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 --

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