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Covent Garden Recordings 1926-79

From 1926 until the outbreak of war in 1939 there were several attempts to record live opera performances at Covent Garden. These recordings of live performances were some of the earliest in the world and are the only examples we have of operatic stars such as Melba, Chaliapin and Turner caught on stage. Although the BBC often broadcast from Covent Garden few of those broadcasts survive (unlike the Met broadcasts), therefore most of what survives was recorded by HMV engineers using several microphones placed in front and above the stage. This means that the sound quality of what survives is often very good for its time, only suffering from some imbalance between singers as they moved around the stage. Far more was recorded than seems to have survived, but it is possible that additional material remains in the EMI archives or in private hands.

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1926

May 31, Mefistofele (Ext.); cond. Bellezza; Chaliapin; (9 sides apparently recorded; 4 sides issued totalling 19 mins, on 78 [DB940, D1109, DB942 & ED 1 (Australia); 16 mins Act 1, 3 mins Act 2] 14 mins were reissued on LP on RLS742)

June 6, La Boheme (Ext.); cond. Bellezza; Sheridan, Rettore, Minghetti, Noto, Cotreuil, Badini; 9 sides recorded [known matrices are CR399, 400, 403 and 405] none issued on 78, but Acts 2,4 finales on CR400 and 405 totalling 8 mins issued on EMI RLS 742;

June 8, Melba's Farewell, cond. Bellezza; 11 sides recorded of Otello Act 4 w. Bourguignon [10 mins CR417, 418 and 419]; La Boheme Acts 3 [11mins] & 4 [12 mins] recorded on CR411-416 w. Brownlee, Mummery, Rettore; All of above extracts now issued on Naxos Melba v.4 (8.110780).

June 16, Otello ext cond. Bellezza; Zenatello, Nota, Cilla; 10 sides recorded but only 7 survive totalling 30 mins – matrices CR494, 496, 497, 499, 500, 501, & 502. 4 sides issued on 78 on DB953 and DB955); all remaining sides issued on CD - Pearl GEM0203

1928

June 22, Faust (Ext.); cond. Goosens; Hislop, Chaliapin, J.C. Thomas; 13 sides recorded - matrices CR2097-2109, only two were published on DB1189. Eleven sides now survive - total 41 mins - and all were issued on CD - Pearl GEM0203.

July 4, Boris Godounov (Ext.); cond. Bellezza; Carosio, Borgioli, Chaliapin; IPRMS; 20 sides recorded by HMV on matrices CR2124-2143; 10 sides issued on DB1182, 1183, 3464, Vic 9507, 9508; 10 sides survive totalling c.37 mins. Nearly all material has been issued on CD – Guild GHCD2206 (one disc from the prologue was omitted)

1936

May 13, 1936 Rigoletto (5 x 12" sides recorded as HMV TT2291, 2 sides transferred)

May 14 Götterdämmerung (extracts Act 1 Sc. 3; Act 2 scenes 4 and 5 total 85 mins); cond. Beecham; Leider, Melchior, Janssen; 23 x 12" sides recorded as HMV technical test TT2292, 16 sides transferred. All extant materials issued on Guild GHCD 2311/12

May 15, Aida (Ext. Act 2 Scene 2 (15 mins) , Act 4 Scene 1 (10 mins) ); cond. Bellezza; Rethberg, Lauri-Volpi, Pinza; 10 sides recorded as TT5458, 9 sides transferred none released on 78.

May 18 Tristan und Isolde; cond. Reiner; Flagstad, Melchior, Janssen; recorded complete on 58 sides as TT 5459 (prelude missing) and 57 sides transferred to matrices 2EA3296-45. Not issued on 78. All extant material issued on CD Naxos 8.110068-70. This recording is sometimes attributed to June 11, 1936.

May 20, Die Meistersinger (Ext.); cond. Beecham; Lemnitz, Ralf, Bockelmann; 38 sides recorded on Technical Test series TT2294, 37 sides transferred, but only 2 sides were released on LX645/6 (3 mins from act 1 and 8 mins from act 3). No further material known to exist. All extant material issued on Dutton CDEA5023

May 21, Das Rheingold; cond. Beecham; Szantho, Bockelmann, Weber; 4 sides recorded on Technical Test TT2295, 3 sides transferred, but no sides issued and none known to still exist.

May 29 Götterdämmerung (Ext. Act 1 Hagen’s Watch (5 mins), Act 2 Scene 2 (12 mins)); cond. Beecham; Leider, Melchior, Weber; 8 sides recorded on HMV technical test TT2296, 7 sides transferred; issued on 78 as Columbia LX636/7 and LX69047/8. All extant materials issued on Guild GHCD 2311/12

June 2 Tristan und Isolde; cond. Reiner; Flagstad, Melchior, Janssen; 54 sides recorded as TT5235; Act 1 prelude only transferred to matricies 2EA3357 & 2EA3358. Both sides issued on Naxos 8.110068-70

Walter Legge incorrectly claimed that both ring cycles from 1936 as well as Parsifal were recorded but the HMV TT ledgers list only the above recordings.

1937


April 19 Otello cond. Beecham; Martinelli, Formichi; (Ext from Act 2, 4 mins, seems to originate from the BBC broadcast)

April 27 Parsifal cond. Reiner; Ralf, Janssen, Weber; 18 sides recorded as Technical Test TT2350, 17 sides transferred. None issued on 78rpm. 18 minutes from Act 1 survives, issued on CD by Immortal Performances.

May 2 Parsifal cond. Reiner; Ralf, Janssen, Weber; 28 sides recorded as Technical Test TT2351, 28 sides transferred. None issued on 78rpm. 24 minutes from Act 3 survives, issued on CD by Immortal Performances.

May 5 Turandot cond. Barbirolli; Turner, Martinelli, Borgioli; 10 sides recorded as Technical Test TT2352, 6 sides transferred. None issued on 78rpm. 24 minutes survives and was issued on EMI CD CDH 7 61074 2

May 10 Turandot cond. Barbirolli; Turner, Martinelli, Borgioli; 8 sides recorded as Technical Test TT2353, 7 sides transferred. None issued on 78rpm. 30 minutes survives and was issued on EMI CD CDH 7 61074 2

May 24 Das Rheingold cond Furtwangler; Bockelmann, Thorborg, Weber, Easton Fuchs; 3 sides recorded by HMV as Technical Test TT6540, 6541, and 6542, all three transferred. It is possible more was recorded and transferred to matricies 2EA5201-5234. Nothing from this performance has been released.

May 26 Die Walküre cond. Furtwängler; Flagstad, Müller, Bockelmann; Act 3 recorded complete by HMV on matrices 2EA5237-2EA5252. None issued on 78rpm. This has been issued on CD by Music and Arts CD-1035(2). This recording is not listed in the EMI Technical Test Ledger.

May 28 Siegfried cond. Furtwangler; Melchior, Zimmermann, Fuchs, Bockelmann, Flagstad. According to information from the late Keith Hardwick a large part of Siegfried was recorded in the 1937 season and transferred to matricies 2EA5609-5618. Various sources suggest this performance, May 28, 1937, as the most likely one. According to Hardwick this still exists in the EMI archive, but nothing has ever been issued. This recording is not listed in the Technical Test Ledger.

