Friday, November 24, 2006

All of Wagner's Bayreuth operas at Bayreuth!

We have a marathon for all Wagner aficionados starting in a matter of hours on RDP Antena 2!

Starting at GMT 1000/EST 5:00AM, we have the first of all four Ring cycle operas: Das Rheingold. This entire cycle will be lifted from this past summer's Bayreuth Festival presentation under Maestro Christian Thielemann. After Das Rheingold, we move on to Die Walkuere at GMT 1300/EST 8:00AM, from the same Bayreuth production. Siegfried supposedly starts at GMT 1700/EDT 12:00NOON and Goetterdaemmerung at GMT 2115/EST 4:15PM. But only 4 hours are earmarked for the latter, probably meaning that this fourth and last grand work in this cycle will run beyond the scheduled curtain time.

As a grand finale, having concluded its Bayreuth Ring cycle, RDP Antena 2 winds up with this summer's Bayreuth Parsifal, starting at GMT 1800/EST 1:00PM on Sunday, November 26th. Adam Fischer conducts.

All in all, a capstone to this year's Bayreuth coverage that should prove satisfying to all who appreciate what the Web can provide from the world's premier Wagner festival.



Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Geoffrey Riggs on WMNR tonight!

An alert to all OperaCast visitors, especially those who loved the singing of the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Geoffrey Riggs, the heart and brain behind OperaCast, will be appearing tonight as the guest on Evening at the Opera with Doug Fox on WMNR. You can listen to the entire four-hour program, starting at 8:00PM EST on their nice sounding broadband MP3 stream.

During her all too brief career, Ms. Hunt sang a broad range of music, from Rameau, Charpentier and Handel, through Mozart, Bizet, Berlioz and more modern works by Adams, Britten, Harbison and Peter Lieberson. She had been scheduled to appear in the world premiere of Adams' Doctor Atomic, but was forced to cancel. Her final performances were singing her husband, Peter Lieberson's song cycle, Naruda Songs, on tour in several American cities. You can expect to hear from all or most of these quarters tonight.

Happy listening.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Saturday, November 11 - on OperaCast

It's a very diverse lot this week, including two different versions of Semele, the familiar Handel version and one by Marais, three Bayreuth Ring rebroadcasts (see below), from NPR's World of Opera a one-woman double bill featuring Audra McDonald, and several other items of interest -- read on.

A few stations are still reairing this summer's Bayreuth Ring Cycle

  • WCNY - Götterdämmerung

  • KUSF - Die Walkuere

  • Radio Oesterreich International - Siegfried

And elsewhere:

  • DeutschlandRadio Kultur - From Berlin, Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elias, with Sibylla Rubens, Rebecca Martin, Markus Schäfer and Alexander Marco-Buhrmester, Karl-Friedrich Beringer conducting.
  • DR P2 - from Opéra Bastille, Paris, a performance of Berlioz' Les Troyens, with Deborah Polaski, Gaële Le Roi, Anne Salvan, Jon Villars, Franck Ferrari, Nicolas Testé, Philippe Fourcade and Nikolai Didenko, Sylvain Cambreling conducting.

  • Espaces Musique and CBC Two - From the Bolshoi, a December 2005 performance of Prokofiev's War and Peace, with Yekaterina Chtcherbachenko, Roman Muravitsky, Andreï Grigoriev, Paata Burchuladze, Boris Statsenko, Tatiana Yerastova, Oksana Kornievskaya and Vsevolod Grivnov, Alexandre Vedernikov conducting.

  • France Musique - From Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, an October performance of Handel's oratorio, Theodora, with Geraldine McGreevy, Anne Sofie von Otter, Stephen Wallace, Paul Agnew and Matthew Rose, Emmanuelle Haïm conducting.

  • Latvia Radio Klasika and Musiq3 - From the Barbicon Center in London, a performance of Halévy's La Juive, with Dennis O'Neill, Marina Poplavskaya, Alastair Miles, Darío Schmunck, Nicole Cabell, Darren Jeffery and Matthew Rose, Daniel Oren conducting. {Radio Tretji Slovenia is also carrying La Juive latrer on the afternoon, but with no cast details, we can't be certain it is the same performance.)

  • Radio 4 Netherlands - A September performance of Massenet's Manon, with Sinéad Mulhern, Peter Auty, Michael Kraus and André Post, Brad Cohen conducting.

