Saturday, July 29, 2006

Offerings for the balance of July 29, 2006

Remaining recommendations for today's fare:

At GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM, a rebroadcast of the Bayreuth performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold over MDR FIGARO, NDR KULTUR and RBB KULTURRADIO.

Later, at GMT 2205/EDT 6:05PM, there will be a rebroadcast of today's Bayreuth performance of Wagner's
Siegfried over Bartok Radio, whose Real Player stream is finer than any of the streams currently carrying this performance "live".

Starting at GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM is
WCLV's offering of Schumann's Faust, starring Thomas Hampson.

Prokofiev's
War and Peace can also be heard at that time over WCNY, starring Vsevolod Grivnov in the role of Anatol.

Christine Brewer is featured in a "live" Gala concert at the Proms over
BBC Radio 3 at GMT 1830/EDT 2:30PM.

If you want to catch a later airing of the
Opera Stage Series Idomeneo, featuring Neil Shicoff, KUAT will present it at GMT 1900/EDT 3:00PM.

Sarah Coburn stars in this rare opportunity to catch Donizetti's French revision of his
Lucia di Lammermoor, over WDAV at GMT 2300/EDT 7:00PM.

Happy listening.

Offerings at GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM, July 29, 2006

Some top recommendations for today's fare at GMT1730/EDT 1:30PM:

Britten's Death in Venice is the chief offering for most of the NPR World Of Opera network stations today, a performance from Glimmerglass Opera, featuring William Burden and David Pittsinger.

In the same series, Sarah Coburn stars in this rare opportunity to catch Donizetti's French revision of his
Lucia di Lammermoor, over WCNY.

Catch Juan Diego Florez in Rossini's
Le comte Ory over KBYU.

The chief offering for the
Opera Stage Series network stations is Mozart's Idomeneo, featuring Neil Shicoff.

But you can also hear, in this same series, Verdi's
Forza del Destino over WABE, starring Salvatore Licitra.

From last year's Orange Festival, we hear Puccini's
La Boheme, heard over NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.

Schumann's
Paradies und die Peri over RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL stars Christoph Prégardien.

VPR presents Purcell's Fairy Queen in tribute to the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

More to come for offerings later in the day.

Offerings at GMT 1700/EDT 1:00PM, July 29, 2006

Some top recommendations for today's fare at GMT1700/EDT 1:00PM:

The Opera Stage Series (called by some European Opera) continues with various offerings, among them Mozart's Idomeneo, featuring Neil Shicoff, aired over KCSC.

Another offering in the same series, heard over
WICR and WMCE is Verdi's Forza del Destino, with Salvatore Licitra.

And yet another in the same series: Bellini's
Norma over WQXR, with Edita Gruberova and Sonia Ganassi in the cast.

Over
KRVS we hear Britten's Death in Venice from Glimmerglass Opera, featuring William Burden and David Pittsinger.

Sarah Coburn stars in this rare opportunity to catch Donizetti's French revision of his
Lucia di Lammermoor, an NPR World Of Opera network presentation over WMUK.

More to come for offerings later in the day.

Attractive Magic Flute

Some here who are not already tuned in to today's Siegfried from Bayreuth, starring the striking Stephen Gould (his Forging Scene turned out very well), might be intrigued by a Zauberfloete coming up right now on ESPACE MUSIQUES, featuring Dorothea Röschmann (Pamina), Christoph Strehl (Tamino), Erika Miklosa (La Reine de la nuit), René Pape (Sarastro), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Papageno), Julia Kleiter (Papagena), Georg Zeppenfeld (le Héraut), Kurt Azesberger (Monostatos), and the Chœur Arnold Schœnberg and the Orchestre de chambre Mahler under the direction of Claudio Abbado.

Happy listening.

Gould's first Siegfried coming right up!

