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Discussion Starter · #101 · (Edited)
Francesco Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur (London, 1971) sung in English



https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/radio3/1971-06-27#at-14.35

Adriana Lecouvreur
BBC Radio 3, 27 June 1971 14.35

Opera in four acts by Francesco Cilea
Libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the play by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé
English version by Percy Pinkerton, adapted by Norman Tucker

Adriana: Joan Carlyle
Maurizio: Alberto Remedios
Il Principe: David Gwynne
La Principessa: Elizabeth Bainbridge
Michonnet: Delme Bryn-Jones
L'Abate: Kenneth McDonald
Jouvenot: Patricia Clarke
Dangeville: Heather Begg
Quinault: Norman Welsby
Poisson: Gerald English
Il Maggiordomo: Leslie Fry

BBC Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
Conducted by Alberto Erede
Repetiteurs, John Bacon and Richard Nunn

Produced by Julian Budden

(Given before an invited audience in the Camden Theatre, London)
(Elizabeth Bainbridge and Delme Bryn-Jones broadcast by permission of the General Administrator,
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Norman Welsby by permission of Sadler's Wells Opera Company)

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https://www.mediafire.com/file/pm3t...(London,+1971)+sung+in+English.part2.rar/file
 

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Discussion Starter · #102 · (Edited)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin (London, 1971) sung in English



Eugene Onegin

BBC Radio 3, 13 February 1971 19.30
https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/radio3/1971-02-13

An opera in three acts
Libretto after Pushkin by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Stepanovich Shilovsky
English version by David Lloyd-Jones
Music by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus-Master: Douglas Robinson
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Leader: Charles Taylor
Conductor: Georg Solti
Producer: Peter Hall

The action takes place In Russia about 1820.

ACT 1
Scene 1: In the garden of Madame Larina's house. Autumn.
Scene 2: Tatyana's bedroom. The same night.
Scene 3: Another part of the garden. The next day.
ACT 2
Scene 1: The drawing-room in Madame Larina 's house. Winter.
Scene 2: The river bank. Early the following morning.
ACT 3
Scene 1: A ballroom in a fashionable house in St Petersburg. Some years later.
Scene 2: A room in Prince Gremin's house. The next day.

NB. Includes most of the commentary and announcements.

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https://www.mediafire.com/file/8ipd...(London,+1971)+sung+in+English.part1.rar/file
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Discussion Starter · #103 · (Edited)
Richard Rodney Bennett - The Mines of Sulphur (London, 1965)



https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/networkthree/1965-03-05#at-19.30

THE MINES OF SULPHUR
Network Three, 5 March 1965 19.30

Opera in three acts
Libretto by BEVERLEY CROSS
Music by RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT

From Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
first broadcast performance

Cast in order of singing:

Braxton, a landowner- FRANK OLEGARIO (bass-baritone)
Rosalind, a gypsy - JOYCE BLACKHAM (mezzo-soprano)
Boconnion, a deserter - GREGORY DEMPSEY (tenor)
Tovey a tramp - GWYN GRIFFITHS (baritone)
Sherrin, a theatrical manager - HAROLD BLACKBURN (bass)
Members of his company:
Leda - ANN HOWARD (contralto)
Fenney - DAVID HILLMAN (tenor)
Toodey - DAVID BOWMAN (baritone)
Jenny - CATHERINE WILSON (soprano)
Trim (a mute) is acted by JOHN FRYATT

SADLER'S WELLS ORCHESTRA Leader, Barry Collins
Conductor, COLIN DAVIS
Producer, COLIN GRAHAM

The action takes place on a winter night some two hundred years ago
in the hall of a manor house in the West Country.

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https://www.mediafire.com/file/7jo0...ines+of+Sulphur+(London,+1965).part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/rf4w...ines+of+Sulphur+(London,+1965).part2.rar/file
 

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Gilbert and Sullivan - The 1966 BBC Complete Broadcasts



Description taken from http://gasdisc.oakapplepress.com/narradio.htm#bbc

In 1966, the BBC undertook the massive task of recording and broadcasting all of the extant Gilbert and Sullivan operas with complete dialogue. The operas were broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on Sundays at noon, one every two or three weeks. The series was then repeated in late 1967/early 1968. The BBC recruited excellent casts, headed by former D'Oyly Carte patter baritone Peter Pratt. Only a few other singers with D'Oyly Carte experience participated, but most of the artists had top-flight light opera credentials.

Most of the operas in the 1966 series were conducted by Stanford Robinson. Some years later, he told a meeting of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society that he had carefully corrected the orchestra parts D'Oyly Carte provided, rectifying many inconsistencies, traditional "wrong notes," and other errors. Afterwords the D'Oyly Carte, far from expressing any gratitude for his efforts, carefully removed all his annotations and sent him a bill for the clean-up.