June 1 Götterdämmerung; cond. Furtwangler; Flagstad, Melchior, Janssen; 28 sides recorded by HMV as Technical Test TT6543-1 to TT6543-28 and all transferred to matrices 2EA5619 - 2EA5646. Nothing was issued on 78. A total of 103 minutes survive: Act 1 prologue -14 mins; end act 1 - 34 mins; end act 2 – 33 mins; end act 3 - 22 mins. This has been issued in part on CD by Music and Arts CD-1035(2) and in full on Gebhardt JGCD0003-2.

June 7 Der fliegende Holländer (Ext.); cond. Reiner; Flagstad, Janssen, Weber; 22 sides recorded by HMV as Technical Test TT6544 (18 sides were transferred, sides 1, 4-6, & 14-15 exist)

June 11 Der fliegende Holländer (Ext.); cond. Reiner; Flagstad, Janssen, Weber; 24 sides recorded by HMV as Technical Test TT6545 (23 sides were transferred, sides 2-3, 7-15, 18-23 exist) composite extracts from this (17 sides) and the June 7 performance (6 sides) were transferred to matrices 2EA5600-2EA5618; these have been issued Act 1 - 24 mins [TT6544 sides 1, 4-6; TT6545 sides 2-3]; Act 2 – 41 mins [TT6545 sides 7-15; TT6544 sides 14-15]; Act 3 – 20 mins [TT6545 sides 18-23]. Total 85 mins on CD on Melodram 6002931)

June 16 Der fliegende Holländer (Ext.); cond. Reiner; Flagstad, Janssen, Weber; 20 sides recorded by HMV as Technical Test TT6546, 3 sides were transferred, none of these sides were used in the composite above.

June 18 Tristan und Isolde cond. Beecham; Flagstad, Melchior, Janssen; 58 sides recorded by HMV as Technical Test TT6547, 56 sides transferred, all surviving material (Act 1 all but last 5 mins and Act 2) issued on Discocorp lp RR-223

June 22 Tristan und Isolde cond. Beecham; Flagstad, Melchior, Schöffler; 56 sides recorded by HMV as Technical Test TT6548, 56 sides transferred, all surviving material (Act 1 last 5 mins, Act 2 and Act 3) issued on Discocorp lp RR-223

1938


June 1 Die Walküre cond. Furtwängler; Leider, Thorborg, Kamann; The short Act 2 Extract (4 mins) seems to derive from a BBC broadcast and has been issued on CD by the Frida Leider Society FLG 19361938

June 2 Tosca cond. Gui; Pacetti, Gigli; The short Act 3 Extract (4 mins 'E lucevan le stelle') seems to derive from a BBC broadcast

June 6 Rigoletto cond. Gui; 6/6/38; Pagliughi, Gigli, Tagliabue, Zambelli, Baracchi; Extracts from Acts 1,3, & 4 (total 22 mins) seem to derive from a BBC broadcast

June 7 Götterdämmerung cond. Furtwängler; Leider, Melchior, Janssen; The extract from Act 2 Sc 4-5 (30 min), seems to derive from a BBC broadcast and has been issued on CD by the Frida Leider Society FLG 19361938

1939


May 1 The Bartered Bride; cond. Beecham; H. Konetzni, Tauber, Krenn; issued on CD on Urania 6996176

May 12 Il Trovatore; cond. Gui; Cigna, Björling, Basiola, Wettergren, Zambelli; issued on CD on Bel Canto BCS5000

May 15 Tosca, cond. Gui; Gigli, Baracchi; Short extract from Act 1 ‘Recondita armonia’; seems to derive from a BBC broadcast

May 22 La Traviata; cond. Gui; Caniglia, Gigli, Basiola; issued on CD on Minerva B000005R8G

May 24 Aida; cond. Beecham; Caniglia, Gigli, Borgioli; issued on CD on Arkadia 50002

May 31 La Traviata cond Cimara; Gigli, Caniglia, 4 mins extract from Act 1, this seems to derive from a BBC broadcast

The origins of the 4 complete operas from this season are a little obscure. Only the Traviata was broadcast complete, but the short extract we have from the broadcast differs from the complete performance. It seems that the complete operas were recorded in house on film on a Telefunken Selenophone machine owned by Thomas Beecham. In addition to these 4 operas, Otello with Melchior, Turandot with Eva Turner, and Don Giovanni with Rethberg were all supposed to have been recorded, but nothing has ever emerged from these performances. It is possible that the recordings still exist, most likely in the collection of Lady Beecham.

Post war

Covent Garden was closed for opera during the war, reopening in 1947. Important recordings after the war capture some stars such as Kirsten Flagstad at the end of their careers and others such as Birgit Nilsson early in their careers. Covent Garden was popular with singers from commonwealth countries such as Australian Joan Sutherland and Canadian Jon Vickers but also had a good crop of home grown talent such as Amy Shuard and Gwyneth Jones. Tape was not a widespread medium in Britain until the 1950s, thus the most common method of recording off air was via turntables. Few people had the money to own twin turntables to ensure continuous recording, therefore some performances were only captured in part. There are some in house recordings made by enthusiasts in the theatre, of varying quality. The best recordings come from BBC broadcasts, intially in AM mono only, then FM mono from 1955, and finally from 1966 in FM stereo. Major collections of recordings are owned by the Royal Opera Archive, the BBC Archive and the National Sound Archive.

1947

June 22 Magic Flute Sladen, Neate, Walters, Franklin / Rankl (highlights broadcast on Home Service from the stage of the ROH, in English, 23 mins)

September 16, Don Giovanni (Vienna State Opera on tour 14 x 78rpm sides exist - only two sides playable) Schoffler, Kunz, Dermota, Cebotari / Krips (broadcast repeated on Sept 20 and 27)

September 18, Cosi Fan Tutte (Vienna State Opera on tour Act 1 extracts, 20 mins) Seefried, Hongen, Kunz, Dermota /Krips

September 19, Fidelio – (Vienna State Opera on tour) Konetzni, Schwarzkopf, Friedrich, Schöffler /Krauss issued on CD by IDIS Historical IDI6379

September 20, Don Giovanni (Vienna State Opera on tour 4 x 78 rpm sides exist only two sides playable) Schoffler, Kunz, Dermota, Cebotari / Krips

September 27, Don Giovanni (Vienna State Opera on tour 4 x 78 rpm sides exist, all playable) Schoffler, Kunz, Tauber, Cebotari / Krips

September 30, Salome (Vienna State Opera on tour) Cebotari, Rothmuller /Krauss issued on CD by Gebhardt, JGCD0011

October 4, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cebotari, Seefried, Hotter /Krips - (Vienna State Opera on tour extracts from this BBC broadcast exist - Act 2 - 27 mins, Act 3 - 4 mins.)

