Britain's top opera arias and an introduction to the wonders of Telemann on BBC Radio 3
I think the BBC is the last refuge of classical and opera Top 10 lists. The Times of London today lists the results of a May listeners' poll on favourite opera arias (I couldn't find it readily on the Radio 3 site.)
Dido's Lament from Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas tops the list. It's easy to see why. I started to cry to first time I heard it sung live (thanks to the amazing William Christie and Les Arts Florissants).
Here's the full list:
1. When I am Laid In Earth (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell)
2. Dove sono (The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart)
3. Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde, Wagner)
4. E Lucevan le Stelle (Tosca, Puccini)
5. Casta Diva (Norma, Bellini)
6. Song to the Moon (Rusalka, Dvorák)
7. Che Faro Senza Euridice? (Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck)
8. The Queen of the Night’s second aria: Der Hölle Rache (The Magic Flute, Mozart)
9. Ruhe Sanft, Mein Holdes Leben (Zaide, Mozart)
10. Marietta’s Lied Glück das mir Verblieb (Die tote Stadt, Korngold)
Here is Dido's Lament, sung by wonderful Canadian mezzo Laura Pudwell:
BBC Radio 3's "Composer of the Week" is Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), who never fails to surprise and delight me. The first installment, from yesterday, is available here.