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Sirius offerings November 28, 2015- December 4, 2016

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Robert White <[log in to unmask]>

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Robert White <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:48:35 -0500

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Friends,

Thanksgiving week last week was dominated by archival broadcasts available
also in Met Opera on Demand, this week, MOoD titles only represent 1/3.
The two current season LIVE broadcasts are Thursday night's Met premiere
of Saariaho's L'amour de loin and the first of the Toll Brothers Saturday
matinee series, Manon Lescaut with Netrebko and Alvarez who have been
among the brightest parts of the fall season. Two non-MOoD broadcasts
which appeal to me are the Jarvi Eugene Onegin starring Yuri Mazurok, for
me one of the best Onegins in the Met archive (it SHOULD be in MOoD) and
the 1993 Siegfried with William Johns, Gwyneth Jones, James Morris under
Levine. Happy listening to all in this holiday season.

rww


*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016*

Verdi: Don Carlo *Mon Nov 28 12:00 am* 3/5/1955-Adler; Tucker, Steber,
Bastianini, Thebom, Hines, Moscona

Verdi: Rigoletto *Mon Nov 28 6:00 am* 4/6/1985- Santi; Quilico, Blegen,
Raffanti, Macurdy, Jones
*Rebroadcast: *Wed Nov 30 12:00 pm , Fri Dec 2 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius: August 2015
                                               Annotation from February 2012

Santi is not my favorite conductor, and while he understands the
tradition, I find he is often too slack. Quilico was a very solid
Rigoletto, without threatening anyone in the top tier. The same goes
for Blegen and Raffanti. Our
odds on a well cast Rigoletto today might not be nearly so good.

Beethoven: Fidelio *Mon Nov 28 9:00 am* 4/1/2006- Nadler; Sunnegardh,
Heppner, Held, Sigmundsson, Welch-Babidge, Turay
*Rebroadcast: *Wed Nov 30 3:00 pm , Fri Dec 2 9:00 pm

Last on Sirius: October 2015
                                            Annotation from October 2015

This was Volpe's attempt at A Star is Born. Though Sunnegardh is
still singing, her Met career barely encompasses two seasons (but
maybe there's more cover work before and since) She has four Turandot
Sirius broadcasts(none in the matinee series from Toll Brothers). As
for this Fidelio, it is not special in any department, and as much as
I love Fidelio, when the first adjective coming to mind is workaday,
it's best passed over.
One who has played out a similar scenario who I think is getting
better and better is Lise Lindstrom who after consistent Turandot
successes in many major theatres, has
also now had a success as Salome (her Tosca at Glimmerglass a few
seasons ago didn't impress me quite as much), she has three Sirius
(not Toll Brothers matinees)
Turandots-- the matinee and HD went to Guleghina. Keep on the lookout
for Lindstrom, and she returned again in 2015 for more Turandots at
the Met including

Eyvazov (Mr. Netrebko)'s debut.


Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin *Mon Nov 28 12:00 pm *3/24/1979- Jarvi;
Mazurok, Kasrashvili, Shicoff, Jones, Plishka
*Rebroadcast: *Wed Nov 30 6:00 pm Sat Dec 3 12:00 am ET

Last on Sirius: December 2015
                                       Annotation from December 2013

As much as I enjoy Hvorostovsky's Onegin, I will never forget Mazurok
live. He broadcasts the opera twice in 1979 (but in 2 separate
seasons) and he is great both times. Kasrashvili is very good as is
Shicoff. Mazurok's later performance is Kabaivanska's Met farewell
and with Gedda under Tchakarov. I slightly prefer this one as Shicoff
is heard too little on Met broadcasts, and this is one of his best
roles. This peformance should be in MOoD.

