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.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Largo Al Factotum
Bruno Coulais, Les Petits Chanteurs De Saint-Marc Choir, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, Deyan Pavlov
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
Frederica Von Stade, Seiji Ozawa
Du Lieber Mond So Silberzart
Oscar Hammerstein II
Robert Shaw, Robert Shaw Chorale, Rca Victor Symphony Orchestra
Carmen, Act IV: Les Voici! Les Voici!
Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra
From Carmen Suite No. 1 Prelude To Act I:: Allegro Giocoso; "The Toreadors"
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sherrill Milnes, Leontyne Price, Paul Plishka, Zubin Mehta
Tosca: Act I: Tosca? Che Non Mi Veda
Zubin Mehta, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Tosca? Che Non Mi Veda