Saturday, June 04, 2005

The new pages are now up

First of all, thanks to Charles for alerting people to our delay (the Maine Turnpike was a parking lot for much of this afternoon and several people who were part of the party we were joinng this evening got hoplessly caught up in the massive traffic jam).

The new pages are now up and running ... we hope you enjoy a weekend of operatic pleasure. Happy listening.


At 6/04/2005 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear fellow opera lovers,

In terms of what we listen to on Saturdays during the Met's off-season months, one unintentionally ironic query was posted on the Opera L discussion group lately with regard to what folks were doing during these "empty Saturdays". That unfortunate and hapless poster was quickly educated to the fact that operatic fare on Saturdays during these months is, if anything, MORE varied and unpredictable than when the Met season is in full swing. As a result, the phrase "empty Saturday" has become a sarcastic catch phrase mercilessly used by all and sundry with regard to this season's Saturday operatic offerings.

So here are my recommendations for today's "empty Saturday" fare, in no particular order: Salvatore Licitra and Maureen O'Flynn are the headliners in an OperaCast of the most recent Richard Tucker gala which Indianapolis' WICR will be rerunning at GMT 1700/EDT 1PM, Puccini's Manon Lescaut will be heard live from Vienna on a multitude of stations at GMT 1700/EDT 1PM featuring the promising Barbara Haveman whose Fiordiligi I quite enjoyed a year or so ago despite occasional flatting on the high notes, and the veteran tenor Neil Shicoff whose lyric and liquid sounds are frequently very leathery and harsh these days but who always brings imagination and creativity to his portrayals, Korngold's Tote Stadt from DeutschlandRadio Kultur at GMT 1705/EDT 105PM featuring Emily Magee, whom I have heard in a few American OperaCasts in the past year and with whom I have been rather impressed, and Moussorgsky's Khovanschina featuring the indestructible and always impressive Vladimir Ognovenko on Philadelphia's WRTI at GMT 1730/EDT 130PM.

And what are you all leaning toward? What have you chosen to fill your "empty Saturday" with this weekend?

Happy listening,



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