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Subject: Sirius offerings, October 31, 2016- November 6, 2016 (final worksheet)
From: Robert White <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:47:06 -0400
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Friends,
Sirius  has two live broadcasts including John Osborn's Arnold in Guillaume
Tell on Wednesday and the season's first Aida on a non-Toll Brothers
Saturday matinee with Ekaterina Gubanova  doing her first Met Amneris; her
fiance/husband (I haven't been checking the social pages)  will be the
Ramfis.  The archival performances get going with  Barber's Vanessa, a bare
2.5 weeks after its world premiere at the Met.  The second top of the line
archival broadcast is the Solti farewell Met performance with a top of the
line Verdi Requiem in memory of  John F. Kennedy.  It's rare to have two
pre 1950 broadcasts, but the 1937 Ponselle Carmen and 1943  Melchior
Lohengrin provide a nice break from L'Elisir d'Amore (last week) and Samson
et Dalila (this week) the two standard repertory operas that seem over
programed to my ears.  There are three really fine performances that might
slide past, but I do want to recommend the Rudel Figaro  with Fleming's
Countess at the very start of her Met career, a  "Wheaties"  Cav/Pag with
Tucker, and Corelli  in top of the line casting, and Farrell's only
broadcast of Cavalleria.  Last but not least is a Contes d'Hoffman revival
with Natalie Dessay doing the Olympia to end them all and solid singing
from both Leech and Morris.  The Met on Record has a rarity in Verdi's I
Lombardi with two bits of casting not heard in the live run-- Leech as
Arvino for Beccaria, and June Anderson as Giselda for Flanigan.
All in all, one of the better recent weeks.   A critical note on this past
week's Guillaume Tell from inside the house.  Musically, the Met was on its
best form, and none more so than its chorus who I think has more to sing
than Meistersinger or Parsifal.  The production by Pierre Audi (who
perpetrated the Muti Attila mess as well) was  not worthy of going to DVD
and the costumes (which I never  usually notice) were especially awful. The
division of acts made for hard going  with the combined Act 2-3 clocking in
at 1.45  hours.  I do encourage people to take a listen to the live Sirius
which seems to be almost the ideal way to experience this work-- though for
me nothing makes the impact of an in house performance like a full
unamplified chorus.    Happy listening.

rww



MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016

Barber: Vanessa *Mon Oct 31 6:00 am   *2/1/1958 - Mitropoulos; Steber,
Gedda, Elias, Resnik, Tozzi
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 3 12:00 pm ,  Sat Nov 5 6:00 am

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

This is the broadcast from its world premiere run.  Everyone is in top
form, with special mention for Steber who was not first choice, but
was definitely the best one including the fiendish skating aria which
Barber later removed in revisions in future seasons While the RCA
recording is excellent and appears with considerable regularity in the
Sunday night Met commercial recording rotation , there is just
that much more electricity here in live performance.  One of the
treasures of both Sirius broadcasting and MOoD.

Strauss: Capriccio *Mon Oct 31 9:00 am*  1/31/1998- Davis; Te Kanawa,
Rootering, Kuebler, Keenlyside, Brendel, Harries
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 3 12:00 am ,  Fri Nov 4 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius: May 2016                   Available on
MOoD                                               Annotation from February
2013

The Met has only had two matinee broadcasts for Strauss' final work:
this one with Te Kanawa and Fleming  in 2012.  Andrew Davis conducted
both revivals.  Clairon was a famous role for Troyanos and luckily it
is captured on a San Francisco telecast with Te Kanawa, but she died
in 1993, which I guess is one reason for the more lightweight casting.
Te Kanawa is definitely worth hearing.


Verdi: Luisa Miller *Mon Oct 31 12:00 pm*  3/23/2002- Levine; Frittoli,
Shicoff, Frontali, Tian, Ens, Graves
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 3 6:00 am     Sun Nov 6 12:00 am

Last on Sirius: December 2015
                                                              Annotation
from July 2012

This performance just doesn't get off the ground,  For me, though
Frittoli and Frontali are at least Italianate, they are short of the
critical goods necessary to really be full voiced enough for these
roles; the interpreters at this new production's fall premiere earlier
in the season did not even have the stylistics. Not one of Met
casting's finest hours.


