Saturday, December 11, 2004

Met Broadcast Season Opens; Berlioz's Birthday

I am finally back in the saddle after several weeks being too busy to post here....

Today marks the opening of a new era of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. It has been a very busy week for the OperaCast elves, putting the list of stations carrying the Met to bed. We won't know how accurate our list is until today's broadcast begins. Please let us know if you hear a station we have listed for NPR's World of Opera carrying the Met or vice versa. The Met has been surprisingly casual in updating (NOT) the list of stations in its network. We would have thought that they would have at least removed all mention of ChevronTexaco from their website pages devoted to the broadcasts, but some pages with the old sponsor's corporate logo still linger!

The Met will be broadcasting Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani (in Italian) with Sondra Rodvanovsky, Francisco Casanova, Leo Nucci and Samual Ramey.

NPR World of Opera is rebroadcasting Der Fliegende Hollander from this past summer's Bayreuth Festival.

Other broadcasts of interest today:

RADIO CLASICA DE ESPANA - the La Scala opening night broadcast of Salieri"s L’Europa riconosciuta (originally aired last Tuesday, December 7th.

MUSIQ3 - Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, live from Theatre de la Monnaie, featuring Mia Persson, Michael Chance, Laurent Naouri, Ivor bolton conducting.

MDR KULTUR - a live performance of Joseph Schuster's Amor e Psiche from last spring's Dresdener Musikfestpiele.

SVERIGES RADIO P2 - a performance of Thomas Jannefelt's Sport och fritid, with a cast of singers unknwon to us, from Kungliga Hovkapellet, Stockholm.

ESPACE 2 - a February 2004 performance of Thomas Corneille's Der lächerliche Prinz Jodelet, from Hambourg Opera.

And now to Hector Berlioz.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I'm delighted to let everyone here know that, immediately following today's Met broadcast of Vespri Siciliani,, KCSC will be celebrating two of my favorite people (!): Hector Berlioz and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. I hope to be able to catch some of it, since I'll be off relatively early thsi evening. But I trust there will be a few here who can catch it all. And drat...the Met has run long by about ten minutes, so I hope they have time to play everything planned....

And so, three cheers for Berlioz and Lauri-Volpi!

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