Saturday, September 26, 2009

Live Offerings - Saturday, September 26, 2009 - Part II

Further offerings for this afternoon:

  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From Brno, Blažek's Verchovina, with Vilém Pr(ibyl, Richard Novák, Anna Barová, Jarmila Palivcová, Jir(í Olejníc(ek, Jir(í Bar, Václav Halír, František Kunc, Stanislav Bechynský, Josef Škrobánek, Daniela Suryová, Jan Hlavík, Vladimír Krejc(ík, Jaroslav Souc(ek, Josef Klán, Jarmila Krátká, Pavel Polášek, conducted by František Jílek.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - Direct from Teatro Olimpico di Roma, IL FLAUTO MAGICO secondo l'ORCHESTRA DI PIAZZA VITTORIO, with Omar Lopez Valle, Papageno, El Hadij Yeri Samb, Petra Magoni, Sylvie Lewis, Awalys Ernesto Lopez Maturell, Carlos Paz Duque, Houcine Ataa, Raul Scebba, Ziad Trabelsi, John Maida, Gaia Orsoni, Zsuzsanna Krasznai, Pino Pecorelli, Evandro Dos Reis and Sanjay Kansa Banik, conducted by Mario Tronco.
  • WFMT - This evening will air the Opening Night of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Season: Puccini's Tosca, with Tosca, with Deborah Voigt, Vladimir Galouzine, James Morris and Dale Travis, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

And a late correction: KAMU is not carrying the San Francisco La Boheme, as we has originally listed, but will air the San Francisco Opera Der Rosenkavalier, with Joyce DiDonato, Soile Isokoski, Miah Persson, Kristinn Sigmundsson and Jochen Schmeckenbecher, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Happy listening,

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Live Offerings - Saturday, September 26, 2009 - Part I

  • Sveriges Radio P2 - already underway, from Göteborg Opera, Börtz's Goya, with Anders Larsson, Anders Lorentzon, Fredrik Zetterström, Michael Weinius, Mats Persson, Linus Börjesson, Iwar Bergkwist, Johan Schinkler, Henric Holmberg, Ann-Kristin Jones, Ann-Marie Backlund, Katarina Giotas and Natalie Hernborg, conducted by Joakim Unander.
  • BBC Radio 3 - From the Grand Theatre in Leeds (Opera North), the British premiere of Gershwin's Let 'em Eat Cake, with William Dazeley, Rebecca Moon, Steven Beard, Nicholas Sharratt, Martin Hyder, Rob Edwards, Richard Morris and Graham Howes, conducted by Wyn Davies.
  • CBC Two - From the Vienna State Opera, Strauss's Die Schweisame Frau, with Kurt Rydel, Michael Schade, and Diana Damrau, conducted by Peter Schneider.
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From the Vienna State Opera, a February 13 performance of Verdi's Stiffelio, with José Cura, Hui He, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Gergely Németi, Alexandru Moisiuc, Benedikt Kobel and Elisabeta Marin, conducted by Michael Halász.
  • DR P2 - From the Aix-en-Provence Festival, a July 30 performance of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, with Daniel Behle, Marlis Petersen, Anna-Kristiina Kaapola, Daniel Schmutzhard, Sunhae Im, Marcos Fink and Kurt Azesberger, conducted by René Jacobs.
  • Espace Musique & Radio Oesterreich International (OE1)- From Festival de Radio-France et Montpellier 2009, Bellini's Zaira, with Ermonela Jaho, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Shalva Mukeria, Wenwei Zhang, Gezim Myshketa, Franck Bard and Marianne Crebassa, conducted by Enrique Mazzola.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands & France Musique - From Paris Opera, Gounod's Mireille, with Inva Mula, Charles Castronovo and Franck Ferrari, conducted by Marc Minkowski.
  • RTP Antena 2 - From the 2009 Bayreuth Festival, Wagner's Parsifal.
  • WETA - From the NPR World of Opera archives, from Houston Grand Opera, Verdi's Aida, with Zvetelina Vassileva, Marco Berti, Dolora Zajick, Gordon Hawkins, Tigran Martirossian, Bradley Garvin and Tamara Wilson, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
  • WFMT Opera Series (on numerous stations) - From San Francisco Opera, Puccini's La Boheme, with Angela Gheorghiu, Piotr Beczala, Quinn Kelsey, Norah Amsellem, Oren Gradus, Brian Leerhuber, Dale Travis, Chester Pidduck, Colby Roberts, Ryan Hedrick, David Kekuewa and Jere Torkelsen, conducted by Nicola Luisotti.
  • NPR World of Opera - From Capitole Theatre in Toulouse, Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, with Bernard Richter, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Allyson McHardy, Stephane Degout, Fancoise Masset, Jennifer Holloway, Bruno Calucci, Jael Azzaretti and Francis Lis, conducted by Emmanuelle Haim.
  • XLNC1 - From San Francisco Opera, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore, with Inva Mula, Ramon Vargas, Giorgio Caoduro, Alessandro Corbelli and Ji Young Yang, conducted by Bruno Campanella.
  • NRK P2 & NRK Klassisk - From The Metropolitan Opera, the February 1, 1947 broadcast of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, with Bidú Sayão, Jussi Björling, Mimi Benzell, Claramae Turner, John Brownlee, Nicola Moscona, Anthony Marlowe, Kenneth Schon, Thomas Hayward, George Cehanovsky, Philip Kinsman and William Hargrave, conducted by Emil Cooper.

