Saturday, June 25, 2005

Saturday, the 25th of June, 2005

Here's the lineup of the most notable live performance broadcasts:

KLARA - From Vienna, a rare chance to hear Verdi's Don Carlos in the original French, featuring one of the truly elegant tenors of our time, Ramon Vargas, in the title role, with Iano Tamar and Alastair Miles also in the cast, Bertrand de Billy conducting.

WFMT OPERA STAGE series is bringing us an altogether exceptional Tristan und Isolde with Ben Heppner and Waltraud Meier, whose Isolde here signals an astonishing new lease on life for this diva's voice, alongside arguably the finest Brangaene of our day, Yvonne Naef, all under the flexible leadership of Maestro Esa Pekka Salonen in a production at the Opera Bastille.

NPR WORLD OF OPERA - From Houston Grand Opera, we can catch a listen to the occasional vocal partner of Andrea Bocelli, sometimes viewed as a considerably finer artist than her famed colleague, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, starring in Puccini's La Boheme.

CBC TWO, WICR & WICR - Are carrying three different reruns throughout the day of WFMT OPERA STAGE's presentation of the world premiere of Lorin Maazel's 1984 from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with a cast that includes the superb Simon Keenlyside.

RADIO TRE (RAI) - The exciting new bass-baritone Erwin Schrott stars in Mozart's Don Giovanni from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in a cast that also features Mariella Devia; Zubin Mehta conducts.

WCLV - A special chance to hear Maureen O'Flynn shine in various excerpts including the entire Act I finale of Puccini's Turandot opposite Salvatore Licitra at the 30TH ANNUAL RICHARD TUCKER FOUNDATION OPERA GALA.


Happy listening

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