  • WQXR - From Houston Grand opera a performance of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, with Oren Gradus, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Dorothy Byrne, Carlo Lepore, Zheng Cao, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Joseph Evans and Ana Maria Martinez, Patrick Summers conducting.

  • BBC Radio 3 - From this summer's Salzburg Festival, Mozart's Mitridate, Rei di Ponto, with Ingela Bohlin, Richard Croft, Bejun Mehta, Netta Or, Miah Persson, Colin Lee and Pascal Bertin, Marc Minkowski conducting.

  • NPR World of Opera (on numerous stations) - From Houston Grand Opera, a one-woman double bill: Send (who are you? I love you) by Michael John LaChiusa and The Human Voice by Francis Poulenc, with Audra McDonald singing both roles, Ted Sperling conducting. (You can also hear last week's NPR offering also from Houston, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, with Karita Mattila, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vladimir Galouzine on WMUK).

  • MDR Figaro - From Frankfurt, an October performance of Detlev Glanert's Caligula (an opera in four acts with libretto by Hans-Ulrich Treichel, based on an Albert Camus story), with Ashley Holland, Michaela Schuster, Martin Wölfel, Gregory Frank, Jurgita Adamonyte, Hans-Jürgen Lazar, Dietrich Volle and Barbara Zechmeister, Markus Stenz conducting.

  • NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2 - From Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, a June performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, with Karita Mattila, Barbara Bonney, Ben Heppner, Pavol Breslik, Matti Salminen, François Lis and Juha Uusitalo, Myung-Whun Chung conducting.

  • Sveriges Radio P2 - From Opéra Comédie, Montpellier, a July performance of Marais's Semele, with Blandine Staskiewicz, Bénédicte Tauran, Hjördis Thébault, Emiliano Gonzales-Toro, Stephan MacLeod, Thomas Dolié and Marc Labonnette, Hervé Niquet conducting.

  • Klara - From Vlaamse Opera,a performance of Bizet's Les Pecheurs des Perles, with Annick Massis, Marc Laho, Geert Smits and Kurt Gysen, Patrick Fournillier conducting.

  • KUAT - From Arizona Opers, Handel's Semele, with Lisa Saffer, David Walker, Stephanie Blythe, Scott Ramsay, Heather Buck and John Cheek, Joel Revzen conducting.

  • Radio Tre (RAI) - From Teatro Massimo de Palermo,a performance of Barber's Vanessa, with Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Brigitte Pinter, Agnes Zwierko, Gerard Powers, Fabio Previati, Mario Bertolino and Gianfranco Giordano, Jan Latham-Koenig conducting.

Happy listening --


Saturday, November 04, 2006

Saturday, November 4, 2006 -- B!

Some further offerings this afternoon --

    At GMT 1900/EDT 2:00PM:

  • KLARA - Lalo's Fiesque, starring Roberto Alagna; Alain Altinoglu conducting;

  • and

  • KUAT - Bizet's Carmen, starring Kristin Chavez; Joel Revzen conducting;

  • and

  • WOMR - Handel's all-too-rarely-heard masterpiece, Tamerlano, under Trevor Pinnock.

Enjoy these and others!


Saturday, November 4, 2006

Hope listeners are enjoying some of the special offerings today. Among the many operas playing this afternoon --

Playing now:

  • FRANCE MUSIQUE/MUSIQ3/SVERIGES RADIO P2/LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA - Berlioz's Les Troyens, with Jon Villars, Deborah Polaski; Sylvain Cambreling conducting.

  • Just started, at GMT 1800/EDT 1:00PM:

  • WMUK - From Houston Grand Opera, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, starring John Del Carlo; Patrick Summers conducting.

  • At GMT 1830/EDT 1:30PM:

  • NPR World of Opera (check our THIS SATURDAY page for specific stations) - Also from Houston Grand Opera, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, with Karita Mattila, Vladimir Galouzine; Patrick Summers conducting.

  • Also at that time:

  • CBC 2 - the superb Maestro Jiri Belohlavek leads a performance of Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen, from Geneva;

  • and

  • BBC 3 - Vsevolod Grivnov is featured in Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery, conducted by Vladimir Jurowsky;

  • and

  • NRK ALLTID KLASSISK/NRK P2 - Krassimira Stoyanova is featured in Verdi's Otello, conducted by Daniele Gatti;

  • and

  • WRTI - Ramon Vargas and Veselina Kasarova star in Massenet's Werther, led by Vladimir Jurowsky.

Stay tuned!