More to come shortly . . .

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Live Offerings - Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lots of interesting performances from all over on offer today and this evening. Highlights include - Verdi's Macbeth from Edinburgh with the Lady Macbeth of Susan Neves; from Pesar, Rossini's Zelmira with Juan Diego Florez and Kate Aldrich; from Rome, Glück's Iphigénie en Aulide, with Krassimira Stoyanova; from Vienna, Strauss's Die schweigsame Frau with Diana Damrau. Here's the menu:

  • BBC Radio 3 - From this summer's Edinburgh Festival, Verdi's Macbeth, with Lado Ataneli, Susan Neves, John Relyea, Vsevolod Grivnov, Katherine Broderick, Nicholas Phan, Vuyani Mlinde, Wade Kernot, Michael Yeoman and Niall Docherty, conducted by David Robertson.
  • CBC Two & (much later) Concert FM - From the Vienna State Opera, a May 25 performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni, with Ildebrando d'Arcangelo, René Pape, Ricarda Merbeth, Michael Schade and Soile Isokoski, conducted by Constantinos Carydis.
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From Studio Lukaskirche Dresden, an August performance of Offenbach's La Pericole, with Sabine Brohm, Ralf Simon, Gerd Wiemer, Bernd Könnes, Marcus Günzel, Jessica Glatte, Elke Kottmair, Tanja Höft, Annegret Reißmann, Frank Ernst, Christian Grygas, Mirko Poick and Dietrich Seydlitz, conducted by Ernst Theis.
  • Espace Musique & RTP Antena 2 - From the 2009 Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy, Rossini's Zelmira, with Kate Aldrich, Marianna Pizzolato, Alex Esposito, Juan Diego Flórez, Gregory Kunde, Mirco Palazzi, Francisco Ruben Brito and Savio Sperandio, conducted by Roberto Abbado.
  • France Musique & Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, a March 17 performance of Glück's Iphigénie en Aulide, with Beatriz Diaz, Alexey Tikhomirov, Ekaterina Gubanova, Krassimira Stoyanova, Avi Klemberg, Mario Cassi, Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev, Carlos Garcia-Ruiz, Alessandra Ruffini, Sara Allegretta, Miljana Nikolich, Monica Tarone, Francesco Marsiglia and Marta Moretto, conducted by Riccardo Muti.
  • KBYU - From San Francisco Opera, Korngold's Die Tode Stadt, with Torsten Kerl, Emily Magee, Lucas Meachem, Katharine Tier, Ji Young Yang, Daniela Mack, Alek Shrader, Andrew Bidlack, Bryan Ketron and Ben Bongers, conducted by Donald Runnicles.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From La Scala in Milan, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with David Daniels, Rosemary Joshua and Gordon Gietz, conducted by Andrew Davis.
  • Radio Oesterreich International (OE1) - From Theater an der Wien, Britten's Death in Venice, with Kurt Streit, Russell Braun, Christophe Dumaux, Erik Arman and Klemens Sander, conducted by Donald Runnicles.
  • WETA - From the NPR World of Opera archives: From the 2009 Schwetzingen Festival Handel's Ezio, with Yosemeh Adjei, Netta Or, Rosa Bove, Hilke Andersen, Donat Havar and Marcell Bakonyi, conducted by Attilio Cremonesi.
  • WFMT Opera Series (on numerous stations) - From San Francisco Opera, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore, with Inva Mula, Ramon Vargas, Giorgio Caoduro, Alessandro Corbelli and Ji Young Yang, conducted by Bruno Campanella.
