As the days get shorter and the Oxford Street queues get longer, there’s nothing more appealing to get into the festive spirit than listening to Christmas carols. Whether you prefer church choirs or Bing Crosby, whether you are Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree or having yourself A Merry Little Christmas, we all have our favourite Christmas songs to enjoy The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Yet, there is a whole other subcategory that either brightens up your gingerbread house or has you reaching for the Christmas spirit: carols sung by opera singers! So make yourself a nice cuppa – but I recommend something a bit stronger, like mulled wine or eggnog! – and brace yourself for some operatic Christmas kitsch.

Kurt Rydl: Jingle Bells & Santa Claus is Coming to Town

 

The Three Tenors: Sleigh Ride

 

Joan Sutherland: The Twelve Days of Christmas

 

Roberto Alagna & Thomas Hampson: O Tannenbaum

 

Montserrat Caballe: Mary's Boychild

 

Bryn Terfel: White Christmas

 

Renata Tebaldi: Adeste Fideles

 

Edita Gruberova: Leise rieselt der Schnee

 

Jonas Kaufmann: Cantique de Noël/O Holy Night

 

Angela Gheorghiu: White Christmas

 

Elīna Garanča, Juan Diego Flórez, Genia Kühmeier & Paul Armin Edelmann: Silent Night