Saturday, January 21, 2006

Well, there are two great clumps of stations today. One group is carrying the Met Broadcast of Die Zauberflöte, and the other, a group of seven European stations are carrying a live Norma with Gruberova from the Munich Staatsoper. And that about covers it.....

Seriously, there are other offerings out there. Here's a more detailed account of today's operas:

Bayern 4 Klassik, Cesky Rozhlas-3 (Czech Radio), Latvia Radio Klaika, Musiq3, Radio Slovenia Tretji, RDP Antena 2 (Radio Portugal) and Sveriges Radio P2 (Swedish Radio) - starting at 1:00PM Eastern Time will be carrying the aforementioned Norma, with Edita Gruberova, Sonia Ganassi, Zoran Todorovich and Robert Scandiuzzi.

Deutschlandraadio Kultur - From Staatsoper Berlin, a live performance of Pascal Dusapin's Faustus, the last night with Georg Nigl, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Robert Wörle, Jaco Huijpen and Caroline Stein, Michael Boder conducting.

DR P2 (Copenhagen) - a live performance of Schreker's De mærkede with Duke Antoniotto, Robert Hale, Michael Volle, Wolfgang Schöne, Anne Schwanewilms, Robert Brubaker and Bernard Richter, Kent Nagano conducting.

Radio 4 Netherlands - a 2005 live performance of Prokoviev's War and Peace, from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, with Andrei Grigoriev, Yekaterina Shcherbachenko and Roman Muravitsky, Alexander Vedernikov conducting.

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast - Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, with Eric Cutler, Mary Dunleavy, Morris Robinson, Erika Miklósa, Nathan Gunn, Anna Christy, Greg Fedderly, Susannah Glanville, Maria Zifchak and Malin Fritz, Paul Daniel conducting.

NRK P2 (Norwegian Radio) - will be having a Portrait of Birgit Nilsson, and then what looks to highlights of Thomas Adès opera Powder in Her Face.

Radio Oesterreich International - From Vienna, a live concert performance of Vivaldi's Bajazet (Tamerlano), with Christian Senn, Vivica Genaux, Wilke te Brummelstroete, Elisabetta Scano, Manuela Custer and Marina de Liso, Fabio Biondi conducting.

YPR (Billings, Montana) - NPR World of Opera, which this week features a live performance from Glimmerglass opera of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with Anne-Sophie Duprels, Sandra Piques Eddy, John Tessier, Palle Knudsen, Sanford Sylvan, and Camille Zamora, Stewart Robinson conducting.

Espace 2 (Laussane, Switzerland) - a February 2005 live performance from La Fenice in Venice of Rossini's Maometto II with Lorenzo Regazzo, Maometto II
Federico Lepre, Maxim Mironov, Carmen Giannattasio, Anna Rita Gemmabella and Nicola Marchesini, Claudio Scimone conducting.

France Musiques - a November 2005 live performancs of Handel's Tamerlano featuring Les Talens Lyriques with Bejun Mehta, Bruce Ford, Sandrine Piau, Patricia Bardon, Kristina Hammarstrom, and Lars Arvidsson, Christophe Rousset conducting.

KING (Seattle, Washington) - Late tonight, catch a live Fledermaus from Seattle Opera with Jane Eaglen, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Sarah Coburn, Christopher Feigum, Alan Woodrow, Nancy Maultsby and Patrick Carfizzi, Gerard Schwartz conducting.

Also to keep in mind:

Mozart's upcoming 250th Birthday means that some stations (Klara from Belgium comes immediately to mind) are already carrying a heavy load of special Mozart programming in lieu of their regularly scheduled programs.

WHRB, Harvard's radio station in Cambridge, Mass. is still carrying on with their January season of Orgy® programming, offering something for every imaginable taste. Tomorrow they are running a Bruno Walter Orgy®.


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