Saturday, January 06, 2007

Netrebko leads the pack!

The opera being broadcast by the most stations this afternoon is - hands down - I Puritani from the Metropolitan Opera, with Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, and others. After the first few weeks of the new Met season, when only a small handful os European Stations have picked up each broadcast, this week we show thirteen (13) Europen stations for this Puritani! I guess everyone is just plain curious about Netrebko - will she be able to handle the Italian....? the coloratura....? the....? Inquiring ears must know.... Most of the folks we have heard from on the internet who have actually attended any of the previous performances of this run have been favorably impressed with her performance, and with Eric Cutler's, as well (he was a late replacement for Gregory Kunde).

Because so many stations have opted to carry the Met, the remaining live offerings are sparser than usual. So here goes:

  • Catalunya Musica - Live from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, with Edita Gruberova, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Josep Bros,Giacomo Prestia, Vicente Ombuena, Mireia Pintó and Josep Fadóconducted by Josep Caballé-Domènech.
    Deutschlandradio Kultur - From Flemish Opera in Ghent, a November performance of Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perle, with Annick Massis, Marc Laho, Geert Smits and Kurt Gysen, conducted by Patrick Fournillier.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From De Nederlandse Opera, a Christmas Eve performance of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, with Danielle de Niese, Luca Pisaroni, Garry Magee and Cellia Costea, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher (For those of you in Europe, I believe that this is a TV simulcast).
  • Metropolitan Opera (on numerous stations) - Bellini's I Puritani, with Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Valerian Ruminski, Franco Vassallo, John Relyea, Eduardo Valdes and Maria Zifchak, conducted by Patrick Summers.
  • NRK Alltid klassisk and NRK P2 - The New Year's Eve performance of Struass' Die Fledermaus from Wiener Staatsoper, with Ildikó Raimondi, Cornelia Salje, Adrian Eröd, Diana Damrau and Robert Meyer, conducted by Bertrand de Billy (we wonder what will appear in the party scene on this gala occasion?).
  • NPR World of Opera (WVIK and YPR) - Another performance from Wiener Staatsoper, this time Verdi's Otello, with Johan Botha, Krassimira Stoyanova, Falk Struckmann, Marian Talaba, Cosmin Ifrim, Nadia Krasteva, Ain Anger and Vladimir Moroz, conducted by Danieli Gatti. On WMUK, catch last week's NPR offering, Rossini's Cenerenteola, from Washington National Opera, with Sonia Ganassi, Jesus Garcia, Alfonso Antoniozzi, Simone Alberghini and Paolo Pecchioli, conducted by Riccardo Frizza.
  • Klara - A concert performance from London's Barbican Center, featuring the forces of the Royal Opera House, of Halevy's La Juive, with Dennis O’Neill, Marina Poplavskaya, Alastair Miles, Darío Schmunck, Nicole Cabell, Darren Jeffery and Matthew Rose, conducted by Daniel Oren.

Happy listening!

P.S.: And please do take a look at the previous post, Sam Shirakawa's reviews of several operas he caught while in Europe this past November



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