Friday, October 24, 2003

WEEKEND OF OCT. 25TH -- OPERACAST

For those interested, another week of opera coming to our ears courtesy of the Internet
. . .

We have posted the new schedules for the next two weeks. They can be found at:
This Saturday: http://www.operacast.com/thissat.htm
This Sunday: http://www.operacast.com/thissun.htm
This coming week Monday-Friday: http://www.operacast.com/thiswkdays.htm

And

Next Saturday: http://www.operacast.com/nextsat.htm
Next Sunday: http://www.operacast.com/nextsun.htm
Next Week Monday-Friday: http://www.operacast.com/nextwkdays.htm

Chief fare this weekend --

Handel's BELSHAZZAR with Christine Goerke in the cast; a re-broadcast of this summer's Bayreuth Festival SIEGFRIED and three different stations are airing, at different times on Saturday, the Bayreuth LOHENGRIN [for complete information on the times of each Bayreuth rebroadcast and the stations that will be carrying them, and the casts for each peformance, visit our Bayreuth 2003 page at http:www.operacast.com/bayreuth03.htm]; from Florence, we hear Mozart's NOZZE DI FIGARO under Zubin Mehta (Patrizia Ciofi and Lucio Gallo heard in the cast); Rene Jacobs conducts a comic rarity, Gasmana's L'OPERA SERIA; another curiosity, Thuering Braem's IL GONG MAGICO; from Salzburg, AEGYPTISCHE HELENA, starring Deborah Voigt; Massenet's HERODIADE at Vienna, starring Agnes Baltsa; from the Volksoper, a rare chance to hear a performance of Flotow's MARTHA; from Houston, Handel's masterpiece ARIODANTE, with Susan Graham making her Houston debut in the title role (also in the cast, Sally Burgess); a re-broadcast of Washington Opera's VANESSA with Kiri Te Kanawa; Janacek's JENUFA at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo (Nina Warren in the cast); a re-broadcast of the Salzburg world premiere of Henze's L'UPUPA; a re-broadcast of Renee Fleming's first TRAVIATA --

-- in apparent rebellion against the academic straitjacket of atonal dissonance, Levy revised his MOURNING BECOMES ELEKTRA, bringing it closer to the frankly Romantic textures he had really envisaged, a revision you can hear from Seattle, with Lauren Flanigan featured in the title role; to mark Jon Vickers' birthday, a classic performance, Jon Vickers at his absolute peak in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, at the Orange Festival of 1973, singing opposite the Isolde of Birgit Nilsson; Simon Rattle conducts IDOMENEO, with Anne Schwanewilms heard as Elettra.

Enjoy,

Geoffrey Riggs
www.operacast.com

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