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!

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Saturday, February 17 - Jenufa and more ...

After a week's hiatus, we are back - The Met's matinee broadcast today is Janacek's Jenufa, and many European stations will be carrying it. This is one of Karita Mattila's best roles, and judging by the dress rehearsal we saw a couple of weeks back, she will be spectacular. The performance will also be special for Jorma Silvasti's Laca (this may be your last chance to catch him in this role, as he is switching over to the role of Steva for the remainder of the run); and for Anja Silja's Kostelnicka, perhaps one you have to be in the house to witness, but I have a feeling some of her magisterial presence will be heard and felt even by those who can only listen today....

There are a couple of stations airing the Met on a delayed basis - Sveriges Radio P2 is carrying the Bohème from a couple of weeks back, and Latvia Radio Klasika is airing the Don Carlos from December.

Here is the live lineup for today:

  • DR P2 Klassisk and DR P2 - A March 2006 performance of Wagner's Götterdammerung with Stig Fogh Andersen, Guido Paevatalu, Peter Klaveness, Sten Byriel, Iréne Theorin, Ylva Kihlberg, Anette Bod, Susanne Resmark., Hanne Fischer, Anne Margrethe Dahl, Djina Mai-Mai, Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe and Ulla Kudsk Jensen, conducted by Michael Schønwandt.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - Will be rebroadcasting the Met's Don Carlos from earlier this season, with Johann Botha, Patricia Racette, Olga Borodina, René Pape, Dmitri Hvorostovski and Samuel Ramey, conducted by James Levine.
  • WMUK (NPR World of Opera) - A rebroadcast of last week's NPR offering: From Washington National Opera, Giordano's Andrea Chenier, with Salvatore Licitra, Paoletta Marrocu, Jorge Lagunes, Keri Alkema, Elizabeth Bishop, John Marcus Bindel, James Shaffran and Peter Joshua Burroughs, conducted by Eugene Kohn.
  • France Musique - A December 2006 concert performance of Mozart's Idomeneo, from Palais Garnier in Paris, with Ramón Vargas, Joyce di Donato, Camilla Tilling, Mireille Delunsch, Thomas Moser, Xavier Mas, Ilya Bannik, Yun Jung Choi et Hye-Youn Lee and Jason Bridges et Bartlomiej Misiuda, conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.
  • Metropolitan Opera Broadcast (numerous stations) - Janacek's Jenufa, with Karita Mattila, Anja Silja, Jorma Silvasti, Jay Hunter Morris, Wendy Harmer Bryn, Yvonne Gonzales Redman, Paul Plishka, Kathryn Day, Alyson Cambridge, Michaela Martens, April Haines and Roger Andrews, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2 - From Opéra Bastille in Paris, a performance of Berlioz's Les Troyens, with Deborah Polaski, Gaële Le Roi, Anne Salvan, Jon Villars, Franck Ferrari and Nicolas Testé, conducted by Sylvain Cambrelling.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - Another of the European stations airing a Met broadcast from earlier in the season, Puccini's La bohème, with Christina Gallardo-Domas, Susannah Glanville, Marcello Giodani, Dwayne Croft, Aaron St Clair Nicholson, John Relyea and Paul Plishka, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
  • WVIK (NPR World of Opera) - This week's offering is a performance from the Vienna State opera of Bellini's, with Anna Netrebko, Antonino Siragusa, Michele Pertusi, Simina Ivan, Marcus Pelz and Janina Baechle, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.
  • Klara - Prokofiev's Fiery Angel, with Igor Tarasov, Svetlana Sozdateleva, Elena Manistina, Beata Morawska, Leonid Bomshteyn, Vitali Taraschenko, Ante Jerkunica, Vladimir Samsonov, Maria Gortsevskaya and Lorenzo Caròla, conducted by Kazushi Ono.

Happy listening....

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

La Boheme and a few others .... Saturday, February 3, 2007

Since the Met's La Boheme is so popular among the European stations, other live offerings are fairly sparse today. Here's the lineup:

  • Deutschlandradio Kultur and MDR Figaro - From Chemnitz, Germany, Mascagni's Iris, with Svetlana Katchour, Francesco Anile, Hannu Niemelä, Susanne Thielemann and André Riemer, conducted by Niksa Bareza.
  • France Musique - From Rome, Alfano's La Légende de Sakùntala, with Franchesca Patanè, David Rendall, Elena Cassian, Anna Rita Taliento and Orlin Anastassov, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti.
  • WMUK (NPR World of Opera) - A rebroadcast of Mozart's Don Giovanni from the Vienna State Opera, with Thomas Hampson, Christine Schäfer, Ildebrando d'Arcangelo, Michaele Kaune, Piotr Beczala, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Luca Pisaroni and Robert Lloyd, conducted by Daniel Harding.
  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - Puccini's La Boheme, with Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Ainhoa Arteta, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft, Aaron St Clair Nicholson, John Relyea and Paul Plishka, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2 - From Lausanne, a May 2006 performance of Rota's Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, with Massimiliano Tonsini, Alessandro Svab, Anna Steiger, Delphine Gillot, Luciano di Pasquale, Isabelle Henriquez, Francis Didziak, Vincent Deliau, Thomas Morris and Ola Waridel, conducted by Nir Karbaretti.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - A November 2006 performance from Volksoper Wien of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Daniela Fally, David DQ Lee, Karl Markovics, Elisabeth Kulman, Adrineh Simonian, Ursula Pfitzner, Sebastian Holecek, Mathias Hausmann, Daniel Behle, Lars Woldt, Karl Huml, Wolfgang Gratschmaier, Adrian Cave, Josef Forstner and Markus Raab, conducted by Alfred Eschwé.
  • WVIK (NPR World of Opera) - From Washington National Opera, Britten's Billy Budd, with Dwayne Croft, Samuel Ramey, Robin Leggate, John Hancock, Peter Volpe, Conal Coad, Steven Cole, John Marcus Bindel, Michael Chioldi, Bryan Jackson, Bruce Baumer, Jon Kolbet, Keith Phares, John McVeigh and Peter Joshua Burroughs, conducted by Richard Hickox.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - A November 2006 performance from Vienna of Adams' A Flowering Tree, with Eric Owens, Jessica Rivera and Russel Thomas, Joven Camerata de Venezuela and Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, conducted by John Adams.

Happy listening,

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