December 9, Peter Grimes, Lewis, Shacklock, Brannigan /Rankl exists complete in the National Sound Archive of the British Library

1949

June 2, Siegfried (Act 3 only was broadcast on the Home Service - exists complete 64 mins - closing commentary) Svanholm, Flagstad, Schon, Furmedge /Rankl

(no other part of the Ring was broadcast)

December 3, 1949 The Olympians (broadcast Dec 28 on BBC overseas service 1 hr of extracts exist in BBC archive)

1950

June 19, Rheingold (Broadcast complete on the Third Programme - 110 mins exist, missing part of Sc 1 and Sc 3 and the final 20 mins) Zimmermann, Boehm, Weber /Rankl

June 21 Die Walkure (Broadcast complete on the Third Programme - Act 2 opening 9 minutes, Brunnhile-Wotan scene 9 minutes, final 40 minutes, (total 58 mins), Act 3 Brunnhilde-Wotan scene, 30 mins exist) Flagstad, Boehm, Shacklock, Svanholm, Fisher, Weber /Rankl
June 23 Siegfried (Broadcast complete on the Third Programme - Act 1 21 min extract end of Sc 1 and start of Sc 2, and Act 3 from Siegfried's journey 42 mins exist) Svanholm, Flagstad /Rankl
June 26 Gotterdammerung (Broadcast complete on the Third Programme - Act 1: opening 39 mins and final 43 mins Hagen's Watch to end of act. Act 2: final 48 mins. Act 3: final 20 mins, exists) Flagstad, Doree, Savanholm, Schoffler, Weber, /Rankl
June 29, Tristan (Broadcast complete on the Third Programme - Act 1 exists), Flagstad, Svanholm, Boehm /Rankl

1951

May 21, Fidelio Flagstad, Schwarzkopf /Rankl (Act 1 only broadcast by the Home Service - 13 mins exists) issued on EJS 390
May 29, Tristan (Broadcast complete on the Third Programme - Act 2 beginning 18 mins, and Act 3 finale 16 mins exist) Flagstad, Svanholm, S.Bjorling /Krauss

May 31 Die Walkure (Act 2 only broadcast on the Home Service, 33 mins exists from Sieglinde and Siegmund's entrace to the end of the Act ) Flagstad (as Sieglinde), Svanholm, Varnay, S.Bjorling / Rankl
June 22 Parsifal (Broadcast complete on the Third Programme Act 1 66 mins Act 2 complete) , Flagstad, Lechleitner, S. Bjorling, Kraus, Weber, /Rankl
July 2 Meistersinger (Broadcast complete on the Third Programme - Act 1 and Act 2 exist complete) Grummer, Adners, Dickie, Hotter /Beecham
August 18, The Bohemian Girl - Peters, Marlowe, Glynn /Beecham issued on CD by CRQ
December 1, Billy Budd, Pears, Uppmann, Evans / Britten issued on CD by VAI 1034-3

1952

January 3, Rosenkavalier Fisher, Shacklock, Guldbeck / Kleiber ( complete in the National Sound Archive of the British Library )
January 25, Wozzeck (Act 2 only exists) Goltz, Rothmuller, Shacklock, /Kleiber
November 18, Norma Callas, Picchi, Sutherland/Gui issued on CD by EMI 5626682

1953

May 23 Wozzeck Wolkowsky, Walters Dalberg, / Kleiber
June 8, Gloriana Cross, Pears, / Pritchard available for download from Music Preserved (commentary before act 1 and act 2, after act 2)

June 10 Aida Callas, Baum, Simionato / Barbirolli issued on CD by Testament on SBT 21355
September 19 Die Liebe der Danae (Bavarian State Opera on tour) Rysanek, Vandenberg, Franz/ Eichorn
September 21,Arabella (Bavarian State Opera on tour) Della Casa, Probstl, / Kempe issued on CD by Testament SBT2 1367

1954

January 14, The Golden Cockerel Glynne, Dobbs, Cuenod, Markevitch available for download from Music Preserved

April 6 Die Walkure Fisher, Beirer, A.Konetzni, Hofmann /Goodall (on tour in Birmingham) (in house extracts, first 15 mins, plus 15 mins from act 3, earliest non-broadcast recording)
June 25, Siegfried (extracts, Act 1-26 mins, Act 2-56 mins, Act 3-35mins) Svanholm, Kuen, Sutherland /Stiedry issued on CD by Pearl GEMS0230
June 29 Gotterdammerung (extracts Act 1-25 mins; Act 3-40 mins) Svanholm, Harshaw, Sutherland / Stiedry issued by Pearl GEMS0232

November Der Rosenkavalier (extracts Act 1-43 mins, Act 3-32 mins - house wire recording) Fisher, Shacklock, Leigh, Howell /Kempe

December 3, Troilus and Cressida, Dalberg, Peters, Lewis, Sinclair, /Sargent

1955

January 27, The Midsummer Marriage, Sutherland, Langdon, Kraus / Pritchard issued on CD by Gala 1459 in the National Sound Archive

June 17, Gotterdammerung Svanholm, Harshaw, / Kempe
June 30, Tosca Tebaldi, Tagliavini, Gobbi / Molinari-Pradelli available on Pristine Classical

July 7, Salome, Goltz, Evans, Coates, Kraus /Kempe (broadcast by BBC recording may exist in ROH archive)

July 16, Aida, Stella, Penno, Gobbi, Stignani /Molinari-Pradelli (Act 1 only in BBC archives)

July 21, Turandot (Act 2 only) Grob-Prandl, Johnston, Leigh /Goodall (broadcast by BBC Home Service, commentary before and after the act)
October 17, Otello Vinay, Brouwenstijn / Kubelik issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS001 (NB only acts 1 and 2 on the ROH label come from this performance, Acts 3 and 4 are from the 1956 broadcast)

1956

Feb 16, Coq d'Or, Le - (in English) Dobbs, Glynne, Cuenod, Dalberg, Coates - Pritchard

Nov 8, 1956 Un Ballo in Maschera Poleri, Shuard, O Kraus, Sciutti/ Quadri (only Act 4 exists)
November 26 Otello, Vinay, Brouwenstijn, Kraus / Kubelik

1957

May 2, Madam Butterfly De Los Angeles, Lanigan, Evans / Kempe issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS006

June 16 The Magic Flute Sutherland, Lanigan, Vickers, Langdon (11 mins from act 2) The Mastersingers Pease, Vickers, Sutherland /Kubelik ( 27 minutes of extracts from Act 3). These extracts were part of a special BBC broadcast 'Music to Remember' from the stage of the Royal Opera House using singers in the current ROH casts.
June 20 The Trojans Shuard, Vickers, Thebom / Kubelik issued on CD by Testament on SBT 41443
July 1, Tosca, Milanov, Corelli / Gibson issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS005

September 25, Das Rheingold Hotter, Kraus, / Kempe issued on CD by Testament on SBT 13 1426
September 27 Die Walkure Vinay, Fisher, Hotter, Nilsson / Kempe issued on CD by Testament on SBT 13 1426
October 1 Siegfried Windgassen, Nilsson, / Kempe issued on CD by Testament on SBT 13 1426
October 4 Gotterdammerung Windgassen, Nilsson, / Kempe issued on CD by Testament on SBT 13 1426
December 19, Otello Vinay, Kraus, Brouwenstijn, /Downes

