Saturday, February 24, 2007

400 Years and Counting....

Today marks the 400th Anniversary of the Premiere of Monteverdi's Orfeo, considered by most to be the very first opera.

To celebrate the 400th Birthday of Opera, many stations will be airing live performances or recordings of Orfeo. Bayern 4 Klassik is going whole hog with a 17-hour marathon of programming in celebration of this inimitable art form - featuring as its centerpiece, a double header: Orfeo followed by the Met's broadcast of Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin.

So first, here is a list of the stations that are honoring 400 years of Orfeo and opera, and what Orfeo performances they will feature:

  • Bayern 4 Klassik and Radio Stephansdom - a recording, conducted by Emanuelle Haim, featuring Ian Bostridge, Patricia Ciofi, Nathalie Dessay, Lorenzo Regazzo, Carolyn Sampson and Christopher Maltman.
  • BBC Rado 3 - is featuring a different recording for the Prologue and each act: Prologue - Emma Kirkby; Act One - Montserrat Figueras, Carlos Mena, Francesco Garrigosa, Ivan Garcia, Furio Zanasi and Arianna Savall, conducted by Jordi Savall; Act Two - Lajos Kozma, Gunther Theuring, Nigel Rogers, Kurt Equiluz and Cathy Berberian, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Act Three - Ian Bostridge, Sonia Prina, Mario Luperi, conducted by Emanuelle Haim; Act Four - Catherine Bott, Michael George, John Mark Ainsley and Julia Gooding, conducted by Philip Pickett; and Act Five - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Mark Tucker and Nigel Robson, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Radio Tre - A February 22nd perfromance from Teatro Olimpico in Rome, with Monica Piccinini, Furio Zanasi, Anna Simboli, Sara Mingardo, Sergio Foresti, Proserpina, Anna Simboli, Antonio Abete and Luca Dordolo, conducted by Rolando Alessandrini.
  • RBB Kulturradio - A February 2nd performance from Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, with Sunhae Im, Stéphane Degout, Marie-Claude Chappuis, David DQ Lee, Sergio Foresti, Antonio Abete and Michael Slattery, conducted by René Jacobs.
  • Rete Due and Radio Latvia Klasika - A Rete Due production with Christoph Prégardien, Guillemette Laurens, Roberta Invernizzi, Claudine Ansermet, Rosa Dominguez, Lorenzo Muzzi, Sergio Foresti, Alfredo Grandini, Claudio Cavina, Giuseppe Maletto and Sandro Naglia, conducted by Diego Fasolis.

The Metropolitan Opera Broadcast today (on numerous stations) is Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin, with Renée Fleming, Elena Zaremba, Ramón Vargas, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sergei Alexashkin, Svetlana Volkova, Larissa Shevchenko and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Other live offerings today:

  • France Musique - Interspersed around and amidst its broadcast of the Met's Onegin, they will be carrying interviews and other programming about Regine Crespin, in celebration of her birthday (they don't say which one...).
  • DeutschlandRadio Kultur - From Komische Oper Berlin, a November 2006 performance of Collodi's Pinocchio, with Karen Rettinghaus, Hans Gröning, Susanne Kreusch, Karen van Oijen, Adrian Strooper, and Tobias Hagge, conducted by Anna-Sophie Brüning.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Wagner's Tannhäuser, with John Keyes, Petra Lang, Martina Serafin, Kristinn Sigmundsson and Marcel Reijans, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen.
  • WMUK (NPR World of Opera) - Last week's offering of Bellini's La Sonnambula from the Vienna State Opera, with Anna Netrebko, Antonino Siragusa, Michele Pertusi, Simina Ivan, Marcus Pelz and Janina Baechle, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From Théatre Antique Orange, an August 2006 performance of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, with Patricia Ciofi, Rolando Villazon, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Roberto Frontali, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Florian Laconi and Christian Jean, conducted by Marco Guidarini.
  • WVIK (NPR World of Opera) - From La Scala, Milan, the by-now-infamous Opening Night performance of Verdi's Aida with Violeta Urmana, Roberto Alagna, Ildiko Komlosi, Carlo Guelfi, Giorgio Giuseppini and Marco Spotti, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
  • Espace 2 - From l’Opéra de Lausanne a January 2007 performance of Frank Martin's Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, with Harry Peeters, Jean-Marie Frémeau, Sophie Graf, Sybil Zanganelli, Jeannette Fischer, Boris Grappe and Jean-Louis Meunier, conducted by Jean-Yves Ossonce.
  • Klara - A February 13th performance from de Munt of two short operas: Luc Brewaeys's L' Uomo dal Fiore in Bocca (based on a Pirandello play), with Yves Saelens, Hendrickje Van Kerckhove, Pati Helen-Kent and Isabelle Everarts; and Offenbach's Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le ..., with Yves Saelens, Lionel Lhote, Pierre Doyen, Hendrickje Van Kerckhove and Pati Helen-Kent, both operas conducted by Patrick Davin.

Happy listening - and here's a glass of bubbly raised in honor of ... OPERA!



At 3/08/2007 4:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mozart's "Magic Flute"...
I love Opera!!! And I found this video so funny... a different way to lsten to Mozart's "Magic Flute"!!
Maybe watching at this video also people who don't love Opera will understand what they lose!!!!


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