 (in Royal Opera House Collections)

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/6fxrii...in_English.rar

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    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - The Snow Maiden (London, 1968) sung in English



    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/b383bb187...85be3c6b8d90a4

    THE SNOW MAIDEN

    BBC Radio 3, 14 July 1968 13.45

    A Spring Fairytale after Ostrovsky
    Opera in four acts and a prologue by Rimsky-Korsakov
    English version by EDWARD AGATE

    Cast in order of singing:

    The Spirit of the Woods: Bernard Dickerson
    Fairy Spring: Patricia Kern
    King Frost: Clifford Grant
    Snegourochka, their daughter: Elizabeth Harwood
    The Carnival King: Bassett Stevens
    Bobylicka, an old peasant woman: Johanna Peters
    Bobyl, her husband: John Fryatt
    Lei a young shepherd: Ann Robson
    Cupava, a young woman: Elisabeth Robinson
    Misgir, her fiance: Neil Howlett
    Bermata, a minister of state: Michael Rippon
    Tsar Berendey: Kenneth MacDonald
    A page: Elizabeth Harrison
    First Herald: Gordon Farrall
    Second Herald: Anson Austin
    Tsar's retinue, Boyars and their wives, blind singers, tumblers. shepherds, people, birds BBC CHORUS
    BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA Leader, Arthur Leavins
    Conductor, Marcus Dods
    Repetiteur, Gordon Kember

    The action takes place in the land of the Berendeys in legendary times. Prologue: The Red Mountain near the Tsar's capital

    2.30* Act 1 The village of Berendey
    3.20* Act 2 The Tsar's palace
    3.54* Act 3 The Sacred Forest
    4.25* Act 4 The Valley of Yarllo

    Recorded before an invited audience in the Camden Theatre. London


    http://www.mediafire.com/file/bcd7eb...%20English.rar

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    Jaromír Weinberger - Švanda the Bagpiper (London, 1959) sung in English



    http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/d01a24938...24e6a18a5d835f

    Švanda the Bagpiper
    Opera in two acts (five scenes),
    Music by Jaromír Weinberger
    Libretto by Miloš Kareš
    English version by Dennis Arundell

    Recording of a performance in the Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, broadcast by the BBC Third Programme on 14 January 1959.

    Cast:

    John Hargreaves, Charles Craig, Victoria Elliott, Margreta Elkins, David Ward, Howell Glynne, Orchestra and Chorus of the Sadler's Wells Opera

    Conductor: James Robertson

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/tvofu1...in_English.rar

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    Umberto Giordano - Andrea Chénier (London, 1959) sung in English



    Andrea Chénier
    (in English)

    Music by Umberto Giordano
    Libretto by Luigi Illica
    Translation by Tom Hammond

    Recording of a performance at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
    on December 12, 1959.

    Cast:

    Andrea Chénier - Charles Craig
    Madeleine de Coigny - Victoria Elliott
    Charles Gérard - Peter Glossop
    The Countess de Coigny - Anna Pollak
    Bersi - Ann Robson
    Madelon - Olwen Price
    Fléville - Denis Dowling
    Mathieu 'Populus' - Gwyn Griffiths
    The Spy - Kevin Miller
    Roucher - John Heddle Nash
    Fouquier-Tinville - Stanislav Pieczora
    Major Domo & Dumas - Leon Greene

    Chorus and Orchestra of Sadler's Wells Opera
    Conductor - Vilém Tauský

    Producer - Anthony Besch

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/n113vn...in_English.rar

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    Ludwig van Beethoven - Leonore (London, 1970) sung in English



    Leonore, Op 72 (1805 version)
    (sung in English)

    Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
    Libretto: Josef Sonnleithner, after Jean-Nicolas Bouilly
    Translation: Unknown

    Leonore - Pauline Tinsley
    Florestan - Hugh Beresford
    Rocco - Don Garrard
    Don Pizarro - Norman Bailey
    Jaquino - Robin Donald
    Marzelline - Wendy Baldwin
    Don Fernando/ 1st and 2nd Prisoner: Robert Lloyd
    [According to the Prom archive the first prisoner was sung by Robin Donald who did also Jaquino.]

    BBC Chorus
    BBC Concert Orchestra

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras

    Recording of a concert performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London
    and originally broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 19:00 Monday, 24 August, 1970 (Prom 35).

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/dbesaw...part1.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/18frbq...part2.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ct4k25...part3.rar/file
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/03gycd...part4.rar/file

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