We are back from a week of rest and relaxation on an island in Maine (very remote - and on a very slow dial-up connection).
The Summer Festival season is upon us, and I am now working to finalize a Bayreuth 2004 page for all you eager Wagnerians (although I must say the casts this year are not much different from last year's and they don't thrill me overmuch). Bayreuth kicks off on July 25th with Parsifal.
In London the Proms are already in full swing (staring on July16th) and we will be listing those that have vocal "interest." Many different stations broadcast these, some on a delayed basis, and in case you miss one you desperately wanted to hear, BBC 3 does archive the concerts for a week after the initial broadcast. See the link to the left for the official PROMS page.
This Saturday afternoon, there are three purple items: Weber's Oberon with Lauren Flanigan and Stuart Neill (on NPR's World of Opera); Handel's Hercules with Joyce Di Donato and William Shimell (although I am not wild about Shimell, I still want to hear Di Donato in this role); and a rebroadcast of the Covent Garden Faust with Alagna, Gheorghiu, and Keenlyside (if you miss this one again you can still find it in the achives at Latvia Radio Klasika - just click one of the links (Real player of Windows Media Player) to the left of the program and it will start to play).
Also on tap this afternoon:
- CESKY ROZHLAS 3-VLTAVA is doing a program on Edita Gruberova, including a complete Maria de Rohan (Donizetti).
- DR P2 is now airing Naumann's Acis og Galatea with Roman Trekal.
- RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS is carrying a Zauberfloete from the Barok Opera Festival in Beaune with Isolde Sibert and Christoph Genz.
- RADIO CLASICA DE ESPANA is airing an evening with Martine Dupuy, including a complete 1989 Giulio Cesare (Handel).
- CBC TWO is carrying a performance from Sweden's Baltic Sea Festival of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mzensk, starring Gennady Bezzubenkov, Evgeny Akimov, and Larissa Gogolevskaia, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
- DEUTSCHLANDRADIO is carrying a performance of Rossini's L'amor coniugale (which I am told is a variation on the Fidelio theme).
- MDR KULTUR is rebroadcasting the performance of Rameau's Les Paladins first heard on June 12th.
- RADIO CANADA CHAINE CULTURELLE (French CBC) is rebroadcasting Rameaus' Les Indes Galantes with the forces of Les Arts Florissantes conducted by William Christie, first heard in September, 2003.
- WOSU is broadcasting a Canadian Oper Company performance of Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades (in Russian), featuring Vadim Zaplechny, Hamik Papian, John Fanning and Judith Forst, conducted by Richard Bradshaw.
- WRTI is rebroadcasting Verdi's Don Carlo with Olga Guriakova, Ildiko Komlosi, Gabriel Sade and Roberto Frontali, conducted by Myung Whun Chung, from Semperoper, Dresden.
- SVERIGES RADIO P2 is airing an opera I know nothing about - Arret "av Paula af Malmborg Ward /Opera. Libretto: Kerstin Perski efter Michail Bulgakovs roman En hunds hjärta."
- WOMR is airing a performance of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina (using the 1959 Shostakovich orchestration and the 1913 ending) from the Wiener Staatsoper, with Aage Haugland, Vladimir Atlantov, Paata Burchaladze, and Marjana Lipovsék, conducted by Claudio Abbado.
A friend tells me that the streams for both KLARA and RDP ANTENA 2 are much improved in quality in recent weeks. RDP has retooled its website and its schedule information is now unfortunately very sketchy, although there is hope that they may yet add more detail to their listings (each listing now links to a subsidiary page that is currently blank - one hopes they will eventually make proper use of it...).
That's about all for this weekend. Happy listening, all...