Saturday, March 10, 2007

Highlights for March 10, 2007

With over half a dozen European stations joining in, the biggest item on tap today is the MET Meistersinger, at GMT 1700/EDT 12:00NOON, offering an unusual opportunity to catch Hei-Kyung Hong's Eva; her colleagues include James Morris as Hans Sachs and Johan Botha as Walther, with James Levine conducting.

For those who missed previous airings, we have another chance at GMT 1800/EDT 1:00PM to catch a rerun of a Gala Massenet evening: Manon, over DR KLASSISK / DR P2, featuring Netrebko/Alagna.

More Mozart at GMT 1830/EST 1:30PM, when the NRK network, NRK ALLTID KLASSISK / NRK P2, offers a rerun of last summer's Salzburg Don Giovanni, led by the new conducting sensation, Daniel Harding, and featuring Hampson, Schaefer and Diener, among others.

Janice Watson stars in Previn's Streetcar Named Desire, over RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL.

NPR World of Opera offers Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, starring Ramon Vargas and Ana Maria Martinez, over WVIK.

And finally, two rare historic documents:

  • At GMT 2300/EST 6:00PM, RADIO TRE (RAI) presents Menotti's The Medium in Italian, an historic broadcast (1957) starring Gianna Pederzini and Graziella Sciutti;

  • The trip down memory lane continues on Sunday, the 11th, at GMT 2300/EDT 7:00PM, when RADIO TRE (RAI) presents Menotti's The Consul, in an historic broadcast (1972) starring Virginia Zeani.




At 3/10/2007 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add a strong second with regard to that NPR Romeo et Juliette. I've heard it and it is totally remarkable. Vargas is the standout, providing a meticulously sung performance that puts his rather wooden portrayals later that year at the Met (2005) to shame. Just to adduce one example, Vargas does a glorious diminuendo on the end of Ah Leve Toi on the word "pareil" which he did not even try at the Met. Martinez is almost as good, creamy, expressive singing, one of the finest Juliettes I've heard in recent years.

An extra icing on the cake is the outstanding Tybalt of Arturo Chacon-Cruz, who possesses a beautiful voice of remarkable lyricism and promise; I hope we hear a lot of him in coming years.




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