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Subject: Sirius offerings October 17, 2016-October 23, 2016 (worksheet style)
From: Robert White <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:07:40 -0400
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Friends,   Here are the  annotations and listings for this week's Sirius
broadcast.  For starters Tuesday the Met will present a new production at
6:25 pm (on Sirius) of Guillaume Tell by Rossini for the first time at the
Met in the original French after 11 performances in German (over  3 seasons
in the 1880s) and 20 in Italian the last being in December 1931. I will be
going to the 3d performance a week from Tuesday.  The archival selections
are a giant jump in quality if still no expansion of the content.   Two of
the Met's truly historic performances the 1966 Met broadcast premiere of
Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten under Karl Bohm  with a remarkable
ensemble coinciding with the Met's opening season at Lincoln Center.  From
1976  the Italian repertory is honored with the Met broadcast premiere of I
Puritani with Sutherland and Pavarotti leading  a 4 star ensemble.  The
remaining  archival offerings feature a Tristan und Isolde from 1950 with
Ramon Vinay and Helen Traubel  in the title roles under Fritz Reiner, an
ensemble Rosenkavalier with a standout Marschallin from Mechthild
Gessendorf and Pavarotti as the Italian singer. MG is not well known but
Sirius has several treasures of her small but distinguished Met career and
the German wing offering concludes this week with the new David Hockney
production of Zauberflote with a standout ensemble under Levine's
direction.  The Italian wing starts off with Milanov in her trademark
Gioconda with especially strong support from Warren, Rankin, and Tozzi.
The weakest casting for the week is oddly enough one of the Met's best
productions, Madama Butterfly  from opening night performances under Levine
(he only conducted the opera 3 times in his 2500 performance Met career)
and a somewhat swamped Gallardo-Domas (a lovely singer matched to the wrong
role in the too large Met)  Since the Met is starting to broaden beyond the
Saturday matinee archives, I urge them to consider rebroadcasting Ana Maria
Martinez Sirius broadcast of Butterfly from last season.  Richard Tucker is
featured in two of his Verdi standards: Don Carlo in the second season
broadcast of the new production that arrived with Rudolf Bing and featuring
Hans Hotter as the Grand Inquisitor, and Un ballo in maschera with Birgit
Nilsson and Robert Merrill in V8 casting.  Two performances I am especially
looking forward to this week are Donizetti's Don Pasquale with the Met
buffo of the 20th century, Fernando Corena and  Debussy's  Pelleas et
Melisande, which is to me an ideal audio experience, and features the
classic Jose van Dam as Golaud supporting Dale Duesing and Jeanette Pilou
in the title roles.

Happy listening.

rww


Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde Mon Oct 17 6:00 am 12/9/1950- Reiner; Vinay,
Traubel, Thebom, Nilsson, Schoffler
*Rebroadcast:  *Wed Oct 19 3:00 pm ,  Fri Oct 21 9:00 pm

Last on Sirius: October
2015
Annotation from June 2013

With leads like these, and Reiner in the pit, this is well worth
investigating.  Traubel has 40s broadcasts with both Melchior (3) and
Svanholm with conductors like Leinsdorf, Beecham, and Busch.  Alas
none of these have been on Sirius.  Enjoy this example of
the original  "St. Louis woman."

Ponchielli: La Gioconda Mon Oct 17 9:00 am 4/2/1955- Cleva; Milanov, Baum,
Warren, Rankin, Tozzi, Warfield
*Rebroadcast:  *Sat Oct 22 3:00 pm

Last on Sirius:  August
2015
Annotation from August 2013

This is a pretty representative Gioconda cast for the 1950s.  It
should catch Tozzi in his  prime condition coming a month after his
debut and Rankin was well suited to Laura, an awkward part for many.
Warren should also be at his best.  That leaves
Milanov and Baum in two giant roles.  There is no question of
Milanov's legendary status and in this role in particular.  She can
also be a maddeningly uneven singer, sometimes within the same
performance or even section of music.  I love Gioconda, but it is a
challenging sing.  Callas has
a fine studio recording made after her firing from the Met that is
still very good, but I don't have any Callas annals handy, but don't
think she has
many/any after 1952. Tebaldi saved it till late in her career, and the
part didn't work for Farrell.  I enjoyed both Bumbry and Marton, but
the
part was well beyond Scotto, and recent efforts by Voigt and Urmana
are down another rung. Milanov's melodramatics are solid.


