Saturday, April 28, 2007

Further highlights for the week of 4/28/07 - TRISTAN

For the balance of this week, an especially noteworthy marathon is scheduled over WNYC on all things Tristan! Keep your eyes on our OPERACAST pages, as further details will be coming in on scheduled specials one after the other, starting this Monday, April 30! Don't miss any of these "festivities", including comparisons and complete playings of numerous different recordings, throughout this week. You'll hear intrepid duos, covering seventy years of Tristans, from Flagstad and Melchior in the '30s to Stemme and Domingo from today.

The occasion marks a special production, The Tristan Project, scheduled at Lincoln Center in New York City for the first week in May.

Happy listening!

Further highlights for 4/28/07 (B)

Three additional items of special interest today:

  • Radio Tre - At GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM, from Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Gluck's Orfeo, starring Daniela Barcellona; conducted by Riccardo Muti.
  • Rete Due - At GMT 1830/EDT 2:30PM, Mondonville's Fetes de Paphos, with Sandrine Piau, Véronique Gens and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt; conducted by Christophe Rousset.
  • WDAV - At GMT 2300/EDT 7:00PM, from Carnegie Hall, a concert performance of Verdi's Il Corsaro, starring Francisco Casanova and Maria Dragoni.

More to come.

Happy listening!

Highlights for 4/28/07

Just started, at GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM, two offerings that promise some exceptional if not uniformly spectacular singing:

  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - Puccini's Il Trittico, in a cast that features, among others, Salvatore Licitra, Stephanie Blythe and Massimo Giordano; conductor James Levine.
  • WVIK - From Washington National Opera, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, starring Veronica Villaroel, with Placido Domingo conducting.

More to come.

Happy listening!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Saturday's Offerings - 4/14/07

Not one, but TWO, Anna Bolena's, a repeat of a Mozart double bill from last summer's Salzburg Festival, a Netrebko/Villazon Boheme (with some other nice cast members to boot), and a Swedish Parsifal ... an embarrassment of riches:

  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From Wiener Staatsoper, an April 1st performance of Donizetti's La fille du régiment, with Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, Carlos Alvarez and Montserrat Caballé, conducted by Yves Abel.
  • DR P2 Klassisk & DR P2 - From Vienna, a December performance of Strauss' Arabella, with Adrianne Pieczonka, Genia Kühmeier, Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade, Wolfgang Bankl, Daniela Denschlag, John Dickie, Adrian Eröd, Johannes Wiedecke, Daniela Fally and Janina Baechle, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
  • France Musique - From Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris a February concert performance of Handel's Riccardo Primo, with Lawrence Zazzo, Geraldine McGreevy, Nuria Rial and Tim Mead.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Montreal, Canada, a February performance of Delibes' Lakmé, with Aline Kutan and Frederic Antoun, conducted by Jean-Francois Rivest.
  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - Puccini's Turandot, with Andrea Gruber, Oren Gradus, Richard Margison, Hei-Kyung Hong, Charles Anthony, Earle Patriarco, Tony Stevenson and Eduardo Valdes, conducted by Richard Armstrong.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, a March 30th performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, with Elena Mosuc, Roberto Sacca, Kwangchul Youn and Ruxandra Donose, conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - From Göteborgsoperan, a performance of Wagner's Parsifal, with Jan Kyhle, Annalena Persson, Mats Almgren, Mats Persson, Krister St. Hill and Peter Loguin, conducted by Shao-Chia Lü.
  • NPR World of Opera (WVIK & WDAV) - From Carnegie Hall in New York, a performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, with Krassimira Stoyanova, James Morris, Jennifer Larmore, Kate Aldrich, Yeghishe Manucharyan, Derrick Ballard and Guillermo Lagundino, conducted by Eve Queler.
  • Bayern 4 Klassik - Live from the Philharmonie in Munich, Puccini's La Bohème, with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón, conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From last summer's Salzburg Festival, a double bill of two Mozart operas: Apollo und Hyacinth, with Maximilian Kiener, Christiane Kargová, Jekaterina Tretjakovová, Anja Schlosserová, Astrid Monika Hoferová and Norbert Steidl AND Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, with Michiko Watanabe, Bernhard Berchtold, Cordula Schusterová, Peter Sohn and Christiane Kargová, conducted by Josef Wallnig.
  • Espace 2 - From Wiener Staatsoper, a March 3rd perfromance of Massenet's Manon, with Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Ain Anger, Adrian Eröd, Simina Ivan, Sophie Marilley, Juliette Mars, Michael Roider, Guillot and In-Sung Sim, conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

Happy listening!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Highlights for Saturday, April 7, 2007

Welcome to another Saturday of Web opera streaming on

This Easter weekend finds two stations, RADIO SLOVENIA TRETJI / KLARA, offering a rerun today of last summer's Bayreuth Festival Parsifal, under Adam Fischer, starting GMT 1700/EDT 1:00PM.

Starting at GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM, you can catch Olga Borodina and Carl Tanner in Saint-Saens's Samson et Dalila, over RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL.

Veronique Gens can be heard at the same time as Arminda in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, over SVERIGES RADIO P2.

Also, at the Met, Ben Heppner tackles Giordano's Andrea Chenier, alongside colleagues Violeta Urmana and Mark Delavan; in addition to the American Metropolitan Opera Radio Network, a dozen stations in Europe will also be carrying this performance.

At GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM, you have a choice of another Andrea Chenier, over ESPACE 2: an historic performance from 1960 under Lovro von Matacic, starring Franco Corelli, Renata Tebaldi and Ettore Bastianini, all in their prime.

At GMT 2200/EDT 6:00PM, RADIO TRE (RAI) brings you yet another historic performance, this time from 1970: Donizetti's La Favorita, starring Fiorenza Cossotto, in a cast that includes Mario Sereni as the King.

And there are a number of other offerings today in addition, all covering a wide variety of styles and genres in opera, ready for you to catch and enjoy!

Happy listening!