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Opera

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    Verführung

    Narrated by Katrin Fröhlich ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 43 min

    Die junge Angiola hat einen Traum: als Sängerin auf den Opernbühnen der Welt zu stehen und das Publikum mit ihrer Stimme zu verzaubern. Doch als Frau ist es ihr im Italien des 18. Jahrhunderts verboten, öffentlich zu singen. Angiola bleibt keine Wahl – sie muss sich als Kastrat ausgeben, um auftreten zu können. Ihre Verkleidung als Mann täuscht jeden, bis auf einen: Giacomo Casanova, den wohl ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

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    Opera Explained Il trovatore

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Il trovatore has been ruthlessly parodied. It is a tale of murder and mayhem, burned babies, roasted hags, would-be nuns, strolling minstrels and bad baritones. And indeed the libretto does call for a willing suspension of disbelief. The reward is in the music, a score as prodigally melodic as only the mature Verdi could write: the ‘Anvil’ Chorus, the ‘Miserere’ scene, two great tenor arias, a ... Read more

    $19.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Così fan tutte

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 18 min

    Così fan tutte contains some of Mozart’s most sublime music. On one level, the opera is purely a social anecdote about young people falling in and out of love; but Mozart was a supreme sensualist and a great humanist, and invested the tale with all his understanding of humanity and young love. In this title, David Timson refutes the charge that Mozart squandered his genius on a work full of ... Read more

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    The Railroad Hour, Volume 2

    by Jean Holloway ...
    Narrated by Gordon MacRae ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 54 min

    Hop on the star-studded show train as Radio Archives brings you singing star Gordon MacRae in “The Railroad Hour”, a lush and tuneful series of musical programs offering vest-pocket versions of musical comedies and operettas - everything from the romantic melodies of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg right through to the musical comedies of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. In these stylish and ... Read more

    $34.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Pagliacci

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 1 min

    Pagliacci may be the most completely compelling short opera in the repertory and owes much of its impact to a brilliant story based, it is said, on true life and told through the device of a play-within-a-play. The action is set in Calabria in the deep south of Italy where the jealousies and illicit passions of a troupe of strolling actors precisely intersect with the play they are performing to ... Read more

    $19.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained The Magic Flute

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 10 min

    The Magic Flute almost defines a masterpiece, because it can be enjoyed on every level. It is a superb fairy story, complete with dragons, demons, a handsome prince, and a lovely maiden seriously in need of rescue; it is a political satire, social commentary, and psychological drama; it is full of tunes from the playful to the heart-stopping, jolly songs, and deeply spiritual outpourings. It is, ... Read more

    $19.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained The Ring of the Nibelung

    Narrated by Stephen Johnson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    2 hours 39 min

    Wagner’s Ring cycle is the most ambitious work in the history of music: four operas that combine to tell a single epic story. Based in legend, it has become a legend in its own right: a supreme challenge for conductors, singers, opera producers, and indeed for audiences. But for all its grandeur and complexity, The Ring is far more accessible than many music lovers think. This two-CD guide ... Read more

    $26.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    History of Opera

    Narrated by Tracy Tupman ...

    Unabridged

    39 min

    Blending music, dance, visual arts and drama seamlessly to create one of the most interesting things that millions of audiences enjoy is what opera is all about. Its 400 year old history is rich with instances of rise and fall of opera.With its roots in the Renaissance period, opera gradually spread across the world and today it has become a highly acclaimed form of art which is enjoyed by ... Read more

    $5.98 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Tristan und Isolde

    Narrated by Christopher Cook ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Tristan und Isolde centres around two lovers who dream of romantic love and yearn for oblivion. No composer had written such a work before. Turning his back on traditional tonality, Wagner changed the course of Western music with Tristan und Isolde. But there’s also fact behind the fiction: while he wrote his opera Wagner was in love with another’s man’s wife, Mathilde Wesendonk. So Tristan and ... Read more

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    Opera Explained Pelléas et Mélisande

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 18 min

    Dating from the last decade of the nineteenth century, Pelléas et Mélisande points the way into the twentieth century. The score is hauntingly beautiful, but there is more to the work than shifting panels of elusive, impressionistic sound. Debussy retains the text of Maeterlinck’s play, and the linguistic subtleties of the French text are matched perfectly by the musical detail. Taking a little ... Read more

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    Hansel and Gretel, The Full Cast Audioplay with Music - Opera for Kids, Classic for everyone

    Unabridged

    45 min

    Hansel and Gretel are sent into the forest by their mother to collect berries as a punishment. The siblings get lost in the twilight and discover the gingerbread house of an old ugly witch. She enchants the children and wants to bake them into gingerbread. Hansel and Gretel use their wits to save themselves and push the wicked old woman into her own oven. The children are finally found by their ... Read more

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    Opera Explained Tancredi

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 17 min

    Rossini’s comic operas, like The Barber of Seville, are better known than his tragedies though he wrote in fact many more tragedies than comedies. One of them, his last, William Tell, is actually credited with launching the whole age of Grand Opéra. Tancredi is an early work indeed his first smash hit and it established his international fame. It has all the youthful verve of the comedies allied ... Read more

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    Opera Explained La Bohème

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour

    La Bohème is one of the three operas the others are Carmen and Aida believed to be the most popular ever written. In the case of La Bohème the reason is that it virtually defines the term ‘romantic’. The poignant story of Mimì and Rodolfo is told in music of such tender beauty, allied, as always, to Puccini’s intuition of what works in the theatre, resulting in an opera that readily appeals to our ... Read more

