Saturday, January 19, 2008

Seven and a half hours of the Pav?!*&%+!... and lots more ...

Before I get to this afternoon's offerings, I would like to call your attention to a new station, Connoisseur Classics, recently started by WHRO in Norfolk, Virginia. The service broadcasts locally as HD Radio and also over the internet and provides round-the-clock classical music seven days a week. This station should be of interest to our listeners because every Tuesday they broadcast opera all day, featuring several complete operas along the way. They are not yet able to post any schedule information before things actually air, so we have not included them in our schedule pages, but the station does appear on our Opera Stations page.

And now for some highlights of todays offerings. The Metropolitan Opera is featuring an historic broadcast from 1976 of La Boheme, with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto. WHRB (Harvard's radio station) is wrapping a tribute to Pavarotti around its broadcast of the Boheme - seven and one half hours of the Pav! Terje Stensvold's Wanderer in Siegfried from this past fall's Oslo Ring Cycle should prove worthwhile. More Wagner comes from Covent Garden - a Parsifal with John Tomlinson as Gurnemanz and Petra Lang as Kundry. Czech Radio offers Janacek's From the House of the Dead. From Vienna comes Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. I'm still not quite sure what Radio Tre (RAI) will be broadcasting this afternoon - it's either going to be Tosca from Rome or Attila from Bari (personally the cast of unknowns from Rome sounds more appealing than the better known singers in the Bari Attila). And if you missed the Met's War and Peace the first time around, this weekend you get a second chance to hear it on the antipodes stations.

Here are the best of the live offerings for today:

  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From the Aix-en-Provence Festival, a performance of Janacek's From the House of the Dead, with Olaf Bär, Eric Stoklossa, Štefan Margita, Peter Strak, Vladimír Chmelo, Jirí Sulženko, Heinz Zednik, John Mark Ainsley, Jan Galla, Tomáš Krejcirík, Martin Bárta, Vratislav Kríž, Olivier Dumait, Susannah Haberfeld, Aleš Jenis, Marian Pavlovic, Peter Hoare, Gerd Grochowski and Andreas Conrad, conducted by Pierre Boulez.
  • Dwojke Polskie Radio, Espace 2 & France Musique - From Vienna, a November 16th concert performance of Bellini's Norma, with Edita Gruberova, Caroline Wenborne, José Cura, Paul Dan Dumitrescu, Marian Talaba and Elina Garanca, conducted by Friedrich Haider.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - Danish radio continues its traversal of this past September's Oslo Ring Cycle, with Siegfried, with Stig Fogh Andersen, Svein Erik Sagbråten, Terje Stensvold, Marcus Jupither, Carsten Stabell, Anne Gjevang, Tine Kiberg and Eli Kristin Hagen, conducted by Paul Daniel.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Amsterdam, Rameau's Caster et Pollux, with Finnur Bjarnasson, Henk Neven and Anna Maria Panzarella, conducted by Christophe Rousset.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From Theater an der Wien, Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, with Jean Philippe Lafont, Sally Matthews, Yann Beuron, Marjana Lipovsek, Heidi Brunner, Michelle Breedt and Patricia Petibon, conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
  • BBC Radio 3 - From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a performance of Wagner's Parsifal, with John Tomlinson, Petra Lang, Falk Struckmann, Christopher Ventris, Gwynne Howell, Willard White and Elizabeth Cragg, conducted by Bernard Haitink.
  • Metropolitan Opera (Numerous stations) - The archival broadcast of La Boheme mentioned above.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - A rebroadcast of a November 28th Rome performance of Rossini's Guillaume Tell, with John Osborne, Michele Pertusi and Nora Ansellem, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - EITHER Tosca from Rome, with Myrto Papatanasiu, Giuseppe Gipali and Giorgio Surian, conducted by Josè Maria Sciutto; OR From Bari, a performance of Verdi's Attila, with Michele Pertusi, Giovanni Meoni, Andrea Gruber, Gustavo Ariel Porta, Gianluca Floris and Pietro Naviglio, conducted by Renato Palumbo.
  • ABC Classic FM (Australian Radio) & Concert FM (New Zealand radio) - are still on the same page - their Sunday opera this week will be the Met's performance of Prokofiev's War and Peace, with Marina Poplovskaya, Ekaterina Semenchuck, Mikhail Kit, Larisa Shevchenko, Kim Begley, Alexei Markov, Vassily Gerello and Samuel Ramey, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Happy listening,

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