  Verdi: La Traviata *Mon Nov 28 3:00 pm* 3/6/2004- Gergiev; Fleming,
Vargas, Hvorostovsky
*Rebroadcast: *Wed Nov 30 9:00 pm , Fri Dec 2 12:00 pm Sun Dec 4 6:00 am

Last on Sirius: October 2015 Available on MetOperaonDemand
(MOoD) Annotation from November 2013

This is a very solid performance. Fleming’s LA and London DVDs are I
think even better, but I prefer Hvorostovsky's sound 8 years ago to
his efforts in the Decker/Dessay production. Violetta is a relatively
late part for Fleming, but she ranks 11th in all-time Violettas (20)
with more performances at the Met than Caballe (no broadcast, but
opening night) Cotrubas, De Los Angeles, Dessay, Gheorghiu, Ponselle,
Scotto, Sills, Steber, Sutherland. The two huge totals are Albanese
at 87, Moffo at 80, Bori at 58, and Sembrich at 47. Next down are
Kirsten and Malfitano tied at 27. It's one of Callas' 4 roles at the
Met so almost no one completely misses, but one who has
is Netrebko (though originally announced for the Decker production.)


Mozart: Die Zauberflote *Mon Nov 28 6:00 pm* 3/4/1967- Krips; Raskin,
Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy
*Rebroadcast: *Wed Nov 30 9:00 am , Fri Dec 2 3:00 pm

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

First year in the new house, the Chagall production premiered with the Europeans
(Lorengar, Popp, Gedda, Prey) plus Hines, but the Americans in the
cast above got the broadcast. I liked Krips conducting very much.Popp
did
broadcast her Queen 3 years later, but this performance has not been
on Sirius. Skrowacewski is the conductor, Zylis-Gara is the Pamina,
but Popp,
Gedda, Prey are all picked up from the premiere cast, and it's the
only German broadcasts of their roles. Sirius should definitely fill
in this
gap. In 1967 Macurdy was actually fresher of voice than Hines, but
mostly this cast was definitely second class.

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra *Mon Nov 28 9:00 pm* 3/3/2007- Luisi; Hampson,
Gheorghiu, Giordani, Furlanetto, Gerello
*Rebroadcast: *Wed Nov 30 6:00 am Sun Dec 4 6:00 pm

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

Simon is one opera that gets regular outings at the Met, though not
necessarily everywhere, starting with the titanic duo of Tibbett and
Pinza, both of whom are still my standard in Simon and Fiesco (but not
yet appearing on Sirius). I am not a big fan of Hampson's traversal
of the Verdi baritone repertoire. This was followed with another MOoD
broadcast (video) with Domingo moving up to the title role under
Levine. For me the best of the recent SBs was the FOLLOWING year when
Levine did a short revival with Hvorostovsky (not always my
choice for Verdi either) with Frittoli, Vargas, and Furlanetto, where
Levine seems at his most inspired-- he's conducted 1/3 of all
Boccanegras at the Met, and this performance is now out on MOoD as
well. SB is rather well represented in MOoD with Milanov, Tebaldi,
Bergonzi, but still unrebroadcast in modern times is the Ehrling 1974
Boccanegra with distinguished contributions by Ingvar Wixell in the
title role and Adriana Maliponte as Amelia; Tucker and Tozzi provide
solid support.


*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016*


Verdi: Aida *Tue Nov 29 12:00 am* 2/5/1994- Fiore; Sweet, Sylvester,
Zajick, Pons, Plishka
*Rebroadcast: *Thu Dec 1 9:00 am Sat Dec 3 6:00 pm

Last on Sirius: September 2015
                                      Annotation from September 2015

This is a pretty standard house casting for Aida in the 90s. Sweet and
Zajick appear in Aida together 14 times over 5 seasons from 1994-1999.
The male contingent holds less interest than in earlier times, but
I'll be taking a second hearing on Sylvester as I was impressed by his
Don Carlo broadcast;
Pons has a huge Met career, but not one of much interest to me.



Britten: Billy Budd *Tue Nov 29 6:00 am* 4/19/1980- Leppard; Stilwell,
Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Ward
*Rebroadcast: *Thu Dec 1 12:00 pm Sat Dec 3 9:00 pm

Last on Sirius: February 2016
                                                            Annotation from
March 2015

The Met always casts Billy Budd well and all 5 broadcasts have been on
Sirius. This is from the second season of the production with
Cassilly replacing Peter Pears as Vere. The Met's only telecast of
Billy Budd from 1997 with Dwayne Croft as Billy Philip Langridge as
Vere and Morris continuing as Claggart make that very much worth
investigating and is on MOoD.