Wagner: Lohengrin *Mon Oct 31 3:00 pm* 1/2/1943- Leinsdorf; Melchior,
Varnay, Thorborg, Sved, Cordon
*Rebroadcast:  *Wed Nov 2 9:00 am ,  Fri Nov 4 9:00 pm

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

This is standard wartime Wagner with Melchior at the center and a
solid ensemble.  Cuts were common in these years, but it still is nice
to have a 40s broadcast in the mix.


Verdi: Macbeth *Mon Oct 31 6:00 pm*  12/18/1982- Levine; Milnes, Scotto,
Plishka, Jenkins
*Rebroadcast:  *Wed Nov 2 12:00 pm ,  Sat Nov 5 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius: January 2016          Available on
MOoD                                               Annotation from  January
2015

This is the first year of the new production by Peter Hall, which was
heavily booed (deservedly-- i was there) on its opening night.   There
is a second
year of the production with the cast repeating except with Ciannella
for Jenkins.  Scotto never had the right voice for the part, and
though Deutekom was a very successful Lady Macbeth (not at the Met)
she had a knife edge upper register which was not Scotto's.  Milnes is
almost two decades into his Met career, and he is better heard earlier
with Arroyo (one of the most securely vocalized of Lady Macbeths in
Met history; she was not especially memorable dramatically, but
Verdi's notes are well honored.) Met Macbeths with Netrebko (this
season), Rysanek (first season especially), and Dalis (despite a very
wayward Dflat) are all to be preferred to Scotto's effort.


Bizet: Carmen *Mon Oct 31 9:00 pm*  1/9/1937- Papi; Ponselle, Rayner,
Bodanya, Huehn
*Rebroadcast:  *Wed Nov 2 3:00 pm ,  Sat Nov 5 9:00 am

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

This is the third oldest Met broadcast in the Sirius rebroadcast
series (Gotterdammerung and Samson are older).  The calling card is
Ponselle whose Carmen was controversial even when she did it.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016


Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro* Tue Nov 1 12:00 am*  2/12/1994- Rudel; Morris,
McLaughlin, Fleming, Croft, Bunnell, Senechal
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 3 9:00 am            Sun Nov 6 3:00 pm

Last on Sirius: September 2015     Available on
MOoD                                       Annotation  from July 2014

This is is Fleming's first featured broadcast (she has a small part in
Ghosts of Versailles) and it's one of her best roles.  The late --he
died just a few weeks ago--Julius Rudel  is too often underestimated,
but he presided over many a fine Figaro at the NYCO before taking up
residence at the Met.  Morris and McLaughlin are an interesting
servant pair and any performance with Senechal  is guaranteed  some
attention.

Mascagni/Leoncavallo: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci *Tue Nov 1 6:00
am* 4/11/1964-
Santi; Farrell, Tucker, Bardelli / Amara, Corelli, Colzani
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Nov 4 12:00 am     Sun Nov 6 6:00 pm

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

These performances have also been issued in the Sony Historical CD
series from the Met.  Corelli only has 7 Canios and 3 of those were on
tour done before this 4 performance series in the spring of 1964.
Lucky for me as a 17 year old, Dallas was one of those tour stops, and
Stratas was
his Nedda, but Colzani was again the Tonio.  The Metropolitan line of
great Turiddus is at least as distinguished as for the far more famous
role of Canio. Armiliato (the singing brother), Bergonzi,
Bjorling, Corelli, Del Monaco,Domingo, Peerce,and Tucker all  take on
Turiddu in addition to the three early legends of Caruso, Gigli, and
Lauri-Volpi.
Tucker is tied for Jagel in 2nd place with 32; Tokatyan has 50.
Farrell did not impress me when I saw her Santuzza, but on this
broadcast she delivers  one of the most
blood-curdling curses in the history of the opera. Mala Pasqua indeed.


Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila *Tue Nov 1 9:00 am*  2/25/2006- Villaume;
Forbis, Borodina, Lafont
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 3 3:00 pm ,  Sat Nov 5 9:00 pm

Last on Sirius: November 2015
                                                Annotation from November
2013

This is one of only two Met broadcasts of Samson with Borodina.  The
earlier one is the opening night of the 1998-1999 season (not a
matinee broadcast) with Domingo which was subsequently issued on DVD
and is available in MOoD.