One oddity of the series was the casting of different performers in the music and the dialogue (for most parts, at any rate). At the same Gilbert and Sullivan Society meeting, Stanford Robinson explained that the music and dialogue were recorded at different sessions, and for the latter, actors were used because they were cheaper than singers. As Michael Walters observed, "Presumably those (like Peter Pratt) who did both dialogue and music were those who were willing to be paid a lower rate for the dialogue sessions." Leon Berger added that most of the the actors used were already in the BBC repertory company and may have been on retainer.


The 1966 BBC Trial By Jury



The series got off to a rather inauspicious start with a less than stellar rendition of "Trial By Jury," of particular interest due to its inclusion of D'Oyly Carte stalwart and octogenarian George Baker, who began his G&S recording career in 1917.

Cast
The Learned Judge: George Baker
The Plaintiff: Cynthia Glover
The Defendant: Kenneth Bowen
Counsel for the Plaintiff: Denis Dowling
Usher: William Parsons
Foreman of the Jury: Leslie Fyson (?)

John McCarthy Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
Producer: Michael Moores
Conductor: Stanford Robinson

Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 30 January 1966

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/download/7e...al_By_Jury.rar

The 1927 D'Oyly Carte Trial By Jury

As a remedy to the disappointing performance above, here is the classic 1927 HMV recording, easily the funniest version available. In particular, it benefits from the sprightly conducting of Harry Norris and the endearing mock-heroic vocals of tenor Derek Oldham.

The transfer I provided is taken from the Dutch website satyr78opera.blogspot.com and is preferable to that available at archive.org (which, unfortunately, dices the recording into individual tracks which utterly spoils the pacing).

The Learned Judge: Leo Sheffield
The Plaintiff: Winifred Lawson
The Defendant: Derek Oldham
Counsel for the Plaintiff: Arthur Hosking
Usher: George Baker
Foreman of the Jury: T. Penry Hughes

Conductor: Harry Norris

Recorded in London,
September 20 & 29, 1927

DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.mediafire.com/?9njdy1mgw9xmobw

The 1966 BBC Sorcerer



Next in the series was a perfectly fabulous broadcast of "The Sorcerer," and includes the entire spoken dialogue (unlike the several D'Oyly Carte recordings).

Cast

Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre: John Cameron (music)
Ralph Truman (dialogue)
Alexis Pointdextre: Lloyd Strauss-Smith (music)
Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
Dr. Daly: Leslie Fyson (music)
Frederick Treves (dialogue)
Notary: John Frost
John Wellington Wells: Eric Shilling (music)
Hugh Burden (dialogue)
Lady Sangazure: Sybil Michelow
Aline: Jeannette Sinclair (music)
Judy Franklin (dialogue)
Mrs. Partlet: Catherine Lawson (music)
Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
Constance: Ellen Dales (music)
Gudrun Ure (dialogue)

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

Originally Broadcast on January 30, 1966

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/3q...erer.part1.rar
http://www.mediafire.com/download/2s...erer.part2.rar
 

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Discussion Starter · #108 · (Edited)
The 1966 BBC Pinafore



Cast

Sir Joseph Porter: Peter Pratt
Captain Corcoran: Donald Franke (music)
Frederick Treves (dialogue)
Ralph Rackstraw: Kenneth Bowen (music)
Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
Dick Deadeye: Forbes Robinson (music)
Julian Summers (dialogue)
Bill Bobstay: Alan Dudley
Bob Becket: John Frost
Josephine: Jeannette Sinclair (music)
Sheila Manahan (dialogue)
Little Buttercup: Jean Allister (music)
Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
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John McCarthy Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
Producer: Michael Moores
Conductor: Stanford Robinson

Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 30 January 1966

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/?1befuocsz7d60ro
https://www.mediafire.com/?1y7chymcalh2yk7

The 1966 BBC Pirates



Cast

Major-General Stanley: Peter Pratt
Pirate King: Victor Godfrey (music)
Ronald Baddiley (dialogue)
Samuel: Leslie Fyson (music)
Antony Viccars (dialogue)
Frederic: Thomas Round (music)
Glyn Dearman (dialogue)
Sergeant of Police: Alan Dudley
Mabel: Cyntha Glover (music)
Etain O'Dell (dialogue)
Edith: Pamela Binns
Kate: Gillian Knight (music)
Wendy Lovelock (dialogue)
Isabel: Carol Haddon
Ruth: Pamela Bowden (music)
Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Vilem Tausky
Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

Originally Broadcast on February 27, 1966

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/58jmer5jbh1muyg/The_1966_BBC_Pirates.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/a0c77bxggph44x9/The_1966_BBC_Pirates.part2.rar/file

