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Subject: sun 5 august 2001 opera on the web
From: E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 5 Aug 2001 09:51:43 -0400

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** LIVE broadcast/webcast
## SPECIAL of interest
7:00 CLASSICAL Weekends
M. Haydn: Divertimento in Bb
Bach: Cantata No. 56
Rubinstein: Symphony No. 1
Paulus: Concertante
Schubert: Piano Sonata in Bb, D.960
Sibelius: Finlandia
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

**9:30am BBC Prom 21 - The Nation's Favourite Prom
The "Nation's Favourite Prom" presents some popular classics that have
captured people's affections - as voted for in a Radio Times poll -
including Bizet's Carmen and Bruch's stunning and eloquent violin concerto.
Bizet          Overture, Carmen (2  mins)
Bruch          Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (24 mins)
interval  (20 mins)
Fads and Fashions: The composers in today's Prom all followed some of the
musical fashions of the time. Derek Scott, Chair of Music at Salford
University, points out some of the leading influences which composers
exploited, whether it was the sudden popularity and excitement of gypsy
music, as in Bizet's Carmen and the Bruch Concerto, or the descriptive
fantasia, which provided the framework for Elgar's immortalising of his
friends in his Enigma Variations.
Stravinsky     Fireworks (4 mins)
Tchaikovsky    Letter Scene from 'Eugene Onegin'  (14 mins)
Puccini: O mio babbino caro, from Gianni Schicchi
Elgar          Enigma Variations (30 mins)
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg violin
Elena Prokina soprano
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Paul Daniel conductor
---for more information on BBC PROMS 2001 =

12:00     Chicago Symphony Orchestra
no info

12:00     Discovering Music
Béla Bartók's String Quartet No 6 (Sz 114) was composed during dark times -
the composer's mother was fighting her final illness, and the shadow of war
loomed on Europe's horizon. Roger Nichols explores the numerous strands of
this complex work with the help of musical examples specially recorded for
the programme by the quartet ConTempo.

12:45     The Sunday Feature
Peter Paul Nash takes a fresh look at the work and life of Constant
Lambert, who died fifty years ago this month, and who is best known for his
iconoclastic work of criticism, 'Music Ho! A Study Of Music In Decline',
for his work as a composer for the ballet, and for his jazzy setting of
Sachaverell Sitwell's poem 'The Rio Grande' - a piece which is being
performed on the Last Night of this year's Proms.

1:00 Opera op Zondag (Concertzender)
Henk Badings - Martin Korda D.P.
Frances de Bossy, Erna Spoorenberg, Marilyn Tyler, Lidy van der Veen, Jos
Borelli, Caspar Brocheler, Ge Genemans, Paolo Gorin, Guus Hoekman, Cornelis
Schell, Frans Vroons. Nederlands Opera Orkest o.l.v. Willem van Otterloo.
Opname: NCRV, Holland Festival 1960, Amsterdamse Stadsschouwburg.
Samenstelling: Walter Knoeff
for more info on Badings -

1:00 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera
host Keith Brown:  Gioacchino Rossinis's immortal Il Barbiere di Siviglia
is the only opera to have remained constantly in the international standard
repertoire since its premiere in 1816.  It is also the most famous example
of the buffa style in Italian opera.  Not everybody liked Rossini's
"Barber" in its very first staging.  Some opera partisans favored Giovanni
Paisiello's opera of the same name, which had held the stage since 1792.
Rossini was dismayed by the poor reception his new "Barber" got at the
Teatro Argintina in Rome, but with a few quick revisions the opera assumed
the form in which we know it today.  With its third performance it took off
as a fabulous international success.  The Barber of Seville has been
recorded many times.

You'll hear the London CD "Barber" taped in 1988 at the Theatro Comunale of
Bologna, Italy.  Tenor Leo Nucci stars as Figaro.  Opposite him as Rosina
is soprano Cecilia Bartoli, then already well along on her ascent to
divadom.  Giuseppe Patane conducts the ensemble.  (He died shortly after
making this recording.)  Maestro worked from a new edition of Rossini's
score that restores much of the composer's original intentions for the
music.  But as Patane explains in his notes for the London release, he has
retained certain traditional touches as well.

