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OoS Update : Week 7 of 2019

LIVE BROADCASTS

RIGOLETTO:Verdi
Tuesday 02/12/2019 – 7:30 pm ET
Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Grigolo, Frontali, Kocán 

DON GIOVANNI:Mozart 
Saturday 02/16/2019 – 1:00 pm
Meister; Willis-Sørensen, Lombardi, Garifullina,
de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Cedel, Kocán
 


FEATURED OPERAS

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA : Barber
MOD Audio – OAD: 09/16/1966
Schippers; Díaz, Price, Thomas, Flagello, Elias

COSÌ FAN TUTTE : Mozart
OAD: 12/22/1984
Tate; Vaness, Rendall, Murray, Holloay, Hamari, MacNeil

DIE FLEDERMAUS : Strauss Jr.
 MOD Audio  – OAD: 01/20/1951
Ormandy; Piazza, Kullman, Munsel, Tucker, Stevens, Brownlee


DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN : Strauss
Media: MOD Audio  – OAD: 12/09/1989
Perick; Meier, Schunk, Martin, Courtney, Dernesch

DON GIOVANNI : Mozart
OAD: 02/16/2019
Meister; Willis-Sørensen, Lombardi, Garifullina,
de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Taylor, Cedel, Kocán

ELEKTRA : Strauss
OAD: 12/21/2002
Levine; Schnaut, Voigt, Schwarz, Pape, Jerusalem

EUGENE ONEGIN : Tchaikovsky
OAD: 12/08/1979
Tchakarov; Mazurok, Kabaivanska, Gedda, Jones, Plishka

L’ELISIR D’AMORE : Donizetti
OAD: 12/14/1996
Rizzi; Leech, Rost, Nucci, Quilico

LA BOHÈME : Puccini
Media: MOD Audio  – OAD: 03/26/1994
Rizzi; Gheorghiu, Leech, Litherland, Robertson, Short

LA FORZA DEL DESTINO : Verdi
Media: MOD Audio  – OAD: 03/12/1960
Schippers; Tebaldi, Tucker, Sereni, Hines, Dunn, Baccaloni

LA TRAVIATA : Verdi
Media: MOD Audio – OAD: 02/11/2006
Armiliato; Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, Michaels-Moore

RIGOLETTO : Verdi
OAD: 02/12/2019
Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Grigolo, Frontali, Kocán

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE : Gounod
Media: MOD Audio – OAD: 02/01/1947
Cooper; Sayão, Bjorling, Brownlee, Moscona

TANNHÄUSER : Wagner
Media: MOD Audio – OAD: 12/18/2004
Elder; Seiffert, Voigt, DeYoung, Hampson, Moll

THE MAGIC FLUTE : Mozart
Media: MOD Video – OAD: 12/30/2006
Levine; Huang, Polenzani, Gunn, Miklósa, Pape

TURANDOT : Puccini
Media: MOD Audio – OAD: 12/03/1966
Mehta; Nilsson, Freni, Corelli, Giaiotti

 

OoS Update : Week 5 of 2019

LIVE BROADCASTS

DON GIOVANNI:Mozart 
Wednesday 01/30/2019 – 7:30 pm
Meister; Willis-Sørensen, Lombardi, Garifullina, de Barbeyrac,
Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Cedel, Kocán
 

 


CARMEN : Bizet
Saturday 02/02/2019 – 1 pm ET
Langrée; Phillips, Margaine, Alagna, Simpson
Live in HD


FEATURED OPERAS

DER ROSENKAVALIER : Strauss
MOD Audio  OAD: 12/19/1964
Schippers; Della Casa, Schwarzkopf, Edelmann, Raskin, Dönch
Della Casa as Octavian; Schwarzkopf in one of her two Met appearances.

DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL : Mozart
 MOD Audio  OAD: 03/24/1990
Levine; Devia, Heilmann, Moll, Mills, Magnusson
Notable for Moll’s matchless Osmin, premiered at the Met 10 years earlier, and Levine’s authoritative conducting

FALSTAFF : Verdi
OAD: 02/26/1949
Reiner; Warren, Resnik, Valdengo, Elmo, Albanese, Di Stefano
Reiner’s second MET opera, Emlo and Valdengo stand out in a strong ensemble.

IL TROVATORE : Verdi
MOD Audio   OAD: 03/17/1973
Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco
Last role appearances for Caballe, Domingo and Merrill;
Cossotto broadcast debut in Azucena 

LA CENERENTOLA : Rossini
MOD Audio  OAD: 01/24/1998
Levine; Larmore, Vargas, Alaimo, Corbelli

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR : Donizetti
MOD Audio   OAD: 12/08/1956
Cleva; Callas, Votipka, McCracken, Sordello, Campora, Franke, Moscona
Only MET broadcast by Callas in her few (21 total) appearances at the MET ; Cleva conducted 17.  

