Saturday, February 23, 2008

A good looking Carment and some BEl Canto

On paper, today's Carmen from the Metropolitan Opera looks like one of the most promising broadcasts of the current Met Season. It stars Olga Borodina and Marcelo Alvarez as Carmen and Don Jose. I saw Borodina's Carmen a few years back, and I still remember it as one of the most musical Carmens I've ever heard in person. I'm hoping, since it was only a few years ago, that Borodina can still do the music as much justice today. As for Alvarez, the last time I heard him I liked him too, and he gets regular raves abroad for all his work in French repertoire. So I'm hoping for the best from him too in a French-tenor role like Jose.

As for the two supporting roles, Micaela and the Toreador Escamillo are being sung by Krassimira Stoyanova and Lucio Gallo. I've always enjoyed Gallo's recordings, but I've never heard him live. Stoyanova, however, I've heard in person twice, and I've been thrilled by her each time. I heard her sing Donizetti's longest role for a prima donna, Anne Boleyn, and she sounded as fresh at the end as at the beginning! And her Nedda in Paggliacci at the Met was riveting, both musically and dramatically. She's now one of my favorites: She combines expert dramatic projection with a resilient technique and a lovely and pingy voice.

So on paper, this could be a superb performance of Carmen, well worth hearing.

Besides the Met's Carmen, there are several live bel canto offerings, including a Norma with Gruberova and Cura and two Rossini operas - Guillaume Tell from Rome and La Cenerentola on Espace 2.

Here's the lineup for tomorrow, with some additional items of interest on Sunday:

  • France Musique - From Théâtre des Champs-Elysées à Paris, a January 12th performance of Rossini's Cyrus à Babylone, with Nora Gubisch, Cyril Auvity, Daniel Auchincloss, Sophie Daneman, Till Fechner and Pierre-Yves Pruvot, conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire.
  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - Bizet's Carmen with Olga Borodina, Marcelo Alvarez, Krassimira Stoyanova, Lucio Gallo, Rachelle Durkin, Edyta Kulczak, Juan-Paul Fouchecourt, John Hancock and Jeffrey Wells, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From Rome, a November 28th performance of Rossini's Guillaume Tell, with Michele Pertusi, John Osborn, Alex Esposito, Norah Ansellem, Frédéric Caton and Darren Jeffrey, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From Vienna, a performance of Bellini's Norma, with José Cura, Dan Paul Dumitrescu, Edita Gruberová, Elina Garanca, Caroline Wenborne and Marian Talaba, conducted by Friedrich Haider.
  • Espace 2 - Rossini's La Cenerentola, with Maxim Mironov, Fabio Maria Capitanucci, Bruno De Simone, Raffaella Milanesi, Giorgio Milanesi, Vivica Genaux, Giovanni Furlanetto and Todd Camburn, conducted by Giuliano Carella.
  • Klara & Radio Tre (RAI) - From Vienna State opera, a February 5th performance of Mozart's Così fan tutte, with Barbara Frittoli, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo and Francesco Meli, conducted by Riccardo Muti.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - From the 2007 Salzburg Festival, Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin, with Peter Mattei, Anna Samuila, Jozefs Kaizer, Ekaterina Gubanova and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Daniel barenboim.
On Sunday:
If you have missed any Met broadcasts so far this season, there is still opportunity to catch some of them again, as the stations in New Zealand and Australia are now carrying the Met broadcasts on a three- and four-week delayed basis:
  • Concert FM (New Zealand) - The Met broadcast of Rossini's Barber of Seville, with Elina Garanca, José Manuel Zapata, Franco Vassallo, Bruno Praticò and Peter Rose, conducted by Frédéric Chaslin.
  • ABC Classic FM (Australia) - The Met's broadcast of Wagner's Die Walküre, with Clifton Forbis, Mikhail Petrenko, James Morris, Deborah Voigt, Lisa Gasteen, Michelle DeYoung, Kellie Cae Hogan, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Laura Vlasak Nolen, Jane Bunnell, Claudia Waite, Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, Edyta Kilczak and Mary Phillips, conducted by Lorin Maazel.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Today's offerings - 2/16/08

From Covent Garden, Paolo Gavanelli as Dr. Dulcamara . . . From the Met, Karita Mattila as Manon Lescaut . . . From Amsterdam, Lawrence Zazzo in Giulio Cesare . . . From Barcelona, a new opera, Amargós's El saló d'Anubis, conducted by the composer . . . some confusion from RAI (tune in to find out whether they are airing La Rondine or Carmen) . . . and more:

