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Subject: Sirius offerings revised and augmented October 10-October 16, 2016
From: Robert White <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:12:02 -0400
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 Friends, Here is the 3d week of annotated listings being derived strictly
from the Sirius list, as there is no longer any weekly list whose   home is
the Met web page.   The mystery Lucia is the December 1964 with Sutherland,
Konya, Herlea, and Giaiotti.  I inadvertently dropped the listing  for
tonight's Live from the Met  Don Giovanni.   Sorry for the inadvertent
omission and the late delivery on Lucia  info (thanks to Wendell Eatherley
for his assist here.). It gets out in a more timely fashion with one
source, but it is still very buggy (one opera 's cast has been dropped each
of the last 3 weeks).   I'm sorry for the ugliness  of the page, but it's
different if i do it in Chrome (as I did this week) or Firefox (as I had
been doing them before because when the Met had its page, looked better in
Firefox.  The difference from Sirius is mild.    I am now in communication
with the Met and hope that  we are the beginning of some improvements on
the list production in terms of timeliness . I also informed them that many
of my friends had cancelled recently their Sirius subscription because of
the paucity of new archival content.  That from the 600+ ones which have
been broadcast out of a possible 1300 or so, the choices were becoming more
stale than ever.  It is my perception that the Met is very committed to
MetOperaon Demand (of which I am a charter subscriber).  The Met needs to
 get more archival broadcasts available, say 36-40 a year, which is 3 a
month.  Use the MOoD  to make sure that the repertory of the Sirius
archival services is balanced, which it currently is not .  Happy listening.

rww






MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016







Strauss: ElektraMon Oct 10 6:00 am 2/16/1980- Levine; Nilsson, Rysanek,
Dunn, McIntyre, Nagy*Rebroadcast this week:  *Wed Oct 12 3:00 pm ,  Sat Oct
15 12:00 am

Last week on Sirius broadcast rotation : September 2015
                                  Annotation from October 2012

   This run of Elektras marked Nilsson's return to the house after an
absence of 4 years. It is also Levine's first go at Elektra at the Met
(maybe his first staged ones). Nilsson by her standards is somewhat
diminished

compared to the 1971 performance under Bohm which catches her in much
fresher form and under arguably one of the great Strauss conductors in
history and luckily is available in MOoD . This 1980 performance was
filmed and is available on DVD  on Deutsche Grammophon.


Puccini: ToscaMon Oct 10 9:00 am 4/9/2005- Conlon; Guleghina, Licitra,
Delavan*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 14 6:00 pm       Sun Oct 16 12:00 am

Last  on Sirius : August 2012
           Annotation from January  2014

 I assume this is broadcast regularly as some sort of hommage to
Licitra who died tragically.  Among already rebroadcast performances
it doesn't hold a candle to the Tebaldi-Tucker-Warren of 1956
under Mitropoulos (available also in MOoD) and for Tosca broadcasts
not yet heard on Sirius, my first  choice would be the 1958 with
Stella instead of Tebaldi with the same forces, and second choice
would be the 1950 broadcast with Stella Roman (an underrepresented
singer on Sirius) with Tagliavini and  Sved.



 Gounod: FaustMon Oct 10 12:00 pm 1/4/1958- Morel; Gedda, Guden, Hines,
Merrill, Roggero*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 14 9:00 pm ,  Sat Oct 15 6:00 am

Last on Sirius: September 2015             Available on MetOperaonDemand
(MOoD)          Annotation from  August 2013

Gedda and Merrill are top drawer, but I prefer several Marguerites to
Guden, and Hines while earnest is far from Siepi's league.  Siepi has
not one but  TWO  broadcast Fausts from the Met with Bjorling-- 1950
and 1959 and these are long overdue for retransmission and listing in
MOoD.  Siepi has 6  broadcast Mephistopheles, only two of which have
been on Sirius, the 1955 with Peerce and De Los Angeles and Merrill
(also on MOoD) and 1964 with Morell and Moffo.

Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorMon Oct 10 3:00 pm  12/5/1964 - Varviso;
 Sutherland, Konya, Herlea, Giaiotti
*     Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 13 12:00 am ,  Sat Oct 15 9:00 am
                                  Last on Sirius: August 2015
 Available on MOoD
 Annotation from August 2014

                                     I listened to this performance
recently, and the surprise is Konya who is better than I expected. The
others are in top form and Lucia was one of Sutherland's very best parts.

Verdi: I Vespri SicilianiMon Oct 10 6:00 pm 12/11/2004- Chaslin;
Radvanovsky, Casanova, Nucci, Ramey*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 13 6:00 am
,  Sat Oct 15 12:00 pm

Last on Sirius: February 2016
                                         Annotation from February 2016

Elena was a major breakout role for Radvanovsky, and she was the
deserved star of this revival.  Nucci, who has appeared  irregularly
but continuously since his debut in 1980 last appeared at the Met in
this 2004 broadcast where he is in fine voice as he was on the Nabucco
broadcast 6 months earlier (prior season).  His current engagements
show him as busy as any  Verdi baritone before the public  with an
appearance in January 2016 at La Scala as Rigoletto with Nadine
Sierra, where they encored the Si, vendetta duet (!!!!).   Casanova
has good  style in arguably Verdi's most challenging tenor part.  This
revival catches Ramey after the wobble had started to set in  (I date
at around 2002). He's still very commanding, but  it's just a bit too
late to be top quality. Procida is one of the greatest of Verdi bass
roles right up there with Fiesco, if not quite at the level of Filippo
II. Chaslin conducts a well prepared performance, and so nice to have
this performance in the Sirius rotation. With Radvanovsky's new
status, this performance should be added to MOoD.  This is true two
years ago, and is still the case.


