Saturday, September 23, 2006

Offerings for Saturday, September 23, 2006 (D)

Other offerings today:

At GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM, KLARA presents Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, with Patrizia Ciofi and Rolando Villazón.

At GMT 1830/EDT 2:30PM, RETE DUE presents Rene Jacobs' reading of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, with Veronique Gens and Bernarda Fink as the two sisters.

Actually, today, we can choose between two different performances of this supreme Mozart masterpiece, because LYRIC FM will air this year's Salzburg Festival production, with Ana María Martínez as Fiordiligi, plus Thomas Allen and Helen Donath as a pair of expert intriguers, singing Don Alfonso and Despina; starts at GMT 1900/EDT 3:00PM.

Finally, for those who may regret missing part of WMUK's re-broadcast of the NPR World of Opera Elisir d'Amore starring Paul Groves, you can catch that again at GMT 2300/EDT 7:00PM, over WDAV.

Happy listening!

Offerings for Saturday, September 23, 2006 (C)

More special offerings for today:

For those who missed the opening of WICR's re-broadcast of the Bayreuth Goetterdaemmerung today, another re-broadcast starts at GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM today, over WRTI!

Stay tuned................

Offerings for Saturday, September 23, 2006 (B)

Some highlighted offerings available for your listening pleasure today:

Over DWOJKE POLSKIE RADIO, FRANCE MUSIQUES, MUSIQ3, RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS, RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL, RADIO SLOVENIA TRETJI, LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA and SVERIGES RADIO P2, starting momentarily, you can catch Verdi's Vespri Siciliani, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Francisco Casanova.

At GMT 1700/EDT 1:00PM, last year's Opera Bastille Queen of Spades, with Vladimir Galouzine and Hasmik Papian, is heard over ESPACE MUSIQUES.

At the same time, KCSC presents a special "live" historic broadcast of Gounod's Faust, starring Nicolai Gedda, Heather Harper and Nicolai Ghiaurov.

You can also catch the NPR World of Opera presentation of Donizetti's Elisir d'Amore, starring Paul Groves, over WMUK.

More to come!


Offerings for Saturday, September 23, 2006 (A)

First off, a re broadcast of this summer's Bayreuth Goetterdaemmerung has just started on WICR !

More to come..........

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Offerings for Saturday, September 16, 2006

A bumper crop of interesting offerings is available for your listening pleasure today.

Of primary interest, please note that KUHF in Houston (bless 'em!) are broadcasting the "missing" Rossini Barber of Seville from the World of Opera series, with Joyce Di Donato. If you haven't had a chance to catch this (NPR goofed last month and reran the previous week's Barber, by Paisiello, when this was supposed to be broadcast, and most of the NPR stations merely moved on to the next item on the schedule) here's your chance. (I have a feeling that Opera Stage or some other series will pick it up, so hopefully we haven't heard the last of this sterling performance.) Another prime performance comes from Sweden's Sveriges Radio P2 - a Stockholm performance of Wagner's Siegfried with the extraordinary Wanderer of Terje Stensvold (the original schedule listing had been for the Bayreuth Siegfried, but we think this performance will be a marked improvement!). Don't miss it.

And, in case you can't get enough of Joyce Di Donato, Bartok Radio is airing a Benvenuto Cellini with Di Donato, Patricia Ciofi, Gregory Kunde and Laurent Naouri, conducted by John Nelson.

BBC 3 is offering a concert performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger from this year's Edinburgh Festival, with Jonas Kaufmann, Hillevi Martinpelto, Robert Holl, Toby Spence, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Andrew Shore and Matthew Rose, conducted by David Robertson.

There are three Bayreuth reruns available today:
Radio Oesterreich International and Radio Latvia Klasika - Das Rheingold
Radio Slovenia Tretji - Siegfried

Other live offerings include:

