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Subject: Sirius offerings April 2, 2012- April 8, 2012
From: Robert White <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:50:04 -0400
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Friends,

The three contemporary live broadcasts certainly have their interest: Rheingold with
Stefan Margita as a new Loge under Luisi, the season premiere of Traviata with
Dessay as Violetta for the first time, and the HD Manon  on Saturday.  The week also
includes the Met premiere from 1953 with Reiner conducting, Levine conducting
Pelleas in a new 25th anniversary production for von Stade, the historic
Price/Corelli  Trovatore broadcast, Salome with Marton, and the Met's first run of
Nabucco with Rysanek, MacNeil, and Siepi.  The Walkure from 1941 features Varnay in
her operatic debut  (not just Met) as Sieglinde and the majestic Traubel as
Brunnhilde.  Melchior and the gang are around as well.
What seems humdrum at first is a  cornucopia of goodies .  Oh, and for Easter, the
Met on Record plays Levine's Parsifal with Norman and Domingo.

  Happy listening all.

Monday, April 2, 2012
6:00 AM ET R. Strauss: Capriccio
1/31/1998-Davis; Te Kanawa, Brendel, Kuebler, Keenlyside, Rootering, Harries

This was the first Met broadcast of Capriccio, and like the one with Fleming 12
years later (the Fleming is available on DVD in the Met HD series)  is conducted by
Andrew Davis-- in fact he's conducted all 13 performances of Capriccio at the Met. 
Both ladies have among the most beautiful lyric voices of the last quarter century. 
I preferred Rose with Fleming to Rootering in the key role of LaRoche.  The
moonlight music and final scene are among the most glorious pages Strauss ever
wrote, but what precedes really requires the visual, surtitles, and a comfortable
seat.

9:00 AM ET This Month at The Met
Peter Gelb, Natalie Dessay

12:00 PM ET Massenet: Werther
4/16/1988-Fournet; Kraus, von Stade, Stilwell, Upshaw

This performance available on Met Opera on Demand ((MOoD, and formerly Met Player)
is probably the best all-around Met broadcast of Werther.  Shicoff cancelled the
broadcast the year he was scheduled, and Corelli despite the visual glory  is not
caught at his best either.

3:00 PM ET Verdi: Nabucco
12/3/1960-Schippers; MacNeil, Rysanek, Fernandi, Elias, Siepi

The Met did not get around to Nabucco until 1960, and Rysanek was on her way out
with Verdi.  She's not boring, but the part requires too much from the middle and
lower register.  MacNeil and Siepi are stalwart Verdians that we don't even hear
shadows of these days.  This performance is available  in MOoD also.

6:00 PM ET Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito
5/7/2005-Levine; Lopardo, Diener, von Otter, Murphy, Connolly

I personally prefer Idomeneo-- one of his early successes to Tito which is at the
end of his career.  Levine's conducting  in Mozart is among his very great
achievements, and this is one of von Otter's best Met efforts.  This is available 
on MOoD as well as the Met's first Clemenza 20 years earlier with two very fine
singers no longer with us-- Tatiana Troyanos and Elizabeth Connell, Levine again at
the podium.

9:00 PM ET Puccini: La Boheme
3/19/1977-Levine; Scotto, Pavarotti, Niska, Wixell, Monk, Plishka, Tajo

This is the matinee broadcast a few days after the first modern Live from the Met
telecast with the same cast.  Pavarotti is a little wobbly on the C (getting to the
end of him doing it in key) but this is a very solid cast  Niska is a fine Musetta,
and Wixell an excellent  Marcello.