Puccini: Madama Butterfly Mon Oct 17 12:00 pm 9/25/2006- Levine;
Gallardo-Domas, Giordani, Zifchak, Croft, Fedderly
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 20 6:00 am ,  Sat Oct 22 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius:  March
2015
Annotation from August 2012

This performance marks the beginning of the Gelb era as Opening night
of the 2006-2007 season, not part of the Saturday matinee series. The
production  is one of the most beautiful in the Met repertory, even if
the Bunraku puppet does not work for all instead of a child as Dolore.
This is Levine's first Met Butterfly,
after almost 40 years at the Met. The performance is almost Wagnerian
which is no help to Gallardo-Domas who should have limited
her Butterflys to smaller houses.  I was at the opening and heard a
number of the subsequent performances on Sirius, and her voice
steadily deteriorated.  Pre Butterfly she has
very distinguished Boheme and Traviata broadcasts, but her voice and
career have not been the same since this Butterfly grind.  On paper
neither Albanese nor Kirsten had
a heavier voice, but very canny singing in very different ways
sustained them over 72 and 68 performances at the Met.  The all-time
Butterfly champion is Farrar at 139 (!!!).  Her voice was arguably
lightest of all, but for 15 years she simply was Butterfly at the Met,
starting with the house premiere in the presence of the composer and
going to 1922. There are a number of fine Butterflys on the Met
airwaves and among the ones unaccountably missed
so far are Stella, Tucci, and Gorchakova.  Stella premiered the 1958
production which was a huge success for her and the Met, Tucci with
Bergonzi are very special
indeed, and Gorchakova, though a bit uneven in her overall career does
a Butterfly that vocally commands attention. The excitement in 2006
was the production not the performances.

Verdi: Don CarloMon Oct 17 3:00 pm 4/5/1952- Stiedry; Tucker, Rigal,
Silveri, Barbieri, Hines, Hotter
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 20 9:00 am ,  Sat Oct 22 12:00 am

Last on Sirius:   September 2015            Available on Met Opera on
Demand (MOoD)   Annotation from September 2014

This is most distinctive for being Tucker's first Don Carlo broadcast
and one of Hotter's few.   Tucker broadcast  the opera again 8 months
later in 1952 (but new season)  with the production opening night cast
 (Merrill and Siepi replacing Silveri and Hines, and him of course
replacing Bjorling) Also unusual is that though Tucker went on to sing
the opera for 15 more years after his 1955 broadcast with Steber, he
never went to the airwaves for it
again.  At 26 performances, he is by far the Don Carlo champion-- I
saw him in it 3 times. most notably at a fall 1968 matinee not
broadcast with (Orlandi, Verrett, Merrill, Ghiaurov, and Talvela under Abbado).

Bing did not see Hotter in leading roles and in Walkure he was cast as
Hunding, not Wotan.  What has not been rebroadcast on Sirius is
Hotter's farewell which is a 1954 Parsifal with Svanholm, Varnay, and
London, and Hotter as Gurnemanz under Stiedry.  I would love to hear
that.


Bellini: I Puritani Mon Oct 17 6:00 pm 3/13/1976- Bonynge; Sutherland,
Pavarotti, Milnes, Morris
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 21 9:00 am    Sun Oct 23 12:00 pm

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

This is one of the truly historic Met broadcasts.  Sutherland may not
be as overwhelming as she had been in the New York, Philadelphia, and
Washington concert Puritanis with Gedda (American Opera Society) a
dozen years before, but she still had plenty of star power to match
the three robust voiced males.  I was in the theatre for this
broadcast and the excitement was tremendous.


