Saturday, March 25, 2006

On the Boards for Saturday, March 25, 2006

It's hard to believe it's been a month since I last posted here, but it has been a very hectic month. This week we finally had our windows (not of the computer variety) replaced, after several weeks of packing and sorting and shifting and sifting and moving STUFF around. As someone else in our building commented the other day, preparing to have one's windows replaced is worse than moving - it's more like playing with a Rubik's Cube and trying to find the right combination that solves the puzzle. Anyway, enough of personal things...

The big and confusing thing that happens this weekend and next is the switchover to Daylight Savings Time. Europe does it first this coming Sunday night and then, next weekend, North America follows suit. And while North America turns ON to Daylight Savings Time, Australia, a couple of weeks behind New Zealand and South America, goes OFF Daylight Savings Time - it's all a bit like the old trick of rubbing your stomach and patting your head and then being told to switch!

So, with the understanding that some of the European offerings will (seemingly) be an hour earlier than usual because of the time difference created by their being on DST while we Americans are not, here's a look at the lineup for Saturday (not the most boutiful week on record, but still ... the Met broadcast this weeks looks like a comer...):

  • DR P2 -- a recent performance of Mozart's Il re pastore from Budapest featuring Anna Maria Panzarella, Kresimir Spicer, Ditte Højgaard Andersen, Katerina Beranova, sopran and Lothar Odinius, conducted by Adam Fischer.
  • KLARA -- Among other Pucciniana, will be carrying a performance of Le Villi with Stefano Antonucci, Cristina Gallardo-Domas and Carlo Ventre, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.
  • RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS -- A concert performance from Amsterdam of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, with Carol Vaness, Tania Kross, Nicola Rossi Giordano, Zeljko Lucic and Livia Budaï, and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci with Ana Maria Martinez, Dennis O'Neill, Zeljko Lucic, Riccardo Botta and Kyle Pfortmiller, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
  • METROPOLITAN OPERA INTERNATION RADIO BROADCAST (numerous stations)-- A live performance of Verdi's Luisa Miller with Karen Slack, Eduardo Villa, Carlos Alvarez, James Morris, Philip Ens and Irina Mushura, conducted by Maurizio Benini. (From what we hear, Eduardo Villa, who has been replacing the originally scheduled Neil Shicoff - who has been suffering from laryngitis - has been making quite a splash; and Karen Slack, a new face on the scene, at least here in New York, has also been mighty impressive - definitely worth a listen....).
  • NPR WORLD OF OPERA -- A performance of Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades from Paris National Opera, with Vladimir Galouzine, Hasmik Papian, Irina Bogatcheva, Nikolai Putilin, Ludovic Tézier, Vsevolod Grivnov, Sergei Stilmachenko and Christianne Stotijn, conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.
  • NRK ALLTID KLASSISK and NRK P2 -- will be rebroadcasting the Washington National Opera performance of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess from this past summer, with Indira Mahajan, Gordon Hawkins, Angela Simpson, Terry Cook, Laquita Mitchell, Marietta Simpson, Eric Green, Jermaine Smith and Michael Forest, conducted by Wayne Marshall.
  • RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL -- a performance of Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer with Juha Uusitalo, Anja Kampe, Kurt Moll, Stephen Gould, Heike Grötzinger and Kevin Connersconducted by (the paripatetic) Adam Fischer.
  • SVERIGES RADIO P2 -- a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio with Gunnel Bohman, Jon Ketilsson, Ingrid Frøseth, Mattias Ermedahl, Mats Persson, Mats Persson’, Krister St. Hill and Christof Fischesser, conducted by Andreas Spering.
  • ESPACE 2 -- A performance of Donizetti's L'Assedio di Calais from London with Christian Du Plessi, Nuccia Focile, Paul Nilon, Ian Platt, Mark Glanville, Della Jones, Rico Serbo, Russell Smythe, John Treleaven, Eiddwen Harrhy and Norman Bailey, conducted by David Parry.
  • LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA -- a December 2005 performance from Vienna of Verdi's Falstaff with Ambrodžio Maestri, Saimirs Pirgu, Krasimira Stojanova, Tatjana Lisnic(a and Nadja Krasteva, conducted by Daniele Gatti.
  • CATALUNYA MÚSICA -- A recital from Gran Teatre Liceu in Barcelona by Ana Maria Sanchez, with Enrique Pérez de Guzmán on the piano, including works by Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Enric Granados, Eduard Toldrà and Joaquín Turina.

As always....

Happy listening,