Saturday, June 23, 2007

Some things new ... some things old - Saturday, June 23, 2007

Three new operas among the old this afternoon: John Adams' Doctor Atomic (about the Manhattan Project) comes to us from Amsterdam; Thomas Ades' The Tempest from Covent Garden; and Danielpour's Margaret Garner from Opera Carolina. Two Wagner operas: Tannhäuser, and Das Rheingold. And two by Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Così fan tutte.

  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - Live from the Schlosstheater (Potsdam Sanssouci),Lampe's The Dragon of Wantley, with Nicholas Warden, Michael Bundy, Joana Seara, Tamsin Dalley and Daniel Auchincloss, conducted by Gary Cooper.
  • DR P2 - An October 2006 performance of Janacek's Makropoulos Case, with Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, Gert Henning-Jensen, Johannes Mannov, Ylva Kihlberg, Jens Krogsgaard, Thomas Peter Koppel,Sten Byriel and Poul Elming, conducted by Alexander Polianitjko.
  • Espace Musique - Another chance to hear a performance from last summer's Salzburg Festival of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, with Laura Aikin, Valentina Farcas,
  • Charles Castronovo, Dietmar Kerschbaum and Franz Hawlata, conducted by Ivor Bolton.
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago (Numerous stations) - Mozart's Così fan tutte, with Sir Thomas Allen, Eric Cutler, Nathan Gunn, Lauren McNeese, Erin Wall and Nuccia Focile, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From the 2007 Holland Festival, John Adams' Doctor Atomic, with Gerald Finley, Jessica Rivera and Eric Owens, conducted by Lawrence Renes.
  • RDP Antena 2 - From London's Barbican Center, a 2006 performance of Halevy's La Juive, with Dennis O’Neil, Marina Poplavskaya, Alastair Miles, Dario Schmunck, Nicole Cabell, Darren Jeffrey and Matthew Rose, conducted by Daniel Oren.
  • WQXR - From Lyric Opera of Chicago, Verdi's Il Trovatore featuring Sondra RAdvanovsky and Dolora Zajick, conducted by Bruno Bartoletti.
  • BBC RADIO 3 - From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Thomas Ades' The Tempest, with Simon Keenlyside, Kate Royal, Toby Spence, Ian Bostridge, Cyndia Sieden, Philip Langridge, Donald Kaasch, Jonathan Summers, David Cordier, Stephen Richardson and Graeme Danby, conducted by Thomas Ades.
  • NPR World of Opera (Numerouos stations) - From Opera Carolina, Danielpour's Margaret Garner, with Denyce Graves, Eric Greene, Angela Renée Simpson, Michael Mayes, Mark T. Panuccio, Inna Dukach, Jonathan Boyd and Dale Bryant, conducted by Stefan Lano.
  • KCME & WCNY - From Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, with Dina Kuznetsova, Matthew Polenzani, Christopher Feigum, Kevin Langan, Wayne Tigges, Katherine Rohrer, Bryan Griffin, Meredith Arwady, Wilbur Pauley, Rodell Rosel, Phillip Dothard, Jordan Shanahan and Kenneth Nichols, conducted by John Mauceri.
  • KUSC - From LA Opera, Wagner's Tannhäuser, with Peter Seiffert, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Franz-Josef Selig, Martin Gantner and Lioba Braun, conducted by James Conlon.
  • Klara, NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - From the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a June 2nd performance of Rossini's Maometto II, with Myrto Papatanasiu, Hadar Halevy, Bruce Ford, Paul Austin Kelly and Michele Pertusi, conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - From Liège, Boito's Mefistofele, with Barbara Haveman, Paata Burchuladze, Antonello Palombi and Guy Gabelle, conducted by Patrick Davin.
  • WRTI - From Lyric Opera of Chicago, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, with Bo Skovhus, Andrea Rost, Martin Gantner, Marlis Petersen, Bonaventura Bottone, Alice Coote, Andrew Shore, Lauren Curnow, Dennis Petersen, Fred A. Wellisch and Bryan Griffin, conducted by Asher Fisch.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - Yet another opportunity to hear the Paris Opera performance of Berlioz' Les Troyens, with Deborah Polaski, Jon Villars, Elena Zaremba and Nikolai Didenko, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - From the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Wagner's Das Rheingold, with John Daszak, Christa Mayer, Ulrich Ress, Juha Uusitalo, Franz-Josef Kapellmann, Sabina von Walther, Anna Larsson, Silvia Vázquez, Ann-Katrin Naidu, Hannah Esther Minutillo, Germán Villar, Ilya Bannik, Matti Salminen and Stephen Milling, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
  • Catalunya Musica - From Gran Teatre del Liceu a February 6, 2007 recital by Nina Stemme, Antonio Pappano, Piano, featuring somgs by Grieg, Wagner, Sibelius and Rachmaninov.
  • Lyric FM - A concert performance of the Saint-Saens opera Samson and Delilah from Brussels, with American tenor Carl Tanner and mezzo Olga Borodina.
  • WDAV - Another chance to hear last week's NPR World of Opera offering, Puccini's Tosca, from Houston Grand opera, with Maria Guleghina, Alfredo Portilla and Franz Grundheber, conducted by Antonello Allemandi.
Happy listening!


