Opéra Plus

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Whether you are an opera aficionado, or are just tempted to discover the talent of the tenors. Opera Plus takes you to La Scalla and beyond to explore the most popular operas and choral music from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as recitals from the greatest singers. From Handel and Mozart to Gilbert and Sullivan, from Pavarotti to Callas and Heppner.

Music Programmer


John-Paul McVea

John-Paul de Lachrimae, a.k.a. John-Paul McVea, programs channels of classical music. During his life he hopes to absorb and pass on knowledge that came from before. Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the Well-Tempered Clavier intending for it to be a manual of keyboard instruction? The objective was to train church organists. Lachrimae is fortunate to live in Montreal where there are such beautiful church organs, and a personal goal is to rattle some stained glass windows with his own fingertips.  The viola and the dulcimer round out his musical trifecta. Lachrimae has one book and one pop song to his name. He has been to Ephesus, the city of Troy, and the Church of St. Nicholas at Demre, and has seen an olive tree, a Joshua tree, a palm tree, and a cypress tree. This was before he learned to travel light. The future includes a pilgrimage in Spain, a stint in Portland, Oregon, and a great migration to see penguins in Chile, if by that time there are any left. His favourite folk song includes the line, “One bright morning, when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away.”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Giuseppe Verdi
Giacomo Puccini
Johannes Brahms
Franz Schubert
Johann Sebastian Bach
George Frideric Handel
Antonio Vivaldi
Placido Domingo
Gaetano Donizetti


Holst: Ave Maria
Elektra, Diane Loomer & Morna Edmundson
Piango, gemo, sospiro
Gaston Germain
Magnificat II a 6
Claudio Monteverdi & John Eliot Gardiner
Ovalle: Azulao
Isabel Bayrakdarian, James Parker & Cello Ensemble
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Kathleen Battle & Margo Garrett
Palestrina: Quem vidistis pastores
Elmer Iseler Singers
Buxtehude: Cantata 'Wie schmeckt es so lieblich' BuxWV.108
Aradia Ensemble
Buxtehude: Sicut Moses BuxWV.97
Katherine Hill
Ave Maria Stella
Anonymous, La Capella Reial de Catalunya & Jordi Savall
Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! - Fidelio
Ludwig van Beethoven, Ben Heppner, Donald Runnicles & North German Radio Symphony Orchestra