  • NPR World of Opera - From Grand Theatre of Geneva, Verdi's Il Trovatore, with Tatiana Serjan, Irina Mishura, Zoran Todorovich, George Petean and Burak Bilgili, conducted by Evelino Pido.
  • XLNC1 - From San Francisco Opera, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, with Samuel Ramey, Vsevolod Grivnov, John Uhlenhopp, Vladimir Ognovenko, Vitalij Kowaljow, Andrew Bidlack, Ji Young Yang, Jack Gorlin, Catherine Cook, Daveda Karanas, Matthew O’Neill, Nicolai Janitzky, Kenneth Kellogg and Mityukha Valery Portnov, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.
  • MDR Figaro - From the Vienna State Opera, a June 18 performance of Strauss's Die schweigsame Frau, with Diana Damrau, Kurt Rydl, Janina Baechle and Michael Schadeconducted by Peter Schneider.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - From La Scala, an April performance of Rossini's Il Viaggio a Rheims, with Carmela Remigio, Patrizia Ciofi, Nicola Ulivieri, Alastair Miles, Annick Massis, Juan F. Gatell Abre, Daniela Barcellona, Dmitry Korchak, Fabio Capitanucci, Bruno Praticò, Alessandro Guerzoni and Enrico Iviglia, conducted by Ottavio Dantone.
  • Espace 2 - From l'Opéra National de Paris, a July 24 performance of Szymanowski's Le Roi Roger, with Mariusz Kwiecien, Olga Pasychnik, Eric Cuttler, Stefan Margita, Wojtek Smilek and Jadwiga Rappé, conducted by Kazushi Ono.
  • Klara - From the 2009 Drottningholm Festival, an August performance of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, with Ingelina Bohlin, Charlotte Hellekant, Matilda Paulsson, Christopher Ainslie, Lars Arvidson, Malin Christensson, Rickard Söderberg, Lars Johansson Brissman, Johan Christensson, Daniel Carlsson and Thomas Walker, conducted by Mark Tatlow.
  • Latvia Klasika Radio - From Vienna, Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin, with Simon Keenlyside, Tamara Iveri, Ramon Vargas, and Nadia Kresteve, conducted by Seiji Ozawa.
  • Radio Tre - Direct from La Scala, Montiverdi's Orfeo, with Roberta Invernizzi, Sara Mingardo, Luca Dordolo, Leonardo Cortellazzi, Martin Oro, Luigi De Donato, Raffaella Milanesi and Giovanni Battista Parodi, conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini.
  • WDAV - NPR World of Opera (on a one week delay) - From Washington National Opera, Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, with Renee Fleming, Vittorio Grigolo, Kate Aldrich, Ruggero Raimondi, Oleksandr Pushniak, Girgory Soloviov, Jose Ortega, Yingxi Zhang and David B. Morris, conducted by Placido Domingo.

And later on this evening:

  • WCLV - From Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, a September 19, 2002 performance of Haydn's Creation, with Malin Hartelius, James Taylor, and Thomas Quasthoff, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
  • KING - Yet another chance to hear the Los Angeles Opera performance of Shore's The Fly, with Daniel Okulitch, conducted by Placido Domingo.
  • ABC Classic FM (Australia) - From the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Haydn's Orlando Paladino, with Marcel Reijans, Henriette Bonde-Hansen, Pietro Spagnoli, Kenneth Tarver, Peter Gijsbertsen, Laura Cherici, Nikolay Borchev, Elena Monti and Martijn Cornet, conducted by Alessandro de Marchi.

Happy listening,

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Is Lust Also Blind?

