Saturday, August 19, 2006

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Bayreuth reruns on Saturday -
    KAMU / WABE / WICR - Rheingold

Bayreuth reruns on Saturday -
    KCSC / KUHF / WFIU / WWFM / KWAX / WRTI - Walkuere

Other special offerings for this afternoon include

NPR World of Opera (numerous stations)- From Houston, Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia with Earle Patriarco, Joyce DiDonato, Richard Croft and John Del Carlo, conducted by Patrick Summers.

You can also catch a rebroadcast of NPR World of Opera's Thomas's Mignon with a cast that includes Laura Claycomb -- over CBC TWO.

Another rebroadcast, this time from the Opera Stage/European Opera series, is Verdi's La Forza del Destino starring Salvatore Licitra -- over WOMR.

From Salzburg, you can hear Mozart's Nozze di Figaro under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, featuring a cornucopia of fine sopranos: Marie McLaughlin, Anna Netrebko, Dorothea Röschmann, Christine Schäfer -- over LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA / MDR FIGARO / NDR KULTUR / RBB KULTURRADIO.

Also from Salzburg, you can hear Mozart's Entfuehrung aus dem Serail under Ivor Bolton, featuring Laura Aikin, Charles Castronovo and Franz Hawlata -- over BARTOK RADIO / BARTOK RADIO / MUSIQ3 / RDP ANTENA 2.

Gerald Finley is heard in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni, from Vienna conducted by Bertrand de Billy, heard over RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS.

From the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, RADIO TRE (RAI) presents Verdi's Nabucco, featuring today's most accomplished Abigaille, Susan Neves.

From Covent Garden, LYRIC FM carries Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin, with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Rolando Villazon in the cast.

A special celebration of the late Elisabeth Schwarzkopf on SVERIGES RADIO P2 features her classic recording of Johann Strauss's Zigeunerbaron with colleagues Nicolai Gedda, Erika Koeth, Erich Kunz and Hermann Prey.

Although we usually don't highlight studio recordings, there is also a special treat from RADIO STEPHANSDOM, which will present the very finest recording ever made of Tchaikovsky's most unjustly neglected opera: Mazeppa, with Sergei Leiferkus still in his prime, Galina Gorchakova, Sergei Larin and Anatoly Kotscherga. Neeme Jaervi conducts. Surprisingly, this set is not so easy to find today, even though it's a state-of-the-art recording from the 1990s.

Happy listening!


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