##1:30:   Performing Verdi
Opera critic Rodney Milnes talks to singers, conductors and producers about
the pleasures and challenges of performing Verdi, who died 100 years ago.
Soprano Dame Josephine Barstow discusses the demanding role of Amelia in
Verdi's middle-period work Un Ballo In Maschera. Includes excerpts from the
1989 Vienna State Opera recording made by Herbert von Karajan shortly
before his death, with Josephine Barstow as Amelia and Placido Domingo as
the doomed count Riccardo.

**2:00pm  BSO at Tanglewood
NOTE - This is NOT webcast - only broadcast locally on wgbh amd wamc
Live  broadcast starts at 2:30pm.
Previn: Diversions
Mozart: "Chi sŕ, chi sŕ, qual sia" ; "Vado, ma dove?"
Strauss: Songs with orchestra
Haydn: Symphony No. 88
André Previn, conductor
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano

2:00 La Opera  Radio Beethoven
HUMPERDINCK Engelbert "Hansel y Gretel"
Bonney,Von Otter,Schmidt,Schwarz,Lind / Tate (105' 00)

2:00 Skaneateles Festival
Pianist Diane Walsh in recital. BACH: Partita No. 4 in D BEACH: Variations
on Balkan Themes, Op. 60 BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp, Op. 78;
Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109

2:00:     Chicago Symphony Orchestra (WFMT)
conducted by Christoph Eschenbach at the 2001 Ravinia Festival; André
Watts, p
Schubert: Fantasia in f, D. 940 (arr Andy Stein)
Symphony #8 in b, D. 759 (Unfinished)
Liszt: Totentanz.
Schoenberg: Transfigured Night, Op. 4.

2:00:     The Record Shelf (KUSC)
      also 3:00 pm on
A conversation with the American bass Samuel Ramey.

2:00 Soirée Lyrique (Radioclassique)
R. Wagner.      Siegfried
Siegfried Jerusalem : Siegfried.   Eva Marton : Brünnhilde.
James Morris : Wanderer.           Theo Adam : Alberich.
Peter Haage : Mime.                Jadwiga Rappé : Erda.
Kurt Rydl : Fafner.                Kiri Te Kanawa : Waldvogel.
Orch. Symph. de la Radio Bavaroise.
Bernard Haitink, dir.
(EMI 7542902)

see BBC Prom 22 below

**3:00    BBC Proms 2001
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Prom 22
Tchaikovsky    Symphony No. 4 in F minor (43 mins)
interval (20 mins)
Visiting the Malvern countryside, even 70 years or so after his death, the
presence of Edward Elgar is still strongly felt. Stephen Johnson walks in
the composer's footsteps on the Malvern Hills and encounters people now
inhabiting this beautiful environment and living with Elgar's legacy: the
sculptor Rose Garrard, the landscape painter David Prentice, the festival
organiser Peter Smith and author of 'Elgar The Cyclist', Kevin Allen.
Elgar          Symphony No. 1 in A flat major   (52 mins)
European Union Youth Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis  conductor
---for more information on BBC PROMS 2001 =

3:00 Konzertdokument der Woche (Deutschlandfunk)
China Found Music Workshop
Tradit./ Kanton;  Yu da baijoa Bernhard Gal; Of Sound and Time / Jorge
Teatro Shanghai / Ming Wang; Ballade / Hwang-Long Pan; Wuijng, quingjing,
yijing u.a

3:00 Classic Soaps   CLASSIC FM, SOUTH AFRICA
Classic Soaps goes eclectic this Sunday evening. You can hear arias from
Gluck and Mozart through to Verdi and Puccini, with a good additional
sprinkling from the 19th-century French repertoire. There is also a wide
array of voices, from Roberto Alagna and Susan Graham to Leontyne Price and
Richard Tucker.  Bryn Terfel `says it' for the baritones - and very well
too - and Vesselina Kasarova is the mezzo soprano whom I've chosen to end
the programme. Do join me!

programs from major European festivals.
Leipzig Bach Festival
Anner Bylsma, cello, and Bob van Asperen, harpsichord, play works by
Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Domenico Gabrielli, and J.C.F. Bach.