Pelleas et Melisande Mon Oct 17 9:00 pm  1/22/1983- Levine; Duesing, Pilou,
Van Dam, Hines, Taillon
*Rebroadcast:  *Wed Oct 19 9:00 am   Sun Oct 23 3:00 pm

Last on Sirius: January 2016                 Available on
MOoD                                             Annotation from February
2014

Van Dam completely dominates the Golaud ranks from the time of his
house debut (1975) appearing in 5 revivals (and the opera is only done
about every five years).  This performance is also featured in
Levine's 40th anniversary CD box.  Highly recommended for Pelleas
lovers.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016


Mozart: Idomeneo Tue Oct 18 12:00 am 1/15/1983- Levine; Lewis, Valente,
Behrens, von Stade, Alexander
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 20 12:00 pm ,  Sat Oct 22 6:00 am

Last on Sirius:  October
2015
Annotation from August 2014

This is the first of two Valente Ilia broadcasts, and she is
excellent. Behrens' Elettra is not to my taste.  Both Vaness and
Studer are much more to my liking.  Levine does very fine work here
and deserves credit for solidly putting this work in the Met
repertory.  Valente is under-represented on MOoD (only Nanetta in
Falstaff) and still catches the ensemble in its first year of the new
production.


Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream Tue Oct 18 6:00 am 12/21/1996- Atherton;
McNair, Kowalski, Rose, Streit, Bunnell, Gilfry, Gustafson
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 20 3:00 pm   Sun Oct 23 12:00 am

Last on Sirius: May 2016                    Available on
MOoD                                                 Annotation from May
2016

The work was revived  under Conlon in 2013 for 3 Sirius streamed live
broadcasts, one of which was  rebroadcast on Sirius as part of their
June Friday night encores, but no national free network. I saw a
lovely production at the original Sadler's Wells Theatre almost 20
years ago under the late Richard Hickox.    It's one of those works I
seem to like less as the years go on, but that may be just me.

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Tue  Oct 18 9:00 am 3/9/1991- Kout; Ziegler,
Gessendorf, Haugland, Kilduff, Meredith, Pavarotti
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 20 6:00 pm ,  Sat Oct 22 9:00 pm

Last on Sirius: July
2014
Annotation from July 2013

Part of the draw is certainly Pavarotti, but this mostly low voltage
marquee cast is very solid.  Gessendorf has a second Marschallin 4
years later under Levine with von Otter  and Hawlata which has also
been on Sirius.  I saw Gessendorf several times in the house, and
though not a dramatic house of fire, I like her very
much, and find she fills the "big lyric" German roles very well. She's
definitely worth a listen.


Donizetti: Don Pasquale Tue Oct 18 12:00 pm  1/9/1965- Varviso; Corena,
Peters, Alva, Guarrera
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Oct 20 9:00 pm ,  Sat Oct 22 9:00 am

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

For me the stars of this broadcast are the matchless Corena and
Peruvian tenor Luigi Alva.  Alva is still with us and remains much
beloved in his home country as well. In terms of style and stage
presence, Alva yielded nothing to his more famous successors as
Ernesto  Alfredo Kraus and fellow Peruvian Juan Diego Florez.  Corena
shows up again 5 years later with  Reri Grist and Kraus under Carlo
Franci.  Luckily both performances are in MOoD.

Verdi: La Traviata Tue Oct 18 3:00 pm 1/5/1935- Panizza; Ponselle, Jagel,
Tibbett
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 21 12:00 am ,  Sat Oct 22 12:00 pm

Last on Sirius: September 2015              Available on
MOoD                                             Annotation from September
2015

This is now the oldest broadcast to appear in the Sirius series.
Ponselle and Tibbett are absolute magic in the 2nd act duet under
Panizza.  It's not
SACD, but still a remarkable document. The Met database is still
[October 2016]) not up to date on some of these more recent additions
to the Sirsi and MOoD coverage.


