Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Last Saturday (of 2006)

As the New Year approaches, many stations are carrying special programming. Among several interesting performances available this afternoon, the one that piques our curiosity is the Meistersinger from Espace 2 with Klaus Florian Vogt as Walther (we were very impressed with his "stealth" performances as Lohengrin at the end of last season at the Met ("stealth" because the New York Times shamefully never reviewed his debut!). Also there are still a number of reruns of 2006 Salzburg Festival performances circulating.

  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - An early December performance from the Vienna State opera of Strauss' Arabella with Adrianne Pieczonka, Thomas Hampson, Genia Kühmeier, Michael Schade, Wolfgang Bankl, Daniela Denschlag, John Dickie, Adrian Eröd, Johannes Wiedecke, Daniela Fally andJanina Baechle, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
  • DR P2 - A performance from Toulouse of Delibes Pearlfishers with Barbara Hendricks, John Aler, Gino Quilico and Jean-Philippe Courtis, conducted by Michel Plasson.
  • France Musique - A concert performance given by Opera Lyon of Lehar's La Veuve Joyeuse (a French version of Die Lustige Witwe), with Véronique Gens, Ivan Ludlow and Gordon Gietz.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From the 2006 Salzburg Festival, Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, with John Mark Ainsley, Ruxandra Donose, Véronique Gens, John Graham Hall, Alexandra Reinprecht, Markus Werba and Adriana Kucerová, conducted by Ivor Bolton.
  • Dwojke Polskie Radio - A June 2006 performance from the Marinsky Theater in St. Petersburg of Schostakovich's The Nose, with Vladislav Sulimsky, Edem Umerom, Tatiana Kravtsova, Andrei Popov, Michail Latyshev, Sergei Semishkur, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Larisa Shevchenko and Tatiana Pavlovskaya, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - the broadcast debut of its new abridged version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, performed in English, with Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, Ying Yuang, Erika Miklosa, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Kate Lindsey, Tamara Mumford, Jennifer Aylmer, Morris Robinson and Gregg Fedderley, conducted by James Levine . SInce this performance only lasts about 90 minutes, expect some stations to carry operatic filler afterward.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2 - From Berwald Hall in Stockholm, a September performance of Grieg's Peer Gynt, with Marita Kvarving Sølberg, Itziar Martinez Galdos and Trond Halstein Moe, conducted by Rolf Gupta.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From the 2006 Salzburg Festival, Mozart's Idomeneo, with Robert Gambill, Britta Stallmeister, Iris Vermillion, Camilla Nylund, Christoph Pohl, Jacques-Greg Belobo and Rainer Büsching, conducted by Fabio Luisi.
  • NPR World of Opera ( WVIK and YPR) - From Washington National Opera, a performance of Rossini's La Cenerentola with Sonia Ganassi, Jesus Garcia, Alfonso Antoniozzi, Simone Alberghini and Paolo Pecchioli, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. WMUK will be airing last week's NPR offering, a Milwuakee Symphony concert performance of Humperdinck's Hänsel and Gretel with Heidi Grant Murphy, Susanne Mentzer, Judith Forst, Robert Orth, Janice Taylor and Anna Christy, conducted by Andreas Delfs.
  • Espace 2 - A December 7th performance from Grand Théâtre de Genève of Wagners Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, with Klaus Florian Vogt, Toby Spence, Anja Harteros, Fredrika Brillembourg, Albert Dohmen, Dietrich Henschel, Walter Fink, Josef Wagner, Andrew Greenan, André Post, Ivan Matiakh, Henry Moss, Bernhard Spingler, Mark Richardson and Martin Snell, conducted by Klaus Weise.
  • Klara - Yet another iteration of La Scala's Opening Night Aida with Violeta Urmana, Roberto Alagna, Ildiko Komlosy, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
  • Latvia Radio Klaika , Radio Tre (RAI) and Sveriges Radio P2 - From Covent garden, a December 19th performance of Bizet's Carmen with Anne Katerina Antonacci, Jonass Kaufmans, Ildebrando d’Arkandgelo and Nora Amsellem, conducted by Antonio Papano.
  • Musiq3 - Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers with Marie Devellereau, Christine Solhosse, Natacha Kowalski, Magali Mayenne, Alain Gabriel, Jean-François Vinciguerra, Jean-Philippe Corre, conducted by Didier Benetti.
  • NDR Kultur - From Hannover, a July performance of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Elena Mosuc, Lenneke Ruiten, Steve Davislim, Andreas Winkler, Michail Schelomianski and Herbert Feuerstein, conducted by Alessandro de Marchi.
  • After the Met - Between 4:00PM and 6:00PM EST, WHRB will be airing a recording of Humperdinck's As the New Year approaches, many stations are carrying special programming
  • After the Met - Between 4:00PM and 6:00PM EST, WHRB will be airing a recording of Humperdinck's Hänsel and Gretel; WOMR will be playing a recording of Johan Strauss II's A Night in Venice; and WQXR will be playing the newly released recording (from a live performance) of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs.

