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Subject: Sirius offerings November 7, 2016- November 13, 2016
From: Robert White <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 4 Nov 2016 07:40:47 -0400
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Friends,   Nice to be able to get all the information by Friday morning for
the week's offerings.  While the archival content has not been refreshed,
the current broadcasts of Jenufa,  Guillaume Tell, and a new cast for Don
Giovanni help to brighten the week overall.   In terms of sheer
performance, the Sutherland debut season Lucia and the most strongly cast
Meistersinger in recent memory certainly anchor the 15 archival
selections.  The Fleming Desdemona is one of her best efforts, and overall
a very solid Otello.  The two that newer listeners may not be aware of are
Susan Neves'  Abigaille in Nabucco  and Shirley Verrett's Azucena in a
fiery Trovatore.  The only repertory weakness for is the First Emperor.
Happy  listening, and don't forget to vote on Tuesday, if you haven't
already absenteed or early voted.

rww

Strauss: Elektra *Mon Nov 7 6:00 am* 1/22/1994-Levine; Behrens, Voigt,
Fassbaender, McIntyre, King
*Rebroadcast:  *Wed Nov 9 3:00 pm ,  Sat Nov 12 12:00 am

Last on Sirius: August 2015          Available on MetOperaon Demand in both
audio and video feeds   Annotation originally from August 2012

Behrens was not a natural Elektra voice, and her premiere of the
production 2 years earlier  was her last appearance in the part for
close to 2 years. When she returned to the Met for this performance
which was also videod and has been issued on DVD in the Levine 40th
anniversary
collection, she was able to do justice to the part, if not with the
tonal reserves of a Nilsson, Varnay, or Jones. This is very early in
Deborah Voigt's career and one hears why she so
impressed listeners in the early 90s.  This broadcast/telecast is
Fassbaender's Met farewell, and vocally and dramatically she is a bit
over the top. She still has her moments.


Verdi: Nabucco *Mon Nov 7 9:00 am*  4/5/2003-Levine; Ataneli, Neves, Ramey,
Casanova
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Nov 11 6:00 pm      Sun Nov 13 12:00 am

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

Nabucco may not have survived to a second season after its Met
premiere in 1960 but once Levine got going with this new production in
2000, and this first revival in 2003 has some fresh casting in the
leads with particular high marks going to Susan Neves who is a blazing
Abigaille. To show it was no fluke, she has an excellent video from
San Carlo Naples from about the same time. Ramey is starting to show
some wear
and tear, but do check out Neves.


Gounod: Faust *Mon Nov 7 12:00 pm* 2/26/1972-Rich; Domingo, Zylis-Gara,
Tozzi, Sereni, von Stade
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Nov 11 9:00 pm ,  Sat Nov 12 6:00 am

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

This over-programmed Faust is on again, but there are so many better
Fausts on the shelf. Domingo is better than expected in one of his
early broadcasts, but Tozzi, a Met stalwart, is in poor form.
Mercifully, the rotation has slowed down on this performance.
There are a number of excellent Fausts, 2 with Bjorling  (and Siepi)
which Sirius has never played, and there are several much better
Fausts in the Sirius rotation.  This one does not deserve such
airplay. Nicolai Gedda is third in all-time performances (42) as
Faust surpassed only by Jean de Reszke at 71 and Giovanni Martinelli
at 56, and yet is represented by only one Faust broadcast in MOoD and
Sirius reports replay of the 1972, but neither his 1966 or 1969  with
interesting casts have been heard on either.  Nicolai Gedda is still
with us, A little more attention on him please.  He was a Met star
tenor for two decades, and we mostly hear him in Vanessa (where he is
remarkable), but he was the leading Faust in the world with the
passing of Bjorling his Swedish countryman.