For my money Borodina is the best Dalila since Gorr, and one is better
off with the 1998 performance.  Villaume's conducting of the 2006
performance is not without elan, but Borodina is who you want to hear
on both performances, and she's better in 1998.


Berg: Wozzeck *Tue Nov 1 12:00 pm*  12/31/2005- Levine; Held, Dalayman,
Clark, Fink, Forbis
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Nov 4 6:00 am

Last on Sirius: March 2016
                                                     Annotation from 2012

Excellent performance on all counts. The 2001 videotaping of Wozzeck
performances with Struckmann and Dalayman finally made it into
Levine's 40th anniversary DVD box (but as far as I can see not in
print separately. As long as  one is looking into Levine boxes, his
40th
anniversary CD box contains a different Wozzeck : Jose van Dam, Anja
Silja, Ragnar Ulfung, Richard Cassilly, Dieter Weller; March 8, 1980.

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment *Tue Nov 1 3:00 pm*  1/6/1973- Bonynge;
Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 3 9:00 pm ,  Fri Nov 4 9:00 am

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

Pavarotti may be a bit tight on the high Cs, but his voice is still
remarkable, and this is the only broadcast with the Met premiere
roster.  Resnik and Corena are preferable to their competition.
Sutherland is particularly treasurable.


Wagner: Parsifal *Tue Nov 1 6:00 pm*  3/24/1956- Stiedry; Svanholm,
Harshaw, Schoffler, Edelmann, Pechner
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Nov 4 12:00 pm     Sun Nov 6 6:00 am

Last on Sirius: November 2015
                                            Annotation from March 2013

I only heard parts of this performance, so I checked Jackson to see
where he was.  Except for a glancing mention of Svanholm, this
performance is ignored in favor of the 1954 Stiedry performance which
he doesn't much care for which features Hotter's farewell to the Met
(very few appearances).  Only Hotter comes in for considerable praise.
A few pages later he takes great pleasure in the Pretre 1966  Parsifal
with
Konya , Crespin and Hines.  This is one of Crespin's very best
broadcast efforts, and
belongs both on Sirius and in MOoD.

Verdi: Messa da Requiem *Wed Nov 2 12:00 am* 3/28/1964- Solti; Price,
Elias, Bergonzi, Siepi
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 3 6:00 pm       Sun Nov 6 12:00 pm

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

Although the sound is definitely AM (not what one wants for the
Manzoni Requiem), this performance documents three of the most notable
Verdi singers of the 20th century: Price, Bergonzi, Siepi.   Elias is
remarkable for her blend with Price (on many commercial recordings as
well) and this is Solti's final Met appearance (his final full Met
staged performance is Aida from December 1963  still awaits
rebroadcast on Sirius).  The two performances including the day before
the broadcast also included Act 3, Scene 1 of Parsifal with Jerome
Hines, Jess Thomas, and Marcia Baldwin.  I'm sorry that is not
included but grateful that the Verdi is in MOoD.


WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER  2, 2016


Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann *Wed Nov 2 6:00 am* 2/7/1998- Young;
Leech, Morris, Dessay, Larmore, Racette, Mentzer
*Rebroadcast:  *Sat Nov 5 12:00 am

Last on Sirius:  October  2015
                                               Annotation from October 2014

Here is Dessay at her youthful supreme, Young's conducting is not
always ideal, but Leech and Morris are on excellent form.  Natalie is
not to be missed (if only her Violetta sounded even half like this I
would have been very happy).  When reviewing this in 2012 I mentioned
that it was available on MOoD, and indeed the broadcast is so marked
in the Met Database. When you go to the new MOoD page, no search
brings the title up (not by Dessay, Offenbach, or anything.)    For
Dessay's vocal triumph alone,this performance SHOULD be in MOoD.

Wagner: Lohengrin *Wed Nov 2 9:00 am* 1/2/1943- Leinsdorf; Melchior,
Varnay, Thorborg, Sved, Cordon

Verdi: Macbeth *   Wed Nov 2 12:00 pm*12/18/1982- Levine; Milnes,
Scotto, Plishka, Jenkins

Bizet: Carmen *    Wed Nov 2  3:00 pm*  1/9/1937-  Papi; Ponselle,
Rayner, Bodanya, Huehn

LIVE FROM THE MET: Rossini: Guillaume Tell Wed Nov 2 6:25 pm  LIVE FROM THE
MET: Rossini: Guillaume Tell: Luisi; Finley, Osborn, Rebeka, Brugger,
Zifchak, Youn, Relyea