Sam Shirakawa was recently in Amsterdam where he caught a performance of Halévy's La Juive:

HALÉVY - LA JUIVE
NEDERLANDSE OPERA, AMSTERDAM
12 SEPTEMBER 2009
(see a video clip)


For some reason, the opera world has seen a revival resurgence in recent years of Halévy’s La Juive -- possibly because the number of competent singers willing to take on the four demanding principal roles has increased. The opera was a triumph for Caruso, when the Met mounted a new production for him in 1919. According to the Met archives, Eleazar proved to be his final appearance at the House.

Following World War II, Juive was seldom performed anywhere until the turn of this century. Currently, it can be heard in a surprisingly well-cast production at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. Dennis O’Neill is a superb Eleazar. His voice has darkened with maturity, but it has retained its balance between registers. He fires off those killer top notes will little sign of effort, and his grasp of that elusive Gallic style is impeccable.

O’Neill unfortunately has also put on quite a bit of weight -- much more girth than required for even the heaviest roles. While he nimbly scales the stairways to the upper level of the set, the burden he bears is bound to take a toll--at least on his legs.


The surprise find of the performance I heard on 12 September was Angeles Blanca Gulin. Of the three Rachel’s I have heard, she by far is the most dynamic; captivating pianissimi, bracing high notes, an intense stage personality. Plus a big instrument with a tight vibrato under pressure. (NOTE: This is not the soprano of the same first and surname, who had an estimable international career in the 1970s and 1980s. But I must confess to detecting a faint similarity in the timbre of the middle and upper registers.)

American John Osborn as Leopold/Samuel took a bit to warm up, but eventually produced a solid, sympathetic Leopold/Samuel. I would caution him to refrain from taking the part often.

Alastair Miles in the role of Cardinal Brogni balanced his thin low notes with a ringing middle and upper register. But the Vatican enforcer is not really suited to him.

I quite liked Annick Massis when she debuted at the Met as Lucia in 2002. I am not so mad about her Princess Eudoxie in Amsterdam. The notes were all there, but her heart appeared to be elsewhere.

Carlo Rizzi led a clearly focused traversal of the score and drew some excellent playing from the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest.

Pierre Audi’s staging was hampered by the constricted playing space imposed by George Tsypin’s massive chrome girders, built on three levels. A layer of grates carpeting his stage floor clattered relentlessly every time the singers made a move.


La Juive has lots of pretty music that’s also challenging to the prinicipal singers. But it also labors under a libretto that strains credibility. A major part of the plot, for example, hinges on Leopold’s confession to his lover Rachel, who is Jewish, that he is not. If they are lovers, wouldn’t she have drawn the hood from his secret long before the opera began? If love is blind, is carnal lust then borgne?

It has been some years since I visited Amsterdam, and it was comforting to find that most of the central district of the city remains architecturally unchanged. Het Muziektheater, which Nederlandse Opera calls home, seats about 1,600 spectators, distributed over a wide shallow parquet (17 rows) and two upper circles. The acoustics are bright with ample bass reverb. Its terrace overlooks a triangular plaza and one of Amsterdam’s wider canals. The people are as friendly and helpful as they always were. The food is another story. Cheap, tasty meals are hard to find. It was not always so.

© Sam H. Shirakawa

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Live Offerings - Saturday, September 12, 2009

