Saturday January 22nd Offerings on OperaCast
I am back in the saddle again after several very busy weeks. Doing this stuff while holding down a day job can be pretty hectic! Here in the Northeastern United States it looks as if it will be a propitious afternoon to stay home and listen to some fine opera - a blizzard with high winds and heavy snow accumulation is predicted to begin by early afternoon.
The purple item for this afternoon looks to be the reairing of the February 25, 1967 Metropolitan Opera Broadcast of Verdi's Aida with Leontyne Price and Carlo Bergonzi in their prime, along with Grace Bumbry and Robert Merrill! In a late development, Sveriges Radio P2 from Sweden WILL be carrying the Aida (instead of a delayed broadcast of the Met Vespri from earlier this season, as their schedule had earlier indicated). Also, starting around GMT1920/EST 2:20pm, Sveriges Radio P2 will be airing the Epilogue from last week's Tales of Hoffman, which "went missing" in their airing of that broadcast last Saturday.
DR P2 - a Paris performance from this past October of Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso featuring Jennifer Larmore, conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
Frances Musiques - a December 2004 performance of Messager's Véronique.
Radio 4 Netherlands & BBC Radio 3 - a rebroadcast of a December 2004 performance from La Fenice in Venice of Massenet's Le Roi de Lahore, featuring Ana Maria Sanchez and Vladimir Stoyanov, conducted by Marcello Viotti.
RadioClasica de Espana - a July 2004 performance from the Bavarian State Opera of Wagner's Die Meistersingers von Nuremberg, with Jan Hendrik Rootering as Hans Sachs, Eike Wilm Schulte as Beckmesser, Robert Dean Smith as Walther, and M. Kaune as Eva (and in a bit of luxury casting, Matti Salminen appears here as Pogner!), Zubin Mehta conducting.
Espace 2, Musiq3 & Radio 4 Netherlands (at varying times during the afternoon) - a performance of Verdi's Jérusalem, featuring Nelly Miricioiú and Francisco Casanova, conducted by Paolo Olmi.
DeutschlandRadio - an April 2004 performance from Covent Garden of Donizetti's Don Pasquale featuring Juan Diego Florez, Simone Alaimo and Tiana Lisnic, conducted by Bruno Campanella.
NPR World of Opera - a performance from Liège of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, with Ekaterina Siurina, Ruxandra Donose, Cesare Catani and Giovanni Furlametto, Giuliano Carella conducting.
Radio Tre (RAI) - a performance of Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame from Teatro San Carlo in Naples, with Robert Brubaker, Olga Guryakova and Raina Kabaivanska, conducted by Jerzy Semkow.
NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - a Covent Garden performance of Massenet's Werther, conducted by Anthony Pappano with Marcelo Alvarez and Ruxandra Donose.
We already know that after the end of the Met Opera broadcast, WOMR will be paying tribute to the beloved soprano Victoria de los Angeles, who died this week, and I suspect that other stations who carry "filler" after the Met broadcasts will likewise pay tribute to either De los Angeles or Renata Tebaldi.
That wraps up the live highlights for this Saturday. Happy listening!