LIVE FROM THE MET: Rossini: Guillaume Tell Tue Oct 18 6:25 pm LIVE FROM THE
MET: Luisi; Finley, Hymel, Rebeka, Brugger, Zifchak, Youn, Relyea


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016


Janacek: Kata Kabanova Wed Oct 19 12:00 am  12/25/2004- Belohlavek;
Mattila, Forst, Silvasti, Ognovenko, Very, Kozena
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 21 3:00 pm   Sun Oct 23 6:00 am

Last on Sirius: February
2016
Annotation from April 2013

An excellent cast, but I just don't warm as much to this work as to
Jenufa. For these infrequent works, it is important they make their
way to MOoD.

Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten Wed Oct 19 6:00 am 12/17/1966- Bohm;
Rysanek, King, Ludwig, Berry, Dalis
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 21 12:00 pm    Sun Oct 23 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius: January
2016
Annotation from March 2015

This is the Met broadcast premiere of one of Strauss' greatest works.
I went to a performance a few weeks earlier in the gala opening weeks
of the Met's Lincoln Center house.  Hearing the performance  almost
five decades later it still holds up as one of the great ensemble and
individual performance efforts in Met history.  All of the singers are
excellent, and for radio only, the voice that makes the best effect is
Walter Berry.  His work may be less well known  to newer opera-goers,
but for my money he is my favorite Barak on disc or in the theatre.
FiDi was by all accounts quite memorable in the theatre, but I never
saw him in the role.  This performance really belongs in the Met Opera
on Demand  (MOoD) series as well, but for the moment it is now being
issued as part of the Met at Lincoln Center 50th anniversary CD box.

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande   Wed Oct 19 9:00 am   1/22/1983-
Levine; Duesing, Pilou, Van Dam, Hines, Taillon


Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera Wed Oct 19 12:00 pm 1/12/1963- Santi; Tucker,
Nilsson, Merrill, Dobbs, Madeira
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 21 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius: September 2015       Available on
MOoD                                                      Annotation from
June 2012

This performance finds the principals in very strong form (Nilsson's
only broadcast from the Met of Amelia) and Tucker is an excellent
match for her. Merrill is in his run of 8 of the 9 Ballo broadcasts
between 1955 and 1985!!!! Definitely worth a listen.

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde  Wed Oct 19   3:00 pm  12/9/1950- Reiner;
Vinay, Traubel, Thebom, Nilsson, Schoffler


LIVE FROM THE MET: Mozart: Don Giovanni Wed Oct 19 7:25 pm  LIVE FROM THE
MET: Luisi; Keenlyside, Gerzmava, Plachetka, Bystrom, Appleby, Malfi, Rose




THURSDAY,  OCTOBER 20, 2016


Mozart: Die Zauberflote Thu Oct 20 12:00 am 2/9/1991- Levine; Battle,
Araiza, Hemm, Serra, Moll
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Oct 21 6:00 am      Sun Oct 23 9:00 am

Last on Sirius: October 2015    Available on MOod (both audio and video)
                       Annotation from  September 2012

This is the simultaneous broadcast/telecast of the new David Hockney
production (based on a Glyndebourne original).
The video has been on DVD also.  Serra's tone is a bit white, but very
accurate, and the overall casting is of high quality.