1958

January 21, Poulenc: Les Dialogues des Carmelites Morison, Sutherland, Watson, Fisher / Kubelik
February 6, Peter Grimes, Pears, Fisher, Pease, Evans /Britten available for download from Music Preserved

May 12 Don Carlo Christoff, Vickers, Gobbi / Giulini issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS003
May 29, Elektra Lammers, von Milinkovic, Kraus /Kempe issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS004

June 12 Tristan und Isolde Nilsson, Vinay /Kubelik (only 32 mins of act 3 exists, including immolation)
June 20 Traviata Callas, Valetti, Zanasi / Rescigno issued on CD by Myto MCD00145 and by ICA Classics
July 17 The Trojans Shuard, Vickers, Thebom, / Kubelik
November 6, Boris Godunov - Christoff/Roleau/Gostic/Veasey - Kubelik
November 15, Samson, Sutherland, Vickers, Carlyle /Leppard (broadcast Jan 3, 1959) available for download from Music Preserved

1959

January 19 Madam Butterfly Jurinac, Craig, Veasey, Walters / Balkwill
February 26 Lucia Sutherland, Gibin, Rouleau / Serafin issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS002
June 16 Parsifal Liebl, Lammers, Frick / Kempe issued on CD by Testament SBT41455
June 30, Medea Callas, Giasone, Cossotto / Rescigno available for download from Pristine Classical
September 18, Das Rheingold Hotter, Kraus / Konwitschny issued on CD by Walhall WLCD0334
September 23, Die Walkure Vinay, Shuard, Varnay, Hotter / Konwitschny issued on CD by Walhall WLCD0316
September 28, Siegfried Windgassen, Varnay, / Konwitschny issued on CD by Walhall WLCD0370
October 2, Gotterdammerung Windgassen, Varnay, / Konwitschny issued on CD by Walhall on WLCD0368

December 5, Aida (extracts total 54 mins) Hammond, Lane, Vickers, Shaw /Downes (in house)

December 7, Der Rosenkavalier Schwarzkopf, Jurinac, Steffek /Solti

December 8 Carmen (in English - extracts, 30 mins) Lane, Vickers, Carylye, /Pritchard (in house)

December 16, Pagliacci (extracts total 26 mins), Vickers, Carlylye, Evans /Balkwill (in house)

NB in house recordings done by members of the audience exist from 1959 onwards, becoming more frequent over time. The sound quality was often poor but sometimes captured unique performances overlooked by the BBC.

1960

January 13, Traviata, La - Zeani, McAlpine, Walters / Santi (Zeani substituted for an ill Sutherland) issued on CD by Legendary Recordings LR-CD 1022-2 and by Myto

February 2, Turandot (in English) Shuard, Kaart, Collier /Pritchard (in house)
April 8, Macbeth, Shuard, Gobbi, /Molinari – Pradelli
May 21, Barber of Seville, Lewsi, Alva, Panerai, / Giulini issued on CD by ICA Classics (commentary before act 1 after act 3, act 1 in the National Sound Archive)
May 10, The Trojans, Shuard, Vickers, Carlyle, /Pritchard (commentary before acts 1, 2 & 5, after act 5, incomplete copy in the National Sound Archive)
October 25, Sonnambula, La - Sutherland, Sinclair, Berry, Lazzari, Rouleau /Serafin

1961

January 26, Pagliacci Dinoff, Shaw, Wells, /Balkwill (complete in the National Sound Archive of the British Library)

February 11, Midsummer Night's Dream Oberlin, Carlyle, Elkins /Solti (exists complete in the National Sound Archive of the British Library)
February 24, 1961 Fidelio Jurinac, Vickers, Frick, /Klemperer issued on CD by Testament on SBT 21328 (recorded by BBC, but not broadcast)

March 7, 1961 Fidelio Jurinac, Vickers, Frick, /Klemperer (BBC broadcast, different from above)
May 12, Falstaff, Evans, Freni, Alva, Resnik, / Guilini
May 26, Tosca, Crespin, Di Stefano, Kraus, / Downes
June 10, Boris Godunov - Christoff/Rouleau/Lanigan/Elkins - /Goodall available for download from Pristine Classical

Aug 23 Ipheginie et Tauride Gorr, Massard, Turp /Solti (at the Edinburgh festival) broadcast

August 28 Lucia di Lammermoor Sutherland /Pritchard (At the Edinburgh Festival broadcast on Scottish Home Service)
October 2 Die Walkure Vickers, Watson, Hotter, Valkki / Solti ( extracts (90 mins) in the National Sound Archive) issued on CD by Testament

October 31, Der Freishutz Savoie, Kelly, Lang/Kempe
November 28 Die Schweigsame Frau - Ward, Sinclair, /Kempe (in the National Sound Archive)
December 11, Pique Dame - (in English) - Collier/Lewis/Sinclair/Kraus/Quilico/Coates -Melik-Pashayev

1962

January 4 Die Zauberflote Lewis, Evans, Sutherland / Klemperer ( parts in the National Sound Archive) issued by Pristine Classical

February 19, Don Giovanni, Siepi, Gencer, Jurniac, Freni, / Solti issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS007 (parts of act 1 in the National Sound Archive)
February 23 Ballo in Maschera Vickers, Shuard / Downes (in house - compiled from performances on Feb 23 & 27, and March 3) issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS009

May 29 King Priam (from Coventry Theatre) Collier, Robinson, Godfrey /Pritchard
June 30, Otello Del Monaco, Kabaivanska, Gobbi / Solti ( in the National Sound Archive)
September 17 Siegfried Windgassen, Nilsson / Solti
October 1 La Forza del destino Bergonzi, Ghiaurov, Shaw, Solti

1963

February 6, 9, or 13, Aida - Shuard, Craig, Glossop /Balkwill (in house, Act 3 extract, 25 mins)

March 5, Turandot Shuard, Prevedi, Kabaivanska /Downes ( part of act 2 in the National Sound Archive)
April 11, Don Carlo, Ulfung, Collier, Bumbry, / Pritchard (available for download from opera club)

April 29 Troilus and Cressida Robinson, Lewis, Turp, Collier /Sargent
June 11 Le Nozze di Figaro Evans, Freni, Gobbi / Solti

August 18 Damnation of Faust (at the Edinburgh Festival) Veasey, Gedda, London, /Solti
September 6, Gotterdammerung Nilsson, Windgassen, Frick /Solti (Act 3 only at the Proms, stereo)
September 14, Gotterdammerung Nilsson, Windgassen, Frick /Solti
October 14, Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Les - (in English) Harper, Carlyle, Fisher /Davis
December 13, Katerina Ismailova - (in English) Collier, Howitt, Evans /Downes

1964

January 9, Billy Budd, Lewis, Kerns, Robinson /Solti (in the National Sound Archive)

January 21, Tosca, Callas, Cioni, Gobbi /Cillario (Acts 1 and 3 only, in house)