4:00      "With Heart and Voice" hosted by Richard Gladwell
Sacred music by Purcell, Johann Christian Bach, the Polish composer Marcin
Mielczewski, and three Russian composers (Dmitri Bortnansky, Alexander
Lvov, Ivan Smirnoff) performed by the Ural Cossack Choir

Grand Theatre of Geneva (Geneva, Switzlerand)
Swiss Romande Orchestra and The Grand Theatre Chorus; Alain Lombard,
Sara Fulgoni (Carmen);
Jon Ketilsson (Don Jose);
Jorge Lagunes (Escamillo);
Rachel Harnish (Micaela);
Christine Buffle (Frasquita);
Delphine Haidan (Mercedes);
Antoine Garcin (Zuniga);
David Grousset (Morales)

5:00 The Sunday Play
An Insular Motet: By David Pownall. In 1213, Pope Innocent issues an edict
proscribing any form of music in the churches of England, and a beleaguered
King John commissions a young composer to write a form of music without
With Gerard Murphy (King John), Lizzie McInnerny (Madge), Hugh Ross
(Frank), Tim McInnerny (Dawson) and Ben Crowe (Hedley). Directed by Eoin

5:00      WFMT Sunday Afternoon
the Grant Park Orchestra in Concert
conducted by James Paul; Wendy Warner, vc
Piston: Toccata. Bernstein: Three Meditations fr Mass. Sibelius: Symphony
#2 in D, Op. 43.

No details available yet (time approximate)


7:00:     Night at the Opera (WQED)
host Ken Meltzer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - May Night
Date of composition: 1878-1879
Libretto by the composer, after the story by Gogol.
Golova: bas              Levko, ego syn: tenor
Svojachenica Golovy: mecco-soprano
Ganna: mecco-soprano     Pisar': bas
Vinokur: tenor           Kalenik: bas
Pannochka: soprano       Nasedka: mecco-soprano
Voron: soprano      Macheka: mecco-soprano

recording cast
Liudmilla Sapyegina, mezzo-soprano
Konstantin Lisovsky, tenor
Alexei Krivchenya, bass
Grand Choir of the USSR Radio and TV
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor

First performance at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, on 21st January
     Near a Little-Russian village stands, at the lakeside, a haunted
house. Here, according to legend, there dwelt a Pole, whose second marriage
brought upon his daughter a stepmother's hatred.  Despair drives the girl
to drown herself.  Becoming a ``russalka,'' she contrives to lure her enemy
into the water, but the stepmother, now one of many water-nymphs, can no
longer be identified.
     Levko, son of the village mayor , is determined to marry Hanna and
tells her the story of the girl who had been turned out of the Big House by
her step-mother and drowned herself, being transformed into a water- nymph,
who then dragged her step-mother into the water, to join her. Levko's
father tries to woo Hanna. At the mayor's house, to which the drunken
charcoal- burner has been directed as his own, a stone is thrown through
the window and Levko and his friends, outside, sing a ribald song. Levko,
disguised as a blackened devil, comes in and when his father seeks to
imprison him in the store-room, Levko's friends rescue him and put the
mayor's sister- in- law there in his place. She is released, only to be put
back there again by Levko and his friends, making her even angrier when the
door is opened again, as the mayor and his friends try to deal with the
devil they imagine they have caught. Levko's marriage to Hanna is
eventually arranged through the intervention of the literate water-nymph,
the drowned maiden of Gogol's story, in return for his help in identifying
her step-mother among the other nymphs.
     May Night makes full use of traditional folk-songs in its treatment of
a well known story that had found its way to the Ukraine from an earlier
German source. Rimsky-Korsakov's friends among the Five were modified in
their praise of the work, suspecting, perhaps, the  composer's use of
counterpoint, while the first staging of the third act, with its dancing
water-nymphs, seems to have been inadequate, failing in its intended