The summer festival season comes to an official end with the Last Night of the Proms - and half of all the radio stations we list seem to be carrying it. But there are a few other items of interest to hear this afternoon: From Pesaro, Rossini's La Scala di Seta with Ann Malavasi, a repeat of this summer's Bayreuth Festival Tristan und Isolde with Robert Dean Smith, and from Dortmund Verdi's I Due Foscari with Francisco Casanova. Here's the complete lineup:
  • Dr P2 - From the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, an August 10 performance of Rossini's La Scala di Seta, with Anna Malavasi, Olga Peretyatko, Paolo Bordogna, Carlo Lepore and José Manuel Zapata, conducted by Claudio Scimone.
  • CBC Two - From the Canadian Opera Company, a February performance of Dvorak's Russalka, with Julie Makerov, Michael Schade, Richard Paul Fink, Irina Mishura and Joni Henson, conducted by John Keenan.
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From Schloss Weikersheim, and August 1 performance of Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, with Sebastian Pilgrim, Viktoria Varga, Patrick Ruyters, Dorothee Schlemm, Artur Grywatzik, Camille Butcher, Martin Platz, Gae¨l Mercier and Glenn Desmedt, conducted by Peter Kuhn.
  • Espace Musique - From Festival international d'opéra baroque de Beaune 2009, Handel's Ariodante, with Ann Hallenberg, Karina Gauvin, Maarten Engeltjes, Jaël Azzaretti, Kristian Adam and Sergio Foresti, conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - From the 2009 Bayreuth Festival, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.
  • Radio 4 Nertherlands - From Netherlands Opera, Halévy's La Juive, with Angeles Blancas Gulin, Dennis O'Neill, John Osborn and Annick Massis, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
  • WETA - From the Grand Theatre in Geneva, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, with Marc Laho, Nicolas Cavallier, Stella Doufexis, Patricia Petibon, Rachel Harnisch, Maria Riccarda Wesseling, Francisco Vas, Bernard Deletre, Gilles Cachemaille and Eric Huchet, conducted by Patrick Davin.
  • WFMT Opera Series (on numerous stations) - From San Francisco Opera, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, with Samuel Ramey, Dimitry Vsevolod Grivnov, John Uhlenhopp, Vladimir Ognovenko, Vitalij Kowaljow, Andrew Bidlack, Ji Young Yang, Jack Gorlin, Catherine Cook, Daveda Karanas, Matthew O’Neill, Nicolai Janitzky, Kenneth Kellogg and Valery Portnov, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.
  • NPR World of Opera - From Washington National Opera, Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, with Renee Fleming, Vittorio Grigolo, Kate Aldrich, Ruggero Raimondi, Oleksandr Pushniak, Girgory Soloviov, Jose Ortega, Yingxi Zhang and David B. Morris, conducted by Placido Domingo.
  • XLNC1 - From San Francisco Opera, Mozart's Idomeneo, with Kurt Streit, Alice Coote, Genia Kühmeier, Iano Tamar, Alek Shrader, Robert MacNeil, Kenneth Kellogg, Mary Finch, Natasha Ramirez Leland, Chester Pidduck and David Kekuewa, conducted by Donald Runnicles.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - Handel's Partenope, with Christine Schäfer, Kurt Streit, David Daniels, Patricia Bardonová, Florian Boesch and Matthias Rexroth, conducted by Christophe Rousset.
  • NRK Klassisk & NRK P2 - From Dortmund, a performance from earlier this summer of Verdi's I Due Foscari, with Renato Bruson, Francisco Casanova, Monan Feubel, Alexander Teliga, Viktor Sawaley and Francisca Devos, conducted by Carlo Montanaro.
  • Bayern 4 Klassik, BBC Radio 3, Catalunya Musica, DR P2, Dwojke Polskie Radio, France Musique, KBYU, Klassikaraadio, KUSC, MDR Figaro, Musiq3, NDR Kultur, Radio Clasica de Espana, Radio Oesterreich International (RAI), Radio Tre (RAI), RBB Kulturradio, RTP Antena 2, Sveriges Radio P2, WCLV, WDR3, WFMT and YLE Klassinen - Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London, with Sarah Connolly conducted by David Robertson, featuring works by Knussen, Purcell, Haydn, Mahler, Villa-Lobos, Arnold, Ketelby, Gershwin, Piazzola, Handel, Arne, Parry and Elgar.
  • Klara - From the Aix en Provence Festival, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, with Magnus Staveland, Marlis Petersen, Anna-Kristiina Kaapola, Daniel Schmutzhard, Sunhae Im, Marcos Fink, Kurt Azesberger, Inga Kalna, Anna Grevelius, Isabelle Druet, Konstantin Wolff, Joachim Buhrmann, conducted by René Jacobs.
  • WDAV - NPR World of Opera (on a one-week delay) - From Washington National Opera, Janacek's Jenufa, with Patricia Racette, Catherine Malfitano, Kim Begley, Judith Christin, Raymond Very, Charles Robert Austin, Janice Meyerson, Leslie Mutchler, Elizabeth Andrews Roberts, Jeffrey Wells, Christina Martos and Madgalena Wor.
And later on this evening:
  • WQXR - From the Conceretgebouw, Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Concert FM (New Zealand) - From La Scala, Milan, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with David Daniels, Rosemary Joshua, Emil Wolk, Daniel Okulitch, Natasha Petrinsky, Gordon Gietz, David Adam Moore, Deanne Meek, Erin Wall, Matthew Rose, Andrew Shore, Christopher Gillett, Graeme Danby, Adrian Thompson and Simon Butteriss, conducted by Andrew Davis.
Happy listening,