January 24, Tosca, Callas, Cioni, Gobbi /Cillario issued on CD by EMI 5626752
January 30, Tosca, Callas, Cioni, Gobbi /Cillario (in house)

February 4 Aida Vishnevskaya, Vickers, Siminoato / Balkwill (in house)

February 10, Rigoletto, Glossop, Moffo, Cossutta /Solti

February 24, Macbeth, Shuard, MacNeil, /Rossi (in house - 11min extract)

April 20, Otello, McCracken, Kabaivanska, Gobbi /Solti (broadcast in National Sound Archive)

April 30 A midsummer night's dream Burgess, Vaughan, Glossop, /Davis (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

May 4, Falstaff, Evans, Sciutti, Ligabue, Baratti, Barbieri, Gardner /Pritchard (in music preserved archive)

June 2, Aida Shuard, Vickers, Elkins /Loughran (on tour in Manchester) (in house recording, extracts c.82 mins)

June 23, Otello Vickers, Carlyle, Glossop /Downes (on tour in Manchester) (in house recording, complete)

August 10, Otello McCracken, Carlyle, Glossop / Solti (at the proms)

September 2, Die Walkure Kozub, Watson, Robinson, Valkki /Solti (Acts 1 and 3 only at the proms, only 10 mins of act 1 known to exist, act 3 complete)
October 10, Fidelio Crespin, Dobson, Pribyl /Del Mar ( available for download from opera club)
October 31, Wozzeck, Evans, Horne, Kraus, /Pritchard
November 26, Il Trovatore, Jones, Simionato, Prevedi / Giulini issued on CD by the Royal Opera Heritage Series ROHS011 ( in the National Sound Archive). 65 mins from Act 2, 3 and 4 were telecast by BBC on December 27, 1964 taken from either this or another performance in the run. (video in the BFI National Archive)

1965

February 6, Arabella Della Casa, Carlyle, Fisher-Dieskau / Solti (21 mins of act 2 in the National Sound Archive)

February 19 Turandot – Shuard, Vaughan, Nikolov /Downes

March 8, Elektra - Shuard, Meyfarth, Resnik, Evans /Kempe (in house)

March 25 La Traviata Scotto, Pavarotti, Glossop /Cillario (BBC studio recording with the Covent Garden company)

March/April Cavalleria Rusticana Jones, Cossuta, /Balkwill (in house in the National Sound Archive)

March/April Pagliacci Collier, Craig, Shaw /Balkwill (in house)

April 23, Il Trittico, Gobbi, Collier, Craig /Pritchard (extracts in the National Sound Archive)

April 30, Turandot - Shuard, Smith /Downes (in house extracts Act 2, 23 mins, Act 3, 13 mins)

June 14 La Boheme - Carlyle, Turp, Shaw, Collier / Lockhart (in house extracts from Acts 1, 2 and 4, total 37 mins)

July 1, Moses und Aaron, Lewis, Berry, Robinson, /Solti
July 5 Tosca Callas, Cioni, Gobbi / Pretre (in house in the National Sound Archive)

July 19, Moses und Aaron, Lewis, Berry, Robinson, /Solti (at the Proms)

September 22 Rheingold Ward, Neidlinger, Veasey /Solti
September 23, Die Walkure Kozub, Jones, Ward, Shuard /Solti

October 14 Siegfried Windgassen, Shuard, Hotter /Solti
October 16, Gotterdammerung Windgassen, Shuard, Frick /Solti

December 11 or 14, Simon Boccanegra Shaw, Jones, Godfrey, Rouleau /Fabriitis (proglogue only, 23 mins, recorded in house from the lighting bridge)
December 30, Simon Boccanegra Vaughan, Cioni, Gobbi /Lockhart (the cast of this ROH production made a BBC studio recording of the opera on Dec 19, broadcast on Dec 30)

1966

January 25 A Midsummer night's dream Veasey, Vaughan, Kaye /Balkwill ( act 3 only in the National Sound Archive)
February 4, Hollander Jones, Ward, Frick, /Solti (commentary before and after the opera)

March 5, Parsifal (Act 2 only), Shuard, Vickers /Kempe (in house)

April 1 Elektra Shuard, Shaw / Downes (in house, missing opening section)

April 26, Der Rosenkavalier, - Jurinac, Carlyle, Veasey, Langdon /Solti (broadcast in stereo on October 29, 1966 )
May 10, Tosca, Collier, Cioni, Bacquier, /Downes (broadcast in stereo Dec 25, 1966)

May 14, Ballo in Maschera Vickers, Shuard / Kertesz (in house in the National Sound Archive)

May 25, Un Ballo In Maschera Vickers, Shuard / Kertesz (In House - 10 mins extract from Act 1 Sc 2, and 9 mins from Act 2)
May 28 Turandot Shuard, Corelli, / Mackerras (in house in the National Sound Archive)
June 2 Fille du regiment Sutherland, Pavarotti / Bonynge (in house in the National Sound Archive)
June 16, Don Carlo - G.Jones, Gorr, Prevedi, /Downes (broadcast in stereo April 2, 1967)
August 1, Parsifal - Frick, Shaw, Uhl, Shuard/ Solti (At the Proms, acts 2 and 3 only)

August 3 Solomon - Tear, Harwood, Minton /Mackerras (at the Proms)

December 31, Benvenuto Cellini Gedda, Vaughn, Ward / Pritchard issued on CD by Gala GL100618 ( two stereo extracts exist, 9 mins of act 2, 7 mins of act 4)

1967

January 6, Turandot Nilsson, McCracken, Pellegrini /Mackerras (in house, Acts 1 and 2 complete, Act 3 first 6 mins)

January 21, Arabella Carlyle, Robson, Reynolds, Fischer-Dieskau /Solti (in house)

March 11, Bartered Bride, Haywood, Turop, Robson, /Krombhoic (broadcast, 24 min extract of act 2 exists)

March 28, Barbiere di Siviglia, Berganza, Alva, Glossop /Varviso (55 mins of extracts in stereo, complete in mono with commentary before both acts and after act 2)

April 24 La Traviata Freni, Cioni, Cappuccilli /Giulini (soundtrack of BBC2 broadcast) (video of Acts 3 & 4 in MP) First live telecast from Covent Garden

March Cavalleria Rusticana Shuard, Cossutta / Balkwill (in house)
May 5 La Traviata Freni, Cioni, Cappuccilli /Giulini (radio)

May 22, King Priam Lewis, Godfrey, Robinson / Pritchard (stereo)
June 17 Frau Ohne Schatten Hillebrecht, King, Borkh, Macintyre /Solti (stereo - in the National Sound Archive) available for download in mono from opera club

June 24 Fille du regiment Sutherland, Pavarotti / Bonynge (in house, missing last 5 mins of act 1)
July 8, Don Giovanni - G.Jones, Vaughan, Gobbi /C.Davis (Incomplete in house)

September 4, Fidelio Bjoner, Dowd, MacIntyre, /Solti (at the Proms)

October 2, Das Rheingold Hotter, Kraus, Veasey /Downes (in house missing the prelude)
October 3, Walküre Dvorakova, Bjöner, Veasey, Kozub/ Downes (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