Handel: Samson* Mon Nov 7 3:00 pm*  3/1/1986-Rudel; Vickers, Mitchell, Te
Kanawa
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 10 12:00 am ,  Sat Nov 12 9:00 am

Last on Sirius: June 2016

Annotation from October 2013

The Met did a "big house" Handel for Vickers, no HIP around here; it's
a particular treat to have Te Kanawa as the Israelite Woman. Vickers'
final two Met broadcasts are this Samson and the Saint-Saens Samson et
Dalila with Horne. Neither are represented on MOoD and he never
broadcast his Don Jose (one was scheduled in 1971 replaced by Domingo)
 Major lacunae for one of the all time Met legends.

Janacek: Jenufa (LIVE FROM THE MET) *Mon Nov 7 7:55 pm* Robertson; Dyka,
Mattila, Brenna, Kaiser, Schwarz


*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016*


Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur *Tue Nov 8 12:00 am* 2/26/1983-Fulton; Scotto;
Shicoff, Cortez, Sereni
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 10 12:00 pm    Sun Nov 13 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius:February 2016             Available on
MOoD                        Annotation from November 2012

Scotto is a vivid Adriana, if caught a bit late.  A good part for Shicoff.

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor *Tue Nov 8 6:00 am*  12/9/1961-Varviso;
Sutherland, Tucker, Guarrera, Moscona
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 10 3:00 pm ,  Sat Nov 12 9:00 pm

Last on Sirius: October 2015              Available on
MOoD                       Annotation from  August 2014

This was played around the time of Sutherland's death in October 2010,
but has not been in the rotation often.  Sutherland and
Tucker are quite a team in her debut role and season.  I saw her in
Dallas as Lucia about a month before the first Met appearance ( I
think she
also did San Francisco and Chicago in a jam packed American fall). The
size of her voice in the early years  still had the remnants of
her dramatic soprano beginnings.  Zeffirelli had taught her well in
terms of movement, and the coloratura -- to steal the Italians'
description for
her-- stupendous.  Don't miss this.  Luckily all four of Sutherland's
broadcast seasons are in MOoD.  She has her points in all of them. She
has Tucker in two of the broadcasts, and Kraus in the telecast.  The
quality over a 21 period (1961-1983) from her is really remarkable.


Verdi: Otello *Tue Nov 8 9:00 am*  10/13/1995-Levine; Domingo, Fleming,
Morris, Croft
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Nov 11 12:00 am ,  Sat Nov 12 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius: October 2015          Available on
MOoD                          Annotation from January 2013

This performance is also available as a DVD from Deutsche Grammophon.
This was Fleming's first big success at the Met, and she is a splendid
Desdemona.


Britten: Peter Grimes *Tue Nov 8 12:00 pm* 12/10/1977-Pritchard; Vickers,
Harper, Gramm, Kraft, Chookasian
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Nov 11 6:00 am

Last on Sirius: November 2015
                                    Annotation from January 2014

This is Jon Vickers' 4th and final Peter Grimes broadcast from the
Met.  I prefer the tighter conducting of Davis on the first two.
Pritchard is an old hand and did the first run of Vickers' final
season as Grimes at the Met (no broadcast) in 1983-84 and David
Atherton did the tour.  Heather Harper appears on the Covent Garden
video with Vickers and the Phillips audio recording.  I like
the  2nd Vickers/Davis broadcast which is available in MOoD.

 Verdi: Il Trovatore *Tue Nov 8 3:00 pm*  3/13/1971-Mehta; Tucker, Arroyo,
Verrett, Sereni, Michalski
*Rebroadcast:  *Wed Nov 9 6:00 am ,  Fri Nov 11 9:00 am

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

This is Verrett's first Met Trovatore, and she is on fire.  It remains
one of her best parts and serves as her Met farewell in 1990.
Tucker and Arroyo  have plenty to offer and Sereni's limitations as
Luna are only in comparison to Warren or Bastianini, not today's
rather pitiful crop of Verdi baritones.  This is Mehta's final run at
the Met and the non-broadcast marks his farewell after 6 seasons.  I
always rather
enjoyed his work at the Met, but his NYPhilharmonic and the Chicago
Ring did not  wow me.  He continues to hold multiple prestigious
posts.  Though Maazel did better at the Philharmonic, Mehta is a
better man of the theatre.