Happy listening through the end of this year and on into Next Year!!!


Saturday, December 23, 2006

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On a very hectic Holiday weekend, keep a sharp lookout for the myriad Messiahs and Christmas Oratorios to be heard in the next several days - the OperaCast elves have ferretted out a goodly number!

For pure operatic pleasure, however, here are some of the choicer offerings for this afternoon:

  • Catalunya Musica - Already underway is a performance of Handel's Semele with Norma Burrowes, Della Jones, Patricia Kwella, Elizabeth Priday, Timothy Penrose, Anthony Roefe-Johnson and the Monteverdi Choir under the baton of John Eliot Gardiner, to be followed by a Messiah (one of the many we have found), and then, in a sharp change of mood, hear Schubert's Winterreise, in a 2001 performance by Christian Gerhaer, Gerold Huber on piano.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk - Before it airs this afternoon's Don Carlo from the Met, they are broadcasting a 1950 Glyndebourne Festrival performance of Mozart's Così fan tutte with Sena Jurinac, Blanche Thebom, Richard Lewis, Erich Kunz, Mario Borriello and Alda Noni, all under the direction of Fritz Busch.
  • France Musique - From Dresden Staatsoper, a performance of Humperdinck's Hänsel and Gretel, with Anke Vondung, Lydia Teuscher, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Irmgard Vilsmaier, Iris Vermillon and Christiane Hossfeld, Michael Hofstetter conducting.
  • DR P2 - From Vienna Staatsoper, a November performance of Bellini's La Sonnambula, with Anna Netrebko, Michele Pertusi, Antonino Seragusa and Simina Ivan, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From De Nederlandse Opera, a liver performance of Mozart's Così fan tutte, with Sally Matthews, Maite Beaumont, Luca Pisaroni, Norman Shankle and Danielle de Niese, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher.
  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations)- Note the early start time (1:00PM Eastern Standard Time) Verdi's Don Carlo, with Johan Botha, Rene Pape, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Samuel Ramey, Patricia Racette and Olga Borodina, James Levine conducting.
  • NPR World of Opera (numerous stations) - Most stations will be carrying a concert performance of Humperdinck's Hänsel and Gretel from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, with Heidi Grant Murphy, Susanne Mentzer, Judith Forst, Robert Orth, Janice Taylor and Anna Christy, conducted by Adreas Delfs. WMUK will be airing last week's NPR offering, Schumann's Scenes from Faust from Cleveland's Severance Hall, with Thomas Hampson, Julianne Banse, Alan Held, John Tessier, Lee Taylor, Natasha Uspensky, Katie Leemhuis, Katherine Lerner and Curtis Streetman, Franz Welser-Möst conducting.
  • MDR Figaro - A 2006 Salzburg Festival performance of Mozart's Il Re Pastore, with Kresimir Spicer, Annette Dasch, Marlis Petersen, Arpiné Rahdjian, Andreas Karasiak, Thomas Hengelbrock conducting.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - Yet another airing of La Scala' Opening Night Aida with Violeta Urmana, Roberto Alagna, Ildiko Komlosy, Carlo Guelfi and Giorgio Giuseppini, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - From the 2006 Salzburg Festival, Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, with Michael Schade, Dorothea Röschmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Alexandra Kurzak, Malena Ernman and Luca Pisaroni, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Bayern 4 Klassik - Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248, with Juliane Banse, Cornelia Kallisch, Markus Schäfer, Robert Swensen, Thomas Quasthoff, Windsbacher Knabenchor and Münchner Bachsolisten, conducted by Karl-Friedrich Beringer.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - A performance of Smetana's Hubicka, with Karel Kalaš, Ludmila Cervinková, Beno Blachut, Premysl Kocí, Marta Krásová, Štefa Petrová, Vladimír Jedenáctík and Karel Hruška, conducted by Zdenek Chalabala.
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - Live from Philharmonie Berlin, a performance of Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ, with Yvonne Naef, Mark Padmore, Ralf Lukas, Gilles Chachemaille, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Mädchenchor and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington.
  • Espace 2 - A June 2006 performance of Baldassare Galuppi's Le Nozze di Dorina from Potsdam, with Joseph Cornwell, Xenia Meijer, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Giulio Mastrototaro, Cecile de Boever, Matthias Vieweg and Hans Jörg Mammel, conducted by Sergio Azzolini.
  • Klara - From earlier this month a Vienna Staatsoper performance of Strauss's Arabella, with Adrianne Pieczonka, Genia Kühmeier and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - Yet another Hänsel and Gretel, this one with the Berlin Philharmonic, Suzanna Bullock, Mihala Kaune, Katarina Karneus, Jane Henschel, Franz Grundheber, conducted by Marks Elder.

