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   Balfe
       I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls, from The Bohemian Girl (Balfe) (Opera)

1    I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls, from The Bohemian Girl

       When other lips (Will you remember me) - from The Bohemian Girl (Balfe) (Opera)

1    When other lips (Will you remember me) - from The Bohemian Girl


   Bellini
       Casta Diva, from Norma (Bellini) (Opera)

1    Main tune


   Bizet
       Aragonaise, from Carmen Suite (Bizet) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       Au Fond du Temple Saint from The Pearl Fishers (Bizet) (Opera)

1    Au Fond du Temple Saint from The Pearl Fishers

       Danse Bohemienne, from Carmen Suite (Bizet) (Opera)

1    A lively tune introduced by the flutes.

       Fate Motif from Carmen (Bizet) (Opera)

1    Fate Motif from Carmen

       Habanera -L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Si Je t'Aime) - from Carmen (Bizet) (Opera)

1    This dramatic descending chromatic passage on the violins, against a habanera rhythmic figure on the cellos, really expresses Carmen's fiery nature well.


2    This new tune now adopts the characteristic habanera rhythm from the cello part, but appears in a major key, at once sounding happier for a while.

       Intermezzo, from Carmen Suite (Bizet) (Opera)

1    Main theme

       La fleur que tu m'avais jetée, from Carmen (Bizet) (Opera)

1    A beautiful tenor aria from Carmen

       Nocturne, from Carmen Suite (Bizet) (Opera)

1    Main theme introduced by the horn, then taken up by a solo violin.

       Prelude to Act I - March., from Carmen Suite (Bizet) (Opera)

1    A vigorous march tune played by the orchestral tutti.

       Sequidilla, "Pres des Ramparts de Seville" from Carmen Suite (Bizet) (Opera)

1    Main tune as sung by Carmen

       Toreador's Song "Votre Toast" (Sung version) from Carmen. (Bizet) (Opera)

1    One of the most well-known tunes from Carmen.

       Toreador's Song from Carmen (3rd theme of prelude to Act I) "Votre Toast" (Bizet) (Opera)

1    This extremely well known march tune is introduced on the trumpet.


   Delibes
       Flower Duet from Lakmé (Delibes) (Opera)

1    This is the upper part of the duet for two sopranos


2    This is the lower part of the duet for two sopranos

       The Maids of Cadiz (Delibes) (Opera)

1    Main theme


   Donizetti
       Una Furtiva Lagrima (Donizetti) (Opera)

1    Main tune


   Dvořák
       Song to the Moon from Rusalka (Dvořák) (Opera)

1    Song to the Moon from Rusalka


   Gluck
       Che Farò Senza Euridice from Orpheus and Euridice (Gluck) (Opera)

1    Che Farò Senza Euridice from Orpheus and Euridice


   Gounod
       Je veux vivre dans ce rêve qui m'enivre, from Romeo and Juliet. (Gounod) (Opera)

1    Main waltz tune introduced by the soprano after a brief orchestral introduction.

       Jewel Song from Faust (Gounod) (Opera)

1    Theme, after the initial trill and ascending scale.


   Handel
       Let the Bright Seraphim (Samson) (Handel) (Opera)

1    Main theme

       Ombra mai piu - Aria from Xerxes (Largo) (Handel) (Opera)

1    Ombra mai piu - Aria from Xerxes (Largo)

       See the Conquering Hero Comes, from Judas Maccabeus (Handel) (Opera)

1    Main tune


   Lehár
       Lippen Schweigen- Waltz - from The Merry Widow (Lehár) (Opera)

1    Introduction - also the middle section of the song.


2    The well-loved tune (I love you!) which is the main theme.

       Vilja - from The Merry Widow (Lehár) (Opera)

1    Famous main tune - Vilja


   Mozart
       Deh Vieni, non tardar, from Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Main tune 'Deh vieni, non tardar o gioa bella'

       Dove Sono, from Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Main theme of aria

       Holle Rache, (Hell's revenge) from the Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Soprano sings first theme


2    The virtuosic acrobatics start here.

       La ci darem la Mano (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Main theme

       Non piu andrai, from Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Melody for bass, sung by Figaro.