Monday, June 18, 2007

Att.: Crespin, Litvinne and Lubin fans

Hello --

Please tune in tomorrow evening (Tuesday evening) for a four-hour program on WMNR FM (in Monroe Connecticut - and on the Internet, starting GMT 0000/EDT 8:00 PM. I'll be the guest for an evening of records devoted to the French vocal tradition, focusing on Regine Crespin, who celebrates her eightieth birthday this year, on Crespin's teacher Germain Lubin, and on Lubin's amazing teacher Felia Litvinne. The program will showcase these three divas and their successes in the works of Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven, Massenet, R. Strauss, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Berlioz, Gluck, Bizet and many others. You can find the listing and full access to the Web audio stream at where you simply scroll down to the GMT 0000/EDT 8:00PM (Tuesday) slot and link to the WMNR stream from there.

My special thanks to Ward Marston, who has just released a loving restoration of Litvinne's priceless recordings, but who, much as I would have wished it, unfortunately will not be participating tomorrow night.

Hope many of you can hear and enjoy this program.

Best to all,

Geoffrey Riggs

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Back from vacation ...Saturday, June 9, 2007

The OperaCast elves were on semi-vacation for the last couple of Saturdays (this means spending time in a vacation paradise, but with one eye still on the computer), but it's nice to be back.

Several nice things for our listening pleasure this afternoon - Bartok's Rheingold; Monteverdi's L'Orfeo from Espace Musique; RDP Antena 2's rebroadcast of the Vienna Otello with Stoyanova; all three available Chicago Lyric offereings: Romeo et Juliette (with the wonderful Matthew Polenzani!), Iphigenie en Tauride (from WQXR) with Susan Graham, and Salome with Deborah Voigt; BBC Radio 3's (although noone can replace the sorely missed Hunt-Liebersons' Melisande...); NPR's Pelleas et MelisandeThe Maid of Orleans with the remarkable Mirella Freni; and Radio Tre's archival Puccini performances on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Now here's the complete live lineup:

Bartok Radio - Already underway from Budapest, Wagner's Das Rheingold, with James Johnson, Olaf Bär, Fekete Attila, Christian Franz, Hartmut Welker, Herwig Pecoraro, Thomas Jesatko, Jyrki Korhonen, Németh Judit, Herczenik Anna, Hanna Schwarz, Korondi Anna, Gémes Katalin and Schöck Atala, conducted by Adam Fischer.
CBC Two - From the Canadian Opera Compant, Gounod's Faust, with Daivd Pomeroy, Egils Silins, Brett Polegato, Lauren Segal and Ana Ibarra, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
Deutschlandradio Kultur - Eenvalds' Joseph wird wachsen wie ein Baum, with Janis Apeinis, Sergejs Martinovs, Krisjanis Norvelis, Sergejs Jegers, Kristine Gailite, Andris Lapins, Evita Raituma , Rihards Macanovskis, Armands Silins , Dace Volfarte and Andris Blaumanis, conducted by Maris Sirmais.
DR P2 - From Amsterdam, a May performance of Rossini's Maometto II, with Anna Erisso, Hadar Halevy, Bruce Ford, Paul Austin Kelly and Michele Pertusi, conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
Espace Musique - Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, with Furio Zanasi, Montserrat Figueras, Arianna Savall, Adriana Fernandez, Sara Mingardo, Fulvio Bettini, Romina Basso, Antonio Abete, Daniele Carnovich, Carlos Mena, Gerd Turk, Francesco Garrigosa and Iván García, conducted by Jordi Savall.
France Musique - Massenet's Thaïs, with Renée Fleming, Gérard Finley, Barry Banks, Nicolas Courjal, Laurent Alvaro, Marie Devellereau, Caitlin Hulcup, Rebecca Bottone and Nora Sourouzian, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
RDP Antena 2 - From Vienna State Opera, an October 2006 performance of Verdi's Otello, with Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Krassimira Stoyanova, Marian Talaba, Cosmin Ifrim, Ain Anger, Vladimir Moroz, Hacik Bayvertian and Nadia Krasteva, cinducted by Daniele Gatti.
WQXR - From Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride, with Susan Graham, Lucas Meachem, Paul Groves, Mark Delavan, Elizabeth De Shong, Kathleen Kim, Brandon Mayberry, Marjorie Owens, Susanna Phillips and Darren Stokes, conducted by Louis Langrée.
BBC Radio 3 - From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande, with Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Gerald Finley, Robert Lloyd, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Tom Norrington and Robert Gleadow, conducted by Simon Rattle.
NPR World of Opera (on numerous stations) - From Washington National Opera, Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans, with Mirella Freni, Sergei Leiferkus, Corey Evan Rotz, Evgeny Nikitin, Phillip Skinner, Viktor Lutsiuk, Maïra Kerey, Vladimir Moroz, Trevor Byron Scheunemann, Feodor Kuznetzov, conducted by Stefano Ranzani.
Lyric Opera of Chicago (main listing - on numerous stations) - Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, with Matthew Polenzani, Dina Kuznetsova, Christopher Feigum, Kevin Langan, Katherine Rohrer, Wayne Tigges and Wilbur Pauley, conducted by John Mauceri.
KCME & WCNY - From Lyric Opera of Chicago - Strauss' Salome, with Deborah Voigt, Judith Forst, Kim Begley, Alan Held, Joseph Kaiser, Elizabeth de Shong, David Cangelosi, William Combs, John Easterlin, Bryan Griffin, Rodell Rosel, Jordan Shanahan, Brandon Mayberry, Darren Stokes, Andrew Funk, Wilbur Pauley and Robert Pomakov, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
KUSC - LA Opera on Air: Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, with Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, David Daniels, Christine Brandes, Kurt Streit and Reinhard Hagen, conducted by Harry Bicket.
NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - From Toulouse, a May performance of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, with Victoria Yastrebova, Ilya Bannik, Garry Magee, Ahmed Agadi, Valerij Aleksejev, Elena Gorshunova, Anna Markarova, Eduard Tsanga, Sergei Semishkur and Varya Salaviova, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.
Radio Oesterreich International - From Lausanne, a September 2006 performance of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, with Simone Alaimo, Inga Kalna, Alberto Rinaldi, Kenneth Tarver, Riccardo Novaro, Brigitte Hool and Davide Cicchetti, conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni.
Sveriges Radio P2 - From Stockholm, Verdi's Rigoletto, with Marcus Jupither, Olga Mykytenko, Tito Beltran, Lennart Forsén, Katarina N. Leoson, Agneta Lundgren, Ketil Hugaas, Ola Eliasson, Magnus Kyhle and Mikael Axelsson, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.
Dwojke Polskie Radio - From London's Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, a May 2006 performance of Vivaldi's La Senna festeggiante, with Roberta Invernizzi, Barbara Di Castri and Antonio Abete, conducted by Ivor Bolton.
Espace 2 - From Théâtre Rococo de Schwetzingen, and April performance of Lagrenzi's Giustino, with Georg Nigl, Cornelia Ptasseck, Elisabeth Kulman, Delphine Galou, Peter Kennel, Terry Wey, Hermann Oswald and Manfred Bittner, conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.
Klara - From Montreal, Delibes' Lakmé, with Aline Kutan, Frédéric Antoun, James Westman, Randall Jakobsh, Mireille Lebel, Anne Saint-Denis, Allison Angelo, Leticia Brewer and Thomas Macleay, conducted by Jean-François Rivest.
Latvia Klasika Radio - From Geneva, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, with Simone Alaimo, Marcio Džosi, Juans Jose-Lopera and Patricia Ciofi, conducted by Evelino Pido.
Catalunya Musica - From the Winterthur in Barcelona, a January recital with soprano Kate Royal, Roger vignoles accompanying on piano.
Lyric FM - From Opera de la Bastille in Paris, Berlioz's Les Troyens with Deborah Polaski, John Villars and Nikolai Didenko.
Radio Tre - As part of their ongoing Saturday and Sunday night Archive series, this Saturday they will be rebroadcasting an August 28, 1973 performance of Puccini's Le Villi, with Guglielmo Wulf, Gabriella Novielli and Maurizio Frusoni, conducted by Arrigo Guarnieri; and a May 23, 1980 performance of Puccini's Messa di Gloria, with Piero Visconti, Franco Sioli and Carlo De Bortoli, conducted by Giuseppe Patanè. On SUnday evening they will play more Puccini - A September 24, 1971 performance of Puccini's Edgar, with Veriano Luchetti, Alfredo Colella, Renzo Scorsoni, Mietta Sighele and Bianca Maria Casoni, conducte by Carlo Felice Cillario.
WDAV - From NPR World of Opera (last week's offering): From last summer's Salzburg Festival, Mozart's Idomeneo, with Ramón Vargas, Magdalena Kozena, Ekaterina Siurina, Anja Harteros, Jeffrey Francis and Robin Leggate, conducted by Roger Norrington.