November 16 Norma Sutherland, Horne, Tagliavini, /Bonynge (mono broadcast)
November 30, Norma – Sutherland, Horne, Tagliavini, /Bonynge (in house)

1968

January 27, Aida - G.Jones, Dourian, Vickers, Shaw, Rouleau /Downes (stereo broadcast - part in the NSA)

February 5, Aida, G.Jones, Craig, Bubry, Shaw /Downes (BBC TV in Colour)
February 24 Jenufa Varnay, Collier, Lanigan / Kubelik (broadcast - part in the National Sound Archive)

April 22 A Midsummer Marriage Carlyle, Watts, Remedios, /Davis

May 4, Il Trovatore Vaughn, Gorr, McCracken / Atherton (in house)

May 14 Otello, Tarres, Howells, Cassilly, /Solti
June 3, Falstaff - Evans, Ligabue, Robson, Minton, Resnik, Shaw / Kertesz

July 6 Cosi Fan Tutte Lorengar, Veasey, Popp, /Solti

July 22 Cosi Fan Tutte Lorengar, Veasey, Popp, /Solti (BBC TV soundtrack)

July 27 Billy Budd, Kerns, Lewis, Shaw /Downes

July 29 Don Carlos Cossutta, Glossop, Verrett, /Solti (at the Proms)
November 8 Zauberflöte - (in English) M.Price, Deutekom, Burrows /Wich
December 19, Manon Lescaut, Collier, Ilosfalvy, Massard /Kertesz (stereo)

1969

February 8, Meistersinger Hofmann, Evans, Thomas, Veasey / Solti (stereo)

May 20, Simon Boccanegra, Glossop, Cossutta, Vaughan, /Mackerras (stereo)

May 30 Peter Grimes, Vickers, Harper, Evans, /Davis (broadcast on December 21, 1969, in the National Sound Archive)
September 30, Troyens Vickers, Silja, Baker, /Davies
October 21, Ballo in Maschera Cossutta, Gorr / Downes (in house)

December 13, Pelleas et Melisande Soderstrom, Ward, Shirely, Boulez

December 27, Le Coq D’or, Mangin, Book, Steele, /Mackerras

1970

March 7, Boris Godunov Christoff, McAlpine, Wallis /Rozhdestvensky

April 6, Wozzeck Evans, Collier, Dowd, /Davis

April 13 Victory (Bennett) McIntyre, Howells, Lanigan /Downes (World Premiere in the National Sound Archive)

September 6, Das Rheingold Ward, Keleman, Veasey /Solti (at the Proms)

September 26, Gotterdammerung Hering, Dvorakova, Talvela /Solti

October 1, Siegfried Hering, Shuard, Ward /Downes (in house)

December 5, The Knot Garden Barstow, Gomez, Tear /Davis

December 28, Lucia di Lammermoor Sills, Mauro, Robinson /Pritchard (in house)

December 30, Carmen Knight, Bonhomme, McIntyre, Freni /Atherton (in house)

1971

January 25, Lucia di Lammermoor Sills, Aragall, Robinson /Pritchard (in house)

February 13, Eugene Onegin Braun, Cotrubas, Minton /Solti (stereo broadcast)

March 20 La Sonnambula Scotto, Burrows, Robinson /Cillario (in the National Sound Archive)

March 27, Cosi fan Tutte Soderstrom,Howells,Sciutti /Davis

April 19 Parsifal Frick, Shuard, Vickers /Goodall (house wire recording of the dress rehearsal)

April 24, Un Ballo in Maschera Bergonzi, Gorr, Milnes /Guadango

May 7, Un Ballo in Maschera Gulin, Bergonzi, Milnes, /Guadagno (in house)

May 8, Parsifal - Hendrix, Shuard, Vickers /Goodall (stereo broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

May 26 Il Barbiere di Siviglia Bruscantini, Wise, Davies, /Atherton (in house)

May 27 Hamlet (Searle), Dowd, Daniels, Howells, /Downes

June 7, Hamlet (Searle), Dowd, Daniels, Howells, /Downes (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

June 26, Tristan und Isolde – Dvorakova, Thomas, /Solti (in house - missing part of act 3 sc 1)

July 3, Tristan und Isolde – Nilsson, Thomas, /Solti (stereo broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

July 26, Boris Godunov Christoff, Veasey, Rouleau /Downes (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

November 5, Falstaff Glossop, Vaughan, Bryn-Jones, /Ceccato (stereo broadcast)

November 11 Rosenkavalier Jurinac, Fassbaender, Popp, Langdon, Mauro /Krips

December 4, Le Nozze di Figaro Te Kanawa, Grist, Evans, /Davis (mono broadcast)

1972

January 1, Tosca Domingo, Jones, Paskalis /Downes (broadcast)

March 17, Der Fliegende Hollander McIntyre, Ligendza, Remedios /Isserstedt (in house)

April 1 Nabucco Glossop, Suliotis, Ward /Davis (broadcast)

May 2, Jenufa Fine, Cochran, Shuard /Mackerras (in house)

May 31, King Priam Lewis, Harper, Johnson /Atherton

June 3 Orfeo ed Euridice Verrett, Vaughan, /Mackerras (in the National Sound Archive)

June 22, Elektra – Nilsson, Dernesch, Resnik /Solti

June 28 La Traviata Caballe, Gedda, Braun /Cillario (in house in the National Sound Archive)

July 15 Taverner (Davies) Ulfung, Howell, Lannigan /Downes (in the National Sound Archive)

October 7, The Trojans Vickers, Baker, Veasey /Davis (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

November 25, Khovanshchina McIntyre, Minton, Talvela /Downes (stereo broadcast)

December 28, Rigoletto Aragall, Saccomani, Aragall /Atherton

1973

January 1 Nabucco Glossop, Vaughan, Van Allen, /Downes (in house)

February 24, Don Pasquale - Harwood/Davies/G.Evans/Bacquier /Pritchard

March 19, Parsifal Shuard, Brilioth, Talvela /Horenstein (in house)

April 7, Arabella – Harper,Robson,Tear /Varviso

April 12, Aida Cruz-Romeo, Bergonzi, Te Kanawa, /Mackerras

April 30 Don Giovanni Glossop, Jones, Burrows /Davis (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

May 26 Il Trovatore Cossoto, Arroyo, Cossutta /Mackerras (parts in the National Sound Archive)

July 4, Carmen Verret, Te Kanawa, Domingo /Solti (stereo broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

September 23, Tannhauser Kassel, Norman, Bailey /Davis (stereo broadcast)

October 9, Turandot Shuard, Konya, Chiara /Delogu (in house)

October 17, Simon Boccanegra Glossop, Te Kanawa, Christoff /Matheson (in house extracts)

October 29 Elektra Mastilovic, Harper, Meyer /Kempe (in house)

November 16 Tosca – Janku,Bonhomme,Gobbi /Segerstam

November 17 Iphigenie en Tauride Jurinac, Massard, Bonhomme /Gardiner (in the National Sound Archive)