The 1966 BBC Patience



Cast

Colonel Calverley: Donald Francke (music)
Jack May (dialogue)
Major Murgatroyd: Leslie Fyson (music)
Frederick Treves (dialogue)
Duke of Dunstable: Duncan Robertson (music)
John Wood (dialogue)
Reginald Bunthorne: Peter Pratt
Archibald Grosvenor: Derek Hammond-Stroud (music)
Andrew Sachs (dialogue)
Lady Angela: Shirley Minty (music)
Elizabeth Morgan (dialogue)
Lady Saphir: Patricia Clark (music)
Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
Lady Ella: Ursula Connors (music)
Pamela Binns (dialogue)
Lady Jane: Pamela Bowden (music
Joyce Grant (dialogue)
Patience: Pamela Wollmore (music)
Prunella Scales (dialogue)

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

Originally Broadcast on March 13, 1966

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https://www.mediafire.com/file/99l433ty9vgnzgt/The_1966_BBC_Patience.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/0lasdgx1frof1ab/The_1966_BBC_Patience.part2.rar/file

The 1966 BBC Iolanthe



Cast

Lord Chancellor: Peter Pratt
Earl of Mountararat: Donald Francke (music)
Derek Birch (dialogue)
Earl Tolloller: Andrew Downie
Private Willis: Owen Brannigan
Strephon: Denis Quilley
Queen of the Fairies: Janet Coster (music)
Barbara Mitchell (dialogue)
Iolanthe: Patricia Routledge
Celia: Sylvia Eaves (music)
Polly Murch (dialogue)
Leila: Hilda Bickley (music
Dorit Welles (dialogue)
Fleta: Pamela Binns
Phyllis: Ellen Dales (music)
Pinkie Johnstone (dialogue)

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

Originally Broadcast on 27 March 1966

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/lxapbec9bb3x0p1/The_1966_BBC_Iolanthe.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/1vgg1bny7eiy220/The_1966_BBC_Iolanthe.part2.rar/file
 

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Discussion Starter · #109 · (Edited)
The BBC Princess Ida (1966)



Cast

King Hildebrand: Donald Francis (music)
Jack May (dialogue)
Hilarion: John Wakefield (music)
Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
Cyril: John Fryatt (music)
John Baddeley (dialogue)
Florian: Denis Quilley
King Gama: George Baker (music)
Timothy West (dialogue)
Arac: Forbes Robinson
Guron: Leslie Fyson
Scynthius: John Noble
Princess Ida: Jeanette Sinclair (music)
Prunella Scales (dialogue)
Lady Blanche: Monica Sinclair (music)
Mary Wimbush (dialogue)
Lady Psyche: Patricia Kern (music)
Dorit Welles (dialogue)
Melissa: Patricia Routledge
Sacharissa: Pamela Binns
Chloe: Karen Ford

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Producer: Michael Moores

Originally Broadcast on 17 April 1966

This is one of the gems of the series of BBC broadcasts from 1966, as the performance is outstanding and (unlike all of the D'Oyly Carte recordings) it contains the entire spoken dialogue.

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/62eaa1hchlt0sqc/The_1966_BBC_Princess_Ida.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/3sgsb9cad4nag9s/The_1966_BBC_Princess_Ida.part2.rar/file

For those new to this material, be sure to read Alfred Lord Tennyson's narrative poem "The Princess" (which "Princess Ida" satirizes) to appreciate just how funny W. S Gilbert's libretto is.

https://archive.org/stream/princessm...ge/n0/mode/2up

Dialogue aside, however, the funniest of the recordings remains the first, made in 1924, which I include below. It is also one of the few to include Lady Blanche's "Come, mighty must," here performed by the magnificent Bertha Lewis, who tragically perished in an automobile accident in 1931.

The 1924 D'Oyly Carte Princess Ida



Cast

King Hildebrand: Leo Sheffield
Hilarion: Derek Oldham
Cyril: Leo Darnton
Florian: Sydney Granville
King Gama: Henry Lytton
Arac: Darrell Fancourt
Guron: Leonard Hubbard
Scynthius: Edward Halland
Princess Ida: Winifred Lawson
Lady Blanche: Bertha Lewis
Lady Psyche: Kathleen Anderson
Melissa: Eileen Sharp
Sacharissa: Eileen Sharp

Chorus and Light Opera Orchestra
Conductors: Harry Norris / George W. Byng

Recorded in London
10 Oct 1924 - 23 Feb. 1925

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/efk08mh84le26f1/The_1924_D%27Oyly_Carte_Princess_Ida.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/6x350swlufz31oz/The_1924_D%27Oyly_Carte_Princess_Ida.part2.rar/file

