Saturday, May 12, 2007

Oy! After the Met ...It's a New Season!! Gadzooks!!!

The week following the end of the Met broadcast season is always a hectic one for us grunts at OperaCast. We have to figure out what the 70-plus stations that carry the Met have decided to do for the next few months until December when the Met starts its next season.

It used to be pretty simple - the U.S. stations either carried no opera, had their own opera show or carried NPR World of Opera. But NPR will have some stiff competition this year, as WFMT's opera network now has an impressive lineup to cover the months when the Met is not on the air. Lyric Opera of Chicago is back on the air (today with Turandot), and ten stations (so far) are carrying it. KUSC is beginning an eleven week season of broadcasts from LA Opera (today's offering is Traviata with Fleming and Villazón). In July, WFMT will pick up eight of the LA Opera broadcasts for syndication on its network, followed by several weeks of Houston Grand Opera and then eight weeks of San Francisco Opera. Today five stations are airing the Met National Council Auditions Finals Concert, but who knows (yet) what they will all be carrying next week? And then there are the 15 stations who still have not announced what comes next (their schedule pages still list the Met for this afternoon!) So I will be listening feverishly at around 1:30 this afternoon to see what those stations are doing. Oy!

In addition to all this State-side activity, there are some wonderful things to listen to elsewhere this afternoon. A couple of European stations are catching up on Met broadcasts they missed the first time around (if you missed Simon Boccanegra or Il Trittico, you're in luck!). Swedish Radio is celebrating Elisabeth Söderstrom's 80th Birthday with enticing live rarities from early in her career (I never knew she sang Butterfly, did you?). BBC Radio 3 is featuring Handel's Aggripina, starring Sarah Connolly. Norwegian Radio is rebroadcasting the La Scala Opening Night Aida from this past December.

Here's the live lineup:

  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - The Met broadcast of Il Trittico; Il Tabarro with Maria Guleghina, Salvatore Licita and Juan Pons; Suor Angelica with Barbara Frittoli, Heidi Grant Murphy and Stephanie Blythe (who also appears to wonderful effect in the other two opera!); and Gianni Schicchi with Olga Mykytenko, Massimo Giordano and Alessandro Corbelli, all conducted by James Levine.
  • DR P2 - From the Kongelige Teater, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, with Inger Dam-Jensen, John Lundgren, Niels Jørgen Riis, Bo Kristian Jensen, Christian Christiansen, Andrea Pellegrini and Thomas Poulsen Kragh, conducted by Giancarlo Andretta.
  • DR P2 Klassisk - A concert featuring Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and Act 2 of Tristan und Isolde, with Eva Johansson, Robert Dean Smith, Randi Stene and Attila Jun, the DR Radiosymfoniorkester conducted by Marc Albrecht.
  • Espace Musique - From the Vienna State Opera, Verdi's Otello, with Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Krassimira Stoyanova, Marian Talaba, Cosmin Ifrim, Ain Anger, Vladimir Moroz, Hacik Bayvertian and Nadia Krasteva, conducted by Daniele Gatti.
  • France Musique - An April 7th concert performance of Scarlatti's oratorio, La Santissima Annunziata, with Roberta Invernizzi, Emanuela Galli, Marta Almajano, Marina de Liso, Magnus Staveland and Europa Galante, conducted by Fabio Biondi.
  • Latvia Klasika Radio - the Met's broadcast of Simon Boccanegra, with Angela Georgiu, Marcello Giordani, Thomas Hampson and Feruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Fabio Luisi.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Netherlands opera, a May 5th performance of Handel's oratorio, Hercules, with Nathan Berg, Ann Hallenberg, Ed Lyon, Ingela Bohlin and Charlotte Hellekant, conducted by Christopher Moulds.
  • RDP Antena 2 - From Göttingen, a June 2006 performance of Handel's Poro, re dell'Indie, with David Hansen, Thomas Piffka and Torben Jürgens, conducted by Konrad Junghänel.
  • Bartok Radio - Wagner's Der Fliegende Höllander, with Alfred Muff, Ingrid Haubold, Erich Knodt, Peter Seiffert, Jörg Hering and Marga Schiml, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg.
  • Bayern 4 Klassik - From Nürnberg, Reimann's Melusine, with Marlene Mild, Teresa Erbe, Gabriele May, Richard Kindley, Song-Hu Liu, Wieland Satter, Dariusz Siedlik, Sibrand Basa and Thomas Fleischmann, conducted by Peter Hirsch.
  • BBC Radio 3 - From English National Opera, Handel's Agrippina, with Sarah Connolly, Lucy Crowe, Christine Rice, Stephen Wallace, Reno Troilus, Brindley Sherratt, Henry Waddington and Richard Suart, conducted by Daniel Reuss.
  • CBC Two - From the Vienna State Opera, Strauss' Arabella, with Adrianne Pieczonka, Genia Kühmeier, Thomas Hampson and Michael Schade, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
  • Dwojke Polskie Radio - From the Montpellier Festival, a July 2006 performance of Lalo's Fiesque, with Roberto Alagna, Michelle Canniccioni, Beatrice Uria-Monzon, Franck Ferrari and Jean-Sebastien Bou, conducted by Alan Altinoglu.
  • NPR World of Opera (numerous stations) - Delibes' Lakmé, with Aline Kutan, Frédéric Antoun, James Westman, Randall Jakobsh, Mireille Lebel, Anne Saint-Denis (Ellen); Alliscon Angelo, Leticia Brewer and Thomas Macleay, conducted by Jean Francois Rivest.
  • KBPS, WABE, WAMC, WFIU and WOMR - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finals concert.
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago (numerous stations) - Puccini's Turandot, with Andrea Gruber, Johan Botha, Serena Farnocchi, Andrea Silvestrelli, Quinn Kelsey, David Cangelosi and Scott Ramsay, conducted by Bruno Bartoletti.
  • KUSC - From LA Opera, Verdi's La Traviata, with Renée Fleming, Rolando Villazón and Renato Bruson, conducted by James Conlon.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - From La Scala , the December 7th 2006 Opening Night performance of Verdi's Aida, with Violeta Urmana, Roberto Alagna, Irina Makarova, Vittorio Vitelli, Orlin Anastassov and Marco Spotti, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - A celebration of Elisabeth Söderstrom's 80th Birthday, featuring live excerpts from a 1955 performance of Pergolesi's Sångläraren, a 1953 Madama Butterfly, the 1959 Met Faust with Björling (a great broadcast!), and the final scene of Strauss' Capriccio from a 1976 Concert performance conducted by Antal Dorati. Enjoy the feast.
  • WOI-FM - A preview of Des Moines (Iowa) Metro Opera
  • Espcae 2 - From Lausanne an April performance of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, with Jean-Luc Chaignaud, Karen Vourc’h, Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Riccardo Novaro, Carine Séchehaye, Sophie Pondjiclis, Philippe Kahn, Rodolphe Briand, Elisabeth Bailey, Stuart Patterson and David-Alexandre Borloz, conducted by Juanjo Mena.
  • Klara - From Deutsche Oper Berlin, Weber's Der Freischütz, with Simon Pauly, Tiziano Bracci, Michaela Kaune, Cécile De Boever, Reinhard Hagen, Will Hartmann, Harold Wilson, Jörg Schörner and Prodromos Antoniadis, spreekstem, conducted by Renato Palumbo.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - From Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, a June 2006 performance of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, with Vincenzo Serra, Emanuele d'Aguanno, Eleonora Cilli, Diana Trivellato, Matteo Ferrara,Paola Molinari, Maria Laura Martorana, Monica Chiara Fracasso, Daniele Gaspari, Alice Vittori, Paola Corsi, Virginia Aghito, Luca Dall'Amico, Kaiko Fujiwara and Luca Dall'Amico, conducted by Giovanni Battista Rigon.
  • Lyric FM - From The Barbican Centre, London, Halévy's La Juive, with Marina Poplavskaya, Dennis O'Neill and Alistair Miles, conducted by Daniel Oren.
  • WDAV - NPR World of Opera: from the Vienna State Opera, Mozart's Cosí fan tutte, with Sophie Koch, Ana María Martínez, Stéphane Degout, Shawn Mathey, Sir Thomas Allen and Helen Donath, conducted by Manfred Honeck.

Happy listening!



At 5/12/2007 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't tell what KXPR plans to do on Saturday mornings (west coast time), but it appears that they will continue their Friday night series. Coming up: May 18, Le prophète; May 25, Andrea Chénier.


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