December 1 Don Giovanni - M.Price, te Kanawa, Siepi/ Davis

December 26, Forza del Destino Arroyo, Craig, Milnes /Patane

1974

April 6, Salome, Jones, Bailey, Ulfung, /Dohnanyi (in house)

April 15 La Traviata Cotrubas, Carreras, Braun /Pritchard (broadcast)

May 1 Otello Cossutta, Te Kanawa, Cappuccilli /Mackerras (in house, stereo in the National Sound Archive)

May 28 Jenufa Shuard, Fine, Cochrane, /Mackerras (in house Acts 2 & 3 in the National Sound Archive)

June 10, Jenufa Shuard, Fine, Cochrane, /Mackerras (in house in the National Sound Archive)

June 15 Rosenkavalier Dernesch, Minton, Cahill /Kleiber (in house)

June 20 Rosenkavalier Dernesch, Minton, Cahill /Kleiber (in the National Sound Archive)

June 28 Falstaff, Gobbi, Langdon, Ligabue /David (stereo broadcast)

July 9 Falstaff, Gobbi, Langdon, Ligabue /Davis (in house)

September 3, La Clemenza di Tito Baker, Minton, Young /Davis (at the Proms)

September 30, 1974 Das Rheingold McIntyre, Veasey, Kelemen /Davis (in house)

October 5, 1974 Die Walkure McIntyre, Lindholm, Cassily, Napier /Davis (broadcast)

October 8, 1974 Das Rheingold McIntyre, Veasey, Kelemen /Davis (in house final 24 minutes)

November 18 Tosca, Jones, Cecchele, Bacquier /Mackerras (in the National Sound Archive)

December 7 Faust, Burrows, Te Kanawa, Treigle /Mackerras (broadcast, in the National Sound Archive)

December 14 Pelleas et Melisande Cotrubas, Minton, Stewart /Davis

1975

February 8, Un Ballo in Maschera Domingo, Ricciarelli, Cappuccilli, /Abado (broadcast)

May 3, Il trovatore Cossutta, Milnes, Caballe /Guadagno (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

May 8, Il trovatore Cossutta, Milnes, Molnar-Talajic /Guadagno (in house)

June 2 King Priam Vaughan, Robinson, Delvin /Atherton (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

June 11 Die Frau Ohne Schatten King, Harper, McIntyre, Dernesch /Solti (in house - acts 1 and 2)

June 21 Die Frau Ohne Schatten King, Harper, McIntyre, Dernesch /Solti (in house - acts 3)

June Madama Butterfly Carreras, Hayashi, Bryn-Jones /Delogu (in house)

September 3, Peter Grimes Vickers, Harper, Bailey, /Davis (at the Proms)

October 4, 1975 Die Walkure Cassilly, Kovacs, Lindholm, McIntyre /Davis (in house, Acts 2 and 3 only)

October 6, 1975 Siegfried Cox, Linholm, McIntyre, Ulfung /Davis (broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on April 3, 1976)

October 7, 1975 Das Rheingold Ward, Veasey, Keleman /Goodall (in house)

October 9, 1975 Die Walkure Cassilly, Kovacs, Kasva, McIntyre /Goodall (in house, Act 1, final 22 mins, Acts 2 and 3 complete)

October 11, 1975 Siegfried Cox, Kovacs, Ward /Davis (in house acts 2 and 3 only)

October 24, Il Barbiere di Siviglia Allen, Alva, Welting /Zedda (in house)

December 6, Der Rosenkavalier Jones, Fassbender, Hammond-Stroud /Varviso

December 15, Rigoletto Glossop, Lindroos, Pediconi /Gardelli (stereo broadcast)

1976

January 7, L’Elisir D’Amore Hayashi, Carreras, Allen /Pritchard

January 23, La Boheme Pavarotti, Te Kanawa, Allen /Stapleton (in house)

February 16, Cavalleria Rusticana Domingo, Tinsley, Mastroemi /Stapleton (broadcast, in the National Sound Archive)

February 16, Pagliacci Domingo, Maliponte, Glossop /Stapleton (broadcast, in the National Sound Archive)

February 20, Clemenza di Tito Baker, Howells, Hollweg /Pritchard (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

March 5 Cenerentola Alva, Valentin-Terrani, Dara /Abbado (La Scala on tour, in the National Sound Archive)

March Simon Boccanegra (La Scala on tour)

March 25 Carmen, Ludwig, Vickers, Diaz /Lopez-Copos (in the National Sound Archive)

April 5, Frau Ohne Schatten King, Harper, Berry, Dernesch /Solti (in house)

April 17 Fidelio Behrens, Ward, Vickers /Goodall (broadcast, commentary before act 1 and after both acts in the National Sound Archive)

April 26, Eugene Onegin Luxon, Te Kanawa, Burrows, /Kord (in house)

May 18 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bowman, Gomez, Littman /Davies

June 9 I Lombardi, Ghiuselev, Carreras, Sass /Gardelli (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

July 14, We come to the River /Atherton

October 9, 1976 Gotterdammerung Cox, Lindholm, Bunger /Davis (in house)

November 30 Troilus and Cressida, Cassilly, Baker, Luxon /Foster

December 20, La Boheme – Hayashi, Fine, Carreras, Glossop /Elder

December 27, L'Elisir D'amore Cotrubas, Carreras, Wixell /Pritchard (in house)

1977

January 8 L'ELisir D'Amore Cotrubas, Alva, Wixell /Pritchard (in house)

January 31 Der Freischutz McIntyre, Kollo, Popp /Davis (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

February 8 Un Ballo in Maschera Gedda, Molnar-Talajic, Masurok /Downes (in house)

April 4, 1977 Peter Grimes Cassilly, Harper, Bailey /Atherton

April 11, 1977 Tosca, Kabiavanska, Pavarotti, Glossop /Stapleton (in house)

April 24 La Princesse de Navarre Mory, Issartel, Hill Smith /Malgoire (broadcast)

May 3 Silver Jubilee Gala (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

May 6 Elektra Nilsson, Jones, McIntyre, /Kleiber (in house in the National Sound Archive))

May 21, L'ELisir D'Amore

June 11 Jenufa Fine, Vickers, Dempsey /Mackerras (in the National Sound Archive)

June 30, Aida Caballe, Domingo, Glosssop, /Muti (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

July 20 Ice Break (Tippett), Harper, Barstow, Shirely-Quirk (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

July 27, La Traviata Sass, Kraus, Bruson /Delacôte

September 29, Tosca, Caballe, Carreras, Glossop /Stapleton (in house)

October 12, Tosca – Vishnevskaya,Bergonzi,Glossop /Stapleton

December 7, Lohengrin Kollo, Tomova-Sintov,McIntyre /Haitink (stereo broacdast in the National Sound Archive)

December 26 Maria Stuarda Sutherland, Burrows, Van Allen /Bonynge (in house)

December 31, Die Fledermaus Te Kanawa, Prey, Luxon /Mehta (broadcast, final 35 mins in the National Sound Archive)

1978

January 21, La Fanciulla del West, Domingo, Neblett, Carroli /Mehta

March 16 Idomeneo Burrows, Baker, Kenny /Davis (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