12:00 AM ET Wagner: Die Walkure
12/6/1941-Leinsdorf; Traubel, Melchior, Varnay, Schorr, Thorborg, Kipnis

This really is a broadcast of giants, and marks Varnay's debut on an operatic stage.
Traubel has been recently discussed on Opera-L, and count me very much in the
Traubel camp.  Hearing the Todesverkundigung with her and Melchior is one of the
absolute best, and the Walkure Brunnhilde is one of her best roles.  The remainder
of the cast is just as exceptional-- esp. since i much prefer Kipnis' voice to List.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
6:00 AM ET Verdi: Don Carlo
4/4/1959-Cleva; Gari, Rysanek, Merrill, Thebom, Hines, Uhde

Rysanek is in better voice here than her Abigaille referred to above.  This
performance is available on MOoD and marks Cleva's only run in Don Carlo.  The baton
is dominated by Stiedry with 26 performances when it opens the Bing regime, and
Levine with 60 performances (!!!!!) from 1979 to 2006 (8 broadcasts and 2 telecasts)
 Merrill is the only singer of extraordinary interest; his voice was just about
perfect for ANY composer in the 50s, and while extremely phonogenic, the sound in
the opera house even more impressive.  You didn't always want to watch his acting. 
His Rigoletto on Sirius this week has been outstanding.

9:00 AM ET R. Strauss: Salome
3/11/1989-Janowski; Marton, Clark, Dernesch, Weikl, Baker

Marton had a  major success with the Salome, but her voice doesn't always seem so
impressive when you hear the audio  over the radio.  Equal to her success was the
fine conductor Marek Janowski who has only 3 operas at the Met:  Arabella,
Entfuhrung, and this Salome which is the end of his Met career-- he's still in
Germany making major records.  I'll be taking a listen to see how Marton sounds
without the in-house magic.

12:00 PM ET Berlioz: Les Troyens
2/18/1984-Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, Ahlstedt

Norman sings both roles, and Levine works hard, but Sooter (Domingo had exited Enee
after the fall run including the telecast) is  really overparted.    Levine would
have been better putting John Alexander on.  Giordani, scheduled for next season's
run should be better than Sooter, but I'm not sure by how much.  The three leads
require extraordinary singers.

6:00 PM ET Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress
2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Guden, Harrell, Thebom

This is the North American premiere (broadcast is the first performance at the Met)
that had premiered in Venice the previous year with Schwarzkopf.  The Met puts out
all its musical guns, but I find the work sterile.  For those who like Rake, 
strongly recommended.

9:00 PM ET Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande
4/8/1995-Levine; von Stade, Croft, Braun, Lloyd, Horne

This is a very solid performance of an opera that is almost an ideal radio opera,
because it really does take place in the imagination.  I certainly don't care much
for Jonathan Miller's realization of it onstage.  Levine holds the Met record (38)
in the pit, but Hasselmans is not far behind as the opera was a Bori specialty (she
premiered the opera at the Met in 1925 and was an exclusive  for a decade).  One of
the very best "living room operas" ever.

12:00 AM ET Verdi: Il Trovatore
2/4/1961-Cleva; Corelli, Price, Sereni, Dalis, Wilderman

This is now on Sony Historic CD as well as MOoD.  Only a few weeks after Corelli and
Price's joint debut, the electricity is still firmly in place.  Merrill was the
scheduled Luna, but a snowstorm kept him stranded in New Rochelle.  Dalis is not
Simionato or Barbieri, but very musical and she is not a potted plant.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
6:00 AM ET Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore
12/5/1992-Muller; Battle, Olsen, Oswald, Dara

Battle sang her last performance with the company on tour in Japan the following
spring as Adina, so it is very near the end.  She was a lovely Adina at the
beginning of her career.

9:00 AM ET Verdi: Nabucco
12/3/1960-Schippers; MacNeil, Rysanek, Fernandi, Elias, Siepi

12:00 PM ET Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito
5/7/2005-Levine; Lopardo, Diener, von Otter, Murphy, Connolly

3:00 PM ET This Month at The Met
Peter Gelb, Natalie Dessay

8:00 PM ET Wagner: Das Rheingold (SEASON PREMIERE – LIVE FROM THE MET)
Luisi; Terfel, Blythe, Margita, Owens, Selig, Konig, Bardon

This is the first time we will have heard Stefan Margita as Loge over the Met airwaves.
He's received raves  everywhere (recently San Francisco) and glad to have him in
this very strong cast.  I'm not as overwhelmed by Owens' Rheingold Alberich, but
hopefully he is pacing himself better for these cycles.