Puccini: Tosca *Tue Nov 8 6:00 pm*  12/12/1970-Molinari-Pradelli; Ross,
Bergonzi, Colzani
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 10 6:00 am ,  Sat Nov 12 12:00 pm

Last on Sirius: June 2015
                                            Annotation from August 2012

This is a break from some of the more common Toscas on Sirius.  Ross
had a powerful voice and I saw her several times in Philadelphia
(often partnered with Tucker in Turandot, Aida, and Gioconda).  This
is late in her career (not early for Bergonzi or Colzani either)
Bergonzi broadcasts Cavaradossi three times, first in 1959 with
Eleanor Steber and George London, and in 1975 with
Teresa Zylis-Gara and Gabriel Bacquier under Alberto Erede. His last
Met performance is Edgardo in 1988 with Lucia Aliberti and  then 8
years later appears in the James Levine 25th anniversary gala. The
Steber Tosca performance is the best of the three performances (and is
on MOoD), but Ross is worth checking out.


Rossini: La Cenerentola *Tue Nov 8 9:00 pm*  1/24/1998-Levine; Larmore,
Vargas, Alaimo, Corbelli
*Rebroadcast:  *Thu Nov 10 9:00 am     Sun Nov 13 3:00 pm

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

The 2000 broadcast with Larmore features Campanella and Gimenez.  This
1998 broadcast is the original cast from the fall 1997 premiere except
with Larmore for Bartoli.  The Bartoli performance is preserved on
video on MOoD. New York has seen a lot of Cenerentola  in the 17 years
since it premiered-- Bartoli, Larmore,Borodina, Ganassi, Garanca,
DiDonato. Neither Borodina nor Ganassi were broadcast-- I liked
Borodina very
much and the Ganassi performances featured Florez' first NYC Ramiros.


*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016*


Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg *Wed Nov 9 12:00 am* 12/16/1995-Levine;
Weikl, Mattila, Heppner, Prey, Rootering, Magnusson
*Rebroadcast:  *Fri Nov 11 12:00 pm       Sun Nov 13 9:00 am

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

Levine has 5 [now 6 with 2014-2015] Meistersinger matinee broadcasts,
and this, his second is arguably the most strongly cast with
sterling work from Weikl and Prey and  wonderful performances from
Mattila and Heppner at their best.

Verdi: Il Trovatore *Wed Nov 9 6:00 am*  3/13/1971-Mehta; Tucker, Arroyo,
Verrett, Sereni, Michalski

Massenet: Manon *Wed Nov 9 9:00 am*  12/18/1954-Monteux; de los Angeles,
Valletti, Corena
*Rebroadcast:  *Sat Nov 12 3:00 pm

Last on Sirius: November 2015        Available on MOoD
Annotation from February 2014

This performance is notable for the special qualities of Monteux , de
Los Angeles, and Valletti, a performance to treasure. Once again I
will put in a plea for the  December 1959 broadcast with de Los
Angeles and Gedda under Jean Morel, which has not been heard on Sirius
at all.


Dun: The First Emperor *Wed Nov 9 12:00 pm*  1/13/2007-Dun; Domingo,
Futral, Groves, Tian, DeYoung

*Rebroadcast*:  Sun Nov 13 6:00 am

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

This is Domingo's vehicle and the broadcast and HD performance from
its premiere season.  Sony issued a commercial DVD.  Better to watch
than listen to.