March 27 Il Trovatore, Bergonzi, Arroyo, Bordoni /Downes (in house)

April 3 Il Trovatore Bergonzi, Hunter, Budai, Bordoni, /Downes (in the National Sound Archive)

May 19, Tristan und Isolde Vickers, Knie /Davis (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

June 21 Luisa Miller Ricciarelli, Pavarotti, Nucci /Maazel (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

July 6, Norma, Caballe, Bumbry, Lavirgen /Lobos-Cobos (stereo broadcast)

July 17 Pelleas et Melisande Allen, Stewart, Howells /Davis (in house)

July 27 Norma, Bumbry, Veasey, Lavirgen /Lobos-Cobos (in house)

October 9, Das Rheingold, McIntyre, Shireley, Kelemen, Veasey /Davis (broadcast)

October 10, Die Walkure, Hofman, Dernesch, Jones, McIntyre /Davis (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

October 12, Siegfried, Cox, Jones, McIntyre /Davis (broadcast)

October 14, Gotterdammerung, Jones, Cox, Kelemen, Rundgren /Davis (broadcast)

November 28, L'Africaine Domingo, Bumbry, Carrolli /Maag (stereo broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

December 27 Un Ballo in Maschera Sass, Carreras, Sardinero /Mackerras (in house)

1979

January 20, Don Pasquale Evans, Cotrubas, Burrows /Chailly

February 17 Eugene Onegin Masurok, Gedda, Benackova /Tchakarov (broadcast)

February 19 Die Zauberflote Leggate, Haywood, Murray / Davis (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

March 31 Don Carlos Moldovean, Sass, Christoff /Conlon (in house)

April 17, Parsifal Hofmann, Moll, Bailey, Minton /Silem (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

June 4 Luisa Miller Bruson, Ricciarelli, Domingo /Maazel (TV broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

June 29 Rakes Progress Tear, Donath, Gramm /Davis (mono broadcast)

July 18, Hippolyte et Aricie (English Bach Festival)

June 8, Werther Kraus, Veasey, Buchanan (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

October 8, Therese (Tavener) Townley, Lewis, Tear /Downes (broadcast in the National Sound Archive)

Nov 7 La Boheme Cotrubas/Ghazarian/Aragall/Summers/Howell /Kleiber

November 22, Norma Verrett, Veasey, Craig /Downes


Later Wagnerian performances


March 8, 1982 Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Bailey, Goldberg, Popp /Davis

May 17, 1982 Tristan und Isolde Vickers, Jones /Davis (recorded in the orchestra pit - near the brass!)

October 8, 1984 Tannhauser Wenkoff, Jones, Allen /Davis

September 25, 1986 The Rhinegold Joll, Walker, Clark, Collins /Armstrong (WNO at Covent Garden in English)

September 27, 1986 The Valkyrie Joll, Evans, Ellsworth, Harris /Armstrong (WNO at Covent Garden in English)

September 30, 1986 Siegfried Lawton, Evans, Joll, Harris / Armstrong (WNO at Covent Garden in English)

Ocotber 1, 1986 Twilight of the Gods Lawton, Evans, Tranter, Mora /Armstrong (WNO at Covent Garden in English)

February 6, 1988 Parsifal Estes, Ellsworth, Meier, /Haitink

October 8, 1988 Das Rheingold Morris, Dernesch, Wlaschiha /Haitink

October 14, 1989 Die Walkure Kollo, Schnaut, Morris, Jones /Haitink

April 16, 1990 Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Weikl, Heppner, Lott /Dohnanyi

October 10, 1991 Das Rheingold Morris, Riedel, Wlaschiha / Haitink

October 11, 1991 Die Walkure Elming, Armstrong, Morris, Jones / Haitink

October 14, 1991 Siegfried Goldberg, Jones, Tomlinson /Haitink

October 17, 1991 Gotterdammerung Goldberg, Jones, Tomlinson /Haitink

July 2, 1992 Der Fliegende Hollander, Morris, Varady, Howell, /Dohnanyi

October 16, 1993 Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Tomlinson, Windbergh, Gustafsson /Haitink

October 20, 1994 Das Rheingold Tomlinson, Henschel, Wlaschiha / Haitink

October 22, 1994 Die Walkure Elming, Gustafsson, Tomlinson, Polaski / Haitink

April 4, 1995 Siegfried Jerusalem, Evans, Tomlinson /Haitink

October 28, 1995 Gotterdammerung Jerusalem, Polaski, Rydl /Haitink

October 24, 1996 Das Rheingold Tomlinson, Henschel, Wlaschiha / Haitink

October 25, 1996 Die Walkure Elming, Gustafsson, Tomlinson, Evans/Chalmers / Haitink

Octboer 28, 1996 Siegfried Jerusalem, Poell, Tomlinson /Haitink

November 2, 1996 Gotterdammerung Fassler, Evans, Rydl /Haitink

February 18, 1997 Lohengrin Windbergh, Mattila, Leiferkus /Gergiev

July 12, 1997 Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Tomlinson, Windbergh, Gustafsson /Haitink

April 23, 1998 Parsifal Domingo, Polaski, Rasilainen /Fricke (concert performance, broadcast on April 25)

March 26, 2000 Der Fliegende Hollander Weikl, Kringelborn, Moll, /Young

November 8, 2000 Tristan und Isolde West, Schnaut, Titus, Lang /Haitink

December 19, 2001 Parsifal Hampson, Anderson, Urmana, /Rattle

January 17 2005 Das Rheingold Terfel, Plowright, Henschel, Langridge /Pappano (date of radio broadcast)

July 18, 2005 Die Walkure Domingo, Meier, Terfel, Gasteen /Pappano (at the Proms)

October 29, 2005 Siegfried Treleaven, Gasteen, Tomlinson /Pappano

May 3, 2006 Gotterdammerung Gasteen, Treleaven, Tomlinson / Pappano

December 13, 2007 Parsifal Tomlinson, Ventris, Lang, /Haitink

March 4, 2009 Der Fliegende Hollander Terfel, Konig, Kampe /Albrecht

May 14, 2009 Lohengrin Botha, Haller, Struckmann /Bychkov

October 31, 2009 Tristan und Isolde Heppner, Stemme, Volle, Koch /Pappano

December 25, 2010 Tannhauser Botha, Westbroek, Gerhaher /Bychkov (date of broadcast, perhaps a compilation of these performances Dec 11, 15, 19, 22, but Gerhaher was absent for Acts 1 and 2 on Dec 19, while another singer was ill for the performance of Dec 22)

October 2011 Der Fliegende Hollander Silins, Kampe, Milling /Tate

January 1, 2012 Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Koch, O'Neill, Bell /Pappano

October 16, 2012 Das Rheingold Terfel, Koch, Connolly, Anderson /Pappano

October 18, 2012 Die Walkure O'Neill, Westbroek, Terfel, Bullock /Pappano

October 21, 2012 Siegfried Vinke, Siegel, Terfel, Bullock /Pappano

October 24, 2012 Gotterdammerung Vinke, Bullock, Coleman-Wright, Tomlinson /Pappano