Wagner: Tannhauser *Tue Nov 29 9:00 am* 2/15/1992- Perick; Johns, Evans,
Troyanos, Schmidt, Rootering
*Rebroadcast: *Thu Dec 1 3:00 pm Sun Dec 4 12:00 am

Last on Sirius: December 2015
                                                          Annotation from
December 2012

The only performer of special interest is William Johns. Jon Fredric
West (later Tannhauser with Sharon Sweet) is the Walther. Johns has
some good outings in his Wagnerian assignments, and I love Tannhauser
but my memory of Anne Evans and Andreas Schmidt is limited. Tannhauser
is an impossible role, Elisabeth and Wolfram are not. A shame Bryn
Terfel never broadcast or recorded it, I saw a terrific
matinee with him, Sharon Sweet, and JF West under a very hot Levine in 1997.

Ponchielli: La Gioconda *Tue Nov 29 12:00 pm* 4/20/1957- Cleva; Milanov,
Poggi, Warren, Rankin, Siepi
*Rebroadcast: *Thu Dec 1 12:00 am Sat Dec 3 6:00 am

Last on Sirius: October 2015
                                                              Annotation
from September 2012

I never saw Milanov's Gioconda, and strangely Paul Jackson in his
history of Met broadcasts only deals with 1953 and 1961 in his volume
that covers post 1950 Milanov. Rankin, Warren and Siepi are all among
the very best exponents of their roles, but I've never gotten
Poggi's message. So it's all about Milanov, and generally I always
want her earlier (like 1939) rather than later.


Strauss: Arabella *Tue Nov 29 3:00 pm* 3/5/1983- Leinsdorf; Te Kanawa,
Weikl, Battle, Rendall, Dunn, Gramm
*Rebroadcast: *Fri Dec 2 12:00 am Sat Dec 3 9:00 am

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

This new production was the first time in German at the Met. Te Kanawa
sings beautifully but for anyone who has heard
the prior broadcasts from Steber and Della Casa, it's just not in the
same league. Battle and Weikl are strong vocal support.


Wagner: Siegfried *Tue Nov 29 6:00 pm* 4/10/1993- Levine; Johns, Jones,
Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha
*Rebroadcast: *Fri Dec 2 6:00 am Sun Dec 4 12:00 pm

Last on Sirius: January 2016
                                                              Annotation
from February 2014

This is Gwyneth Jones' only broadcast Siegfried Brunnhilde from the
Met, and my memory is that Johns is a solid Siegfried. This should be
in MOoD.


*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016*


Bellini: Il Pirata *Wed Nov 30 12:00 am* 2/8/2003- Campanella; Fleming,
Giordani, Croft
*Rebroadcast: *Thu Dec 1 6:00 am Sun Dec 4 9:00 am

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

This is the Met premiere of Pirata and to date its only broadcast
season, but I don't find either the soprano or tenor quite right for
their parts. This was the performance that started me on my Giordani
"no listen zone". I was lucky enough to see Caballe do a stage Pirata
(2x) in Philadelphia, and she was almost ideally cast. Fleming is a
versatile, highly skilled singer, but this part was not for her.


Verdi: Simon Boccanegra *Wed Nov 30 6:00 am* 3/3/2007- Luisi; Hampson,
Gheorghiu, Giordani, Furlanetto, Gerello


Mozart: Die Zauberflote *Wed Nov 30 9:00 am* 3/4/1967- Krips; Raskin,
Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy


Verdi: Rigoletto *Wed** Nov 30 12:00 pm* 4/6/1985- Santi; Quilico,
Blegen, Raffanti, Macurdy, Jones


Beethoven: Fidelio *Wed Nov 30 3:00 pm* 4/1/2006- Nadler; Sunnegardh,
Heppner, Held, Sigmundsson, Welch-Babidge, Turay


Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin *Wed** Nov 30 6:00 pm *3/24/1979- Jarvi;
Mazurok, Kasrashvili, Shicoff, Jones, Plishka