And those are the live offerings for this week.

Happy listening and Happy Holidays!


Saturday, December 16, 2006

Alagna's Radames - Hear it for yourself....

With all the kerfuffle this week about Roberto Alagna's abrupt walkoff performance at La Scala just as he was finishing Celeste Aida in his second performance as Radames, we now have a chance to hear him in the Opening Night performance on Radio 4 Netherlands...and a chance to make up our own minds about his interpretation. Also of interest this afternoon, are a reairing of Wagner's Götterdämmerung from last summer at Bayreuth (listen for Hans-Peter König's Hagen), and a couple of offerings from last summer's Salzburg Festival, Ascanio in Alba and La Clemenza di Tito.

  • Bayern 4 Klassik - A live performance from Münchner Nationaltheater of Massenet's Werther, with Marcelo Alvarez, Christopher Maltman, Kevin Conners, Franz-Josef Kapellmann, Sophie Koch and Adriana Kucerová, conducted by Daniel Oren (please note that this station's stream may timeout after approximately thirty-five minutes).
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - A November performance from Wiener Staatsoper of Bellini's La Sonnambula, with Anna Netrebko, Michele Pertusi, Janina Baechle and Antonino Siragusa, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.
  • DR P2 & Sveriges Radio P2 - A live performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni, with Johan Reuter, Christian Christiansen, Inger Dam-Jensen, Bo Kristian Jensen, Ylva Kihlberg, Johannes Weisser, Michael Lindberg and Elinor Fryklund, conducted by Adam Fischer.
  • France Musique - A September performance from Opéra National de Lorraine of Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy, with Diana Axentii, Chad Shelton and Vincent Le Texier, conducted by Kirill Karabits.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - The Opening Night performance from La Scala Milan of Verdi's Aida, with Roberto Alagna, Violeta Urmana, Irina Makarova and Vittorio Vitelli, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
  • NPR World of Opera (WVIK & YPR) - From Severance Hall in Clevelend, a concert performance of Schumann's Scenes from Faust, with Thomas Hampson, Julianne Banse, Alan Held, John Tessier, Lee Taylor, Natasha Uspensky, Katie Leemhuis, Katherine Lerner and Curtis Streetman, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. WMUK carries last week's NPR offering, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra from the Vienna State opera, with Carlos Alvarez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Ana Maria Martinez, Franck Ferrari and Stefano Secco, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling.
  • Metropolitan Opera (on numerous stations)- A live performance of Verdi's Rigoletto, with Carlos Alvarez, Joseph Callejah (in his broadcast debut), Ekaterina Siurina, Robert Lloyd and Nancy Fabiola Herrera, conducted by Friedrich Haider.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - A reairing of Wagner's Götterdämmerung from this past summer's Bayreuth Festival, with Stephen Gould, Alexander Marco-Buhrmester, Hans-Peter König, Andrew Shore, Linda Watson, Gabriele Fontana and Mihoko Fujimura, conducted by Christian Thielemann.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - A reairing of a performance from this past summer's Salzburg Festival of Mozart's Ascanio in Alba, with Iris Kupke, Sonina Prina, Marie-Belle Sandis, Charles Reid, Diana Damrau, Christian Banzhaf and Katharina Vötter, conducted by Adam Fischer.