MADAMA BUTTERFLY : Puccini
OAD: 02/26/2000
Rudel; Crider, Larin, White, Josephson, Fitch

MANON : Massenet
MOD Video   OAD: 04/07/2012
Luisi; Netrebko, Beczala, Szot
Audio broadcast of the LIVE IN HD, breakout part for Beczala and notable for Netrebko’s impassioned performance

ORFEO ED EURIDICE : Gluck
OAD: 04/09/1955
Monteux; Stevens, Güden, Hurley
Monteux’s penultimate season

SAMSON ET DALILA : Saint-Saëns
MOD Audio  OAD: 02/28/1998
Slatkin; Domingo, Graves, Leiferkus
Domingo and Graves – ‘a searing demonstration of “onstage chemistry 

SIEGFRIED : Wagner
OAD: 02/16/1957
Stiedry; Windgassen, Mödl, Edelmann, Madeira, Kelley, Pechner
One of Windgassen’s two broadcasts (with Gotterdammerung ) in his only MET season, one of the best Siegfried’s postwar

THE BARTERED BRIDE : Smetana
MOD Video   OAD: 12/02/1978
Levine; Stratas, Gedda, Talvela, Vickers
Stellar cast  with Vickers successful in a different role for him

THE FIRST EMPEROR : Dun
MOD Video   OAD: 01/13/2007
Dun; Domingo, Futral, Groves, Tian, DeYoung
Broadcast from the Premiere season

THE QUEEN OF SPADES : Tchaikovsky
OAD: 02/14/2004
Jurowski; Domingo, Dalayman, Palmer, Chernov, Zaremba, Putilin
Last Gherman for Domingo, interesting work from Dalayman and Jurowski 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OoS Update : Week 4 of 2019

LIVE BROADCASTS

IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE
Tchaikovsky/Bartók 
Thursday 01/24/2019 – 8 pm ET
Nanasi; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Markov, Azizov, Kowaljow, Denoke, Finley


MARNIE : Nico Muhly
Saturday 01/26/2019 – 1 pm ET
Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman

 


FEATURED OPERAS

BILLY BUDD : Britten
Media: MOD Audio  OAD: 04/04/1992
Mackerras; Hampson, Clark, Morris, Held, Courtney

CAPRICCIO : Strauss
Media: MOD Audio  OAD: 01/31/1998
Davis; Te Kanawa, Rootering, Kuebler, Keenlyside, Brendel, Harries

CARMEN : Bizet
Media: MOD Audio  OAD: 03/22/1986
Levine; Ewing, Domingo, Malfitano, Devlin

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI : Mascagni / Leoncavallo
Media: MOD Audio  OAD: 03/03/1951
Erede; Milanov, Tucker, Harvuot / Rigal, Baum, Warren

DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG : Wagner
Media: MOD Audio  OAD: 01/10/1953
Reiner; Schöffler, de los Angeles, Hopf, Pechner, Greindl, Holm

DIE WALKÜRE : Wagner
Media: MOD Audio  OAD: 02/02/1957
Mitropoulos; Harshaw, Edelmann, Schech, Vinay, Thebom, Böhme

FIDELIO : Beethoven 
OAD: 04/01/2006
Nadler; Sunnegårdh, Heppner, Held, Sigmundsson, Welch-Babidge, Turay

LA BOHÈME : Puccini 
OAD: 03/14/1964
Cleva; Tebaldi, Kónya, Hurley, Guarrera, Hines

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO : Mozart 
OAD: 02/07/1987
Levine; Van Dam, Battle, Söderström, Hynninen, von Stade

OTELLO : Verdi
OAD: 04/02/1994
Gergiev; Domingo, Vaness, Leiferkus, Croft


RIGOLETTO : Verdi
Media: MOD Audio  OAD: 02/22/1964
Cleva; Merrill, Peters, Tucker, Giaiotti, Dunn


SALOME : Strauss
Media: MOD Audio OAD: 02/12/1977
Leinsdorf; Rysanek, Ulfung, Varnay, Bailey, Riegel


SIMON BOCCANEGRA : Verdi
OAD: 02/06/1999
Levine; Agache, Mattila, Sylvester, Scandiuzzi, Fu

 

OoS Update : Week 2 of 2019

LIVE BROADCASTS

OTELLO-Verdi
1/10/2019 7:30 pm  ET

Dudamel; Yoncheva, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lucic, Morris
Live on SiriusXM  

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR-Cilea
1/12/2019 1:00 pm ET

Noseda; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczala, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro
Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Broadcast Network
Live in HD