  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - A Berlin Philharmonic performance of Mahler's Second Symphony with Soile Isokoski and Magdalena Kozena, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
  • DR P2 - From this past July's Montpellier Festival, a performance of Marais' Semele with Blandine Staskiewicz, Bénédicte Tauran, Hjordis Thébault, Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro, Stephan McLeod, Thomas Dolié and Marc Labonnette, conducted by Hervé Niquet.
  • Espace Musiques (French CBC) - From Lisbon, a March 2005 performance of Rossini's La Donna del Lago with Rockwell Blake, Laura Polvarelli, Silvia Tro Sanrafè, Simon Orfila, Archibald Douglas and Robert McPherson, conducted by Riccardo Frizza.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - A 2000 performance from Nederlansche Oper of Strauss' Capriccio with Hartmut Haenchen, Gabriele Fontana, Olaf Bär, Rainer Trost and Dietrich Henschel, conducted by Andreas Homoki.
  • WQXR - From the 1966 Bayreuth Festival, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde with Birgit Nilsson and Wolfgang Windgassen, conducted by Karl Bohm.
  • NPR's World of Opera (on numerous stations) - A performance of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore from Washington National Opera, with Elizabeth Futral, Paul Groves, Marc Barrard, Steven Condy and Christina Martos, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. (One or two stations will be carrying the Domingo Trilogy that was originally broadcast last week on World of Opera).
  • NDR Kultur - Verdi's Otello live from Niedersächsischen Staatsoper, with Janez Lotric, Brian Davis, Brigitte Hahn, Pedro Velázquez Díaz and Khatuna Mikaberidze, conducted by Wolfgang Bozic.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2 - From the Royal Opera House Covent Garden comes a February 2006 performance of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, with Erwin Schrott, Miah Persson, Jonathan Veira, Graciela Araya, Rinat Shaham, Gerald Finley, Philip Langridge and Dorothea Röschmann, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From Vienna Staatsoper, a 2005 performance of Verdi's Falstaff, with Ambrogio Maestri, Daniel Boaz, Saimir Pirgu, Krasimira Stojanovová, Tatiana Lisnic, Jane Henschel and Nadia Krasteva, conducted by Daniele Gatti.
  • Espace 2 and Radio Tre (RAI) - From La Fenice a performance of Cavalli's Didone, with Claron McFadden, Magnus Staveland, Jordi Domenech, Manuela Custer and Maria Grazia Schiavo, conducted by Fabio Biondi.
  • Klara - A Glyndebourne performance of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, with Miah Persson, Anke Vondung, Topi Lehtipuu, Luca Pisaroni, Nicolas Rinvenq and Ainhoa Garmendia, conducted by Ivan Fischer.
  • WOMR - Is offering the final entry in the Opera Stage/European Opera series - Bellini's Norma, with Edita Gruberova, Sonia Ganassi and Zoran Todorovich, conducted by Friedrich Haider.
  • RDP Antena 2 - A rebroadcast of last season's Washington National Opera performance of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, with Indira Mahajan, Angela Simpson, Gordon Hawkins, Terry Cook, Laquita Mitchell, Marietta Simpson, Eric Green and Jermaine Smith, conducted by Wayne Marshall.

Happy listening!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Susan Neves in Verdi's MACBETH!

Since time can sometimes do cruel things to a singer within a very short period, I'm fervently hoping that Susan Neves's tackling of the most demanding repertoire open to a prima donna will continue to give her glory. Well over a year ago, I attended a Nabucco at the MET, a huge space as most here know, in which Neves's Abigaille proved amazingly accomplished: Full precision in all the intricate passagework, including expert trills in the Act II cabaletta, was matched by unflagging power and resilience in the most declamatory sequences, and the voice was so fresh and easy in the last scene that, as Abigaille lies dying, Neves delivered a flawless messa di voce, capping a poignant reading of Abigaille's remorse. It's rare to hear this role sung so accurately and so powerfully and so musically. But just as remarkable, it's especially rare to hear Abigaille sound so easy!

Since, as such Assoluta roles go, Abigaille is one of the shortest, I've been curious to know if Susan Neves could still sound so effortless at the end of a long evening, performing one of the other roles highlighted in the Assoluta book. Moreover, has she continued to retain her vocal freshness since that remarkable night at the MET? Today, I'll have the chance to find out --

Radio 4 Netherlands - A performance from the Royal Albert Hall of Verdi's Macbeth, in the original 1847 version, with Susan Neves and Lucio Gallo, conducted by Giuliano Carella. The broadcast starts at GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM today(!) -- Tuesday, the 12th.

Granted, since this is the 1847 version, that means no "La luce langue" or "Ora di morte" duet. Still, we will have the rare "Trionfai" in place of "La luce langue", and even in Verdi's original opera, the role of Lady Macbeth is already somewhat longer than Abigaille. So we'll see how well Neves's high pianissimo holds up in the final scene of an arduous and long role (her pianissimo was so spectacular in Abigaille's dying measures, after all).

For other reasons, this could be a tremendously exciting performance. I've heard Gallo do some remarkable singing in other roles as well; so, if Neves's Lady Macbeth does pan out, this might be a gratifying reading of Verdi's opera as a whole, not just a tour de force for one superbly endowed prima donna.


Geoffrey Riggs