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A Night at the Opera

Jamie MacDougall explores the wonderful world of opera with help from acclaimed baritone Sir Thomas Allen and head of costume at Scottish Opera, John Liddell.

Opera can sometimes seem a bit daunting to delve into, but Jamie MacDougall will be your friendly guide as he raises the curtain on a night of drama, passion and betrayal; from rousing overtures to spine-tingling arias and more than a few heart-breaking death scenes. Acclaimed baritone, Sir Thomas Allen, talks to Jamie about the highlights of a career spanning five decades and Scottish Opera's Head of Costumes, John Liddell, gives Jamie an insight into the work and detail that goes into creating the costumes for an opera production. Singer-songwriter, Eddi Reader, selects a beautiful performance by Maria Callas from 'Adriana Lecouvreur' and Jamie reveals what Scotland's top opera performers consider to be the greatest arias ever written.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Music Played

  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ruslan and Lyudmila,Overture

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
  • Léo Delibes

    Flower Duet (Lakme)

    Singer: Mady Mesplé. Singer: Danielle Millet. Orchestra: Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra‐Comique. Conductor: Alain Lombard.
    • 100 Best Relaxing Classics.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 12.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Dance of the Furies (Orfeo ed Euridice)

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Zürcher Kammerorchester.
    • Journey to Mozart.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture (Così fan tutte)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Bohm.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Largo Al Factotum (The Barber of Seville)

    Singer: Sir Thomas Allen. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fin ch'han dal vino calda la testa (Don Giovanni)

    Singer: Sir Thomas Allen. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Che Gelida Manina (La Bohème)

    Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Deh, Vieni Alla Finestra (Don Giovanni)

    Singer: Sir Thomas Allen. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
  • Yvonne Lyon


    • Metanoia.
    • OK.
    • 003.
  • Pietro Mascagni

    L'Amico Fritz: Intermezzo from Act III

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
    • Rudolf Kempe.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Let The Bright Seraphim (Samson)

    Singer: Joan Sutherland. Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Francesco Molinari‐Pradelli.
    • Joan Sutherland - Greatest Hits.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Richard Wagner

    Pieces from Lohengrin

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet. Music Arranger: Franz Liszt.
    • Liszt: Opera Transcriptions: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Umberto Giordano

    Un dì all'azzuro spazio

    Singer: Franco Corelli. Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Conductor: Gabriele Santini.
    • Franco Corelli: Icon.
    • WARNER.
    • 14.
  • Richard Strauss

    Introduction: Moonlight Music (Capriccio)

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • The Art of Barry Tuckwell.
    • Decca.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Háry János Suite, Op 35a

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite - Dances of Galanta...: BFO, Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 11.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Brindisi (La traviata)

    Singer: Plácido Domingo. Singer: Ileana Cotrubaș. Choir: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Francesco Cilea

    Ecco, Respiro Appena

    Performer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
  • Philip Glass

    Window of Appearances (Akhnaten)

    Singer: Paul Esswood. Singer: Milargro Vargas. Orchestra: Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies.
    • Glass: Songs From The Trilogy.
    • CBS.
    • 009.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Adieu, Fiere Cité (Les Troyens)

    Performer: Joyce DiDonato. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Berlioz: Les Troyens.
    • Erato.
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo

    Intermezzo (I Paglicacci)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • The Italian Intermezzo: Music Without Words.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 15.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin (Act 1 opening)

    Singer: Teresa Kubiak. Singer: Julia Hamari. Singer: Anna Reynolds. Singer: Enid Hartle. Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Una voce poco far (The Barber of Seville)

    Singer: Teresa Berganza. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Gibson.
  • Jules Massenet

    Thaïs (Meditation)

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La traviata (Prelude)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
  • Jules Massenet

    Manon: Ahime! L'augel...La tua non e la...

    Singer: Renata Tebaldi. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Anton Guadagno.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Magic Flute (Overture)

    Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
  • Richard Wagner

    Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber (Die Walküre)

    Singer: René Pape. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Rene Pape: Wagner.
    • DG.
    • 1-3.
  • Henry Purcell

    When I am laid in earth (Dido and Aeneas)

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Anthony Lewis.
    • Purcell: Dido And Aeneas.
    • DECCA.
    • 016.


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