Strauss: Elektra *Wed Nov 9 3:00 pm* 1/22/1994-Levine; Behrens, Voigt,
Fassbaender, McIntyre, King

Rossini: Guillaume Tell (LIVE FROM THE MET) *Wed Nov 9 6:25 pm* Luisi;
Finley, Hymel, Rebeka, Brugger, Zifchak, Youn, Relyea



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016


Handel: Samson* Thu Nov 10 12:00 am*  3/1/1986-Rudel; Vickers, Mitchell, Te
Kanawa


Puccini: Tosca *Thu  Nov 10 6:00 am*  12/12/1970-Molinari-Pradelli; Ross,
Bergonzi, Colzani


Rossini: La Cenerentola *Thu Nov 10 9:00 am*  1/24/1998-Levine; Larmore,
Vargas, Alaimo, Corbelli


Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur *Thu Nov 10 12:00 pm* 2/26/1983-Fulton; Scotto;
Shicoff, Cortez, Sereni


Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor *Thu Nov 10 3:00 pm*  12/9/1961-Varviso;
Sutherland, Tucker, Guarrera, Moscona

Mozart: Don Giovanni (LIVE FROM THE MET) *Thu Nov 10 7:25 pm* Luisi;
Abdrazakov, Bystrom, Rose, Majeski, Appleby, Sierra, Plachetka


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016



Verdi: Otello *Fri Nov 11 12:00 am*  10/13/1995-Levine; Domingo, Fleming,
Morris, Croft


Britten: Peter Grimes *Fri Nov 11 6:00 am* 12/10/1977-Pritchard; Vickers,
Harper, Gramm, Kraft, Chookasian


Verdi: Il Trovatore *Fri Nov 11 9:00 am*  3/13/1971-Mehta; Tucker, Arroyo,
Verrett, Sereni, Michalski


Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg *Fri Nov 11 12:00 pm* 12/16/1995-Levine;
Weikl, Mattila, Heppner, Prey, Rootering, Magnusson


Verdi: Nabucco *Fri Nov 11 6:00 pm*  4/5/2003-Levine; Ataneli, Neves,
Ramey, Casanova


Gounod: Faust *Fri Nov 11 9:00 pm* 2/26/1972-Rich; Domingo, Zylis-Gara,
Tozzi, Sereni, von Stade


*SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016*



Strauss: Elektra *Sat Nov 12 12:00 am* 1/22/1994-Levine; Behrens, Voigt,
Fassbaender, McIntyre, King


Gounod: Faust  *Sat  Nov 12 6:00 am* 2/26/1972-Rich; Domingo, Zylis-Gara,
Tozzi, Sereni, von Stade


Handel: Samson* Sat Nov 12 9:00 am*  3/1/1986-Rudel; Vickers, Mitchell, Te
Kanawa


Puccini: Tosca   *Sat Nov 12 12:00 pm*  12/12/1970-Molinari-Pradelli; Ross,
Bergonzi, Colzani


Massenet: Manon *Sat Nov 12 3:00 pm*  12/18/1954-Monteux; de los Angeles,
Valletti, Corena


Verdi: Otello   *Sat  Nov 12 6:00 pm*  10/13/1995-Levine; Domingo, Fleming,
Morris, Croft


Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor *Sat Nov 12 9:00 pm*  12/9/1961-Varviso;
Sutherland, Tucker, Guarrera, Moscona


*SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2016*



Verdi: Nabucco *Sun Nov 13 12:00 am*  4/5/2003-Levine; Ataneli, Neves,
Ramey, Casanova


Dun: The First Emperor* Sun** Nov 13 6:00 am*  1/13/2007-Dun; Domingo,
Futral, Groves, Tian, DeYoung


Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg *Sun Nov 13 9:00 am* 12/16/1995-Levine;
Weikl, Mattila, Heppner, Prey, Rootering, Magnusson
Rossini: La Cenerentola *Sun Nov 138 3:00 pm*  1/24/1998-Levine; Larmore,
Vargas, Alaimo, Corbelli

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur *Sun Nov 13 6:00 pm* 2/26/1983-Fulton; Scotto;
Shicoff, Cortez, Sereni

THE MET ON RECORD: Wagner: Die Walkure (1987)*Sun Nov 13 9:00 pm* Levine;
Behrens, Morris, Norman, Lakes, Ludwig, Moll

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