FEATURED OPERAS

COSÌ FAN TUTTE-Mozart 3/15/1997
Isepp; Vaness, Croft, Graham, Gunn, McLaughlin, Shimell

DIE ÄGYPTISCHE HELENA-Strauss 3/31/2007
Luisi; Voigt, Kerl, Damrau, Grove, Brendel

DON PASQUALE-Donizetti 12/21/1940
Papi; Baccaloni, Sayão, Martini, Valentino

ELEKTRA-Strauss 3/25/1961
Rosenstock; Borkh, Rysanek, Madeira, Uhde, Vinay

FAUST-Gounod 12/30/1972
Benzi; Gedda, Boky, Macurdy, Manuguerra, Forst

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG-Wagner 3/29/1975
Ehrling; Nilsson, Thomas, Rundgren, Dooley, Rankin, Reynolds

I PURITANI-Bellini 2/1/1997
Müller; Swenson, Neill, Hampson, Miles

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA-Rossini 12/21/1957
Rudolf; Guarrera, Peters, Valletti, Corena, Hines

LA TRAVIATA-Verdi 12/19/1998
Rizzi; Racette, Álvarez, Chernov

LUISA MILLER-Verdi 3/23/2002
Levine; Frittoli, Shicoff, Frontali, Tian, Ens, Graves

MANON LESCAUT-Puccini 3/17/1990
Santi; Freni, Dvorsk, Schexnayder, Tajo

THAÏS-Massenet 1/28/1978
Pritchard; Sills, Milnes, Gibbs

TOSCA-Puccini 3/23/1957
Mitropoulos; Albanese, Barioni, Warren

Montserrat Caballé (1933-2018)

Montserrat Caballé in December 1992 Photograph: Geoff Wilkinson/REX/Shutterstock

In 1980 Renata Tebaldi was asked by Lanfranco Rasponi what she thought of the state of singing. Her answer was unequivocal: there is just one prima donna left Montserrat Caballé. And in the same year Magda Olivero, the last of the hell-for-leather verismo sopranos and no mean diva herself, opined that ‘we singers should get down on our knees and thank God for a voice like Caballé’s’. These words prefigure a leitmotif that runs throughout Rasponi’s book (The Last Prima Donnas; Alfred A Knopf: 1975) in which he interviews many of the great divas of the recording era: no matter how lamentable these monstres sacres believe the state of singing has become since they themselves retired from the stage, Caballé is usually cited as an exception to the general decline. So just how special is she?

To start with, her versatility: no diva in memory has sung such an all-encompassing amount of the soprano repertory, progressing through virtually the entire range of Italian light lyric, lirico-spinto and dramatic roles, including all the pinnacles of the bel canto, Verdi and verismo repertories, whilst simultaneously being a remarkable interpreter of Salome, Sieglinde and Isolde. 

….  In 1970 she became well acquainted with Maria Callas, who was by then living in semi-seclusion in Paris. Although they were temperamentally poles apart, at a musical level the two women connected. Certainly Callas seems to have thought so: just days before her death in 1977 she gave her last interview to Philippe Caloni and, when asked if she considered she had any successors, stated ‘Only Caballé’. One wonders what the Greek diva specifically had in mind. By that time she had seen Caballé triumph in the role of Norma and had even gone so far as to send the Spanish soprano the earrings she had been given by Visconti on the occasion of her first La Scala Normas in the 1950s. Evidently she believed the torch was being passed on. 

[excerpted from Reputations: Montserrat Caballe” by Robert Pullen and Stephen J Taylor at Gramophone]


Obituaries



Operas Featured on SiriusXM This Week

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR Cilea 2/11/1978
López-Cobos; Caballé, Carreras, Cossotto, Quilico
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Strauss 3/20/1976
Levine; Caballé, Remedios, Welting, Troyanos, Dooley, Titus

I VESPRI SICILIANI Verdi 3/9/1974
Levine; Caballé, Gedda, Milnes, Díaz

LUISA MILLER Verdi 2/17/1968
Schippers; Caballé, Tucker, Milnes, Tozzi, Flagello, Pearl

