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A Night at the Opera

Highly acclaimed by critics, this CD highlights wind arrangements of operatic excerpts as originally performed in Vienna between 1792 and 1821.

Well-known excerpts from Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro' and 'The Magic Flute', Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' and Beethoven's 'Fidelio'.

Melbourne Windpower brings the late-18th century tradition of wind ensemble music to the present day. The members of Melbourne WIndpower perform with the State Orchestra of Victoria. Melbourne Windpower's first CD (Move 3082) has evoked excellent reviews, such as "Melbourne Windpower continues to impress with its stylish interpretations ... excellent performances ... sonorities and tunings between instruments almost ideal." (The Age). The group is directed by Richard Runnels whose first solo CD, Horn Destinations (Move 3106), has received critical praise, including "Enticing ... this recording is a delight." (The Age).


Melbourne Windpower

Melbourne Windpower brings the late 18th century tradition of wind ensemble music to the present day. The members of Melbourne Windpower perform with the State Orchestra of Victoria.

Richard Runnels

American-born horn player Richard Runnels, is currently the principal horn of the Orchestra Victoria. Richard has conducted for the Australian Ballet and made his opera conducting debut at the 1987 Spoleto Festival in Italy. He also directs Melbourne Windpower.

Press quotes

“... as deftly, imaginatively performed as it is inspired ... May Melbourne Windpower blow on forever.”

The Age

“The ensemble work, pitch and general finesse are of the highest calibre, while the liner notes are exemplary. Highly recommended.”

The Melbourne Report

Audio preview

Track Listing

    The Barber of Seville Gioacchino Rossini

  1. Overture
  2. Largo al Factotum
  3. La Calunnia e'un Venticello
  4. Di si felice innesto
  5. The Marriage of Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  6. Overture
  7. Se a caso madama
  8. Voi che sapete
  9. Dove sono i bei momenti
  10. Ecco la marcia
  11. Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven

  12. Overture
  13. O war'ich schon mit dir
  14. Mir ist so wunderbar
  15. Hat man nicht auch Gold
  16. Marsch
  17. O namenlose Freude!
  18. The Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  19. Overture
  20. Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
  21. Bei Männern, welche Liebe Fühlen
  22. Das klinget so herrlich
  23. Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden
  24. Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen
  25. Papageno! Bist du mir nun ganz gegeben?



Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.

Where to buy

A Night at the Opera is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

A Night at the Opera is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

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Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Martin Wright
Richard Kerr
Richard Runnels
Martin Wright
Melbourne Concert Hall
Release date
© 1991 Move Records
℗ 1991 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3110
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574311020