A few high points for Saturday, May 7th
Today, May 7th, we especially look forward to what may be an excellent Tristan und Isolde starting at GMT 1700/EDT 1:00PM on France Musiques (Latvia Radio Klasika will also be covering it, but their streams seem shaky today). Ben Heppner and Waltraud Meier star as the doomed pair, and the excellent Yvonne Naef will be heard as Brangaene.
Other items of interest:
The Metropolitan Opera broadcast season closes today with an always wrenching Mozart masterpiece, his last opera, La Clemenza di Tito, starting at GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM and featuring Melanie Diener and Anne Sofie von Otter (Lopardo sings the the title role).
On Musiq3, ten minutes before the Met b'cast starts, the curtain rises on Sumi Jo's return to one of her most spectacular roles, the Queen of the Night. Baroque specialist Rene Jacobs is at the podium for this Zauberfloete from the Monnaie.
Starting usually at roughly the same time as the Met broadcast, NPR World of Opera's series presents another Baroque specialist, Sigiswald Kuijken, leading his Petite Bande in another Zauberfloete from the International Baroque Festival Beaune.
Over Espace 2, starting half an hour later at GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM, we hear a rebroadcast of the Covent Garden Werther from last year, with Marcello Alvarez under Antonio Pappano.
Also, Radio Tre airs Strauss's Elektra from the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, led by Semyon Bychkov. Anne Schwanewilms is heard as Chrysothemis (Polaski attempts the title role).
Over Rete Due, also starting the same time, Marcello Giordani stars in Verdi's Jerusalem, with Fabio Luisi leading the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Happy listening to all, whatever your choice -- or choices!
Geoffrey Riggs, Webmaster