Wagner: Die WalkureMon Oct 10 9:00 pm 2/24/1968- Klobucar; Nilsson,
Stewart, Rysanek, Vickers, Ludwig, Ridderbusch*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 13
9:00 am        Sun Oct 16  3PM

Last on Sirius: May 2015                Available on MOoD
                            Annotation from May 2012

This performance has been issued on Sony Historic CD, and certainly
has the cream of the crop of contemporary Wagnerians.  Highly
recommended.




TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016

Verdi: Il TrovatoreTue Oct 11 6:00 am 12/19/1987- Bonynge; Pavarotti,
Sutherland, Nucci, Verrett, De Grandis *Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 13 3:00 pm
,  Sat Oct 15 9:00 pm

Last on Sirius: July 2015                 Available on MOoD
                            Annotation from March 2013

This is Sutherland's farewell Met operatic appearance (she and Bonynge
do a piano recital 15 months later on the Met stage) and while none of
her colleagues are in the first flush of youth either, with the
exception of the always poor De Grandis, they still have enough
pistons firing to make this Trovatore a stirring afternoon.  This is
Verrett's penultimate Met broadcast (her last is a late Samson in 1990
with Domingo) and shows that whatever the age, Azucena was a great
part for her.


            Puccini: Manon LescautTue Oct 11 9:00 am 3/17/1990- Santi;
Freni, Dvorsky, Schexnayder, Tajo*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 14 12:00 am ,  Sat
Oct 15 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius: April 2015
     Annotation from March 2013

This is Freni's only Met broadcast of Manon Lescaut (she did 3
performances in 1984 as well), and she is one of my favorite Manons
even though she is well into the veteran stage.  Dvorsky is
acceptable, but not lots of good Des Grieux available in 1990 (a much
more challenging part than the Massenet). Santi understands the
tradition well, but I prefer Mitropoulos or Levine, both of whom are
much more animated.

Mozart: La Clemenza di TitoTue Oct 11 12:00 pm 12/6/1997- Levine; Rolfe
Johnson, von Otter, Vaness, Kirchschlager, Grant Murphy*Rebroadcast:  *Fri
Oct 14 6:00 am

Last on Sirius:  December 2015
                              Annotation  from  August 2013

Vaness and von Otter team up with Levine for Idomeneo also.  Clemenza
has some glorious moments, but I like Idomeneo better.  One of Carol
Vaness's best efforts at the Met.


Strauss: Ariadne Auf NaxosTue Oct 11 3:00 pm 3/12/1988- Levine; Norman,
King, Battle, Troyanos, Nentwig, Harlekin (oh really?)*Rebroadcast:  *Fri
Oct 14 9:00 amLast on Sirius: October  2015             Available on MOoD
(video)                      Annotation from November 2013

This is the audio for the performance issued on DVD  and now in MOoD .
Battle's performance is enhanced by the visual. Norman, King, and
Troyanos are among the major exponents of their parts in late 20th
century.


                                 LIVE FROM THE MET: Mozart: Don Giovanni

                                 LIVE FROM THE MET: Luisi; Keenlyside,
Gerzmava, Plachetka, Bystrom, Appleby, Malfi, Rose



                                WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016

Handel: Giulio CesareWed Oct 12 12:00 am 4/21/2007- Bicket; Daniels,
Swenson, Coote, Bardon, Zazzo*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 14 12:00 pm     Sun
Oct 16 9:00 am

Last on Sirius:  January 2016       Available on MOoD
              Annotation from October 2013

I'm not good with Caesar in the hands of a countertenor. The cast is
solid, but I'm not a Handelian so caveat auditor.

Verdi: Simon BoccanegraWed Oct 12 6:00 am 12/29/1984- Levine; Milnes,
Tomowa-Sintow, Moldoveanu, Plishka, Clark*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 14 3:00 pm

Last on Sirius: October 2015      Available on MOoD (audio and video)
  Annotation from December 2013

The main attraction here is Tomowa-Sintow who has only 7 Met
broadcasts. This performance is also available on DVD.  This
performance lacks a certain spark, but the singing is very solid.


Massenet: EsclarmondeWed Oct 12 9:00 am 12/11/1976- Bonynge; Sutherland,
Aragall, Tourangeau, Grant*Rebroadcast:  *Sat Oct 15 3:00 pm

Last on Sirius: April 2015            Available on MOoD
                  Annotation from June 2013

This is the Met's only broadcast of Esclarmonde, and the performance
in addition to the predictable glitter from Sutherland, captures
Aragall in one of his best performances.  For many, his material  was
the best of the new generation of tenors in the 1970s, but it never
quite all came together.  Here is the exception.  Enjoy.


