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.

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