Saturday, October 18, 2003

The Weekend of Oct. 18th -- 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:
This Sunday:
This coming week Monday-Friday:


Next Saturday:
Next Sunday:
Next Week Monday-Friday:

Chief fare this weekend --

From Holland, Richard Strauss's ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Robert Dean Smith sings Bacchus); a double bill of highlights from TOSCA with Magda Olivero and the Berlioz edition of Gluck's ORPHEE, featuring Ewa Podles; catch rebroadcasts of this summer's Bayreuth Festival WALKUERE and HOLLAENDER [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]; a number of stations will be carrying a "live" broadcast of Flotow's rarely heard MARTHA from the Vienna Volksoper; William Christie directs Rameau's INDES GALANTES; a curious confusion in the France Musiques listings has left it unclear whether we are to have Vivaldi's ORLANDO with Jennifer Larmore or Richard Strauss's SALOME from the Bastille; the exciting new baritone Michael Corvino stars in Verdi's youthful NABUCCO; our listeners are now given their first chance to sample Renee Fleming in her newest role, Violetta in LA TRAVIATA, unveiled at the Houston Grand Opera and having recently gained plaudits at the Metropolitan; Olivier Lallouette is heard as Guglielmo in COSI FAN TUTTE, from Liege; catch "the other BOHEME", by Leoncavallo, with Lucia Popp and Franco Bonisolli; you can also hear Lucia Popp's Queen of the Night in Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOETE in a historic performance from the Metropolitan Opera, featuring the Pamina of the underrecorded Teresa Zyllis-Gara and the Tamino of Nicolai Gedda; Sarah Connolly stars in Purcell's DIDO AND AENEAS, from Royal Albert Hall; from Washington Opera, catch the up-and-coming Erwin Schrott in the title role of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI; catch Cecilia Bartoli and Bryn Terfel in concert --

-- you can also hear Bryn Terfel in concert with Claudio Abbado; in addition, you can hear Bryn Terfel in the title role of Verdi's FALSTAFF, from Vienna, opposite the sparkling Krassimira Stoyanova's Alice; a celebration of contralto Kathleen Ferrier; along with celebrating the great artists of the past, you can look in on youngsters of the incoming generation with a young singers concert at the Liceo; one of the great Verdi tenors of the past century, Carlo Bergonzi, is heard in a historic performance of Verdi's rarely heard DUE FOSCARI; using a greater portion of Puccini's incomplete sketches than either Alfano or Toscanini, the late Luciano Berio composed yet a third ending for Puccini's unfinished masterpiece, TURANDOT, which we can sample this Sunday.

Happy listening,

Geoffrey Riggs


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