Giordano: Andrea ChenierWed Oct 12 12:00 pm 12/22/1990- Rudel; Martinucci,
Millo, Milnes, Kesling, Castle, Johnson*Rebroadcast:  *Sun Oct 16 6:00 am
Last on Sirius: January 2016    Available on MOoD
Annotation from  September 2014

This performance marks the 25th anniversary of Milnes' Met debut, and
he goes on to 1997. Millo and Martinucci are authentic Italianate
performances with voices well suited to the roles, This is actually
some of the best casting of the last 25 years for this opera.

Strauss: ElektraWed Oct 12 3:00 pm 2/16/1980- Levine; Nilsson, Rysanek,
Dunn, McIntyre, Nagy

LIVE FROM THE MET: Rossini: L’Italiana in AlgeriWed Oct 12 7:25 pm ETLIVE
FROM THE MET: Levine; DeShong, Abdrazakov, Barbera, Alaimo

 THURSDAY,  OCTOBER 13, 2016
12:00 am              Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor     12/5/1964 -
Varviso;  Sutherland, Konya, Herlea, Giaiotti
6:00  am                Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
12/11/2004-
Chaslin; Radvanovsky, Casanova, Nucci, Ramey
9:00 am                  Wagner: Die Walkure                         2/24/1968-
Klobucar; Nilsson, Stewart, Rysanek, Vickers, Ludwig, Ridderbusch
3:00 pm                  Verdi: Il trovatore
     12/19/1987-
Bonynge; Pavarotti, Sutherland, Nucci, Verrett, De Grandis
LIVE FROM THE MET: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Thu Oct 13 6:25 pm ETLIVE FROM THE MET: Rattle; Skelton, Stemme, Gubanova,
Pape, Nikitin

*FRIDAY,   OCTOBER 14, 2015*













                                  12:00  am                Puccini: Manon
Lescaut                  3/17/1990- Santi; Freni, Dvorsky, Schexnayder, Tajo


                                    6:00  am                Mozart: La
Clemenza di Tito           12/6/1997- Levine; Rolfe Johnson, von Otter,
Vaness, Kirchschlager, Grant Murphy

                                    9:00 am                Strauss, R.
Ariadne auf Naxos   3/12/1988- Levine; Norman, King, Battle, Troyanos,
Nentwig, DIckson

                                  12:00 pm                Handel: Giulio
Cesare                4/21/2007- Bicket; Daniels, Swenson, Coote, Bardon,
Zazzo

                                    3:00 pm                Verdi: Simon
Boccanegra           12/29/1984- Levine; Milnes, Tomowa-Sintow, Moldoveanu,
Plishka, Clark

                                    6:00 pm                Puccini: Tosca
                            4/9/2005- Conlon; Guleghina, Licitra, Delavan

                                   9:00 pm                 Gounod: Faust
                           1/4/1958- Morel; Gedda, Guden, Hines, Merrill,
Roggero


                                SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015


                                 12:00 am                Strauss, R.
Elektra                        2/16/1980- Levine; Nilsson, Rysanek, Dunn,
McIntyre, Nagy

                                   6:00 am                Gounod: Faust
                          1/4/1958- Morel; Gedda, Guden, Hines, Merrill,
Roggero

                                   9:00 am                Donizetti: Lucia
di Lammermoor   12/5/1964 - Varviso;  Sutherland, Konya, Herlea, Giaiotti

                                  12:00 pm              Verdi: I Vespri
Sicliani                  12/11/2004- Chaslin; Radvanovsky, Casanova,
Nucci, Ramey

                                    3:00 pm               Massenet:
Esclarmonde             12/11/1976- Bonynge; Sutherland, Aragall,
Tourangeau, Grant

                                   6:00 pm                Puccini: Manon
Lescaut               3/17/1990- Santi; Freni, Dvorsky, Schexnayder, Tajo

                                  9:00 pm                 Verdi: Il
Trovatore                          12/19/1987- Bonynge; Pavarotti,
Sutherland, Nucci, Verrett, De Grandis


                                   SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016

                               12:00 am                  Puccini: Tosca
                            4/9/2005- Conlon; Guleghina, Licitra, Delavan

                                  6:00 am                 Giordano: Andrea
Chenier          12/22/1990- Rudel; Martinucci, Millo, Milnes, Kesling,
Castle, Johnson

                                  9:00 am                 Handel: Giulio
Cesare                   4/21/2007- Bicket; Daniels, Swenson, Coote,
Bardon, Zazzo

                                12:00  pm               Verdi: Simon
Boccanegra             12/29/1984- Levine; Milnes, Tomowa-Sintow,
Moldoveanu, Plishka, Clark

                                  3:00 pm                 Wagner: Die
Walkure                    2/24/1968- Klobucar; Nilsson, Stewart, Rysanek,
Vickers, Ludwig, Ridderbusch

                                  9:00 pm                 The Met On
Record: Barber: Vanessa (1958)             1958- Steber, Gedda, Elias,
Tozzi, Resnik


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