Those who recall Gould's first Tannhauser at Bayreuth and how exciting it was will probably be primed for his Bayreuth Siegfried, which starts less than half an hour from now, at 1355 GMT/9:55AM EDT! See OperaCast's Bayreuth Schedule Page for details of these and all broadcasts and rebroadcasts of the Bayreuth performances. Today's Siegfried is being carried "live" on Dwojke Polskie Radio, Bayern 4 Klassik, and Radio Tre. And if you miss any part of it, you can catch it later today at 2205 GMT/6:05PM EDT over Bartok Radio. Surprising that Bartok Radio is not carrying this offering "live", since it usually does that for the whole Festival. But it's a boon that you can have a second chance today with their airing -- and you get to hear it in better sound on their Real Player stream than on any stream among the "live" stations coming right up. Even though Gould's own Siegfried may well be exciting, and as Gould's first Siegfried broadcast this may also prove the vital test for the balance of his career and even be historic, the best overall performance of the series still looks to be the Tristan und Isolde.

Hope to come back here in an hour or so with the balance of today's many offerings.

Happy listening,

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Quick and Dirty....

Just a few notes today about future offerings for both today and this week:

The Proms are now well underway. BBC 3 keeps the concerts in their archives for a week after each concert airs. You can visit the Proms website to access the archives. Lots of stations will be braodcasting and rebroadcsating these concerts as well.

The Salzburg Festival starts this week with a broadcast of Marriage of Figaro.

The Bayreuth Festival starts on Tuesday and continues with the opening night broadcasts continuing through August 2nd. See OperaCast's Bayreuth Schedule Page for details of these and all rebroadcasts of the Bayreuth performances. So far Bartok Radio seems to be the only station that will be carrying all the opening nights live (actually they will be delaying the Rheingold broadcast by several hours). in our view the Tristan und Isolde is the one to hear. (And in a very weird coincidence, I have Turner Classic Movies on while I write this, with the end of The Blue Gardenia on and just as I started this paragraph, the strains of Tristan welled up in the movies score - if you know the movie, the music playing on the phonograph when the murder is committed is an important plot point...)

And on for Saturday:

  • NPR World of Opera, main listing - Lucie de Lammermoor, Donizetti's French translation of his famous opera
  • WFMT's Opera Stage series - The Licitra Forza del Destino from Carnegie Hall with Robert Bass and the Collegiate Chorale
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From Opera Bastille in Paris, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra with Carlos Alvarez and Ferruccio Furlanetto
  • Numerous stations will be carrying Handels's Orlando from the Beaune International BAroque Opera Festival

I'm sure I have omitted something important, but we are soon off to Caramoor to see Eva Podles in Tancredi - it promises to be a somewhat soggy occasion but we are still looking forward to it.

Happy listening,

Saturday, July 15, 2006

We're B-a-a-c-c-k-k-k!

After a couple of weeks away from the blog - first a week of vacation and then last Saturday a journey with a bunch of friends to Caramoor to see Sumi Jo in a first-rate concert performance of Bellini's I Puritani. We are back in the saddle, just in time for this Saturday's live offerings courtesy of OperaCast.