Verdi: La Traviata *Wed Nov 30 9:00 pm* 3/6/2004- Gergiev; Fleming,
Vargas, Hvorostovsky


*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016*


Ponchielli: La Gioconda *Thu Dec 1 12:00 am* 4/20/1957- Cleva; Milanov,
Poggi, Warren, Rankin, Siepi


Wagner: Siegfried *Thu Dec 1 6:00 am* 4/10/1993- Levine; Johns, Jones,
Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha


Verdi: Aida *Thu Dec 1 9:00 am* 2/5/1994- Fiore; Sweet, Sylvester,
Zajick, Pons, Plishka


Britten: Billy Budd *Thu Dec 1 12:00 pm* 4/19/1980- Leppard; Stilwell,
Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Ward


Wagner: Tannhauser *Thu Dec 1 3:00 pm* 2/15/1992- Perick; Johns, Evans,
Troyanos, Schmidt, Rootering

Saariaho: L’Amour de Loin *Thu Dec 1 7:25 pm* LIVE FROM THE MET - Malkki;
Phillips, Mumford, Owens


*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016*


Strauss: Arabella *Fri Dec 2 12:00 am* 3/5/1983- Leinsdorf; Te Kanawa,
Weikl, Battle, Rendall, Dunn, Gramm


Wagner: Siegfried *Fri Dec 2 6:00 am* 4/10/1993- Levine; Johns, Jones,
Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha


Verdi: La Traviata *Fri Dec 2 12:00 pm* 3/6/2004- Gergiev; Fleming,
Vargas, Hvorostovsky


Mozart: Die Zauberflote *Fri Dec 2 3:00 pm* 3/4/1967- Krips; Raskin,
Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy


Verdi: Rigoletto *Fri Dec 2 6:00 pm* 4/6/1985- Santi; Quilico, Blegen,
Raffanti, Macurdy, Jones


Beethoven: Fidelio *Fri Dec 2 9:00 pm* 4/1/2006- Nadler; Sunnegardh,
Heppner, Held, Sigmundsson, Welch-Babidge, Turay


*SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016*


Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin *Sat Dec 3 12:00 am *3/24/1979- Jarvi;
Mazurok, Kasrashvili, Shicoff, Jones, Plishka


Ponchielli: La Gioconda *Sat Dec 3 6:00 am* 4/20/1957- Cleva; Milanov,
Poggi, Warren, Rankin, Siepi


Strauss: Arabella *Sat Dec 3 9:00 am* 3/5/1983- Leinsdorf; Te Kanawa,
Weikl, Battle, Rendall, Dunn, Gramm

Puccini: Manon Lescaut *Sat Dec 3 12:30 pm* LIVE FROM THE MET: Armiliato;
Netrebko, Alvarez, Maltman, Sherratt


Verdi: Aida *Sat Dec 3 6:00 pm* 2/5/1994- Fiore; Sweet, Sylvester,
Zajick, Pons, Plishka


Britten: Billy Budd *Sat Dec 3 9:00 pm* 4/19/1980- Leppard; Stilwell,
Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Ward


*SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016*


Wagner: Tannhauser *Sun Dec 4 12:00 am* 2/15/1992- Perick; Johns, Evans,
Troyanos, Schmidt, Rootering


Verdi: La Traviata *Sun Dec 4 6:00 am* 3/6/2004- Gergiev; Fleming, Vargas,
Hvorostovsky


Bellini: Il Pirata *Sun Dec 4 9:00 am* 2/8/2003- Campanella; Fleming,
Giordani, Croft


Wagner: Siegfried *Sun Dec 4 12:00 pm* 4/10/1993- Levine; Johns, Jones,
Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha


Verdi: Simon Boccanegra *Sun Dec 4 6:00 pm* 3/3/2007- Luisi; Hampson,
Gheorghiu, Giordani, Furlanetto, Gerello


The Met On Record: Bizet: Carmen (1973)Sun Dec 4 9:00 pm 1973- Bernstein;
Horne, McCracken, Maliponte, Krause



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