Friday, October 31, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time Lyric FM's audio stream is completely back to normal and sounds fine. The excellent support staff there worked hard to correct the problem, and we're very confident it will not return. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Franco Corelli (1921 - 2003): Recollections and reflections

Since a lion's share of leading tenor roles, in the Italian rep especially, are either fighters or lovers -- when they aren't both -- any artist therefore who can fuse the two in one and the same voice is automatically rare and valuable. Possibly some of the keenest commentary on Corelli that I've yet read is Paul Jackson's in his second volume on the MET b'casts: he spotlights this mercurial aspect to Corelli's singing right away. For me, that is maybe Corelli's greatest asset. Simply contrasting his "Si, fui soldato" with his "Io non ho amato ancor" in Andrea Chenier makes this point better than anything I could say. More

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

Those thinking of listening to Saturday's NPR World of Opera will be happy to know that WYSU has repaired its left channel. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Dear fellow opera lovers,

We are happy to inform you that at this time CBC Two's Real Player stream is back to normal. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

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

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, WHRB's audio stream is suffering from a slight problem. You can hear faintly in the background the sound of another station. This is an intermittent problem about which we've written this station before, but so far they don't seem interested in fixing it. If the problem particularly bothers you let us know and we will furnish you with the appropriate email addresses.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, we are happy to inform you that Deutschlandfunk's MP3 audio stream once again has two working channels of audio. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

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: 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 --

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 http:www.operacast.com/bayreuth03.htm]; 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
www.operacast.com

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, both of WKCR's audio streams are back in operation. We recommend their somewhat superior Real Player stream. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

As some of you may have noticed, Radio Clasica of Argentina no longer appears on our schedule pages or our Opera Table. This is because the station has just been bought by new management, its stream has been suspended, and its programming temporarily suspended as well. We hope that the interruption will not be too long. Our contact has expressed optimism that the interruption will be a short one.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Welcome to OperaBlog!

We will discuss things operatic, especially relating to opera broadcasts on the internet. Look here for up-to-date information about the status of audio streams listed on the OperaCast website. And also for weekly highlights of operatic internet broadcasts.

Liz Hubbell Riggs

Dear fellow opera lovers,

I am happy to inform you that at this time WWNO's audio stream is working again. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Friday, October 03, 2003

AN OPERATIC WEEKEND

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 --

This entire week there will be many programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kathleen Ferrier's passing in October of 1953 -- a treasured artist who fully deserves this worldwide recognition, it will be worthwhile to peruse all our pages and Search the numerous entries for programs celebrating this deeply moving contralto and her all-too-brief career --

Angela Denoke in concert; Igor Kuljeric's brand new ZIVOTINJSKA FARMA based on Orwell's "Animal Farm"; another new work, Albeniz's HENRY CLIFFORD with Alessandra Marc, Carlos Alvarez, Ana-Maria Martinez, Aquiles Machado, among others; Elena Souliotis stars in Catalani's rarely heard LORELEY (Cappuccilli also in the cast); the exciting Carl Tanner is heard in Verdi's LUISA MILLER; William Christie leads Rameau's LES INDES GALANTES; from Washington Opera, Kiri Te Kanawa stars in Barber's VANESSA; Elizabeth Futral and Richard Zeller star in Massenet's THAIS; you can catch Violeta Urmana and Giuseppe Sabbatini in LA FAVORITE; Rene Jacobs leads AGRIPPINA -- Anna Caterina Antonacci, Miah Persson and Dominique Visse in the cast; Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti at their most youthful in a "live" FIGLIA DEL REGIMENTO; Samuel Ramey takes on the unusual double bill of BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE and GIANNI SCHICCHI; from Pesaro, Rossini's TURCO IN ITALIA (Matthew Polenzani in the cast); at Covent Garden, it's SUOR ANGELICA that's paired with PAGLIACCI, featuring Gallardo-Domas and Palmer in Puccini's haunting one-acter under Christian Thielemann, and Domingo, Georghiu and Hvorostovsky (as Silvio) in Leoncavallo's masterpiece under Anthony Pappano; Maria Guleghina and Mark Delavan heard in Verdi's AIDA --

Juan Diego Florez in concert; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo in closeup; Bernarda Fink in concert; Verdi's rarely heard STIFFELIO with Mario Del Monaco; Susan Anthony stars in Beethoven's FIDELIO.

Happy listening,

Liz Hubbell
Webmaster
www.operacast.com

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

At this time, Klara's web site is once again up and running. Enjoy.

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Dear fellow opera lovers,

Some of you may listen, or try to listen, to WNYC. If you are, some of you may be experiencing some crackling. This is an intermittent problem with some Windows Media Player streams. It does NOT occur if you switch to Version 6.4 Windows Media Player. You may find the latter version by doing a search on your computer for the file called mplayer2.exe . Once you find it, please open that program. Then cut and paste into the File Open menu window the following: http://www.wnyc.org/asx/wnycfm.asx and click OK. You should find the stream now plays with no crackling. I'm firing off a message to our contact there right away to see if they can straighten this out. Good luck, and please let us know if 1) you experience the crackling and 2) whether the above suggested solution does the trick. Thank you and

Happy listening,

Charles
http://OperaCast.com