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Marc Gregg’s Soap Opera - Comedy, Satire and Humour

Marc Gregg takes us on a journey through song, demystifying the complexity of this musical form and shakes off its associated baggage.

Marc Gregg takes us on a journey through song, demystifying the complexity of this musical form and shakes off its associated baggage. This series simply encourages the audience to discover the power of the human voice and the emotions stirred through operatic storytelling. This week he takes us from Wagner to Streep and looks at the power of song to make us laugh.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Samuel Barber

    Solitary Hotel

    Singer: Ailish Tynan. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • An Irish Songbook.
    • Signum.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Act 2 No 10 Déclaration: Dites lui qu'on l'a remarqué

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Choir: Chœur des Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Offenbach: La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein.
    • EMI.
  • Randy Newman

    Short People

    Performer: The King’s Singers.
    • De Janequin Aux Beatles.
    • Rouge et Noir.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Madamina, il catalogo è questo

    Singer: Luca Pisaroni. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Choir: Chœur des Musiciens du Louvre.
    • Mozart: Don Giovanni.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Jeanine Tesori

    The Girl in 14 G

    Singer: Kristin Chenoweth.
    • Let Yourself Go.
    • Sony.
  • Zina Goldrich

    Alto's Lament

    Performer: Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. Lyricist: Marcy Heisler.
    • Marcy & Zina - The Album.
    • Yellow Sound.
  • György Ligeti

    Mysteries of the Macabre (For Coloratura and Ensemble)

    Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen. Singer: Sibylle Ehlert. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • György Ligeti Edition, Vol 4.
    • Sony.
  • Fascinating Aïda

    One True Religion (Live)

    • Back in the Saddle - Fascinating Aïda in Edinburgh.
    • First Night Records.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Duetto Buffo di due Gatti

    Singer: Marie‐Nicole Lemieux. Singer: Patrizia Ciofi. Singer: Julien Véronèse. Conductor: Enrique Mazzola. Orchestra: Orchestre national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.
    • Si Si Si! - Rossini: Arias & Duets.
    • Erato.
  • Richard Wagner

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act II: Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. Singer: Robert Holl. Singer: Andreas Schmidt. Orchestra: Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele.
    • Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
    • Unitel Classica.
  • Donald Swann

    A word on my ear

    Lyricist: Michael Flanders. Singer: Felicity Lott. Performer: Graham Johnson.
    • Call me Flott.
    • Champs Hill Records.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Queen Of The Night's Aria - From Die Zauberflöte, K620

    Singer: Meryl Streep. Performer: Simon Helberg.
    • Florence Foster Jenkins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • Decca.


Role Contributor
Presenter Marc Gregg