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Elder; Garanca, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy


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May
25
Sat
2019
STIFFELIO
May 25 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


STIFFELIO:Verdi
Original Air Date: 03/05/1994
Levine; Domingo, Sweet, Chernov, Plishka, Riberi
SID.19210637
Stiffelio was a Met premiere in 1993, and it was telecast and later reissued on DVD. The video is from the fall series of performances (11/13/1993) which is also on MOoD. This broadcast is from the brief spring series later that season. Stiffelio is a good part for Domingo (and would have been a great one for Vickers). Chernov was still promising at the time of this broadcast, but his two successors in the part, Fu and Dobber show how weak the baritone ranks are.

ELEKTRA
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


ELEKTRA:Strauss
Original Air Date: 01/10/1976
Hollreiser; Schröder-Feinen, Knie, Varnay, Dooley, Nagy
SID.19210638
This is Schroder-Feinen’s first of 3 Met Elektras this season, though Hollreiser had begun the season with Mastilovic in the title role. Varnay was a constant in all performances. I never had the pleasure of seeing Schroder-Feinen, but this is one of her very best performances. Knie is in her Met debut. Highly recommended. I should also recommend this for MOoD as there is NO representation of the Varnay Klytemnestra there.

I VESPRI SICILIANI
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


I VESPRI SICILIANI:Verdi
Original Air Date: 03/20/1982
Levine; Scotto, Ochman, Elvira, Raimondi
MOD Audio SID.19210639
Scotto could be an interesting singer in this music, but not by 1982–simply too much Lady Macbeth and Gioconda, among other things. I didn’t see her in 1974 which many people still rave about. 1974’s Arrigo was Domingo who had opened the season with Deutekom. Domingo never does the part after that 1974 run (he’s not in the spring 1975 broadcast)– it is among Verdi’s most challenging tenor assignments. Ochman is best described as earnest. Pablo Elvira was too little heard at the Met, and died prematurely. The broadcast mikes probably give him an extra volume boost, but he has nice Verdian style. Raimondi is never a favorite of mine, but Procida is one of the great Verdian bass roles– listen to Christoff with Callas (not from the Met). Siepi never did Procida at the Met and his omission from the Met premiere was part of his departure from the Met in April 1973.

COSÌ FAN TUTTE
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


COSÌ FAN TUTTE:Mozart
Original Air Date: 12/07/1991
Hager; Vaness, Lopardo, Ziegler, Cowan, Upshaw, Feller
SID.19210640
Vaness is the champion Fiordiligi at the Met with 44 performances (Steber, the number 2 only has 29). She deserves her top place because in an era of very fine Mozart singers, her assumption ranked with the best. I always find the Vaness tone a little less individual than a Steber, a Lorengar, Te Kanawa, or Fleming, but all the pieces really come together for her. I’m not sure one does not do better in terms of overall casting with one of the other Vaness broadcasts or the telecast (with Bartoli as Despina ) which is available in MOoD.

PARSIFAL
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 11:55 pm


PARSIFAL:Wagner
Original Air Date: 04/12/2003
Gergiev; Domingo, Urmana, Struckmann, Pape, Putilin
MOD Audio SID.19210641
The main attraction here is Pape’s first Gurnemanz. I was not much taken with Gergiev’s work, but the part is a good one for Domingo, and the rest of the cast are top tier. It’s certainly a change from Levine, and one of Domingo’s better German offerings. Because of the contributions of Pape and Gergiev, MOoD should have this performance as well. Pape is represented in the new production on video on MOoD and on DVD. There are a number of Parsifals that have not made it to either Sirius rebroadcast or MOoD. Broadcasts featuring Crespin (under Pretre, 1966) Varnay with Hotter, 1954, Dalis with Siepi and Stewart, 1971 and several interesting casts under Levine including Gwyneth Jones are all unrepresented.