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016


Strauss: Capriccio                   *Thu  Nov 3 12:00 am*  1/31/1998-
Davis; Te Kanawa, Rootering, Kuebler, Keenlyside, Brendel, Harries

Verdi: Luisa Miller                    *Thu  Nov 3  6:00 am*  3/23/2002-
Levine; Frittoli, Shicoff, Frontali, Tian, Ens, Graves

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro    *  Thu  Nov 3  9:00 am*  2/12/1994- Rudel;
Morris, McLaughlin, Fleming, Croft, Bunnell, Senechal

Barber: Vanessa                       *Thu  Nov 3  12:00pm * 2/1/1958 -
Mitropoulos; Steber, Gedda, Elias, Resnik, Tozzi

Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila *Thu  Nov 3   3:00 pm*  2/25/2006- Villaume;
Forbis, Borodina, Lafont


Verdi: Messa da Requiem        *Thu   Nov 3  6:00 pm* 3/28/1964- Solti;
Price, Elias, Bergonzi, Siepi

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment *Thu  Nov 3  9:00 pm*  1/6/1973-  Bonynge;
Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016


Mascagni/Leoncavallo: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci  *Fri Nov 4 12:00 am*
4/11/1964- Santi; Farrell, Tucker, Bardelli / Amara, Corelli, Colzani

Berg: Wozzeck
Fri* Nov 4   6:00 am*  12/31/2005- Levine; Held, Dalayman, Clark, Fink,
Forbis

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment                                         *Fri
Nov 4   9:00 am*  1/6/1973- Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena

Wagner: Parsifal
*Fri  Nov 4 12:00 pm*  3/24/1956- Stiedry; Svanholm, Harshaw, Schoffler,
Edelmann, Pechner

Strauss: Capriccio
Fri * Nov 4   6:00 pm*  1/31/1998- Davis; Te Kanawa, Rootering, Kuebler,
Keenlyside, Brendel, Harries

Wagner: Lohengrin                                                          *
Fri**  Nov 4   9:00 pm* 1/2/1943- Leinsdorf; Melchior, Varnay, Thorborg,
Sved, Cordon


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016


Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann                                 Sat* Nov 5
12:00 am*  2/7/1998- Young; Leech, Morris, Dessay, Larmore, Racette, Mentzer

Barber: Vanessa
Sat* Nov 5   6:00 am   *2/1/1958 - Mitropoulos; Steber, Gedda, Elias,
Resnik, Tozzi

Bizet: Carmen
*Sat Nov 5   9:00 am *  1/9/1937- Papi; Ponselle, Rayner, Bodanya, Huehn

LIVE FROM THE MET: Verdi: Aida                                  *Sat Nov 5
12:00 pm*  LIVE FROM THE MET: Verdi: Aida: Armiliato; Monastyrska, Berti,
Gubanova, Delavan, Belosselskiy


Verdi: Macbeth
   *Sat Nov  5   6:00 pm*  12/18/1982- Levine; Milnes, Scotto, Plishka,
Jenkins

Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila                                       *Sat
Nov  5   9:00 pm*  2/25/2006- Villaume; Forbis, Borodina, Lafont



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2016


Verdi: Luisa Miller
    Sun*  Nov 6 12:00 am*  3/23/2002- Levine; Frittoli, Shicoff, Frontali,
Tian, Ens, Graves

Wagner: Parsifal
Sun * Nov 6   6:00 am*  3/24/1956- Stiedry; Svanholm, Harshaw, Schoffler,
Edelmann, Pechner

Verdi: Messa da Requiem                                              Sun
Nov* 6 12:00 pm*  3/28/1964- Solti; Price, Elias, Bergonzi, Siepi

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro                                           * Sun
Nov 6   3:00 pm*  2/12/1994- Rudel; Morris, McLaughlin, Fleming, Croft,
Bunnell, Senechal

Mascagni/Leoncavallo: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci *SunNov 6   6:00 pm*
4/11/1964- Santi; Farrell, Tucker, Bardelli / Amara, Corelli, Colzani

THE MET ON RECORD: Verdi: I Lombardi (1996)           Sun Nov 6 9:00 pm
1996   Levine; Anderson, Leech, Pavarotti, Ramey


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