Saturday, June 19, 2004

Saturday Stream News - Saturday Operatic Offerings - aka An Embarrassment of Riches

After a VERY long hiatus I am again posting here.

First some news about some of the streams listed at OperaCast:

LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA has added two new streams in recent weeks - they now have a total of four streams, including a really nice sounding 96K stereo WMP9 stream, a 64K stereo RP8, a 32K stereo WMP9 and a 32K stereo RP8.

WUOT has upgraded their Real Player stream to 176.4K (although this evening it was only playing for me at 96.5K...).

Bayer 4 Klassik's 32K WMP9 stream is currently suffering from clicking so we suggest you use their alternate 20.7K RP stream for any serious listening.

A correspondent had told me earlier in the week that KUAT's stream had been "noisy" last weekend, but the noise problem has been fixed (the stream sounded clean to me this evening).

SR 2 has recently imposed a thirty minute time limit on their streams. We have tried various methods to isolate a "raw" link that would load without the time restriction, but these particular links are password protected (the result being that a new link is created for each user each time the stream is loaded), so there is apparently no workaround that will make it easy to listen to this station's streams without timing out every half hour. We have written to the station to complain that this is no way to run a stream for a station that purports to air complete operas and other long classical music works. So far no response. Therefore, we have decided that after this weekend we will no longer list SR 2 on the OperaCast site.

And now for Saturday's operatic fare on the internet - aka An Embarrassment of Riches:

Hofstra University's station, WRHU,is playing a Handel rarity this weekend - Siroe, Re di Persia, in a recording featuring (to me) unknown singers.

RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS will be airing a special program of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera-ballet, Mlada, featuring Mariinsky Theater forces.

The Belgian stations, KLARA, and MUSIQ3 will be airing a live performance of Wagner's Tannhäuser from Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, starring Stephen Milling, Glen Winslade, Roman Trekel, AnnMarie Backlund and Katerina Dalayman.

Many stations will be carrying the live Faust from Covent Garden, with a stellar cast including Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Angel Gheorghiu, Simon Keenlyside, Sophie Koch and Della Jones, all conducted by Antonio Pappano. So far we are aware of more than one station that will be broadcasting this again later in the week or next Saturday.

And folks, they just KEEP COMING.... RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS will be airing a live Don Carlo from Nederlandse Opera, with an amazing cast: Robert Lloyd, Rolando Villazon, Dwayne Croft, Jaakko Rynänen, Amanda Roocroft, and Violeta Urmana, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

RADIO CLASICA DE ESPANA will be featuring a live performance of Arrieta's Ildegonda (I know nothing about this opera [or is it a zarzuela?]. Does anyone care to comment?).

The European Opera will be reairing the Trovatore from Bastille Opera, Paris from this past winter, with Sondra Radvanovsky, Roberto Alagna and Delora Zajick.

DEUTSCHLANDRADIO will be broadcasting a live performance from Dresden of Joseph Schuster's Amor e Psyche. LYRIC FM, from Ireland, will be airing this on a delayed basis later in the afternoon on Saturday

NPR's World of Opera will be featuring Verdi's Attila in a live performance from Carnegie Hall with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York, with a cast including Samuel Ramey, Lauren Flanigan and Francisco Casanova.

The European Opera Series will be carrying Wolf's Der Corregidor in performance from Dresden.

RADIO CANADA CHAINE CULTURELLE will carry a February, 2004 live performance of Braunfels Die Vogel (Les Oiseaux) from Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva. If memory serves this opera (one I had never heard before) has some really gorgeous music.

From Lausanne, Switzerland, comes a live Don Pasquale from ESPACE 2.

WDAV will be carrying a different NPR World of Opera offering than the other NPR stations - another Opera Orchestra of New york performance, Rossini's La Donna del Lago, with Ruth Ann Swenson, Bruce Fowler and Stephanie Blyth (who steals the show).

And if that's not enough for you, tune in any time for another day jam-packed with operatic performances. And just think, in less than a month Bayreuth will be upon us....

HAPPY LISTENING

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