Saturday, September 22, 2007

Saturday HIghlight - September 27, 2007

Several European stations are carrying a performance of Berlioz's Les Troyens from Geneva with Anna Caterina Antonacci, Anne Sofie von Otter and Kurt Streit. Radio Slovenia Tretji is rebroadcasting this summer's Die Walküre from Bayreuth. A couple of new opera are on board for this afternoon - From RAI the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi's Teneke; and from Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava a 2006 performance of Tomáš Hanzlík's Endymio conducted by the composer. Tributes to Luciano Pavarotti continue - of particular interest is WOMR's broadcast of highlights from a 1972 Lucia with Sills and Pavarotti.

Here's the rundown of live offerings this afternoon:

  • Radio 4 Netherlands, Dwojke Polskie Radio, Espace 2 and Sveriges Radio P2 - From the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, a live performance of Berlioz's Les Troyens, with Anna Caterina Antonacci, Anne Sofie von Otter and Kurt Streit, conducted by John Nelson.
  • DR P2 - From London, Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, with Yvonne Naef, Marcello Giordani, José van Dam and Patrick Carfizzi, conducted by James Levine.
  • KBPS - From Portland (Oregon) Opera, a performance of Verdi's Aida, with Lisa Daltirus,Luretta Bybee, Philip Webb and Greer Grimsley, conducted by Vjekoslav Sutej.
  • RDP Antena 2 & Radio Oesterreich International - From Covent Garden, a December 2006 performance of Bizet's Carmen, with Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Nora Amsellem, Matthew Rose, Jacques Imbrailo, Elena Xanthoudakis, Viktoria Vizin, Jean Sébastien Bou and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
  • Houston Grand Opera (numerous stations) - Verdi's Aida, with Zvetelina Vassileva,
  • Amneris – Dolora Zajick, Marco Berti, Gordon Hawkins and Tigran Martirossian, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
  • WQXR - From San Francisco Opera, Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, with Deborah Voigt, Anna Christy, Marcus Haddock, Ambrogio Maestri and Tichina Vaughn, conducted by Marco Armiliato.
  • BBC Radio 3 - From the 2007 Edinburgh International Festival, a performance of Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso, with Sonia Prina, Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi, Philippe Jaroussky, Christian Senn, Barbara Di Castri and Daniela Pini, conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
  • CBC Two - From this past summer's Salzburg Festival, Haydn's Armida, with Annette Dasch, Michael Schade, Richard Croft, Patrica Petibon/Mojca Erdmann, Vito Priante, and Bernard Richter, conducted by Ivor Bolton.
  • Espace 2 - From Rome, Alfano's La leggenda di Sakuntala, with Francesca Patanè, David Rendall, Elena Cassian, Anna Rita Taliento and Orlin Anastassov, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti.
  • NPR World of Opera (numerous stations) - Most stations will carry a double bill from Washington National Opera: Bartok's Duke Bluebeard's Castle, with Samuel Ramey and Denyce Graves; and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, with Samuel Ramey, Amanda Squitieri, Elizabeth Bishop, Antonio Gandia, Robert Baker, Christina Martos, Tony Teleky, Stefano de Peppo, Valeriano Lanchas, Trevor Scheunemann, Leslie Mutchler, Obed Urena, James Shaffran, David Morris and Matthew Osifchin, conducted by Giovanni Reggioli.
  • MDR Figaro - From Semperoper in Dresden, the Finals Concert of Competizione dell’opera 2007, recorded on September 9th, conducted by Michail Jurowsky.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - From the Internationasl Baroque Festival in Beaune, a July performance of Monteverdi's Orfeo, with Furio Zanasi, Anna Simboli, Sara Mingardo, Monica Piccinini, Sergio Foresti, Antonio Abete and Luca Dordolo, conducted Rinaldo Alessandrini.
  • Vermont Public Radio (VPR) - A tribute to Luciano Pavarotti.
  • WETA & WDAV- From Washington National Opera, a performance of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, with Xiu Wei Sun, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, Elizabeth Batton, Luca Salsi, Anthony Laciura , Oben Urena and Robert Cantrell, conducted by Placido Domingo.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - A 2006 performance of Hanzlík's Endymio with Jan Mikušek, Lenka Schallenbergová, Markéta Vec(er(ová, Jan Ondrejka and Pavel Maškaconducted by the composer, Tomáš Hanzlík; after the opera (which runs about an hour), a Prague Proms 2007 concert by Eva Urbanova featuring scenes and arias from Verdi's Nabucco, Il Trovatore, La Traviata and Aida, conducted by Marcello Rota.
  • Klara - From the Aix-en-Provence, a July performance of Janacek's From the House of the Dead, with Olaf Baer, Eric Stoklossa, Stefan Margita, Peter Straka, Vladimir Chmelo, Jiri Sulzenko and John Mark Ainsley, conducted by Pierre Boulez.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - From La Scala in Milan, Verdi's La Traviata, with Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas, and Roberto Frontali, conducted by Lorin Maazel.
  • Radio Slovenia Tretji - A rebroadcast of this past summer's Bayreuth performance of Wagner's Die Walküre.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - From La Scala, the world premier of Vacchi's Teneke, with Steve Davislim, Rachel Harnisch, Andrea Concetti, Alessandra Paliaga, Anna Smirnova, Nicola Ulivieri and Angelo Veccia, conducted by Roberto Abbado.
  • WOMR - For its Apres Opera, hear highlights of of a 1972 Lucia di Lammermoor with Beverly Sills and Luciano Pavartotti.

Happy listening

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Commemorations of the thirtieth anniversary of Callas' death (for today, see Espace 2, KBYU and MDR Figaro) continue through the week, as do tributes to Pavarotti (WOMR, after its opera broadcast). Some intriguing things on the boards for today: France Musique's La Traviata with Christine Schafer, Jonas Kaufmann and Jose van Dam; BBC 3's Candide from the Edinburgh Festival with Matthew Polenzani, Laura Aiken and Thomas Allen; CBC Two's Boris Gudonov with Ferruccio Furlanetto; San Francisco Opera's Maid of Orleans with Dolora Zajick; Houston Grand Opera's Cenerentola with Joyce DiDonato and Lawrence Brownlee; and NRK Alltid Klassisk and NRK P2's Die Walkure from Oslo with Jane Eaglen and Trond Halstein Moe.

And now for the live lineup for this afternoon:


  • Sveriges Radio P2 - From Kungliga Operan in Stockholm, a live performance of Wagner's Götterdämmerung, with Katarina Dalayman, Per Lindskog Hans-Peter König, Ketil Haugaas, Gabriel Suovanen, Lena Nordin, Helene Ranada, Helene Ranada, Marianne Eklöf, Annalena Persson, Karin Ingebäck, Susann Végh and Karin Lovelius, conducted by Gregor Bühl.
  • DR P2 - From Kongelige Teater, a performance of Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, with Nikolai Shukoff, Anne Margrethe Dah, Louise Fribo, Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, Hanne Fischer, Kjeld Christoffersen, Bengt-Ola Morgny, Johanne Bock, Jens Bruno Hansen and Michael Kristensen, conducted by Marc Soustrot.
  • France Musique - A July 3rd concert performance of Verdi's La Traviata, with Christine Schäfer, Hélène Schneiderman, Michèle Lagrange, Jonas Kaufmann, José Van Dam, Ales Briscein, Michael Druiett, Igor Gnidii and Nicolas Testé, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling.
  • France Vivace - A 2002 performance from l'Opéra National de Lyon of Donizetti's Lucie de Lammermoor (1839 version in French), with Nathalie Dessay, Roberto Alagna, Ludovic Tézier, Marc Laho, Nicolas Cavallier and Yves Saelens, conducted by Evelino Pido.
  • RDP Antena 2 - A 1992 performance from Ópera Nacional de Gales of Gounod's Faust, with Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey, Cecilia Gasdia, Alexandru Agache, Brigitte Fassbaender, Susanne Mentzer and Philippe Fourcade, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
  • WQXR - From San Fransisco Opera, a performance of Tchaikovsky's Maid Of Orleans, with Dolora Zajick, Misha Didyk and Rod Gilfry, conducted by Donald Runnicles.
  • Bartok Radio - From Florence's Maggio Musicale, Verdi's Aroldo, with Neil Shicoff, Carol Vaness, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Julian Gavin, Sergio Spina, Marina Comparato, conducted by Fabio Luisi.
  • BBC Radio 3 - From this year's Edinburgh Festival, a performance of Bernstein's Candide, with Matthew Polenzani, Laura Aikin, Thomas Allen, Keith Lewis, Kathryn Harries, Jennifer Johnston, Tim Mirfin and Roland Wood, conducted by Robert Spano.
  • CBC Two - From Vienna State Opera, a performance of Mussorgsky's Boris Gudonov, with Ferruccio Furlanetto, Robert Holl, Clifton Forbis, Olga Borodina, Jorma Silvasti and Falk Struckmann, conducted by Daniele Gatti.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From Vienna State Opera, Strauss' Arabella, with Adrianne Pieczonka, Genia Kühmeier, Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade, Wolfgang Bankl, Daniela Denschlang, John Dickie, Adrian Eröd, Johannes Wiedecke, Daniela Fally and Janina Baechle, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
  • Espace Musique - From l'Opéra de Montréal, Delibes' Lakme, with Aline Kutan, Mireille Lebel, Frédéric Antoun, Randall Jakobsh, Anne Saint-Denis, James Westman, Allison Angelo, Leticia Brewer and Thomas Macleay, conducted by Jean-François Rivest.
  • NPR World of Opera (numerous stations) - From Washington National Opera, a performance of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, with Xiu Wei Sun, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, Elizabeth Batton, Luca Salsi, Anthony Laciura, Oben Urena, Robert Cantrell, Elizabeth Roberts and James Shaffran, conducted by Placido Domingo.
  • KCME - From Houston Grand Opera, a performance of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, with Patrick Carfizzi, Ryan McKinny, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Raymond Aceto, Olga Guryakova, Marco Berti, Maria Markina and Beau Gibson, conducted Patrick Summers.
  • Houston Grand Opera (numerous stations) - Rossini's La Cenerentola, with Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Earle Patriarco, Patrick Carfizzi, Nikolay Didenko, Tamara Wilson and Catherine Cook, conducted by Edoardo Müller.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - From Oslo, a March 2007 concert performance of Wagner's, with Ivar Gilhuus, Carsten Stabell, Trond Halstein Moe, Michaela Schuster, Jane Eaglen, Hege Høisæter, Toril Carlsen, Ingjerd Oda Mantor, Itziar Martinez Galdos, Trine Øien, Ingrid Dominique, Anna Einarsson, Marianne E. Andersen and Tone Kruse, conducted by Olaf Henzold.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From the 2007 Innsbruck Festival, Telemann's Der geduldige Sokrates, with Marcos Fink, Sunhae Im, Birgitte Christensen, Inga Kalna, Kristina Hansson, Donat Havar, Matthias Rexroth, Maarten Koningsberger, Daniel Jenz, Alexey Kudrya, Michael Kranebitter, Sun-Hwan Ahn and Richard Klein, conducted by René Jacobs.
  • WETA - From Washington National Opera, Maw's Sophie's Choice, with Angelika Kirchschlager, Rod Gilfry, Gordon Gietz, Corey Evan Rotz, Clayton Brainerd, Erin Elizabeth Smith and Trevor Scheunemann, conducted by Marin Alsop.
  • Dwojke Polskie Radio - An September 10, 2007 performance of Szymanowski's King Roger, with Mikolaj Zalasin'ski, Iwona Hossa, Krzysztof Szmyt, Ryszard Minkiewicz, Romuald Tesarowicz and Stefania Toczyska, conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk.
  • Deutschlandlandradio Kultur - From Musikfest Berlin 2007, a performance of Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien and Stravinsky's Le Roi des Étoiles, with Susan Gritton, Monica Bacelli, Nathalie Stutzmann and Sophie Marceau, conducted by Simon Rattle.
  • Klara - From this year's Salzburg Festival, Haydn's Armida, with Annette Dasch, Michael Schade, Mojca Erdmann, Vito Priante, Richard Croft and Bernard Richter, conducted by Ivor Bolton.
  • Latvia Klasika Radio - A rebroadcast of this past Season's Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Janacek's Jenufa, with Karita Mattila, Anja Silja, Kim Begley, and Jay hunter Morris, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.
  • Radio Slovenia Tretji - From this past summer's Bayreuth Festival, Wagner's Die Walküre.
  • Lyric FM - From Opera Royal de Wallonie, a performance of Boito's Mefistofele, with Paate Burchaladze and Antonello Palombi.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - A 1958 broadcast from Naples of Cimarosa's La Baronessa Stramba, with Elena Rizzieri, Paolo Montarsolo, Leonardo Monreale, Bastiano Malerba, Gino Sinimberghi, Rosanna Giancola and Angelica Tuccari, conducted by Franco Caracciolo; a 1965 broadcast from Milan of Cimarosa's La Vanità Delusa or Il Mercato de Malmantile, with Dora Gatta, Giuliana Raimondi, Maria Grazia Ciferri, Gino Sinimberghi, Carlo Franzini, Renzo Gonzales and Gian Ciavola, conducted by Ferruccio Scaglia; anda a 1963 broadcast from Naples of Cimarosa's L'Impresario in Angustie, with Laura Londi, Gianna Galli, Dora Gatta, Pietro Bottazzo, Sesto Bruscantini, Italo Tajo and Renzo Gonzales, conducted by Luigi Colonna.

Happy listening....

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Saturday Highlights - 9/8/07

As one might expect, many stations have already begun to program special appreciations of the late Luciano Pavarotti. We have tried to keep track of these developments, but be prepared for late programming changes as more stations add Pavarotti programming...

A slew of stations will be carrying the Last Night of the Proms, live from London's Royal Albert Hall, with Anna Netrebko, Joshua Bell and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.

NPR World of Opera will be airing a performance from Washington National Opera of Nicholas Maw's opera, Sophie's Choice, with Angelica Kirschlager, Rod Gilfry, Gordon Gietz, Corey Evan Rotz, Clayton Brainerd, Erin Elizabeth Smith and Trevor Scheunemann, conducted by Marin Alsop.

Those stations on the WFMT network will be carrying Gounod's Faust from Houston Grand Opera, starring William Burden, Samuel Ramey, Tamar Iveri, Earle Patriarco and Marie Lenormand, conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

Other highlights for this aftenoon:

Already underway - LRT, in honor of Pavarotti, is carrying his 1979 recording of Verdi's La Traviata with Joan SUtherland, conducted by Richard Bonynge; and NRK Alltid Klassisk is airing Act 3 of Wagner's Die Walkure from this year's Bayreuth Festival.

Deutschladradio Kultur - From Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège, a June perfromance of Boito's Mefistofele, with Barbara Haveman, Paata Burchuladze, Antonello Palombi, Guy Gabelle, Christine Solhosse and Tiziana Catarro, conducted by Patrick Davin.

DR P2 - From Barokfestival Herne, a perfromance of Fux's Julo Ascanio, re d'Alba, with Radu Marian, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Markus Forster, Daniel Johannsen and Andreas Lebeda, conducted by Gunar Letzbor.

Espace 2 - From Geneva, an August performance of Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch, with Stefanie Iranyi, soprano, Roderick Williams, baryton and Helmut Deutsch, piano.

WQXR - A Houston Grand Opera perfromance of Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen, with Lisa Saffer, Fiona Murphy, Hector Vasquez, Bradley Garvin, Jon Kolbet and Liam Bonner, conducted by Patrick Summers.

CBC Two - From Vienna State Opera, a performance of Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani, with Leo Nucci, Francisco Casanova, Robert Scandiuzzi and Sondra Radvanovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From Covent Garden, a performance of Bizet's Carmen, with Jonas Kaufmann, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Jean Sébastien Bou, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Matthew Rose, Jacques Imbrailo, Anna Caterina Antonacci and Nora Amsellem, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Espace Musique -A special Appreciation of Luciano Pavarotti (La Fille du Regiment with Joan Sutherland).

KCME - Wagner's Tannhäuser, with Peter Seiffert, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Franz-Josef Selig, Martin Gantner and Lioba Braun, conducted by James Conlon.

KUHF - NPR World of Opera - Massenet's Werther from Vienna State Opera, with Neil Shicoff, Vesselina Kasarova, Laura Tatulescu, Adrian Eröd, Alfred Sramek, Benedikt Kobel and Clemens Unterreiner, conducted by MArco Armiliato.

NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - From La Scala, Milan, a performance of Verdi's La Travaiata, with Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas and Roberto Frontali.

Sveriges Radio P2 - From the 2006 Salzburg Festival, Mozart's oratorio, Det befriade Baityloua, with Marjana Mijanovic, Franz-Josef Selig, Rainer Trost, Julia Kleiter, Irena Bespalovaite and Jennifer Johnston, conducted by Christoph Poppen.

WCNY - A tribute to Beverly Sills (A 1970 recording of Massenet's Manon).

WOMR - after airing the Houston Grand Opera Faust, Part I of a Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti.

Happy listening,

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Spirto gentil

Liz and I are vacationing in Maine, and we just heard the sad news of Luciano Pavarotti's passing. While nothing can match the sorrow of family and friends at this time, I can imagine that for all devoted fans like Liz and myself the loss of one of the most sparkling sounds ever to emerge from a human throat in my lifetime still cuts deep. I appreciate that the career was already almost over, but it is sad to think of the finality of death for such a warm life-enriching talent.

Among many, many memories, there is one that still stands out for me and that I will always cherish: My family was at home, not at the opera house, and it was a Saturday afternoon in 1978, and suddenly time stood still as the Fernando of them all gave us the aria that seemed to sum up the very essence of the persona in that voice, "Spirto gentil".

So thank you, gentle spirit, for the joy you gave all of us.

Geoffrey Riggs

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