  • Bartok Radio - Maniuszko's A kísértetkastély, with Adam Kruszewski, Iwona Hossa, Anna Lubanska, Krzysztof Szmyt, Dariusz Stachura, Piotr Novacki, Stefania Toczyska, Zbigniew Macias, Romuald Tesarowicz and Agnieszka Zwierko.
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - Michele Carafa's Die zwei Figaros, with Carmino Monaco, Simon Bailey, Giorigio Trucco, Vittorio Prato, Guiseppe Fedeli, Cinzia Rizzone, Rossella Bevaqua and Eunshil Kim, conducted by Brad Cohen.
  • DR P2 - rebroadcast of the Toronto perfromance of Rossini's Tancredi, with Eva Podles, Michael Colvin, Nicoleta Ardelean, Robert Pomakov, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Laura Whalen, conducted by Will Crutchfield [Next week at Caramoor Crutchfield will be conducting this same opera again with Podles].
  • NPR World of Opera (numerous stations) - From last summer's Glimmerglass Opera season, a performance of a double bill, The Portrait of Manon by Jules Massenet featuring Kristine Winkler, Theodore Baerg, Colin Ainsworth and Bruce Reed, Andrew Bisantz conducting; and The Human Voice by Francis Poulenc with Amy Burton conducted by Stewart Robertson. Other NPR stations who are a week or so behind will be broadcasting Thomas' Hamlet from Grand Theater of Geneva and Handel's Orlando from Glimmerglass.
  • WFMT'S Opera Stage/European Opera series (numerous stations) and Radio Oesterreich International - From the Bolshoi, Prokoviev's War and Peace with Andrei Grigoriev, Elena Novak, Leonid Zimnenko, Yekaterina Shcherbachenko, Alexander Naumenko, Margarita Mamsirova, Roman Muravitsky, Oksana Kornievskaya, Vsevolod Grivnov, Yuri Baranov, Tatiana Yerastova, Irina Rubtsova, Paata Burchuladze and Boris Statsenko, Alexander Vedernikov conducting. Some other Opera Stage stations will be carrying Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne, Mozart's Ascania in Alba or Vivaldi's Orlanado Furioso.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - Catalani's La Wally, with Violeta Urmana, Pauls Dumitresku, Viktorija Lukjaneca, Francesko Hongs, Ambrodžo Maestri, Nadja Krasteva, conducted by Carlo Franci.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Orange, Verdi's Aida with Indra Thomas, Marianne Cornetti, Marie-Paule Dotti, Roberto Alagna and Orlin Anastassov, conducted by Michel Plasson.
  • CBC Two -From the nation al opera in Paris, Kaija Saariaho's Adriana Mater with Patricia Bardon, Solveig Kringelborn, Stephen Milling and Gordon Geitz,conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk - Béla Bartók's Ridder Blåskjegg, with Katarina Dalayman and Peter Fried, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - A reairing of Washington National Opera's 2005 performance of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, with Gordon Hawkins, Indira Mahajan, Laquita Mitchell, Angela Simpson, Jermaine Smith and Eric Green, conducted by Wayne Marshall.
  • WRTI - a Carnegie Hall performance with Robert Bass and the Collegiate Chorale of Verdi's Macbeth with Juan Pons, Maria Guleghina, Michael Sylvester, Dean Peterson, Chris Owens, Kevin Burdette, and Laura Danehower Whyte.
  • Bayern 4 Klassik - From Munich, a concert of arias from various operas with Andrea Rost and Roberto Saccà, Marco Armiliato conducting.
  • France Musiques - From Opera Bastille, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore with Heidi Grant-Murphy, Paul Groves and Laurent Naouri.
  • Musiq3 - Vivaldi's L'Atenaïde with Ruth Rosique Lopez, Romina Basso, Laura Rizzetto, Fransiska Gottwald, Cristina Baggio, Bartolo Musil and Mark Tucker, conducted by Andrea Marcon.
  • BBC Rasdio 3 - From the Proms, Mozart the Dramatist, a concert of Mozart arias featuring Anna Leese, Rebecca Nash, Ailish Tynan, Ian Bostridge, Benjamin Hulett, Simon Keenlyside, Kyle Ketelsen and Brindley Sherratt, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington.
  • Catalunya Musica - From Gran Teatre del Liceu, a concert of Handel excerpts and arias with Elena de la Merced and Vivica Genaux, conducted by Michael Hofstetter.
  • Lyric FM - From the Wexford Festival Faure's Penelope with Nora Sourouzian and Gerard Powers.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - From Teatro Poliziano di Montepulciano, a double bill of Henze's one act opera, Das Wundertheater, with Philip O'Brien, Anne Albrecht, Richard Wiegold, Giles Davies, Meeta Raval, Julian Hubbard, Simona Mihai, Pedro Tyrone and Sam Boden; and Brecht/Weill's Mahagonny with Simona Mihai, Anne Albrecht, Philip O'Brien, Sam Boden, Giles Davies and Richard Wiegold, conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig.
  • RDP Antena 2 - Tippett's Midsummer Marriage with Amanda Roocroft, Will Hartmann, Elena Manistina, John Tomlinson, Cora Burggraaf, Gordon Gietz, Brindley Sherratt and Diana Montague, conducted by Richard Hickox.

Happy listening.