Gogal story excerpt

7:30 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago production from 2000-2001 season
Music and libretto by Leos Janácek,
after the play Její pastorkyna (Her Stepdaughter) by Gabriela Preissová
THE CAST       (in order of vocal appearance)
Jenufa              soprano, PATRICIA RACETTE
Grandmother Buryja   mezzo, JOSEPHA GAYER
Laca Klemen         tenor, HUGH SMITH
Jano           soprano, MARIA KANYOVA
Mill Foreman        bass-baritone, DALE TRAVIS
Kostelnicka         soprano, KATHRYN HARRIES
Steva Buryja        tenor, PATRICK DENNISTON
Barena              soprano, DINA KUZNETSOVA
Shepherdess          mezzo, MICHELLE WRIGHTE
Mayor               baritone, PHILIP KRAUS
Mayor's Wife        mezzo, DOROTHY BYRNE
Karolka             mezzo, MELINA PYRON
Woman               soprano, SHERRY RAYMOND
Man            baritone, ROBERT MORRISSEY
Aunt           mezzo, ELIZABETH GROHOWSKI
Conducted by ANDREW DAVIS
Janácek  dedicated "Jenufa" to his beloved daughter Olga who died from a
long-term illness in 1903, the same year "Jenufa" premiered in the opera
The Story of "Jenufa"
This opera takes place in Czechoslovakia; many folk tunes are infused in
this work,  and the performers wear traditional Moravian folk dresses.
Jenufa is 3 months pregnant with her cousin Steva's child.  Steva, a
playboy, promises to marry Jenufa if he is not drafted to join the army.
However, Steva changes his mind when he finds out that he is not drafted
after all.  Steva's half-brother, Laca, who secretly loves Jenufa professes
his love to her, but only to find out that Jenufa has eyes for Steva only.
In a fit of rage, Laca cuts Jenufa's cheek with a knife. Six months later,
Jenufa gave birth to a baby.  To avoid scandal, Jenufa's stepmother,
Kostelnicka hides Jenufa in the house, and tells everyone that Jenufa is
away on a trip.  Kostelnicka still wishes Steva to marry Jenufa to end the
family embarrassment, but Steva is engaged to the Mayor's daughter.  Laca
returns and is still in love with Jenufa, but cannot accept the child that
belongs to Steva.  To make sure that Jenufa has a good life and a husband,
Kostelnicka lies to Laca that the child has died and Laca should feel free
to wed Jenufa.  As Laca agrees to the marriage and leaves, Kostelnicka
steals the baby from Jenufa and leaves it in an icy river to die.  On the
day of Laca and Jenufa's wedding, someone finds the frozen baby in the
river.  Jenufa claims the baby and the family secret is now out in the
open.  Upon knowing the truth, the Mayor's daughter leaves Steva, and
Kostelnicka is taken by the authorities.  Jenufa finally accepts Laca and
forgive him for disfiguring her.

8:00:     Collector's Corner w/Henry Fogel (WFMT)
Barbirolli Conducts Elgar, 2nd of 3 programs--Elgar: Oratorio, The Dream of
Gerontius--Jon Vickers, t; Cho & Rome RAI Orch/Sir John Barbirolli.
(Arkadia 584)

8:00:     Sunday Night at the Opera (WHRB)
>From Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2000-2001 season
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Temistocle Solera
THE CAST       (in order of vocal appearance)
Attila         bass, SAMUEL RAMEY
Uldino         tenor, MICHAEL SOMMESE
Odabella  soprano, ANDREA GRUBER
Ezio      baritone, ANTHONY MICHAELS-MOORE
Foresto        tenor, MARTIN THOMPSON
Leone          bass-baritone, MARIS VIPULIS
Sc. 1     The city of Aquileia
Sc. 2     A mudflat on the Adriatic island of Rivus Altus
Sc. 1     A wood near Attila's camp outside Rome
Sc. 2     Attila's tent
ACT II    Outside the city of Rome
ACT III   Outside Attila's camp

8:00      Thru the Night
Verdi: Requiem
Marina Mescheriakova (soprano)
Florence Quivar (contralto)
Vinson Cole (tenor)
Stephen Milling (bass)
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)

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