May
26
Sun
2019
TOSCA
May 26 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


TOSCA:Puccini
Original Air Date: 01/06/1979
Conlon; Verrett, Pavarotti, MacNeil
MOD Audio SID.19210743
This performance has the same three leads as the telecast from a few weeks earlier– Tajo replaces Corena as the Sacristan. The video is of greater interest because there are relatively few complete performances on video with Verrett, and while the broadcast is OK, her voice qua voice was not an ideal Puccini instrument. Both performances appear in Met Opera on Demand (MOoD) and the video is also available for commercial DVD purchase. The DVD features a discussion between Gobbi (the stage director) and MacNeil about Scarpia; there is also a bonus of Pavarotti and Verrett rehearsing with Conlon. One of the better Tosca broadcasts in the new house.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI
May 26 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI:Mascagni / Leoncavallo
Original Air Date: 04/04/1953
Erede; Milanov, Baum, Valentino / Rigal, Del Monaco, Silveri
MOD Audio SID.19210744
This performance is most notable for Del Monaco’s relatively early Canio. The role is his farewell 6 years later in 1959. The 1959 broadcast should be added to the Sirius rotation / MOoD because it features Mitropoulos in the pit, but also Warren in one of his greatest roles. Warren’s previous broadcast Tonio was 1951.

I VESPRI SICILIANI
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


I VESPRI SICILIANI:Verdi
Original Air Date: 03/20/1982
Levine; Scotto, Ochman, Elvira, Raimondi
MOD Audio SID.19210745
Scotto could be an interesting singer in this music, but not by 1982–simply too much Lady Macbeth and Gioconda, among other things. I didn’t see her in 1974 which many people still rave about. 1974’s Arrigo was Domingo who had opened the season with Deutekom. Domingo never does the part after that 1974 run (he’s not in the spring 1975 broadcast)– it is among Verdi’s most challenging tenor assignments. Ochman is best described as earnest. Pablo Elvira was too little heard at the Met, and died prematurely. The broadcast mikes probably give him an extra volume boost, but he has nice Verdian style. Raimondi is never a favorite of mine, but Procida is one of the great Verdian bass roles– listen to Christoff with Callas (not from the Met). Siepi never did Procida at the Met and his omission from the Met premiere was part of his departure from the Met in April 1973.

GIULIO CESARE
May 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


GIULIO CESARE:Handel
Original Air Date: 04/21/2007
Bicket; Daniels, Swenson, Coote, Bardon, Zazzo
MOD Audio SID.19210746
Bicket knows this turf well, but a countertenor Caesar doesn’t work for me, but the whole of the work is tough going for me. I leave it for others to comment. I’m not good with Caesar in the hands of a countertenor. The cast is solid, but I’m not a Handelian so caveat auditor. Handel is not my specialty, but Bicket gets consistently good notices for his handling of Baroque operas. Cesare is notable for a number of lovely arias for Cleopatra (and one of Sills’ calling card roles.)

DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Araiza is an interesting figure. Moving on to Walther in Meistersinger was a mistake, but I never found his Mozart as good as his countryman, Ramon Vargas. Karajan picked him for his Tamino, but I just don’t hear much that is special and this was his Met debut season.

TOSCA
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


TOSCA:Puccini
Original Air Date: 01/06/1979
Conlon; Verrett, Pavarotti, MacNeil
MOD Audio SID.19210748
This performance has the same three leads as the telecast from a few weeks earlier– Tajo replaces Corena as the Sacristan. The video is of greater interest because there are relatively few complete performances on video with Verrett, and while the broadcast is OK, her voice qua voice was not an ideal Puccini instrument. Both performances appear in Met Opera on Demand (MOoD) and the video is also available for commercial DVD purchase. The DVD features a discussion between Gobbi (the stage director) and MacNeil about Scarpia; there is also a bonus of Pavarotti and Verrett rehearsing with Conlon. One of the better Tosca broadcasts in the new house.

STIFFELIO
May 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


STIFFELIO:Verdi
Original Air Date: 03/05/1994
Levine; Domingo, Sweet, Chernov, Plishka, Riberi
SID.19210749
Stiffelio was a Met premiere in 1993, and it was telecast and later reissued on DVD. The video is from the fall series of performances (11/13/1993) which is also on MOoD. This broadcast is from the brief spring series later that season. Stiffelio is a good part for Domingo (and would have been a great one for Vickers). Chernov was still promising at the time of this broadcast, but his two successors in the part, Fu and Dobber show how weak the baritone ranks are.