The 1966 BBC Mikado



Cast

The Mikado: Forbes Robinson (music)
Ronald Baddiley (dialogue)
Nanki-Poo: Max Worthley (music)
David Enders (dialogue)
Ko-Ko: Peter Pratt
Pooh-Bah: Ian Wallace (music)
Jack May (dialogue)
Pish-Tush: Derek Hammond-Stroud (music)
Hugh Dickson (dialogue)
Yum-Yum: Cynthia Glover (music)
Meg Wyn Owen (dialogue)
Pitti-Sing: Patricia Lambert
Peep-Bo: Ursula Connors (music)
Wendy Lovelock (dialogue)
Katisha: Jean Allister (music)
Margaret Gordon (dialogue)

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Producer: Michael Moores

Originally Broadcast on 1 May 1966

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/gw6th1n028abf1r/The_1966_BBC_Mikado.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/nau96h4ugfdubnw/The_1966_BBC_Mikado.part2.rar/file

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As an extra, I include the highly regarded 1926 recording in a different (and, I think, superior) transfer than that posted to archive.org (and if you haven't yet partaken of the G&S treasures that some kind soul uploaded to that site, you are missing out!):

The 1926 D'Oyly Carte Mikado



Cast

The Mikado: Darrell Fancourt
Nanki-Poo: Derek Oldham
Ko-Ko: Henry Lytton
Pooh-Bah: Leo Sheffield
Pish-Tush: George Baker
Go-To: T. Penry Hughes
Yum-Yum: Elsie Griffin
Pitti-Sing: Aileen Davies/Doris Hemingway/Beatrice Elburn
Peep-Bo: Beatrice Elburn
Katisha: Bertha Lewis

Conductor: Harry Norris

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/a5v04xlrkzekevd/The_1926_D%27Oyly_Carte_Mikado.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/yppyclokwsvwvri/The_1926_D%27Oyly_Carte_Mikado.part2.rar/file

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Last, but not least...

1926 promotional film with hand-colored scenes of the D'Oyly Carte Company in The Mikado


The 1966 BBC Ruddigore



Cast

Robin Oakapple: Peter Pratt
Richard Dauntless: John Fryatt (music)
Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
Sir Despard Murgatroyd: Alan Dudley
Old Adam: Norman Lumsden (music)
Earl Gray (dialogue)
Rose Maybud: Ellen Dales (music)
Meg Wyn Owen (dialogue)
Mad Margaret: Patricia Routledge
Dame Hannah: Monica Sinclair (music)
Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
Zorah: Joanne Brown (music)
Sheila Hammond (dialogue)
Ruth: Wendy Lovelock
Sir Roderic Murgatroyd: Forbes Robinson (music)
Julian Summers (dialogue)

The John McCarthy Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
Producer: Michael Moores
Conductor: Stanford Robinson

Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 15 May 1966

This is another gem of the series, again due to the high standard of performance of both the music and the spoken dialogue (which is excluded from the many commercially available recordings). Patricia Routledge in particular makes a striking impression here.

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/pfyvvu1crfqw52a/The_1966_BBC_Ruddigore.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/zi83nv1bk66887g/The_1966_BBC_Ruddigore.part2.rar/file
 

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Discussion Starter · #110 · (Edited)
The 1966 BBC Yeomen



Cast:

Sir Richard Cholmondely: Donald Franke (music)
Rolf Lefebvre (dialogue)
Colonel Fairfax: Max Worthley (music)
Dinsdale Landen (dialogue)
Sergeant Meryll: Richard Goulding (music)
Julian Summers (dialogue)
Leonard Meryll: Edgar Fleet (music)
Michael Spice (dialogue)
Jack Point: Peter Pratt
Wilfred Shadbolt: Alan Dudley
First Yeoman: Leslie Fyson
Second Yeoman: John Noble
First Citizen Wilfred Babbage
Second Citizen: Douglas Hankin
Elsie Maynard: Janice Chapman (music)
Sheila Manners (dialogue)
Phoebe Meryll: Jean Allister (music)
Pauline Yates (dialogue)
Dame Carruthers: Monica Sinclair (music)
Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
Kate: Ursula Connors (music)
Denise Buckley (dialogue)

The John McCarthy Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
Producer: Michael Moores
Conductor: Stanford Robinson

Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 29 May 1966

Another gem in this series of BBC broadcasts. Peter Pratt is especially memorable and endearing here.



DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/a6j6wezfmgpy700/The_1966_BBC_Yeomen.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/7gc9so8a19369h7/The_1966_BBC_Yeomen.part2.rar/file

The 1966 BBC Gondoliers



Cast:

Duke of Plaza-Toro: Peter Pratt
Luiz: John Heddle Nash (music)
David Enders (dialogue)
Don Alhambra: Richard Goulding (music)
Hamlyn Benson (dialogue)
Marco: John Fryatt (music)
Dinsdale Landen (dialogue)
Giuseppe: Donald Franke (music)
Hugh Dickson (dialogue)
Antonio: Neil Howlett
Francesco: Leslie Fyson
Giorgio: Peter Crays
Annibale: Anthony Jackson
Duchess of Plaza-Toro: Anna Cooper (music)
Mary Wimbush (dialogue)
Casilda: Ellen Dales (music)
Judy Franklin (dialogue)
Gianetta: Patricia Reakes (music)
Shane Davis (dialogue)
Tessa: Marion Grimaldi
Fiametta: Patricia Clark
Vittoria: Margaret Cable
Giulia: Ursula Connors
Inez: Shirley Minty

The John McCarthy Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
Producer: Michael Moores
Conductor: Stanford Robinson

Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 12 December 1966

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/6jg4e4as6arb6yp/The_1966_BBC_Gondoliers.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/9gnf3ppactgasnn/The_1966_BBC_Gondoliers.part2.rar/file

The Mountebanks (Washington, 1964)

Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Music by Alfred Cellier



As an extra, here is an American recording (that includes most of the spoken dialogue in faux-British accents) of Gilbert's 1891 collaboration with composer, orchestrator and conductor Alfred Cellier, "The Mountebanks."

From the same G & S site referenced above:

After The Gondoliers, the last great Gilbert and Sullivan success, the collaborators went their separate ways. In 1891, Sullivan produced the only grand opera of his career, Ivanhoe. The following year Gilbert weighed in with his first post-Sullivan opera, The Mountebanks.

The story, in which characters' personalities change after ingesting a magic potion, was essentially the "lozenge plot" that Sullivan had on several occasions refused to set. Cellier died before completing the score, and Gilbert seems to have disliked his own libretto, but the opera enjoyed a good success anyway.

Cast:

Arrostino Annegato: Gregory Wise
Risotto: Harlan C. Snow
Giorgio Ravioli: Douglas Baker
Luigi Spaghetti: Tim Walton
Alfredo: Jerry Holloway
Pietro: Harold Isen
Bartolo: Richard Barager
Elvino Di Pasta: Lewis Grenville
Beppo: Jonathan Deitz
Teresa: Carol Scott
Ultrice: Carroll Mattoon
Nita: Susan Hoagland
Minestra: Grace Wallace Bouvé

Lyric Theater Company (Washington, D.C.)
Stage Director: Harold Isen
Conductor: John Landis

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/v48e...banks_%28Washington%2C_1964%29.part1.rar/file
https://www.mediafire.com/file/rks8...banks_%28Washington%2C_1964%29.part2.rar/file

The last two Gilbert and Sullivan operas in this series of BBC broadcasts come from a different source and are in inferior quality MP3s. They lack the clarity of the FLAC transfers, but are still quite listenable. It is hoped that improved transfers will eventually turn up.

The 1966 BBC Utopia, Limited



Cast:

King Paramount: Peter Pratt
Scaphio: Derek Hammond-Stroud (music)
Rolf Lefebvre (dialogue)
Phantis: Eric Shilling (music)
Aubrey Woods (dialogue)
Tarara: John Frost (music)
Wilfrid Carter (dialogue)
Calynx: Frederick Treves
Lord Dramaleigh: David Price (music)
Hamlyn Benson (dialogue)
Captain Fitzbattleaxe: Kenneth Bowen (music)
Peter Howell (dialogue)
Captain Sir Edward Corcoran Donald Francke
Mr. Goldbury: Leslie Fyson (music)
Frederick Treves (dialogue)
Sir Bailey Barre: Edgar Fleet
Mr. Blushington: John Noble
Princess Zara: Patricia Reakes (music)
Sheila Manahan (dialogue)
Princess Nekaya: Joanne Brown (music)
Wendy Lovelock (dialogue)
Princess Kalyba: Jane Wenham
Lady Sophy: Jean Allister (music)
Margaret Gordon (dialogue)
Salata: Elizabeth Proud
Melene: Pamela Binns
Phylla: Doreen Murray

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Producer: Michael Moores

Originally Broadcast on 3 July 1966

DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/l5ld9b87ld10dj7/The_1966_BBC_Utopia%2C_Limited.rar/file
 

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Discussion Starter · #111 · (Edited)
The 1966 BBC Grand Duke



Cast:

Rudolph: Peter Pratt
Ernest Dummkopf: Kenneth Bowen (music)
Dinsdale Landen (dialogue)
Ludwig: John Heddle Nash (music)
John Sharp (dialogue)
Dr. Tannhäuser: Leslie Fyson (music)
Michael Spice (dialogue)
Prince of Monte Carlo: Neil Howlett (music)
Wilfred Carter (dialogue)
Viscount Mentone: Peter Pratt
Herald: John Noble
Ben Hashbaz: Don Paulin (music)
Timothy Harley (dialogue)
Princess of Monte Carlo: Ursula Connors (music)
Jane Wenham (dialogue)
Baroness von Krakenfeldt: Jean Allister (music)
Margaret Gordon (dialogue)
Julia Jellicoe: Laura Sarti
Lisa: Elizabeth Robinson (music)
Diana Olsson (dialogue)
Olga: Valerie Heath-Davies
Gretchen: Christine Parker (music)
Eva Haddon (dialogue)
Bertha: Gloria Jennings (music)
Jane Wenham (dialogue)
Elsa: Shirley Minty

