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STREAMING EVENTS

Apr
1
Wed
2020
PETER GRIMES
Apr 1 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


PETER GRIMES:Britten
Davis; Vickers, Amara, Evans, Madeira, Chookasian
Original Air Date: 02/11/1967

SID.20140317
HIghly recommended. This is the first of Vickers’ four broadcast Peter Grimes and the partnership with Colin Davis yields some first-rate music making. It is the first broadcast by Vickers in the new production from the Lincoln Center Met’s first season. Colin Davis only has four broadcasts from the Met (two Grimes, Wozzeck, Pelleas) and he and Vickers contributed memorable performances on both sides of the Atlantic. This is the third performance of the Vickers/Davis/Guthrie 1967 production which added a great role to Vickers’ gallery of overwhelming portrayals. While Britten was reportedly none too pleased with Vickers’ approach, the royalty coffers were greatly enriched by Vickers performances around the world which put Grimes solidly into mainstream repertory. There is a commercial video from Covent Garden (with Davis conducting as well) which is highly recommended in addition to this broadcast. Two years later the exact same cast broadcasts it again and this second broadcast of the Guthrie/Davis/Vickers Grimes is on MOoD.

OTELLO
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


OTELLO:Verdi
Cleva; Del Monaco, de los Angeles, Warren, Franke
Original Air Date: 03/08/1958
MOD Audio
SID.20140318
This is a splendid performance, and should also note the number of fine Otellos which have not been on Sirius, including but not limited to the the 3 1940s Otellos with Stella Roman, Tebaldi’s two Desdemonas from 1955 and 1958 (the 1955 is uncommon on the private market, and the 1958 never seen, even the 1958 from La Scala with the same trio– Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Warren is not that common and the 1963 Tucci, McCracken , Merrill with Solti have all been missed by Sirius. Really too many omissions for relatively recent performances. Also the Bohm (his only Verdi at the Met) from April 1972

TANNHÄUSER
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


TANNHÄUSER:Wagner
Rosenstock; Nuoti, Nilsson, Stewart, Macurdy
Original Air Date: 03/26/1966

SID.20140319
Originally the title role was to have been taken by Windgassen, but he cancelled his run a week before the performances. Nilsson does both Elisabeth and Venus (scheduled as such) and this 1966 revival is the last time the Dresden version of Tannhauser has been heard at the Met; the Dresden had only come in the 1954 new production under Szell. Another Hungarian, Georg Solti had brought the Paris version back to the Met in the 1960 revival, and when Levine did a new production in 1977, Paris became the house standard for choice of versions. Nuotio was not much more than a placeholder, and I think the Met had better repetiteurs than Rosenstock so overall this run doesn’t have much to recommend itself except Nilsson’s generous voicing of both roles, and

Thomas Stewart’s Wolfram in his debut Met season.

LA BOHÈME
Apr 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA BOHÈME:Puccini
Gaffigan; Car, Blue, Grigolo, Dupuis, Luciano, Rose, Maxwell
Original Air Date: 09/25/2018

SID.20140320
Puccini’s timeless masterpiece of love and loss features two casts of young stars. Sopranos Nicole Car (in her highly anticipated Met debut) and Ailyn Pérez share the role of the ill-fated Mimì, opposite tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano as the ardent poet Rodolfo. After a celebrated Met debut as Mimì in 2017, Angel Blue returns as the spitfire Musetta, and Etienne Dupuis (in his Met debut) and Lucas Meachem share the role of Marcello. James Gaffigan conducts.

Mimì………………..Nicole Car [Debut] Rodolfo……………..Vittorio Grigolo
Musetta……………..Angel Blue
Marcello…………….Etienne Dupuis [Debut] Schaunard……………Davide Luciano
Colline……………..Matthew Rose
Benoit………………Donald Maxwell
Alcindoro……………Donald Maxwell
Parpignol……………Jeremy Little
Sergeant…………….Daniel Peretto
Officer……………..Scott Dispensa

Conductor…………..James Gaffigan [Debut]

Production…………..Franco Zeffirelli
Set designer…………Franco Zeffirelli
Costume designer……..Peter J. Hall
Lighting designer…….Gil Wechsler
Stage Director……….J. Knighten Smit

IL TROVATORE
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


IL TROVATORE:Verdi
Rudolf; Baum, Stella, Madeira, Merrill, Moscona
Original Air Date: 03/16/1957

SID.20140321
This is a performance well worth hearing. Stella and Merrill are blessed with two of the richest voices ever to be before the public and both are in their absolute prime. I don’t much care for Baum, but for some he is more listenable. He is the Manrico most frequently encountered in the 40s and 50s. This is his 6th and last broadcast Trovatore (only Martinelli exceeds Baum’s 60 Manricos with 69). Madeira is tied with Mignon Dunn for 4th (Homer, Zajick, and Cossotto are #1-3). Her voice is a real alt, so the end of the opera is a bit beyond her. The conductor Max Rudolf was “head of music staff” in this period and just as his Butterfly recording with Steber and Tucker is quite tidy, so is this Trovatore. Take a listen to this performance and see how you think it ranks with this season’s Trovatore.

Apr
2
Thu
2020
CARMEN
Apr 2 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


CARMEN:Bizet
Pelletier; Djanel, Jobin, Albanese, Valentino
Original Air Date: 03/24/1945

SID.20140324
I don’t remember this as well as Albanese’s earlier Micaela with Swarthout which is available on Met Player. We don’t get many broadcasts from the 1940s (this is not new to Sirius, but not played all that often). I wish that instead of the Micaela, MetRadio had programmed the 1941 Faust Beecham ;Jobin, Albanese, Pinza, Thomas,Browning

THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Apr 2 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


THE QUEEN OF SPADES:Tchaikovsky
Gergiev; Domingo, Gorchakova, Söderström, Hvorostovsky, Borodina, Putilin
Original Air Date: 04/10/1999
MOD AudioMOD Video
SID.20140425
This performance is too late for Soderstrom, too late for Domingo, and too late for Gorchakova. You can see the video of from five days later on MOoD as well. Better to hear the first season of the production with Gregorian who succeeded Heppner, Guleghina who succeeded Mattila with Rysanek. That has been on Sirius, but is not on MOoD. If Sirius had been at work when the production premiered we would have a broadcast of Heppner and Mattila at their very best. MOD is from 4-15-99 performance.

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
Apr 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER:Wagner
Gergiev; Morris, Stemme, Wagenführer, Rootering, Grove, Polenzani
Original Air Date: 12/16/2000
MOD Audio
SID.20140426
The Met for almost two decades led a charmed life with most Dutchman revivals centered on Leonie Rysanek as Senta, and for the first decade George London as the Dutchman. This performance was an early appearance by Nina Stemme at the Met, long before her acclaimed Brunnhildes around the world in the last 5 years. People were not thinking of her as a future Brunnhilde in 2000, and an important appearance in 2016 as Elektra in a new production.

LES TROYENS
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


LES TROYENS:Berlioz
Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, Ahlstedt
Original Air Date: 02/18/1984
MOD Audio
SID.20140427
Norman repeated Verrett’s double assumption on this broadcast (Verrett’s was for the opening of the production in 1973 when Ludwig was indisposed–I was there, quite an evening). I rather prefer Norman’s Didon to her Cassandre, but this broadcast now takes its place in MOoD. Enee is close to an impossible part, but Sooter is no worse than Ronald Dowd was in Boston for Caldwell.

LES TROYENS
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LES TROYENS:Berlioz
Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, Ahlstedt
Original Air Date: 02/18/1984
MOD Audio
SID.20140428
Norman repeated Verrett’s double assumption on this broadcast (Verrett’s was for the opening of the production in 1973 when Ludwig was indisposed–I was there, quite an evening). I rather prefer Norman’s Didon to her Cassandre, but this broadcast now takes its place in MOoD. Enee is close to an impossible part, but Sooter is no worse than Ronald Dowd was in Boston for Caldwell.

SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Stiedry; Warren, Varnay, Tucker, Székely, Valdengo
Original Air Date: 01/28/1950
MOD Audio
SID.20140429
Reissued on Sony Classical in the Met’s Verdi box for his bicentennial. This is Warren’s only broadcast of the title role. He had done Paolo (the Valdengo role) a decade earlier shortly after winning the Met Auditions of the Air. His Simon was Lawrence Tibbett. This is Tucker’s first venture into the more dramatic tenor roles, and he sang it outstandingly for the next quarter century until his final Gabriel on the 1974 Met broadcast with plenty of gas still in the tank. This 1974 performance with Wixell and Maliponte is long overdue for a Sirius rebroadcast.

DON CARLO
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am


DON CARLO:Verdi
Nezet-Seguin; Poplavskaya, Smirnova, Alagna, Keenlyside, Furlanetto, Halfvarson
Original Air Date: 12/11/2010
Live in HD
SID.20140430

The Met’s new production is played in five acts with two intermissions, the first between Acts 2 and 3, and the second after Act 3. The version used is Verdi’s final revision from 1886, sung in Italian, including the act that takes place at Fontainebleau (Act 1). It is almost identical to the version used in the Met’s previous production by John Dexter, with the exception of the opening section of the Fontainebleau scene. Instead of the longer scene between Elisabeth and the woodcutters which opened the opera in the Dexter production, the new production uses the abbreviated version with which Verdi replaced the original just before the Paris premiere in 1867.

The music of the Herald is sung by the Count of Lerma.

Don Carlo……………Roberto Alagna
Elizabeth of Valois…..Marina Poplavskaya
Rodrigo……………..Simon Keenlyside
Princess Eboli……….Anna Smirnova
Philip II……………Ferruccio Furlanetto
Grand Inquisitor……..Eric Halfvarson
Priest Inquisitor…….Tommaso Matelli
Celestial Voice………Jennifer Check
Friar……………….Alexei Tanovitski8 *
Tebaldo……………. Layla Claire
Count of Lerma……….Eduardo Valdes
Countess of Aremberg….Anne Dyas
Flemish Deputy……….Donovan Singletary
Flemish Deputy……….Keith Harris
Flemish Deputy……….Christopher Schaldenbrand
Flemish Deputy……….Joshua Benaim
Flemish Deputy……….Tyler Simpson
Flemish Deputy……….Eric Jordan

Conductor……………Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Production…………..Nicholas Hytner
Designer…………….Bob Crowley
Lighting designer…….Mark Henderson
TV Director………….Gary Halvorson

TOSCA [Cancelled]
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 04/02/2020
de Billy; Netrebko, Mavlyanov, Gagnidze, Carfizzi
SID.20140000

L’ELISIR D’AMORE
Apr 2 @ 9:00 pm – 12:00 am


L’ELISIR D’AMORE:Donizetti
Schippers; Bergonzi, Peters, Corena, Guarrera
Original Air Date: 03/05/1966
MOD Audio
SID.20140431
This performance has been issued in Sony’s Historic Met CD series. Also on MOoD is Bergonzi and Corena partnered by Scotto and Sereni who I think are better matches in this opera.One cannot lose with Bergonzi and Corena.

Apr
3
Fri
2020
SAMSON ET DALILA
Apr 3 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


SAMSON ET DALILA:Saint-Saëns
Fournet; Vickers, Horne, Quilico
Original Air Date: 04/18/1987
MOD Audio
SID.20140532
This is Vickers’ farewell to the Met (not announced in advance). For many of us, he is a legendary singer who spans the beginning of our operatic journey, and 26 years later still shines very brightly indeed. In almost every assumption he not only gave his individual commitment (he was Giasone to Callas in my first opera in 1958 in Dallas) but simply encompassed roles as few ever do and was always in the top rank and usually best ever seen in the roles. Samson is certainly one of those roles, and if the opera has been a bit overdone on Sirius, I am never finished with my enjoyment of Vickers. Horne is a singer I admire on many fronts– her support of young artists, the advocacy for vocal recitals, and certainly outstanding Rossinian efforts. But I’m not much of Rossini guy, and I find many of her ventures beyond not to my taste, Verdi (even as Quickly) really doesn’t work and Dalila doesn’t compare with my first (Rita Gorr in the premiere of the O’Hearn Merrill production in 1964) or some of my best more recent ones– Borodina’s voice was made for those languorous lines. This is Vickers’ only broadcast of Samson et Dalila, and sometime min the last 3 years has been added to MOoD as a testament to his work and whom we lost July 13, 2015 after a long illness.

IL TROVATORE
Apr 3 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


IL TROVATORE:Verdi
Rudolf; Baum, Stella, Madeira, Merrill, Moscona
Original Air Date: 03/16/1957

SID.20140533
This is a performance well worth hearing. Stella and Merrill are blessed with two of the richest voices ever to be before the public and both are in their absolute prime. I don’t much care for Baum, but for some he is more listenable. He is the Manrico most frequently encountered in the 40s and 50s. This is his 6th and last broadcast Trovatore (only Martinelli exceeds Baum’s 60 Manricos with 69). Madeira is tied with Mignon Dunn for 4th (Homer, Zajick, and Cossotto are #1-3). Her voice is a real alt, so the end of the opera is a bit beyond her. The conductor Max Rudolf was “head of music staff” in this period and just as his Butterfly recording with Steber and Tucker is quite tidy, so is this Trovatore. Take a listen to this performance and see how you think it ranks with this season’s Trovatore.

HAMLET
Apr 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


HAMLET:Thomas
Langrée; Keenlyside, Petersen, Larmore, Morris, Spence
Original Air Date: 03/27/2010
MOD Video
SID.20140534
This is the only Met broadcast of the Thomas work. Keenlyside has a commercial DVD in the same production with Dessay from Barcelona 2004. Petersen was a late substitute for Dessay for the whole run. Larmoreis especially vivid as Gertrude, part of her movement into dramatic mezzo/soprano parts.

PETER GRIMES
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


PETER GRIMES:Britten
Davis; Vickers, Amara, Evans, Madeira, Chookasian
Original Air Date: 02/11/1967

SID.20140535
HIghly recommended. This is the first of Vickers’ four broadcast Peter Grimes and the partnership with Colin Davis yields some first-rate music making. It is the first broadcast by Vickers in the new production from the Lincoln Center Met’s first season. Colin Davis only has four broadcasts from the Met (two Grimes, Wozzeck, Pelleas) and he and Vickers contributed memorable performances on both sides of the Atlantic.

