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Operettas by Victorian English Opera composers

Songs by Victorian English Opera composers

Collections of excerpts from Victorian English Opera


Balfe, Michael W. The Siege of Rochelle. John Lewis Partnership Music Society, Derek Carden. Balfe Archive,1987. LP/CD.

Balfe, Michael W. The Maid of Artois. Victorian Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Philip Mackenzie. Cameo 2042-3, 2005. CD.

Balfe, Michael W. The Bohemian Girl. Chorus and Orchestra of the Covent Garden Opera Company, Sir Thomas Beecham. CRQ Editions CRQ CD134/136 . no date. CD.
This is an off air recording of Balfe's The Bohemian Girl from a Covent Garden production broadcast on August 18, 1951. It was conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham using an edition put together by Dennis Arundel and himself with some altered text, inclusion of material from the French and German versions and recitatives rather than spoken dialogue. It suffers from sub hi fi sound but there are only a handful of places where the sound is particularly problematic. On the plus side, its origin as a staged performance together with Beecham's conducting gives it a flow and dynamism, which no doubt stemmed partly from the fact that Beecham and his orchestra were still aware of the opera's performing tradition. The cast - Roberta Peters, Edith Coates, Anthony Marlowe, Murray Dickie, Jess Walters, Howell Glynne - are excellent. Peters, after a bit of an uncertain start and perhaps occasionally being over conscious of her English pronunciation, is superb.  It comes on a 3CD set, CRQ CD134/136.

Balfe, Michael W. The Bohemian Girl. National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Richard Bonynge. Decca 473 077-2, 1991. CD.

Balfe, Michael W. The Daughter of St.Mark. Gala Opera Group Orchestra, Ken Jones. Rare Recorded Editions SRRE 141/2, nd. 1973. LP

Balfe, Michael W. The Rose of Castile. The Radio Eireann Light Orchestra, Dermot O'Hara. Rare Recorded Editions RRE 191/2, Wexford 1951. LP.

Balfe, Michael W. Satanella. Opera Integra, Brian Galloway. Rare Recorded Editions SRRE 173/4, 1977. LP.

Balfe, Michael W. Satanella. Victorian Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Bonynge. 2016. Naxos 8.660378-79. CD.

Benedict, Julius. The Lily of Killarney. BBC Northern Orchestra, Stanford Robinson. Rare Recorded Editions RRE 157/8, 1968. LP. his has now been released as a CD on OMT.

Benedict, Julius. The Lily of Killarney. (excerpts) BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth, OMT 353. CD.

Loder, Edward. Raymond and Agnes. (excerpts) BBC Concert Orchestra, James Lockhart, OMT 355. CD.

Macfarren, George A. Robin Hood. Victorian Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Ronald Corp. Naxos 8.660306-07. CD.

McCunn, Hamish. Jeanie Deans (excerpts), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins, Hyperion CDA 66815. CD.

MacCunn, Hamish. Jeanie Deans (excerpts), BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth, OMT 359. CD.

Parry, Joseph. Blodwen.(excerpts) Pontardulais Choral Society, T. Haydn Thomas, Qualiton ADR 5000. 1963. LP. This is the first Welsh opera and rather attractive. It is accompanied by organ rather than orchestra, which gives it a rather deceptive "churchy" sound.  

Parry, Joseph. Blodwen.  Cantorion Menai & Gwyl Gerdd Menai, John Hywel, Sain SCD 2405. 2007. CD.

Smyth, Ethel. The Boatswain's Mate, The Lontano Ensemble, Odaline de la Martinez, Retrospect Opera. CD.

Smyth, Ethel. The Wreckers, BBC Philharmonic, Odaline de la Martinez, Conifer Classics CDCF250/1. CD.

Stanford, Charles Villiers. The Travelling Companion. (Excerpts) BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth, OMT 358. CD.

Sullivan, Arthur. Ivanhoe. The Prince Consort, David Lyle. Pearl SHE CDS 9615, 1999. CD.

Sullivan, Arthur. Ivanhoe. (excerpts) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins. OMT 357. CD.

Sullivan, Arthur. Ivanhoe. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, David Lloyd-Jones. Chandos 1058, 2010. CD

Sullivan, Arthur. The Beauty Stone. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rory Macdonald (CHAN 10794 (2))

Wallace, William Vincent Maritana. RTE Concert Orchestra, Proinnsías O'Duinn, Marco Polo 8.223406-7, 1996, reissued on 8.660308-09, 2011. CD.

Wallace, William Vincent. Maritana. (excerpts) BBC Concert Orchestra, James Lockhart. OMT 356. CD.

Wallace, William Vincent Maritana. (excerpts) Grand Opera Company, Clarence Raybould. Opal 814. LP.

Wallace, William Vincent. Lurline. Victorian Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Bonynge. Naxos 8.660293-94. 2010. CD.


Operettas by English Opera composers

Please note: The numerous recordings of Gilbert and Sullivan have not been included here.
See for a discography.

Balfe, Michael W. The Sleeping Queen. Soloists of The Opera Theatre Company (Dublin) with piano accompaniment by Una Hunt, NLI CD (1) 002, 2008. CD.

Solomon, Edward and Sir Francis Burnand. Pickwick. Stephen Higgins (piano). Retrospect Opera. CD



Balfe, Michael W. Balfe: Songs and Arias., Kay Jordan, Peter Dempsey, Guy Rowland. Victorian Opera Northwest WRW 204-2, 2008.

Balfe, Michael W. Michael William Balfe 1808-1870 - Songs and Ballads Rediscovered. Sally Silver, Richard Bonynge, Guild 7358. CD. An excerpt from "The green trees whispered", one of seven Longfellow poems that Balfe set, can be found here. Other than one song, they are a completely different selection than that recorded by Victorian Opera Northwest on WRW 204-2.

Wallace, William Vincent. Songs by William Vincent Wallace. Sally Silver, Richard Bonynge (SOMMCD 0131). CD.  An excerpt from "Through the pathless forest drear" can be heard here and from "Bird of the Wild Wing" here

Wallace, William Vincent. Album 1854 by William Vincent Wallace. Máire Flavin, students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Una Hunt. No longer available.



The Power of Love. Deborah Riedel, Australian Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge. Melba 301082, 2000. CD. Selection of arias by Balfe, Wallace, Sullivan and Faraday

British Opera Overtures, Victorian Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge, SOMM CD 0123, 2013. CD. Selection of English opera overtures.

A collection of recordings and scores of some early 19th century theatre, art and popular songs is available at


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