       Pa-pa-pa papageno, from the Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Pa Pa Pa - duet

       Porgi, amor,qualche ristoro. From Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro

       The Bird-Catcher's song (Der Vogelfanger bin ich, Ja) from Magic Flute (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Main theme

       Voi che Sapete, from Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) (Opera)

1    Cherubino's aria


   Mussorgsky
       Hopak - from the Fair at Sorochinsk (Mussorgsky) (Opera)

1    Main theme

       Prelude to Khovanschina (Mussorgsky) (Opera)

1    Main theme of Prelude


   Offenbach
       La Belle Helene - Overture (Offenbach) (Opera)

1    Overture first theme


2    Waltz theme

       Waltz from La Belle Hélène (Offenbach) (Opera)

1    Waltz from La Belle Hélène


   Puccini
       Che Gelida manina (Puccini) (Opera)

1    Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme

       Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly (Puccini) (Opera)

1    Orchestral backdrop to chorus


2    Chorus humming theme "A boca chiusa".

       Nessun Dorma from Turandot (Puccini) (Opera)

1    Nessun Dorma from Turandot


2    This is the best-known bit of this aria, made especially famous recently by Lucciano Pavarotti.

       O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       One Fine Day -(Un bel di ci vedremo) from Madame Butterfly (Puccini) (Opera)

1    One Fine Day - from Madame Butterfly

       Vissi d'Arte, from Tosca (Puccini) (Opera)

1    Soprano aria


   Rimsky-Korsakov
       Dance of the Tumblers, from "Snow Maiden" (Rimsky-Korsakov) (Opera)

1    First theme, by strings, then woodwind, then brass


2    A slightly quieter tune, by violins


3    A slightly ominous snippet, again by strings


   Rossini
       Barber of Seville Overture (Rossini) (Opera)

1    Barber of Seville Overture - Intro


2    Barber of Seville Overture - theme 1


3    Barber of Seville Overture - theme 2


4    Barber of Seville Overture - theme 3

       Largo al Factotum, from the Barber of Seville (Rossini) (Opera)

1    Figaro's entry

       Non piu mesta - from Cenerentola (Cinderella) (Rossini) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       Una Voce Poco Fa, from the Barber of Seville (Rossini) (Opera)

1    Aria sung by Rosina


   Saint-Saens
       Mon Coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens) (Opera)

1    Introductory theme


2    The second and most beautiful theme of this aria


   Strauss-Johann2
       Genug damit, genug. From Die Fledermaus (Strauss-Johann2) (Opera)

1    Famous theme also featured in the overture


2    A glorious lilting waltz tune

       Gypsy Baron Overture (Strauss-Johann2) (Opera)

1    After a long intro, this theme emerges on the oboe


2    The violins take up this polka tune


3    The third theme goes into waltz time.


4    The fourth theme continues in waltz time.

       Overture to 'Die Fledermaus' (Strauss-Johann2) (Opera)

1    A gentle start in 4/4 time


2    Second theme is livelier in 2/4


3    The third theme is a very well-known waltz tune


4    Fourth theme - 'So muss allein ich bleiben'. -'So must I live alone'


5    Fifth theme

       So muss allein ich bleiben, from Die Fledermaus (Strauss-Johann2) (Opera)

1    A haunting tune, also featured in the overture.

       The Laughing Song, from Die Fledermaus. (Strauss-Johann2) (Opera)

1    Theme A, " A man like you". Or "Mein Herr Marquis" or "My Lord Marquis"


2    Theme B, the laughing theme."Yes this curious ha, ha, ha,"


   Sullivan
       Bind the Raven Hair, from Mikado (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Main tune sung by the soprano, after a contemplative orchestral opening to Act II.

       Dance a Cachucha Fandango Bolero, from the Gondoliers. (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       Entrance and March of the Peers, from Iolanthe (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Opening fanfare theme


2    Grandiose and fortissimo march tune as the peers come in.


3    The peers sing ' Loudly let the trumpet bray - Tan tan tara.


4    Bow, bow, ye lower middle classes.


5    We are the peers

       From the Sunny Spanish Shore, from the Gondoliers (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Quartet -Duke of Plaza Toro and family.

       He's gone and married Yum Yum, and finale, from Mikado (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    For he's gone and married Yum-Yum.

       I am the Captain of the Pinafore (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    I am the captain of the Pinafore, and a right good captain too.


2    Then give three cheers and one cheer more for the hardy captain of the Pinafore.

       I know a Youth, from Ruddigore (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       If you go in, you're sure to win, from Iolanthe (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    A very bouncy orchestral introduction


2    The main tune, a trio sung by three lords.

       List and learn, from the Gondoliers (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       Mikado Overture (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Opening tune, featuring exotic but empty-sounding open fifths, and lots of timpani


2    Second theme, using the pentatonic scale to mimic the mystery of Japan.


3    A theme quoting the song 'The Sun, whose rays'. This tune is followed by several others from the operetta.

       None shall part us, from Iolanthe (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    main tune sung by Phyllis

       Overture to HMS Pinafore (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Opening theme

       Overture to Iolanthe (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Sombre introductory passage


2    First main tune.

       Overture to the Gondoliers. (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Opening tune


2    First main theme

       Overture to the Pirates of Penzance. (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    First theme

       Poor wand'ring one (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes, from the Gondoliers (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes

       The Battle's Roar is Over, from Ruddigore (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       The Flowers that bloom in the Spring (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    The Flowers that bloom in the Spring

       Then one of us will be a Queen, from the Gondoliers (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Giannetta starts this amusing song.

       Though perhaps I may Incur your Blame, from Iolanthe (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    A quartet, with a solo entry by Lord Tolloller.

       Three Little Maids from School, from Mikado (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Three little maids from school are we, pert as a schoolgirl well can be


2    Three little maids who all unwary, come from a ladies' seminary

       Tit-Willow from The Mikado (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    Tit-Willow from The Mikado

       Wandering Minstrel I, from the Mikado (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    A Wandering Minstrel I, from the Mikado


2    Are You in Sentimental Mood - Mikado


3    But if Patriotic Sentiment is wanted - Mikado

       With cat-like tread (Sullivan) (Opera)

1    This tune is also used at the start of the overture.


   Tchaikovsky
       Waltz from Eugin Onegin Act 2 (Tchaikovsky) (Opera)

1    Main theme


   Verdi
       Anvil Chorus (Coro di Zingari) from Il Trovatore (Verdi) (Opera)

1    main tune, chorus with anvils.

       Celeste Aida (Verdi) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco (Verdi) (Opera)

1    This is the entrance of the chorus, Verdi's immortal tune, probably his greatest hit!

       Finale and Grand March from Aida (Verdi) (Opera)

1    Fanfare theme (Grand March) on trumpets

       La Donna è Mobile from Rigoletto (Verdi) (Opera)

1    Main tune

       Libiamo nei lieti calici, from La traviata (Verdi) (Opera)

1    Libiamo nei lieti calici (La Traviata)

       Sempre libera (from La Traviata) (Verdi) (Opera)

1    First theme on 1st violins "Sempre libera"


2    Second theme on oboes "Croce e delizio"


   Wagner
       Flying Dutchman Overture (Wagner) (Opera)

1    Exciting and often quoted opening theme

       Mastersingers overture (Wagner) (Opera)

1    Main theme

       O Star of Eve - from Tannhäuser (Wagner) (Opera)

1    O Star of Eve - from Tannhäuser

       Pilgrims' Chorus, from Tannhauser (Wagner) (Opera)

1    Tannhauser Overture

       Wedding March (orchestral) from Lohengrin (Wagner) (Opera)

1    Wedding March, from Lohengrin


   Wolf-Ferrari
       Intermezzo from Act III of Jewels of the Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) (Opera)

1    First theme, very high on the flute.


2    Second theme, on violins and cellos.

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