NORMA Bellini 2/17/1973
Cillario; Caballé, Cossotto, Cossutta, Tozzi

OTELLO Verdi 3/11/1967
Mehta; Caballé, McCracken, Gobbi, Lorenzi


Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
I VESPRI SICILIANI:Verdi Original Air Date: 03/09/1974 Levine; Caballé, Gedda, Milnes, Díaz MOD Audio SID.18420103 This is a performance where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. If Caballe does not have … Continue reading "I VESPRI SICILIANI"
Oct 16 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR:Cilea Original Air Date: 02/11/1978 López-Cobos; Caballé, Carreras, Cossotto, Quilico MOD Audio SID.18420208 “I’m not a special fan of Adriana, and like it best when the title role is a specialist like Olivero whom … Continue reading "ADRIANA LECOUVREUR"
Oct 16 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS:Strauss Original Air Date: 03/20/1976 Levine; Caballé, Remedios, Welting, Troyanos, Dooley, Titus SID.18420209 The star is Troyanos shortly after her debut. Caballe, though not noted as a Straussian pleased many, but it does … Continue reading "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS"
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
LUISA MILLER:Verdi Original Air Date: 02/17/1968 Schippers; Caballé, Tucker, Milnes, Tozzi, Flagello, Pearl MOD Audio SID.18420212 This production brought Luisa Miller into the mainstream repertory. Caballe is caught at close to her very best, Tucker … Continue reading "LUISA MILLER"
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NORMA:Bellini Original Air Date: 02/17/1973 Cillario; Caballé, Cossotto, Cossutta, Tozzi MOD Audio SID.18420320 This is from Caballe’s first run at Norma with the reliable Cossotto; they are certainly a team. Cossutta missed the premiere, and … Continue reading "NORMA"
Oct 18 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
I VESPRI SICILIANI:Verdi Original Air Date: 03/09/1974 Levine; Caballé, Gedda, Milnes, Díaz MOD Audio SID.18420422 This is a performance where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. If Caballe does not have … Continue reading "I VESPRI SICILIANI"
Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
LUISA MILLER:Verdi Original Air Date: 02/17/1968 Schippers; Caballé, Tucker, Milnes, Tozzi, Flagello, Pearl MOD Audio SID.18420428 This production brought Luisa Miller into the mainstream repertory. Caballe is caught at close to her very best, Tucker … Continue reading "LUISA MILLER"
Oct 19 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS:Strauss Original Air Date: 03/20/1976 Levine; Caballé, Remedios, Welting, Troyanos, Dooley, Titus SID.18420529 The star is Troyanos shortly after her debut. Caballe, though not noted as a Straussian pleased many, but it does … Continue reading "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS"
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
LUISA MILLER:Verdi Original Air Date: 02/17/1968 Schippers; Caballé, Tucker, Milnes, Tozzi, Flagello, Pearl MOD Audio SID.18420531 This production brought Luisa Miller into the mainstream repertory. Caballe is caught at close to her very best, Tucker … Continue reading "LUISA MILLER"
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NORMA:Bellini Original Air Date: 02/17/1973 Cillario; Caballé, Cossotto, Cossutta, Tozzi MOD Audio SID.18420532 This is from Caballe’s first run at Norma with the reliable Cossotto; they are certainly a team. Cossutta missed the premiere, and … Continue reading "NORMA"
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
I VESPRI SICILIANI:Verdi Original Air Date: 03/09/1974 Levine; Caballé, Gedda, Milnes, Díaz MOD Audio SID.18420639 This is a performance where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. If Caballe does not have … Continue reading "I VESPRI SICILIANI"
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS:Strauss Original Air Date: 03/20/1976 Levine; Caballé, Remedios, Welting, Troyanos, Dooley, Titus SID.18420748 The star is Troyanos shortly after her debut. Caballe, though not noted as a Straussian pleased many, but it does … Continue reading "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS"
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
NORMA:Bellini Original Air Date: 02/17/1973 Cillario; Caballé, Cossotto, Cossutta, Tozzi MOD Audio SID.18420745 This is from Caballe’s first run at Norma with the reliable Cossotto; they are certainly a team. Cossutta missed the premiere, and … Continue reading "NORMA"
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS:Strauss Original Air Date: 03/20/1976 Levine; Caballé, Remedios, Welting, Troyanos, Dooley, Titus SID.18420748 The star is Troyanos shortly after her debut. Caballe, though not noted as a Straussian pleased many, but it does … Continue reading "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS"
Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 12:00 am
IL TROVATORE:Verdi Original Air Date: 03/17/1973 Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco MOD Audio SID.19050533 Caballe only has one broadcast among her 8 Leonoras, but she’s not the only one bidding farewell to Trovatore on … Continue reading "IL TROVATORE"
Feb 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
IL TROVATORE:Verdi Original Air Date: 03/17/1973 Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco MOD Audio SID.19050533 Caballe only has one broadcast among her 8 Leonoras, but she’s not the only one bidding farewell to Trovatore on … Continue reading "IL TROVATORE"
Feb 3 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am
IL TROVATORE:Verdi Original Air Date: 03/17/1973 Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco MOD Audio SID.19050533 Caballe only has one broadcast among her 8 Leonoras, but she’s not the only one bidding farewell to Trovatore on … Continue reading "IL TROVATORE"