Saturday, June 26, 2004

CHOICES, SO MANY CHOICES . . .

Having finally had a chance to vet a fair number of streams this evening, I can report that things are generally in pretty good shape, except for the following:

RADIO SLOVENIA TRETJI has a very garbled stream at the moment. Usually once it gets that way it stays that way through the weekend...

UNIVALLE ESTÉREO's stream is silent.

Both streams from WHRB are down, a bad sign now that Harvard is on summer vacation... it will take awhile for anyone there to answer emails or otherwise take note of this situation.

and WWNO's stream refused to load for me this evening, even after several attempts.

On a more positive note, MDR KULTUR has new links for both its streams. We have updated the OperaCast schedule pages accordingly.

And now, what to listen to for tomorrow?

Anyone for Falstaff? -- Salieri's, that is -- can find it early this morning on WRHU.

DR P2 will be rebroadcasting the live performance of Rameau's Les Paladins originally aired a week or two back, with Topi Lehtipuu, Stéphanie D’Oustrac, Sandrine Piau, Francois Piolino, Laurent Naouri, René Schirrer and Les Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie. LYRIC FM will be broadcasting this on a delayed basis.

KLARA will be carrying Honegger's Jeanne d’Arc au bûche, from Vlaamse Opera with Silvio Varviso conducting a cast including Mireille Capelle, Philippe Sireuil, Marie Noëlle de Callataÿ, Anja Van Engeland, Susannah Self and Ludwig Van Gijsegem.

RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS will ba airing the world premiere performance (from July 23rd) of Robin de Raaf's opera Raff. The cast includes Marcel Raaff, Danielle de Niese, Mark Tevis, Annett Andriesen, Monique Scholte and David Wilson-Johnson; Lawrence Renes, conductor.

RADIO CLASICA DE ESPANA, NRK ALLTID KLASSISK and NRK P2 will be rebroadcasting the Covent Garden Faust first heard last week, with Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside, conducted by Antonio Pappano. (And don't forget that this performance is still available in LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA's archives)

EUROPEAN OPERAS will be featuring a performance of Hugo Wolf's Der Corregidor from Dresden, with Michelle Breedt, Christian Elsner, Harald Stamm, Andreas Schmidt, Pedro Marcel Reijans, Friedemann Röhlig, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Irmgard Vilsmaier and Manuela Ursula Hesse, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen.

MUSIQ3 will be carrying a live performance from L'OPERA ROYAL DE WALLONIE of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, starring R. Ragatzu, M. Vanaud, Z. Michaïlov, W. Smilek, P. Berger and L. Graus, and conducted by A. Guingal.

BBC RADIO 3 will be presenting English National Opera's new production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring Robin Blaze, Sarah Tynan, Emil Wolk, Leah-Marian Jones, Alfred Boe, Leigh Melrose, Victoria Simmonds, Linda Richardson, Iain Paterson and Peter Rose, conducted by Paul Daniel.

CBC TWO will be having a performance of Offenbach's La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein from Graz, featuring Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Sophie Marin-Degor, Markus Schafer and Philippe Duminy, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Marie-Ange Todorovich will be busy on Saturday, as she also happens to be starring as the Romeo in a performance on DEUTSCHLANDDRADIO of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi from Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège, also featuring Donata d'Annunzio di Lombardi, Cesare Catani, Giovanni Furlanetto and Léonard Graus, conducted by Giuliano Carella.

NPR World of Opera will ba carrying a performance of Bizet's Pearl Fishers with forces from the Opera Orchestra of New york, condusted by Eve Queler.

The EUROPEAN OPERA SERIES will be featuring a performance from Dresden Staatskapelle of Verdi's Don Carlo, with Olga Guriakova, Ildiko Komiosi, Gabriel Sade, Roberto Frontali, Roberto Scandiuzzi and Kurt Rydl, conducted by Myung Whun Chung.

RADIO CANADA CHAINE CULTURELLE will be carrying a live performance of Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur,from Radio Suisse Roande in Lausanne, with Manon Feubel, Nicola Rossi Giordano, Jérôme Varnier and Federica Proietti, conducted by Claude Schnitzler.

ESPACE 2 will be having a live performance on June 19th of Massenet's Manon, from Grand Théâtre de Genève, with Inva Mula, Stefano Secco, Ludovic Tézier and Alain Vernhes, conducted by Patrick Davin.

Two different performances of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette can be heard, one on LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA and SVERIGES RADIO P2, with Marcelo Alvarez, Angela-Maria Blasi, Maurizio Muraro and Martin Gantner, Marcello Viotti conducting; and the other on RETE DUE, featuring Placido Domingo, Ruth Anne Swenson, Susan Graham, Sarak Walker, Paul Charles Clarke, Kurt Ollmann and Alastair Miles, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

CESKY ROZHLAS 3 - VLTAVA will be carrying a performance of Rameau's Platee, with Gilles Ragon, Vincent Le Texier, Bernard Deletré, Guy de Mey, Jennifer Smithová, Guillemette Laurensová, Véronique Gens and Michel Verschaeve, Marc Minkowski conducting.

RADIO TRE (RAI) will be carrying a live performance from Arena di Verona, of Verdi's Il Trovatore, featuring Roberto Servile,Dimitra Theodossiou, Larissa Diadkova, and Francisco Casanova, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.

WICR will be featuring a performance af Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades, recorded at the Hummingbird Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto, with Vadim Zaplechny, John Fanning , Judith Frost, Hasmik Papian and Igor Morozov, Richard Bradshaw conducting.

Happy listening...

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