This collection features operatic artists introducing their performances of some of the greatest compositions of early composers.
Yvonne Kenny introduces her performance of Titania's aria "O Weep for Me" from Purcell's 1692 The Fairy Queen at the English National Opera, conducted by Nicholas Kok. She explains expressive challenges the piece presents.
Anne Murray introduces her performance and explains the background of "If you Worship the Man who has Spurned You," an aria from Handel's 1738 opera Xerxes at the English National Opera, conducted by Sir Charles Makerras.
Mark Minkowski introduces Christine Shäfer's performance, conducted by himself, at the Salzburg Festival, as she sings "Mattern aller Arten" from Mozart's 1782 Die Entführing aus dem Serail. He explains the aria's musicalarrangement.
Dame Joan Sutherland introduces her performance of the aria "Casta Diva" from Bellini's 1831 Norma, conducted at the Opera Australia by Richard Bognynge. She addresses the aria's context.
Robert Alagna introduces his performance and discusses the plot of two arias from Donzetti's 1832 opera L'elisir d'Amore, conducted by Evelino Pido at the Opera National de Lyon.
Konstantin Pluzhnikov introduces and explains his performance of "Finn's Ballad" from the opera Ruslan anbd Lyudmila, produced by Glinka in 1842 and conducted by Valéry Gergiev at St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre.