Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday operas - March 22, 2008

After all the travails the Met has been through in the past week or two (Heppner bows out of the first four Tristans, Mac Master fills in for the first T &I but disappoints in Act III, Swenson cancels Traviata, Lehman sings admirably in the second perf. of T & I, but Voigt walks off in Act 2 with a stomach bug, Lehman again sings in the third perf. - although Robert Dean Smith was rumored to appear, but didn't - but almost gets decapitated early in Act 3, and on Friday Radvonowsky cancels Ernani to be replaced by Angela Meade -- who then gets a sensational reception on the night), can it put on a flawless Tristan today? Robert Dean Smith is scheduled to appear in today's Hi-Def broadcast. He is certainly a more experienced Tristan than Gary Lehman, having sung the role at Bayreuth and elsewhere over the past couple of years. I still hope that Heppner returns for the remaining performances - no word on that as yet. IF the broadcast goes "normally", it should be one of the special ones. The rest of the cast are all wonderful.

By coincidence, listeners have a choice between two different operas with Robert Dean Smith and Eike Wilm Schulte this afternoon. Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava is offering them both in a star-studded 2006 Parsifal from Monte Carlo a bit later in the afternoon.

For the Easter week, we not only have Parsifal; there are also quite an assortment of oratorios and various settings of the Passions by a number of composers on offer during the next 48 hours.

So here's what's on this afternoon:

LRT Klasika - a rebroadcast of Rameau's Castor et Pollux from Amsterdam,
Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - Starting at 12:30 EDT, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, with Deborah Voigt, Robert Dean Smith, Michelle De Young, Matti Salminen, Eike Wilm Schulte, Tony Stevenson, Mark Schowalter, Stephen Gaertner and James Courtney, conducted by James Levine.
Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From Monte Carlo, a 2006 performance of Parsifal with the mouth-watering lineup of Robert Dean Smith, Konrad Jarnot, Bjarni Thor Kristinsson, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Eike Wilm Schulte, Petra Lang, Ferdinand Seiler,Hans Griepentrog, Martina Rüping, Cécile van de Sant, Christian Elsner, Keith Ikaia-Purdy, Sabina Cvilka, Claudia Galli, Kristen Grotius and Caroline Stein, conducted by Marek Janowski.
Deutschlandradio Kultur / Radio Tre - From Brussels, a February 2nd concert performance of Weber's Euryanthe, with Gabriele Fontana, Jolana Fogasova, Kurt Streite, Detlef Roth, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Hendrickje van Kerckhoven and Robin Tritschler, conducted by Kazushi Ono.
DR P2 - From Paris, a performance of Herold's Zampa, with Richard Troxell, Bernard Richter, Patricia Petibon and Doris Lamprecht, conducted by William Christie.
France Musique - From Palais Garnier in Paris, Stravinsky's The rake's Progress, with René Schirrer, Laura Claycomb, Toby Spence, Laurent Naouri, Hilary Summers, Jane Henschel, Ales Briscein and Ugo Rabec, conducted by Edward Gardner.
Latvia Radio Klasika - From Rome, yet another Parsifal from January 23rd, with Simon O'Neill, Lucio Gallo, Evelin Herlizius and George Zepenfeld, conducted by Danielle Gatti.
Radio 4 Netherlands - A March 21st performance of Janacek's Katia Kabanova from Amsterdam, with Amanda Roocroft, Kathryn Harries and Kurt Streit.
NDR Kultur - A four-hour special on the heritage of the celebrated Maria Malibran with some rarely heard material sung by Cecilia Bartoli.
WDAV - A new opera, Adamo's Lysistrata, is heard in the NPR World of Opera series, featuring Emily Pulley and Arturo Chacón-Cruz, among others.

Happy listening!

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