  • Dwojke Polskie Radio - From Leipzig, a November 24th performance of Wagner's Rienzi, with Stefan Vinke, Marika Schönberg, Pavel Kudinov, Elena Zhidkova, Jürgen Kurth – bas, Christopher Robertson, Martin Petzold, Thomas Oertel-Gormanns and Gabriela Scherer, conducted by Axel Kober.
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a December 1st performance of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, with Stefano Secco, Alexandra Kurzak, Ludovic Tézier, Paolo Gavanelli and Kishani Jayasinghe, conducted by Mikko Franck.
  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - Puccini's Manon Lescaut, with Karita Mattila, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft and Dale Travis, conducted by James Levine.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Amsterdam, Handel's Giulio Cesare, with Lawrence Zazzo, Christianne Stotijn and Sandrine Piau, conducted by René Jacobs.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - From Stockholm, Verdi's Falstaff, with Carl-Johan Falkman, Hillevi Martinpelto, Anders Larsson, Ofelia Sala, Klas Hedlund, Ingrid Tobiasso Susann Végh, Magnus Kyhle, Ulrik Qvale and Lennart Forssén, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi.
  • Catalunya Musica - From Barcelona, a October 27th performance of Amargós's El saló d'Anubis, with Mónica Luezas, Marc Canturri, Toni Comas, Marta Valero and Toni Rumbau, conducted by Joan Albert Amargós.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From La Scala, a rebroadcast of Verdi's La Traviata, with Angela Gheorghiu, Ramón Vargas, Roberto Frontali, Natascha Petrinsky, Tiziana Tramonti, Enrico Cossutta, Alessandro Paliaga, Luigi Roni and Nicola Pamio, conducted by Lorin Maazel.
  • Klara - From Vlaamse opera, the world premiere of Van Hove's La Strada recorded on February 9th, with Jeanette Fischer, Richard Salter, Yves Saelens and Mireille Capelle, conducted by Koen Kessels.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - EITHER, From Rome, a March 7, 2005 performance of Bizet's Carmen, with Julia Gertseva, Marcus Haddock, Norah Amsellem, Gregg Baker, Nicolas Testè,Camille Reno,Georges Gautier,Kevin Greenlaw, Carla Di Censo, Eliseda Dumitru, conducted by Georges Prêtre OR, from Venice, Puccini's La Rondine, with Fiorenza Cedolins, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Sandra Pastrana, Mark Milhofer and Stefano Antonucci, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

Happy listening,

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Saturday offerings - 2/9/08

The Met is rebroadcasting a 1975 performance of Rossini's Siege of Corinth with Beverly Sills and Shirley Verrett. Two Wagner operas hold the boards: from France Musique, Tannhäuser, and from Radio Oesterreich International, Rienzi. From Covent Garden, La Traviata with Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann. From NRK P2, another chance to hear this past summer's Salzburg performance of Haydn's Armida. And more . . . .