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 - B

Also at GMT 1700/EDT 1:00PM:

  • WFMT Opera Series - Mozart's Idomeneo, with Kurt Streit, Alice Coote, Genia Kühmeier, Iano Tamar, and Donald Runnicles conducting (this is rebroadcast at GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM over KAMU, at GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM over WOMR and at GMT 1900/EDT 3:00PM over KBAQ/KUAT).
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - At GMT 1715/EDT 1:15PM, from this summer's Bayreuth Festival, Wagner's Meistersinger, featuring Klaus Florian Vogt as the challenger Walther von Stolzing.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - At GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM, catch an historic 1974 broadcast from New York: Verdi's Vespri Siciliani, with Montserrat Caballe, Nicolai Gedda, Sherrill Milnes and Justino Diaz, James Levine conducting.
  • NPR World of Opera - Janacek's Jenufa, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.
  • Bayern 4 Klassik, MDR Figaro, NDR Kultur, RBB Kulturradio & WDR3 - Starting at GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM, Verdi's La Traviata, with Patrizia Ciofi, Vittorio Grigolo and Marzio Giossi, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung.
  • Radio Tre - At GMT 1830/EDT 2:30 PM, Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, with Fiorenza Cedolins, Sonia Ganassi and José Bros, conducted by Fabrizio Maria Carminati.
These are just a few of the special offerings, but you are invited to visit our Saturday page and see the entire lineup and maybe spot a surprise or two overlooked here.

Happy listening!

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 - B

Also at GMT 1700/EDT 1:00PM:

  • WFMT Opera Series (on . Here's a short list of the best items) - Mozart's Idomeneo, with Kurt Streit, Alice Coote, Genia Kühmeier, Iano Tamar, and Donald Runnicles conducting (this is rebroadcast at GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM over KAMU, at GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM over WOMR and at GMT 1900/EDT 3:00PM over KBAQ/KUAT).
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - At GMT 1715/EDT 1:15PM, from this summer's Bayreuth Festival, Wagner's Meistersinger, featuring Klaus Florian Vogt as the challenger Walther von Stolzing.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - At GMT 1730/EDT 1:30PM, catch an historic 1974 broadcast from New York: Verdi's Vespri Siciliani, with Montserrat Caballe, Nicolai Gedda, Sherrill Milnes and Justino Diaz, James Levine conducting.
  • NPR World of Opera - Janacek's Jenufa, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.
  • Bayern 4 Klassik, MDR Figaro, NDR Kultur, RBB Kulturradio & WDR3 - Starting at GMT 1800/EDT 2:00PM, Verdi's La Traviata, with Patrizia Ciofi, Vittorio Grigolo and Marzio Giossi, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung.
  • Radio Tre - At GMT 1830/EDT 2:30 PM, Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, with Fiorenza Cedolins, Sonia Ganassi and José Bros, conducted by Fabrizio Maria Carminati.
These are just a few of the special offerings, but you are invited to visit our Saturday page and see the entire lineup and maybe spot a surprise or two overlooked here.

Happy listening!

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 - A

Looking forward to some attractive live offerings this afternoon:

  • San Francisco Opera - Starting right now, Mozart's Idomeneo, with Kurt Streit, Alice Coote, Genia Kühmeier, Iano Tamar, and Donald Runnicles conducting.
  • France Musique - At GMT 1700/EDT 1:00PM, from Covent Garden, Wagner's Flying Dutchman, starring Bryn Terfel, Anja Kampe, Torsten Kerl, Hans Peter Koenig, and Marc Albrecht conducting.
  • KBYU - Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Barbara Frittoli, Marcus Haddock and Vitalij Kovaljov, conducted by Donald Runnicles.
More to come...........