  • Klara - From the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, an August performance of Verdi's Falstaff, with Edem Umerov, Vasily Gerello, Tatiana Pavlovskaia, Olga Trifonova, Larisa Dyadkova, Anna Kiknadze, Andrei Ilyushnkov, Mikhail Petrenko, Vasily Gorshkov, and Nikolai Gassiev, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
  • NDR Kultur -another performance from this year's Salzburg Festival, Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, with Michael Schade, Dorothea Röschmann, Vesselina Kasárova, Malena Ernman, Veronica Cangemi and Luca Pisaroni, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • RBB Kultur - A 1985 performance of Schubert's Die Winterreise by Peter Schreier, with Sviatislav Richter on piano.

Happy listening,


Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Met broadcasts begin ... and other things are ongoing

Well, the biggest thing this Saturday is the beginning of the new Metropolotan Opera Broadcast Season, the first under the tutelage of new Met General Manager, Peter Gelb.
From the listing on BBC Radio 3 we know that Beverly Sills will be the host of the Opera Quiz during the second intermission of this week's broadcast, Mozart's Idomeneo. The opera itself has a strong cast, headed by Dorothea Roschmann, as Ilia, and including Koby van Rensburg as Idomeneo, Magdalena Kozena as Idamante, and Alexandra Deshorties as Elettra, James Levine conducting.

We have made every effort to include every station we know of that will be broadcasting the Met this season, but I am sure we are still missing some stations, so if you are aware of any stations we have omitted, please let us know. There are still a few stations that have been carrying the NPR World of Opera program, that in past years have switched over to the Met broadcasts but that are still showing the NPR listing - we suspect some of them will be moving over to the Met broadcasting network starting this week. So do expect some jockeying around during the first week or two of the Met broadcasts.

Also of note this weekend, both Deutschlandradio Kultur and DR P2 (Danish Radio) will be airing the opening night Aida, with Violeta Urmana, Roberta Alagna, Irina Makarova and Carlo Guelfi, conducted by Riccardo Chailly that was first broadcast from La Scala on Thursday, December 7th.

Latvia Radio Klasika, Radio 4 Netherlands, Radio Oesterreich International, Radio Tre (RAI), and Radio Slovnia Tretji will be carrying Richard Strauss' Arabella, live from teh Vienna State Opera, with Adrianne Pieczonka, Genia Kühmeier and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Franz Welser-Most.

Most Stations in the NPR World of Opera network will be airing a performance from Bastille Opera in Paris, with of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, with Carlos Alvarez, Feruccio Furlanetto, Ana Maria Martinez and Stefano Secco, Sylvain Cambreling conducting. One or two stations will be carrying last week's NPR World of Opera offering, a Cleveland Orchestra concert performance of Verdi's Don Carlo, with Miriam Gauci, Marcus Haddock, Samuel Ramey, Eric Owens and Yvonne Naef, conducted by that globe-trotting conductor, Franz Welser-Most.

NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2 - a September 2006 performance from Lausanne, Switzerland, of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, with Simone Alaimo, Inga Kalna, Alberto Rinaldi, Kenneth Tarver, Riccardo Novaro, Brigitte Hool and Davide Cicchetti, Paolo Arrivabeni conducting.

Espace 2 - From the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, a performance of Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans, with Irina Arkhipova, Vladimir Makhov, Lev Vernigora, Claudia Radchenko, Vladimir Valaitis, Serghei Yavkovenko, Andrei Sokolov, Yevgeny Vladimirov and Victor Selivanov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting.

Klara - From the Washington National Opera, a performance of Rossini's L'Itliana in Algeri, with Olga Borodina, Juan Diego Florez and Ildar Abdrazakov, Riccardo Frizza conducting.

Catalunya Musica - a May 2001 recital from Gran Teatre del Liceu, with Felicity Lott and Anne Murray, with Graham Johnson at the piano, performing works by Robert Schumann, Gioacchino Rossini, Franz Lachner, August Schäffer, Charles Gounod and Arthur Sullivan.

Lyric FM (from Ireland) - breaking with their tradition of carrying the Met broadcast on a two hour tape delay, they will be airing a performance from the Gaiety Theater in Dublin of Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, with Orla Boylan as Blanche DuBois, David Brophy conducting.


Friday, December 01, 2006

Saturday, December 2, 2006

The day starts extremely early, with Australian Radio bringing us, over ABC CLASSIC FM, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges at GMT 0900/EST 4:00AM[!], featuring Sumi Jo, with the forces of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Oleg Caetani.

At GMT 1655/EST 11:55AM, CATALUNYA MÚSICA brings us Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, with Patrizia Ciofi and Giuseppe Filianoti under Josep Caballé-Domènech.

At GMT 1800/EDT 1:00PM, Roman Trekel stars in Busoni's Doktor Faust at Unter den Linden, over DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR; Daniel Barenboim conducts.

Also at the same time, those who missed last week's NPR World of Opera Coronation of Poppea, with Susan Graham and Frederica von Stade, can catch it again over WMUK.

You can also hear, from Houston Grand Opera, over WQXR, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, starring the incandescent Karita Mattila, with Vladimir Galouzin as Des Grieux, Patrick Summers conducting.

Starting the same time, FRANCE MUSIQUE brings us Bellini's La Somnambula, starring Natalie Dessay, with Evelino Pido at the podium.

At GMT 1830/EST 1:30PM, we have another La Somnambula over NRK ALLTID KLASSISK / NRK P2, featuring Anna Netrebko, in a performance led by Pier Giorgio Morandi.

Also, BBC RADIO 3 presents this summer's Salzburg Festival Don Giovanni, led by leading Mozart maestro Daniel Harding (Hampson, Schaefer, Diener, d'Arcangelo, Lloyd in the cast).

Also, NPR World of Opera (on numerous stations) - Catch Yvonne Naef's Eboli and Simon Keenlyside's Posa in Verdi's Don Carlo, with the Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst.

Also at the same time, those who missed NPR World of Opera's Elixir of Love, with Paul Groves, can catch it again over KUHF.

At GMT 1900/EST 2:00PM, we have Washington National Opera's Italiana in Algeri, over BARTOK RADIO / LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA / MUSIQ3 / SVERIGES RADIO P2, with Olga Borodina, Ildar Abdrazakov and Juan Diego Florez; Riccardo Frizza conducts.

Ambrogio Maestri and Mette Ejsing head the cast (as Falstaff and Mistress Quickly) in Verdi's Falstaff over RADIO TRE (RAI), starting at GMT 1930/EST 2:30PM.

Finally, a reminder for later in the week --

On Thursday, December 7th, at GMT 1700/EST 12:00NOON, many stations will be carrying "live" the opening of the La Scala season: featured is Verdi's Aida, starring Violeta Urmana and Roberto Alagna; Riccardo Chailly conducts.

So enjoy these and other offerings today and into the week.

Happy listening!