A selection of highlights from the world's best-loved operas, presented by Peter Ross. These highlights showcase the prodigious talents of Opera Australia and its gifted artists. The Merry Widow This sparkling opera concerns a national crisis in the picture-postcard country of Pontevedro, as the recently widowed Hanna Glawari appears to be in danger of marrying a foreigner. "The great asset of the performance is Dame Joan’s singing, and her stage presence. She is enchanting, utterly at ease with the part, wholly lovable and genuinely merry." The Sydney Morning Herald Featuring: Joan Sutherland, Ronald Stevens, Gordon Wilcock, Anson Austin, The Australian Opera Chorus, The Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Richard Bonynge. Lakmé - Delibes: The story is set in India in the mid-19th century when the British were imposing a suppressive rule over the many religious sects. "Lakmé was a warm affirmation that Joan Sutherland is not only a great star, but she is a sensitive and subtle artist..." The Financial Review Featuring: Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Henri Wilden, The Australian Opera Chorus, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Conductor Richard Bonynge. La Bohème - Puccini. Puccini's heart-rending love story tells of high-spirited young bohemians who are strapped for cash but draw strength from each other, and the poet Rodolfo's deep love for the young seamstress, Mimì. "The Australian Opera's La Bohème...is an absolute delight." The Australian. "If you see one opera in your life, make it The Australian Opera's production of La Bohème." The Daily Mirror, International Emmy Award winner. Featuring: Glenys Fowles, Neil Rosenshein, Rosamund Illing, John Fulford, The Australian Opera Chorus, The Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Carlo Felice Cillario. Tosca - Puccini: Tosca is grand opera, done grandly. Puccini's famous drama packs an enormous emotional punch in three acts, and is a classic of the stage for good reason. "Eva Marton's singing is the authentic sound of Puccini's heroine: ample in vocal color, size of tone and passionate accent." The Sydney Morning Herald Featuring: Eva Marton, Lamberto Furlan, John Shaw, The Australian Opera Chorus, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra. Conductor: Alberto Erede.