Puccini: Madama Butterfly  Thu Oct 20 6:00 am          9/25/2006-
Levine; Gallardo-Domas, Giordani, Zifchak, Croft, Fedderly

Verdi: Don Carlo           Thu Oct 20 9:00 am          4/5/1952-
Stiedry; Tucker, Rigal, Silveri, Barbieri, Hines, Hotter

Mozart: Idomeneo           Thu Oct 20 12:00 pm         1/15/1983-
Levine; Lewis, Valente, Behrens, von Stade, Alexander


Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream Thu Oct 20 3:00 pm  12/21/1996-
Atherton; McNair, Kowalski, Rose, Streit, Bunnell, Gilfry, Gustafson


Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Thu  Oct 20 6:00 pm          3/9/1991-
Kout; Ziegler, Gessendorf, Haugland, Kilduff, Meredith, Pavarotti


Donizetti: Don Pasquale    Thu  Oct 20 9:00 pm          1/9/1965-
Varviso; Corena, Peters, Alva, Guarrera



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016



Verdi: La Traviata               Fri Oct 21 12:00 am
1/5/1935- Panizza; Ponselle, Jagel, Tibbett


Mozart: Die Zauberflote          Fri Oct 21  6:00 am
2/9/1991- Levine; Battle, Araiza, Hemm, Serra, Moll


Bellini: I Puritani              Fri Oct 21  9:00 am
3/13/1976- Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, Morris


Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten  Fri Oct 21  12:00 pm
12/17/1966- Bohm; Rysanek, King, Ludwig, Berry, Dalis


Janacek: Kata Kabanova           Fri Oct 21   3:00 pm
12/25/2004- Belohlavek; Mattila, Forst, Silvasti, Ognovenko, Very,
Kozena


Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera      Fri Oct 21   6:00 pm
1/12/1963- Santi; Tucker, Nilsson, Merrill, Dobbs, Madeira

Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde       Fri Oct 21   9:00 pm
12/9/1950- Reiner; Vinay, Traubel, Thebom, Nilsson, Schoffler


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016



Verdi: Don Carlo                 Sat Oct 22  12:00 am
4/5/1952- Stiedry; Tucker, Rigal, Silveri, Barbieri, Hines, Hotter

Mozart: Idomeneo                 Sat Oct 22    6:00 am
1/15/1983-Levine; Lewis, Valente, Behrens, von Stade, Alexander

Donizetti: Don Pasquale          Sat Oct 22    9:00 am
1/9/1965- Varviso; Corena, Peters, Alva, Guarrera

Verdi: La Traviata               Sat Oct 22   12:00 pm
1/5/1935- Panizza; Ponselle, Jagel, Tibbett

Ponchielli: La Gioconda          Sat Oct 22    3:00 pm
4/2/1955- Cleva; Milanov, Baum, Warren, Rankin, Tozzi, Warfield

Puccini: Madama Butterfly        Sat Oct 22    6:00 pm
9/25/2006-Levine; Gallardo-Domas, Giordani, Zifchak, Croft, Fedderly

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier       Sat Oct 22    9:00 pm
3/9/1991- Kout; Ziegler, Gessendorf, Haugland, Kilduff, Meredith,
Pavarotti



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016


Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream Sun Oct 23  12:00 am
12/21/1996- Atherton; McNair, Kowalski, Rose, Streit, Bunnell, Gilfry,
Gustafson

Janacek: Kata Kabanova          Sun    Oct 23   6:00 am
12/25/2004- Belohlavek; Mattila, Forst, Silvasti, Ognovenko, Very,
Kozena

Mozart: Die Zauberflote         Sun    Oct 23   9:00 am
2/9/1991- Levine; Battle, Araiza, Hemm, Serra, Moll

Bellini: I Puritani             Sun    Oct 23  12:00 pm
3/13/1976- Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, Morris

Pelleas et Melisande            Sun    Oct 23   3:00 pm
1/22/1983- Levine; Duesing, Pilou, Van Dam, Hines, Taillon

Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten Sun    Oct 23   6:00 pm
12/17/1966- Bohm; Rysanek, King, Ludwig, Berry, Dalis

The Met On Record:

Wagner: Gotterdammerung (1989)             Sun          Oct 23      9:00
pm                  (1989)- Levine; Behrens, Goldberg, Salminen, Weikl,
Studer, Schwarz



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