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Producer: Michael Moores

Originally Broadcast on 10 July 1966

DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/6y95a6aoueyiae9/The_1966_BBC_Grand_Duke.rar/file
 

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CORRECTED LINKS:

The 1966 BBC Trial By Jury



The series got off to a rather inauspicious start with a less than stellar rendition of "Trial By Jury," of particular interest due to its inclusion of D'Oyly Carte stalwart and octogenarian George Baker, who began his G&S recording career in 1917.

Cast
The Learned Judge: George Baker
The Plaintiff: Cynthia Glover
The Defendant: Kenneth Bowen
Counsel for the Plaintiff: Denis Dowling
Usher: William Parsons
Foreman of the Jury: Leslie Fyson (?)

John McCarthy Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
Producer: Michael Moores
Conductor: Stanford Robinson

Originally Broadcast on BBC Music Programme on 30 January 1966

DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.mediafire.com/file/7efzq77ztnz7k2f/The_1966_BBC_Trial_By_Jury.rar/file

The 1927 D'Oyly Carte Trial By Jury

As a remedy to the disappointing performance above, here is the classic 1927 HMV recording, easily the funniest version available. In particular, it benefits from the sprightly conducting of Harry Norris and the endearing mock-heroic vocals of tenor Derek Oldham.

The transfer I provided is taken from the Dutch website satyr78opera.blogspot.com and is preferable to that available at archive.org (which, unfortunately, dices the recording into individual tracks which utterly spoils the pacing).

The Learned Judge: Leo Sheffield
The Plaintiff: Winifred Lawson
The Defendant: Derek Oldham
Counsel for the Plaintiff: Arthur Hosking
Usher: George Baker
Foreman of the Jury: T. Penry Hughes

Conductor: Harry Norris

Recorded in London,
September 20 & 29, 1927

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The 1966 BBC Sorcerer



Next in the series was a perfectly fabulous broadcast of "The Sorcerer," and includes the entire spoken dialogue (unlike the several D'Oyly Carte recordings).

Cast

Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre: John Cameron (music)
Ralph Truman (dialogue)
Alexis Pointdextre: Lloyd Strauss-Smith (music)
Barrie Ingham (dialogue)
Dr. Daly: Leslie Fyson (music)
Frederick Treves (dialogue)
Notary: John Frost
John Wellington Wells: Eric Shilling (music)
Hugh Burden (dialogue)
Lady Sangazure: Sybil Michelow
Aline: Jeannette Sinclair (music)
Judy Franklin (dialogue)
Mrs. Partlet: Catherine Lawson (music)
Shirley Cooklin (dialogue)
Constance: Ellen Dales (music)
Gudrun Ure (dialogue)

The John McCarthy Singers
The BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Producers: Michael Moores and Peter Bryant

Originally Broadcast on January 30, 1966

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Lionel Monckton and Paul Rubens - A Country Girl (BBC, 1966)



A COUNTRY GIRL

BBC Home Service Basic, 21 November 1966

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/f2fae97a4...6efce5672932b9

An original musical play by James T. Tanner
Lyrics by ADRIAN ROSS
Music by LIONEL MONCKTON
Additional lyrics and numbers by PAUL A. RUBENS, PERCY GREENBANK

Marjorie Joy: Morag Noble
Nan: Margaret Burton
Madame Sophie: Felicity Page
Princess Mehelaneh of Bhong: Sheila Amit
Geoffrey Challoner: Michael Rippon
Barry: Dennis Martin
The Rajah of Bhong: John Frost

THE RITA WILLIAMS SINGERS
BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA Leader, Arthur Leavins
Conductor, MARCUS DODS
Produced by Elizabeth Johnson and Michael Moores

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Alban Berg - Wozzeck (London, 1953) sung in English



Third Programme, 25 May 1953 19.00
https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/third/1953-05-25#at-20.05

'WOZZECK'
An opera in three acts and fifteen scenes, based on the play by Georg Büchner
English translation by Vida Harford and Eric Blackall
Music by Alban Berg

Covent Garden Opera Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Douglas Robinson)
Covent Garden Opera Orchestra
(Leader, Charles Taylor)
CONDUCTED BY ERICH KLEIBER
Produced by Sumner Austin
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
(by arrangement with the Covent Garden Opera Trust)

