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It’s a highlight of ABC Classic FM on weekends – The Opera Show presented by Mairi Nicolson with music programmed by Warner Whiteford. Now, in the first CD to emerge from the popular radio show, the world’s most famous singers serenade you with a magnificent selection of operatic favourites spanning the full range of the repertoire. A double-CD set, it features performances by some of the finest singers in the world, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Jonas Kaufmann, Luciano Pavarotti, Cecilia Bartoli, Renée Fleming and many more.
Great operatic set pieces from the German, Slavic and French traditions are included, while the 2CDs draw in large part on la bella Italia. “Even today when you visit Italy, scenes ‘from an opera’ can be observed on every street corner,” says Mairi Nicolson. “Italy is opera!.” In fact the passions of Italy are everywhere in the album, from the cover which is reminiscent of a provincial theatre, to the undeniable link between pleasuring the tastebuds with Italian food and satisfying the senses through the triumphant scenes of grand opera.
Reflecting the focus on indulging the finer appetites, recipes handpicked by Mairi are included within the CD booklet. “I always think of opera in culinary terms” says Mairi. “After a big sing, opera singers are renowned for adjourning to the best restaurant in town for a late night supper – and don’t they deserve it!”. Listen to the demise of Tosca while preparing Pere Con amaretti e marsala alla tosca and let the Linguine con gamberi e salmon melt in your mouth while the lavish orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin washes over you!
With its endless variety of operatic flavours, and with something appealing to every palate, The Opera Show 2CD presents opera at its most sumptuous. Enjoy!
The Opera Show with Mairi Nicolson can be heard on ABC Classic FM on Saturday 4pm-5pm.
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