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Royal Opera All-Star Gala

Antonio Pappano conducts a stellar cast of singers in favourite arias, duets and choruses from operas by Rossini and Puccini, along with the thrilling finale of Bizet’s Carmen.

Antonio Pappano conducts a stellar cast of singers in favourite arias, duets and choruses from operas by Rossini, Donizetti and Puccini, along with the thrilling finale of Bizet’s Carmen.

Italian baritone Vito Priante offers haircuts as the Barber of Seville, and Lisette Oropesa dazzles with her flawless soprano coloratura before being joined by American tenor Charles Castronovo for some heartwarming comedy in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina starts out as Cinderella celebrating her good fortune and then magically transforms into femme fatale Carmen for the tragic finale of Bizet’s great opera. The drama increases with Kristine Opolais singing the role of doomed diva Tosca, with Canadian baritone Gerald Finley joining her for the searing Te Deum from Puccini’s masterpiece.

The chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera House are arrayed throughout the stalls of the fabulous auditorium at Covent Garden to maintain social distancing.

Presented by Katie Derham.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2020 19:40

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Adya

    Largo Al Factotum

  • 00:14

    Bruno Coulais, Les Petits Chanteurs De Saint-Marc Choir, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, Deyan Pavlov

    Action Reaction

  • 00:35

    Pretty Yende, Giacomo Sagripanti, Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Coro Sinfonico Di Milano Giuseppe Verdi

    La Sonnambula: Act II: Scene 2: Ah! Non Credea Mirarti

  • 00:50

    Ann-Mette Elten

    La Luna

  • 00:52

    Frederica Von Stade, Seiji Ozawa

    Du Lieber Mond So Silberzart

  • 00:57

    Oscar Hammerstein II

    Overture

  • 00:57

    Nickelback

    Toreador's Song

  • 00:58

    Robert Shaw, Robert Shaw Chorale, Rca Victor Symphony Orchestra

    Carmen, Act IV: Les Voici! Les Voici!

  • 00:58

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    From Carmen Suite No. 1 Prelude To Act I:: Allegro Giocoso; "The Toreadors"

  • 01:17

    New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sherrill Milnes, Leontyne Price, Paul Plishka, Zubin Mehta

    Tosca: Act I: Tosca? Che Non Mi Veda

  • 01:24

    Zubin Mehta, New Philharmonia Orchestra

    Tosca? Che Non Mi Veda

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Katie Derham
Singer Vito Priante
Singer Lisette Oropesa
Singer Charles Castronovo
Singer Aigul Akhmetshina
Singer Gerald Finley
Singer Kristine Opolais
Singer Jeremy White
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Director Peter Jones

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