Every Tuesday night at 8:00 pm, we dip into the stacks of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Music Library to bring you a complete opera. With 400 years of music, this show takes us from the first days of the art form to the most recent. We’ll play favorites and lesser-known works, today’s stars and historic singers.

Join me each Tuesday evening for a journey into this wonderful, musical world.

—Peter van de Graaff, host

Program Schedule


January 19, 2016

Verdi: “Aida” Warner Classics 0825646106639 (3)

Anja Harteros (Aida); Jonas Kaufmann (Radames); Erwin Schrott (Ramfis); Santa Cecilia Academy Orch & Cho/Antonio Pappano


January 26, 2016

Mozart: “Abduction from the Seraglio” DG 4794064 (2)

Diana Damrau (Konstanze); Rolando Villazon (Belmonte); Franz-Josef Selig (Osmin); Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Yannick Nézet-Séguin


February 2, 2016

Strauss: “Feuersnot” Orfeo C-423962-I (2)

Maud Cunitz (Diemut); Marcel Cordes (Kunrad); Max Proebstl (Ortolf); Bavarian State Orch & cho/Rudolf Kempe


February 9, 2016

Thomson: “The Mother of Us All” Albany TROY-1486/87 (2)

Noragh Devlin (Susan B. Anthony); Scott Russell (Daniel Webster); Carlton Moe (John Adams); Manhattan School of Music/Steven Osgood


February 16, 2016

Puccini: “Tosca” Phi 434595-2 (2)

Carol Vaness (Tosca); Giuseppe Giacomini (Cavaradossi); Giorgio Zancanaro (Scarpia); Philadephia Orch/Riccardo Muti


February 23, 2016

Rameau: “Zais” Aparte AP-109 (3)

Julian Prégardien (Zais); Sandrine Piau (Zélidie); Aimery Lefèvre (Oromazès); Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset


March 1, 2016

Berg: “Lulu” RCA 57734-2 (3)

Julia Migenes (Lulu); Brigitte Fassbaender (Geschwitz); Hans Hotter (Schigolch); Vienna Staatsoper/Lorin Maazel


March 8, 2016

Vinci: “Catone in Utica” Lon 4788194 (3)

Juan Sancho (Catone); Max Emanuel Cencic (Arbace); Franco Fagioli (Cesare); Il pomo d’oro/Riccardo Minasi


March 15, 2016

Saint-Saens: “Samson et Dalila” Phi 4758706 (2)

Jose Carreras (Samson); Agnes Baltsa (Dalila); Simon Estes (Abimelech); Bavarian Radio Sym & Cho/Colin Davis


March 22, 2016

Moross: “The Golden Apple” PS Classics PS-1528 (2)

Danielle Estes (Helen); Janelle Lutz (Mars); Jenny Tucker (Mrs. Juniper); Orch & Cho/Jay Dias


March 29, 2016

Donizetti: “Il borgomastro di Saardam” Pantheon PHE-6630.31 (2)

Renato Capecchi (Il burgomastro); Philipp Langridge (Flimann); Pieter van den Berg (Czar); Zaanstad Opera/Jan Schaap