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    Opera Explained La Traviata

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 5 min

    La Traviata owes its enduring popularity to a superb story of young love and fatal sacrifice, set to music by Italy’s master melodist at the peak of his powers. Interest and poignancy are added by the fact that this is a true story the baritone ‘heavy’ is Alexander Dumas who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo. But it is the central figure, the heroine Violetta, the archetypal ‘whore with the heart of ... Read more

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    Klassiker für die Kleinsten - Hörspiel mit Musik, Der Nussknacker

    Unabridged

    48 min

    Clara bekommt von ihrem Patenonkel Drosselmeyer am Weihnachtsabend einen Nussknacker geschenkt. Nachts träumt sie, dass der Nussknacker mit Spielzeugsoldaten gegen das Heer des Mausekönigs kämpft. Clara hilft ihm und der Nussknacker verwandelt sich in einen Prinzen. Gemeinsam reisen sie ins Süßigkeitenland und feiern ein süßes Fest mit der Zuckerfee. War alles nur ein Traum - oder etwa doch nicht? ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    The King and I

    The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary

    by Anne Midgette ...
    Narrated by Chris Lutkin ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 56 min

    This is the story of the thirty-six-year-old business relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and his manager, Herbert Breslin, during which Breslin guided what he calls, justifiably, “the greatest career in classical music.” During that career, Breslin moved Pavarotti out of the opera house and onto the concert (and the world) stage and into the arms of a huge mass public. How he and Pavarotti ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Opera Explained L’elisir d’amore

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 17 min

    L’elisir d’amore, or The Elixir of Love, has remained popular for almost two centuries because of a touching tale and a galaxy of comic characters adapted from the traditional commedia dell’ arte. Above all Donizetti poured into the score all the warmth and tenderness of the Italian temperament. His melodic invention never ceases to charm whether in the jolly rustic choruses, the exhilarating ... Read more

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    Die ZEIT-Edition "Große Oper für kleine Hörer", Aida

    Unabridged

    48 min

    Aida besucht ihre Cousine Amneris in Kairo bei den Pyramiden. Als Tochter des Pharao hat Amneris viele Freunde, die ständig Gäste für tolle Spiele sind. Der Nachbarsjunge Radamès und Aida freunden sich an. Amneris ist eifersüchtig und beginnt ein äußerst merkwürdiges Spiel mit den beiden. ... Read more

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    Die ZEIT-Edition "Große Oper für kleine Hörer" - Der fliegende Holländer

    Unabridged

    1 hour 8 min

    Nach stürmischer Überfahrt auf der Ostsee verfasste der deutsche Komponist Richard Wagner (1813-1883) die Oper "Der fliegende Holländer", welche auf einer gleichnamigen Sage basiert. Kapitän Daland wird vom Fliegenden Holländer mit seinem Gespensterschiff überrascht. Der Holländer wurde vom Teufel verflucht und muss seitdem auf dem Meer herumirren. Er bietet Daland Schätze an, wenn er dessen ... Read more

    $25.84 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Railroad Hour, Volume 3

    by Jean Holloway ...
    Narrated by Gordon MacRae ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 27 min

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Railroad Hour!” This opening line, delivered by announcer Marvin Miller, along with whistles, hissing steam escaping from smoke stacks, and other train sounds heralded the beginning of each episode of one of the most beloved music programs of the golden age of radio! The Railroad Hour presented vest-pocket versions of some of the most popular and beloved musicals and ... Read more

    $34.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Opera Explained Turandot

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Puccini’s swansong has a claim to being the last great popular opera. Its melodies have enchanted audiences since its posthumous premiere in 1926, two years after Puccini’s death. It involves a chilling story of love and cruelty, an intriguing cast of characters against the exotic backdrop of Imperial China, magnificent choruses and ensembles, and dazzling orchestration in an exotic score that ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Opera Explained Carmen

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 5 min

    Carmen is among the most popular operas for all the obvious reasons: great characters, a gripping story and fabulous music. But what sets it on a pinnacle is an amazing combination of three factors: a sizzling gipsy heroine (one of the most psychologically complex and compelling characters in all theatre), great atmosphere (Spain, hot sun, the bull-ring) and the prodigality of melodic invention ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Opera Explained Orfeo

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 6 min

    Monteverdi’s Orfeo, first performed in 1607, generates a special excitement because it is the first unquestioned masterpiece of opera. Notable for its precise orchestration and powerful drama it was a groundbreaking work. It concerns the legend of Orpheus, the demi-god whose music had the power to conquer the forces of Hell and to bring his wife back, briefly, to life. The extracts used in this ... Read more

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    Die ZEIT-Edition "Der Ring des Nibelungen für kleine Hörer" - Die Walküre

    Unabridged

    1 hour 11 min

    Sieglinde lebt unglücklich an der Seite ihres Mannes Hunding. In einem Gewitter rettet sich der verwundete Siegmund in ihr Haus. Hunding fordert Siegmund zum Kampf, aber Sieglinde zeigt Siegmund heimlich das Siegesschwert Notung. Beide erkennen, dass sie Geschwister sind und werden verbotenerweise ein Liebespaar. Was sie jedoch nicht wissen, ist, dass sie die Kinder des Göttervaters Wotan sind. ... Read more

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