Saturday, May 14, 2005

When the dust settles...

...We'll let you know.

It's been Hell Week here at OperaCast. The Met finished its broadcast season last week, so this week we spent most of our (free?) time trying to figure out what the Met network stations had decided to do next. With over sixty stations to check, it's been a very busy week.

Several Met stations (five so far) are carrying the Met National Council Grand Finals Concert. This year's Concert is worth a listen for several promising young voices - a personal favorite of ours was soprano Suzanna Phillips.

The other Met stations are split between those offering NPR's World of Opera - Bizet's Carmen from Orange, France with Alagna, Uriah-Monzon, Tezier and Ansellem, Chung conducting; and those carrying WFMT's eight week European Opera Series - Janacek's From the House of the Dead from Geneva, Switzerland with Peter Mikulas, Stéphanie Novacek, Stefan Margita, and Alexander Vassiliev, Jiri Belohlávek conducting.

WRTI will be airing a live performance of Verdi's Aida from Opera Company of Philadelphia with Angela Brown (who made such a splash at the Met last October as a late replacement replacement Aida), Barbara Dever, Gregg Baker and Renzo Zulian, Corrado Rovaris conducting.

Deutschlandradio Kultur is re-airing a live performance of Bellini's La Sonnambula with Sumi Jo and Antonio Siragusa, Rene Jacobs conducting - another opportunity to hear the renewed vocal health of Sumi Jo.

DR P2 is repeating a performance of Chabrier's Le Roi malgré lui from Lyon, France with Nicolas Rivenq, Magali Léger and Laurent Naouri, Evelino Pidò conducting.

For those who may have missed it last week, Radio 4 Netherlands is offering another chance to hear a live performance of the Peter Sellars' production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde from Opera Bastille in Paris with Ben Heppner, Waltraute Meier and Yvonne Naef, Esa Pekka Salonen conducting. All three leads were in wonderful form for this performance.

CBC 2 will be carrying a performance from Opera de Montreal of Handel's Agrippina with Lynne Fortin, Krisztina Szabó, Karina Gauvin and Daniel Taylor, Bernard Labadie conducting.

Last season's Houston Grand Opera Giulio Cesare with Laura Claycomb, David Daniels, Brian Asawa, Patricia Risley, Phyllis Pancella sure has legs! It is being broadcast yet again today, this time by Cesky Rozhlas 3 - Vltava. If you STILL have not heard this performance, it's a gem.

For an alternative , check out Bayern 4 Klassik's program on various interpreters of Giulio Cesare with numerous conductors: René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Karl Richter, Julius Rudel, Peter Mark, Herbert Albert, Walter Goehr, Hans Swarowsky, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Ferdinand Leitner, Arnold Gramm, Nicola Rescigno, Charles Mackerras, Marcello Panni und Jean-Claude Malgoire.

MDR Figaro, France Musiques, Radio SLovenia Tretji and Sveriges Radio P2 - From Semper Opera in Dresden comes a May 7th performance of Hasse's Cleofide, with Maria Bayo, Axel Köhler and Iridé Martinez, Alessandro De Marchi
conducting.

NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2 are airing a performance from Covent Garden of Verdi's Rigoletto with Christine Schäfer and Paolo Gavanelli, Edward Downes conducting.

Radio Oesterreich International is carrying a May 12th performance from Vienna of Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, with Falk Struckmann, John Horton Murray, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Heidi Brunner, Maria Bengtsson and Stella Grigorian, Bertrand de Billy conducting

WCLV is airing a live concert performance from Cleveland Institute of Music of Mozart's The Garden Girl in Disguise K 196 (1774), with Tifton Graves, Rachael Pavloski and Jung Eun Oh, Steven Byess conducting.

Espace 2 will present a May 9th performance from Geneva, of Frank Martin's Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornet Christoph Rilke, with Monica Groop, and Xavier Dayer's Mémoires d’une jeune fille triste, with Joan Rogers, conducted by Patrick Davin.

Radio Tre (RAI) is carrying an April 8th performance from Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, of Puccinin's La Fanciulla del West, with Andrea Gruber, Alberto Gazale and Walter Fraccaro, Nicola Luisotti conducting.

BBC Radio 3 is presenting Tippett's The Knot Garden live from the Barbican, with Christopher Purves, Karen Cargill, Ailish Tynan, Rachel Hynes, Roderick Williams, James Gilchrist and Alan Opie, Andrew Davis conducting.

Lyric FM is starting a 5-part series on Maria Callas.

WDAV airs NPR's World of Opera on a one week delay, so it is presenting Mozart's Magic Flute today, from International Baroque Festival Beaune, France, with Isolde Siebert, Suzy Le Blanc, Christopher Genz, Sigiswald Kuijken conducting.

Happy listening to this multitude of offerings......

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