I note with some horror that I have not posted here in almost six weeks!
July was a busy month when we were on vacation for a week and also travelled out of town on two weekends (one truly sublime trip to Caramoor for a performance of La Sonnambula with the still inestimable Sumi Jo), and well....here we are back at work full time and back to bloggerworld.
So what's on for this first Saturday in August? A few Bayreuth 2005 rebroadcasts - look for Tannhauser, Tristan and Lohengrin - and some live festival offerings from Europe head the list.
First the Bayreuth rebroadcasts: Bayern 4 Klassik is carrying the Tannhauser (starting as I write this), but we hear a squeal on Bayern 4's Real Player stream and some computers may hear intermittent clicking on Bayern 4's Windows Media Player stream. A special note: we have just uploaded new stream links for both Bayern 4 streams - maybe this will help the situation with these streams.
RDP Antena 2 (Portugal), MDR Figaro, NDR Kultur and RBB Kulturradio (all German stations) are carrying Lohengrin.
Radio 4 Netherlands is carrying the Tristan und Isolde.
DeutschlandRadio -- a 1978 performance from Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin) of Paul Dessau's Einstein with Theo Adam and Peter Schreier, conducted by Otmar Suitner.
DR P2 (Denmark) -- a 2004 Copenhagen performance of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, with Michael Kristensen, Ylva Kihlberg, Hanne Fischer, Kerstin Avemo, Paula Hoffman and Jens Bruno Hansen, conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
KCSC (Oklahoma) -- from Teatro Real, Madrid, a performance of Tomás Bretón's La Dolores, with Maria Rodriguez, Cecilia Diaz, Gustavo Porta, Dario Schmunck, and Stefano Palatchi, conducted by Antoni Ros Marb.
NPR World of Opera -- from Glimmerglass, a performance of Poulenc's Dialogue of the Carmelites, with Maria Kanyova, Joyce Castle, Robynne Redmon, Sarah Coburn, Anne Evans, Jake Gardner, Jason Collins, Kate Magiameli, Marion Pratnicki and Mark Whatley, conducted by Stewart Robertson. Some NPR stations are a week behind and will be airing the Glimmerglass performance Richard Rodnet Bennett's The Mines of Sulphur that first aired last week.
WOSU (Ohio) -- A performance from Vienna State Opera of Bellini's Norma, with Edita Gruberova and Salvatore Licitra, Marcello Viotto conducting.
KBYU (Utah) -- a rebroadcast of the Paris Tristan und Isolde with Ben Heppner, Waltraute Meier and Yvonne Naef, conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen.
NRK Alltid Klassisk (Norway) -- a May 2004 performance from Montreal, Canada of Handel's Alcina, with Karina Gauvin, Christine Brandes, Krisztina Szabo, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nathaniel Watson, Benjamin Butterfield and Shannon Mercer, conducted by Bernard Labadie.
Radio Oesterreich International (Austria) -- from the 2005 Salzburg Festival, a performance of Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponto, with Richard Croft, Netta Or, Miah Persson, Bejun Mehta and Ingela Bohlin, conducted by Marc Minkowski.
Sveriges Radio P2 (Sweden) -- a live double bill from Stockholm -- Francesco Mancini's opera Demofoonte, with Nikola Matisic, Karl Rombo, Erik Enqvist, Ida Falk Winland, Karolina Blixt and Trine Bastrup Møller; and Giuseppe Selitti's Fiffiga änkan, with Elisabeth Bodén Haglund and Johan Fägerlind, all conducted by Mark Tatlow.
Espace 2 (Switzerland) -- a June 2005 La Scala (Milan) performance of Puccini's La Bohème, with Roberto Aronica, Filipo Morace, Hei-Kyung Hong, Fabio Capitanucci and Daniela Bruera, conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
Klara (Belgium) -- a 2004 Pesaro Festival performance of Rossini's Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra,with Sonia Ganassi, Bruce Sledge, Mariola Cantarero, Manuela Custer, and Antonino Siragusa, conducted by Renato Palumbo.
WICR (Indiana) -- a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio from Carnegie Hall in New York City with Deborah Voigt, Thomas Moser, James Morris, Harolyn Blackwell and Stanford Olsen, conducted by Robert Bass.
France Musiques, Musique 3 (Belgium), and Radio Tre (RAI) -- a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from L'Orange, with Mélanie Diener, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jorma Silvasti and Franz-Josef Selig, conducted by Kurt Masur.
That about wraps it up for the live performance offerings this afternoon.