No place or date is specified for the action of the opera

Act 1
Sc. 1: The Captain's room - early morning.
(Wozzeck and the Captain)
Sc. 2: An open field, the town in the distance - late afternoon. (Wozzeck and Andres)
Sc. 3: Marie's room - evening. (Marie and her child, Margret, Wozzeck)
Sc. 4: The Doctor's consulting-room-a sunny afternoon. (The Doctor and Wozzeck)
Sc. 5: The street outside Marie's front door-twilight. (Marie and the Drum Major)
Act 2
Sc. 1: Marie's room - mid-morning. (Maria and Wozzeck)
Sc. 2: In the street - daytime. (The Captain, the Doctor, Wozzeck)
Sc. 3: The street outside Marie's room- a gloomy day. (Marie and Wozzeck)
Sc. 4: A tavern garden-late evening.
(Soldiers, young men and girls dancing; apprentices, Marie, Wozzeck, the Drum Major, Andres, the idiot)
Sc. 5: Guard room in rhe barracks-night.
(Wozzeck, Andres, the Drum Major, sleeping soldiers)
Act 3
Sc. 1: Marie's room - night, candlelight.
(Marie and her child)
Sc. 2: A woodland path by a pond. (Maria and Wozzeck)
Sc. 3: A low tavern dimly lighted. (Wozzeck, Margret, young men and girls)
Sc. 4: A woodland paah by a pond - moonlight. (Wozzeck, the Captain, the Doctor)
Sc. 5: Outside Marie's front door. (Marie's child and other children)

Cast:

The Captain: Parry Jones
Wozzeck, a soldier, the Captain's batman: Jese Walters
Marie, his wife: Marea Wolkowsky
Andres, a soldier, Wozzeck's friend: Edgar Evans
Margret, a neighbour: Monica Sinclair
The Doctor: Frederick Dalberg
The Drum Major: Thorsteinn Hannesson
First journeyman: Michael Langdon
Second journeyman: Ronald Lewis
An idiot: David Tree
A soldier: John Cockerill
Marie's child: Brian Buck
Soldiers and apprentices servants. girls, and children

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Alban Berg - Wozzeck (New York, 1959) sung in English



WOZZECK
Metropolitan Opera House
March 14, 1959 Matinee Broadcast
In English

Cast:

Wozzeck.................Hermann Uhde
Marie...................Eleanor Steber
Captain.................Paul Franke
Drum Major..............Kurt Baum
Doctor..................Karl Dönch
Andres..................Charles Anthony
Margret.................Margaret Roggero
Apprentice..............Ezio Flagello
Apprentice..............Calvin Marsh
Fool....................Alessio De Paolis
Soldier.................Earl Ringland
Townsman................Charles Kuestner
Child...................Alice Plotkin

Conductor...............Karl Böhm

Performed with two intermissions.

Director................Herbert Graf
Designer................Caspar Neher
Choreographer...........Mattlyn Gavers

Translation by Vida Harford and Eric Blackall

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Alban Berg - Wozzeck (London, 1964) sung in English



WOZZECK
Third Programme, 31 October 1964 19.30
https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/third/1964-10-31#at-19.30

An opera in three acts and fifteen scenes
Libretto based on the play by Georg Büchner in an English version by VIDA HARFORD and ERIC BLACKALL
Music by Alban Berg

Cast:

The Captain: Kenneth MacDonald
Wozzeck: Geraint Evans
Andres: John Dobson
Marie: Marilyn Horne
Marie's Son: Algar Smith
Margret: Noreen Berry
The Doctor: Otakar Kraus
The Drum Major: Edgar Evans
First Journeyman: Dennis Wicks
Second Journeyman: Ronald Lewis
An Idiot: Robert Bowman
A Soldier: Wilfred Jones
A Pianist: John Gardner

COVENT GARDEN OPERA CHORUS
Chorus-Master, Douglas Robinson
ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN
Leader, Charles Taylor
Conducted by JOHN PRITCHARD
From the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

Act 1
Sc. I: The Captain's room
Sc. 2 : A field outside the town
Sc. 3: Marie's room
Sc. 4: The Doctor's study
Sc. 5: Street outside Marie's hans
Act 2
Sc. 1: Marie's room
Sc. 2 : A street
Sc. 3: Street outside Marie's house
Sc. 4: The town garden
Sc. 5: Guardroom in the barracks
Act 3
Sc. 1: Marie's room.
Sc. 2: Forest path by a pool
Sc. 3: A low tavern
Sc. 4: Forest path by a pool
Sc. 5: Street outside Marie's house followed by an interlude at 10.0

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Alban Berg - Wozzeck (London, 1970) sung in English



BBC Radio 3, 6 April 1970 19.30
https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/radio3/1970-04-06#at-19.30

Wozzeck
An opera in three acts and 15 scenes
Libretto based on the play by GEORG BUCHNER in an English version by VIDA HARFORD and ERIC BLACKALL
Music by ALBAN BERG from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Cast:

Captain Kenneth MacDonald
Wozzeck Geraint Evans
Andres David Lennox
Marie Marie Collier
Marie's Son Nigel Saxton-Howes
Margret Elizabeth Bainbridge
Doctor Otakar Kraus
Drum Major Ronald Dowd
First Apprentice Dennis Wicks
Second Apprentice Hugh Sheehan
Idiot Andrew Daniels
Soldier Wilfred Jones
Pianist Roger Vignoles
Soldiers, apprentices, women, and children
CHILDREN'S CHORUS FROM TOLLlNGTON PARK SCHOOL
coached by JEAN POVEY
ROYAL OPERA CHORUS
chorus-master DOUGLAS ROBINSON
ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Conducted by COLIN DAVIS

Act 1 Scene 1 The Captain's room; Scene 2 A field outside the town; Scene 3 Marie's room; Scene 4 The Doctor's study; Scene 5 The street outside Marie's house
Act 2 Scene 1 Marie's room; Scene 2 A street; Scene 3 The street outside Marie's house:
Scene 4 The town garden; Scene 5 The guardroom in the barracks
Act 3 Scene 1 Marie's room; Scene 2 Forest path by a pool; Scene 3 A low tavern; Scene 4 Forest path by a pool: Scene 5 The street outside Marie's house

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Georges Bizet - La jolie fille de Perth (BBC, 1949) sung in English



https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/service_third_programme/1949-06-05#at-20.15

Performance in English of
'THE FAIR MAID OF PERTH'
Sun 5th Jun 1949, 20:15 on Third Programme

Opera in four acts after Sir Walter Scott's novel
Music by Bizet

Catherine Glover: Gwen Catley
Mab, a gypsy: Lorely Dyer
Harry Smith, in love with Catherine: Richard Lewis
The Duke of Rothesay: Trefor Jones
Ralph: Norman Walker
Simon Glover, Catherine's father: Owen Brannigan
A nobleman: David Holman
The majordomo: George Stearn Scott

BBC Theatre Chorus
(Chorus-Master, John Clements)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, David McCallum)
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham, Bt.

The action takes place in Perth towards the end of the 14th century

Act 1
The workshop of Harry Smith, the armourer
Act 2
A public square. Night

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Georges Bizet - La jolie fille de Perth (BBC, 1956) sung in English



https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/third/1956-10-05#at-19.30

'THE FAIR MAID OF PERTH'
Third Programme, 5 October 1956 19.30

An opera in four acts
Libretto by Saint-Georges and Adenis after the novel by Sir Walter Scott
English translation by Paul England
Music by Bizet

Catherine: Mattiwilda Dobbs
Mab a gypsy: Anna Pollak
Hal Smith, an armourer: Alexander Young
The Duke of Rothesay: Niven Miller
Ralph: David Ward
Simon Glover, Catherine's father: Owen Brannigan

BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Arthur Leavins)
Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham Bt.
Repetiteur: Bryan Balkwill

Act 1
The workshop of Hal Smith
Act 2
A public square. Night
Act 3
Scene 1: A hall in the palace of the Duke of Rothesay
Scene 2: The same. Early next morning
Act 4
A public square. St. Valentine's Day

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Giuseppe Verdi - Simon Boccanegra (London, 1949) sung in English



https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/service_third_programme/1949-11-28#at-18.55

'SIMONE BOCCANEGRA'
Mon 28th Nov 1949, 18:55 on Third Programme
Opera in a prologue and two acts Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
(revised Arrigo Boito)
English version by Norman Tucker
Music by Verdi

Cast in order of singing:

Paolo, Leader of the Plebeian Party: Frederick Sharp
Pietro, a Plebeian: Denis Dowling
Simone Boccanegra, Captain of the Genoese Fleet, later first Plebeian Doge of Genoa: Arnold Matters
Fiesco, reigning Patrician Doge, later disguised as Andrea: Stanley Clarkson
Amelia Grimaldi, Boccanegra's daughter, lost as a child: Joyce Gartside
Gabriele Adorno, a Patrician, in love with Amelia: Rowland Jones
Captain of the Guard: Rhys Williams

Sadler's Wells Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leo Quayle)
Sadler's Wells Orchestra
(Leader, Walter Price)
Conductor, Michael Mudie

From Sadler's Wells Theatre, London (By arrangement with the Governors)

Scene: Genoa in the twelfth century

6.55 Prologue:
A square, with the Doge's Palace
7.30 Interval
7.40 Act 1
Scene 1: The garden of the Grimaldi Palace. Dawn, twenty years later
Scene 2: The Doge's Council Chamber. Next day
8.45 Interval
Act 2
Scene 1: A private room of the Doge.
Evening next day
Scene 2: Inside the Palace. A few hours later

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