12:00 AM ET Massenet: Werther
4/16/1988-Fournet; Kraus, von Stade, Stilwell, Upshaw

Thursday, April 5, 2012

6:00 AM ET Berlioz: Les Troyens
2/18/1984-Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, Ahlstedt

12:00 PM ET R. Strauss: Capriccio
1/31/1998-Davis; Te Kanawa, Brendel, Kuebler, Keenlyside, Rootering, Harries

3:00 PM ET Puccini: La Boheme
3/19/1977-Levine; Scotto, Pavarotti, Niska, Wixell, Monk, Plishka

6:00 PM ET Wagner: Die Walkure
12/6/1941-Leinsdorf; Traubel, Melchior, Varnay, Schorr, Thorborg, Kipnis

9:10 PM ET Verdi: Don Carlo
4/4/1959-Cleva; Gari, Rysanek, Merrill, Thebom, Hines, Uhde

12:00 AM ET R. Strauss: Salome
3/11/1989-Janowski; Marton, Clark, Dernesch, Weikl, Baker

Friday, April 6, 2012

6:00 AM ET Massenet: Werther
4/16/1988-Fournet; Kraus, von Stade, Stilwell, Upshaw

9:00 AM ET Verdi: Il Trovatore
2/4/1961-Cleva; Corelli, Price, Sereni, Dalis, Wilderman

12:00 PM ET Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress
2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Guden, Harrell, Thebom

3:00 PM ET Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande
4/8/1995-Levine; von Stade, Croft, Braus, Lloyd, Horne

6:00 PM ET This Month at The Met
Peter Gelb, Natalie Dessay

8:30 PM ET Verdi: La Traviata (SEASON PREMIERE – LIVE FROM THE MET)
Luisi; Dessay, Polenzani, Hvorostovsky

I must confess I was not impressed  by this production even in the Netrebko video
from Salzburg, and Dessay, who is dramatically suited to the production is not the
sound I want to hear.  I'll see this at Live in HD the following week, and certainly
tune in here.
My expectations are low.  Poor Verdi.

12:00 AM ET Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore
12/5/1992-Muller; Battle, Olsen, Oswald, Dara

Saturday, April 7, 2012

6:00 AM ET Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito
5/7/2005-Levine; Lopardo, Diener, von Otter, Murphy, Connolly

9:00 AM ET Wagner: Die Walkure
12/6/1941-Leinsdorf; Traubel, Melchior, Varnay, Schorr, Thorborg, Kipnis

12:00 PM ET Massenet: Manon (LIVE FROM THE MET)
Luisi; Netrebko, Beczala, Szot, Pittsinger

This is the HD co-broadcast with the Toll International broadcast.  I love Manon,
and especially enjoyed Luisi's way with the music at the premiere.

6:00 PM ET R. Strauss: Capriccio
1/31/1998-Davis; Te Kanawa, Brendel, Kuebler, Keenlyside, Rootering, Harries

9:00 PM ET Verdi: Nabucco
12/3/1960-Schippers; MacNeil, Rysanek, Fernandi, Elias, Siepi

12:00 AM ET This Month at The Met
Peter Gelb, Natalie Dessay

Sunday, April 8, 2012

6:00 AM ET Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress
2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Guden, Harrell, Thebom

9:00 AM ET Puccini: La Bohème
3/19/1977-Levine; Scotto, Pavarotti, Niska, Wixell, Monk, Plishka

12:00 PM ET Verdi: Don Carlo
4/4/1959-Cleva; Gari, Rysanek, Merrill, Thebom, Hines, Uhde

3:00 PM ET R. Strauss: Salome
3/11/1989-Janowski; Marton, Clark, Dernesch, Weikl, Baker

6:00 PM ET Verdi: Il Trovatore
2/4/1961-Cleva; Corelli, Price, Sereni, Dalis, Wilderman

9:00 PM ET The Met on Record: Wagner: Parsifal (1991)
Levine; Domingo, Norman, Moll, Morris, Wlaschiha, Rootering

Better than Levine's first time round at Bayreuth.


   rww
Robert W. White
Executive Director
Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS)
810 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201- 489-1904
www.bccls.org
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