  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From Opéra de Lyon, a December 7th performance of Offenbach's La Vie parisienne, with Marc Callahan, - Raoul de Gardefeu, Maria Riccarda Wesseling, Laurent Naouri, -Marie Devellereau, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Christophe Mortagne, Brigitte Hool and Claire Delgado-Boge, conducted by Sébastien Rouland.
  • DR P2 & MDR Figaro - From Amsterdam, a January 19th performance of Rameau's Castor et Pollux, with Véronique Gens, Anna Maria Panzarella and Henk Neven, conducted by Christophe Rousset.
  • France Musique - From Opéra Nationale de Paris-Bastille, a December 6th performance of Wagner's Tannhäuser, with Franz-Josef Selig, Stephen Gould, Matthias Goerne, Michael König, Ralf Lukas, Andreas Conrad, Wojtek Smilek, Eva Maria Westbroek and Béatrice Uria-Monzon, conducted by Seiji Ozawa.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From the Nationale Reisopera, a January 19th performance of Hamel's Snow White, with Rebecca von Lipinski, Michael Kraus and Frances Bourne, conducted by Ed Spanjaard.
  • Dwojke Polskie Radio - From Vienna, a February 6th performance of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, with Barbara Frittoli, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Francesco Meli, Laura Tatulescu and Natale De Carolis, conducted by Riccardo Muti.
  • BBC Radio 3 - From the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a performance of Verdi's La Traviata, with Anna Netrebko, Monika-Evelin Liiv, Kostas Smoriginas, Eddie Wade Mark Beesley, Ji-Min Park, Jonas Kaufmann, Neil Gillespie, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Charbel Mattar and Jonathan Coad , conducted by Maurizio Benini.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From Lisbon an April 4th performance of Vivaldi's Montezuma, with Vito Priante, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Laura Cherici, Maite Beaumont, Theodora Baka and Gemma Bertagnolli, conducted by Alan Curtis.
  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - From April 19, 1975, an archival broadcast of Rossini's L'Assedio de Corinthe, with Beverly Sills, Justino Diaz, Shirley Verrett, Harry Theyard, Richard Gill, Betsy Norden, Arthur Thompson and Richard Best, conducted by Thomas Schippers.
  • NRK P2 - From this past summer's Salzburg Festival, Haydn's Armida, with Annette Dasch, Michael Schade, Mojca Erdmann, Vito Priante, Richard Croft and Bernard Richter, . conducted by Ivor Bolton.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From Leipzig, a November 24th performance of Wagner's Rienzi, with Stefan Vinke, Marika Schönberg, Pavel Kudinov, Elena Zhidkova, Jürgen Kurth, Christopher Robertson and Gabriela Scherer, conducted by Axel Kober.
  • Klara - From Copenhagen, Verdi's Don Carlos, with Stephen Milling, Irene Theorin, Nikolai Shukoff, Randi Stene, John Lundgren, Ernst Dalsgaard, Sten Byriel, Ellen Kristiansen, Mariann Amdisen, conducted by Michael Schønwandt.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - Verdi's Nabucco, with Maria Guleghina and Paolo Gavanelli, conducted by Paolo Karinjani.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - From Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, a performance of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, with Solveig Kringelborn , Günther Missenhardt, Kristine Jepson, Enrico Marrucci, Patrizia Ciofi, Ornella Vecchierelli, Oliver Ringelhan, Annette Jahns, Ricardo Bernal, conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Happy listening....

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

So What's Left for Today's Listening?

Not much, unfortunately (Blogger was acting sclerotic this afternoon).

Everything is well underway, except for the Met Die Walküre on Lyric FM from Ireland (just starting).

Later on in their weekend archival series, Radio Tre (RAI) is airing a 1954 broadcast from Milan of Rossini's Guglielmo Tell with Paolo Silveri, Mario Filippeschi, Raffaele Arié, Antonio Massaria, Margherita Benetti, Giannella Borelli, Mario Carlin, Attilio Barbesi, Nicola Zaccaria, Anna Maria Rovere, Angelo Mercuriali and Paolo Washington, conducted by Nino Sanzogno. Their Sunday evening broadcast will feature Filippeschi in Bellini's I Puritani from Rome with Lina Pagliughi, Rolando Panerai and Sesto Bruscantini, Fernando Previtali conducting.

On WDAV this evening, NPR World of Opera offers a Domingo Trilogy from Washington National Opera: he sings Act Three of Giordano's Fedora, with Sylvie Valayre, Amanda Squitieri and Lee Poulis; Act Four of Verdi's Otello with Barbara Frittoli, Erin Elizabeth Smith, John Marcus Bindel and Corey Evan Rotz; and Act Three of Lehar's The Merry Widow with Christiane Noll, Leslie Mutchler, Steven Condy and Corey Evan Rotz; Heinz Frick conducts the Otello excerpt and Eugene Kohn conducts the Fedora and Merry Widow excerpts.

Happy listening. Those RAI offerings tonight and tomorrow night look particularly promising.

Saturday's Live Offerings

The Met has already started its broadcast of Die Walkure - and so far I am not much impressed. Clifton Forbis, as Siegmund, sounds older than Domingo! But, enough about that. Also now underway from other places one can hear:

  • Catalunya Musica - a live recital with Felicity Lott: Fallen Women and Virtuous Wives, featuring the music of Kurt Weill, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss, Herbert Hughes, William Walton, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Duparc and others. Grahame Johnson accompanies.
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From Leipzig, a November 2007 performance of Wagner's Rienzi, with Vinke, Marika Schönberg, Pavel Kudinov, Elena Zhidkova, Jürgen Kurth, Christopher Robertson, Martin Petzold, Thomas Oertel-Gormanns, and Gabriela Scherer, conducted by Axel Kober.

I will post shortly on items starting at 1:30 or later EST.

Happy listening...

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