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...

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Today's Don Pasquale

Just received the following email from Charles Riggs concerning the Don Pasquale being broadcast this afternoon by ESPACE 2:
Perusing the blog, I note the spareness of the Pasquale commentary. Not your fault, of course, but just so you know I heard the tenor, Siragusa, on some live Sunday bel canto opera broadcast from Radio Clasica de Espana amonth or so ago (I forget which opera) and he's a freak, a clear rival to Flores with a more extraordinary voice. This should be rather extraordinary.

So happy listening all....

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