This is the third performance of the Vickers/Davis/Guthrie 1967 production which added a great role to Vickers’ gallery of overwhelming portrayals. While Britten was reportedly none too pleased with Vickers’ approach, the royalty coffers were greatly enriched by Vickers performances around the world which put Grimes solidly into mainstream repertory. There is a commercial video from Covent Garden (with Davis conducting as well) which is highly recommended in addition to this broadcast. Two years later the exact same cast broadcasts it again and this second broadcast of the Guthrie/Davis/Vickers Grimes is on MOoD.

OTELLO
Apr 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


OTELLO:Verdi
Cleva; Del Monaco, de los Angeles, Warren, Franke
Original Air Date: 03/08/1958
MOD Audio
SID.20140536
This is a splendid performance, and should also note the number of fine Otellos which have not been on Sirius, including but not limited to the the 3 1940s Otellos with Stella Roman, Tebaldi’s two Desdemonas from 1955 and 1958 (the 1955 is uncommon on the private market, and the 1958 never seen, even the 1958 from La Scala with the same trio– Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Warren is not that common and the 1963 Tucci, McCracken , Merrill with Solti have all been missed by Sirius. Really too many omissions for relatively recent performances. Also the Bohm (his only Verdi at the Met) from April 1972

LA BOHÈME
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


LA BOHÈME:Puccini
Gaffigan; Car, Blue, Grigolo, Dupuis, Luciano, Rose, Maxwell
Original Air Date: 09/25/2018

SID.20140537
Puccini’s timeless masterpiece of love and loss features two casts of young stars. Sopranos Nicole Car (in her highly anticipated Met debut) and Ailyn Pérez share the role of the ill-fated Mimì, opposite tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano as the ardent poet Rodolfo. After a celebrated Met debut as Mimì in 2017, Angel Blue returns as the spitfire Musetta, and Etienne Dupuis (in his Met debut) and Lucas Meachem share the role of Marcello. James Gaffigan conducts.

LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am

LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES:Bizet
Noseda; Damrau, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Teste*
Original Air Date: 01/16/2016
Live in HD
SID.20140538

Léila……………….Diana Damrau
Nadir……………….Matthew Polenzani
Zurga……………….Mariusz Kwiecien
Nourabad…………….Nicolas Testé

Conductor……………Gianandrea Noseda

Production…………..Penny Woolcock
Set Designer…………Dick Bird
Costume Designer……..Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer…….Jen Schriever
Projection Design…….59 Productions
Movement Director…….Andrew Dawson
TV Director………….Matthew Diamond

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
Apr 3 @ 9:00 pm – 12:00 am


DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER:Wagner
Gergiev; Morris, Stemme, Wagenführer, Rootering, Grove, Polenzani
Original Air Date: 12/16/2000
MOD Audio
SID.20140539
The Met for almost two decades led a charmed life with most Dutchman revivals centered on Leonie Rysanek as Senta, and for the first decade George London as the Dutchman. This performance was an early appearance by Nina Stemme at the Met, long before her acclaimed Brunnhildes around the world in the last 5 years. People were not thinking of her as a future Brunnhilde in 2000, and an important appearance in 2016 as Elektra in a new production.

Apr
4
Sat
2020
TANNHÄUSER
Apr 4 @ 12:00 am – 7:00 am


TANNHÄUSER:Wagner
Rosenstock; Nuoti, Nilsson, Stewart, Macurdy
Original Air Date: 03/26/1966

SID.20140640
Originally the title role was to have been taken by Windgassen, but he cancelled his run a week before the performances. Nilsson does both Elisabeth and Venus (scheduled as such) and this 1966 revival is the last time the Dresden version of Tannhauser has been heard at the Met; the Dresden had only come in the 1954 new production under Szell. Another Hungarian, Georg Solti had brought the Paris version back to

the Met in the 1960 revival, and when Levine did a new production in 1977, Paris became the house standard for choice of versions. Nuotio was not much more than a placeholder, and I think the Met had better repetiteurs than Rosenstock so overall this run doesn’t have much to recommend itself except Nilsson’s generous voicing of both roles, and Thomas Stewart’s Wolfram in his debut Met season.

SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Apr 4 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am

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SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Stiedry; Warren, Varnay, Tucker, Székely, Valdengo
Original Air Date: 01/28/1950
MOD Audio
SID.20140641
Reissued on Sony Classical in the Met’s Verdi box for his bicentennial. This is Warren’s only broadcast of the title role. He had done Paolo (the Valdengo role) a decade earlier shortly after winning the Met Auditions of the Air. His Simon was Lawrence Tibbett. This is Tucker’s first venture into the more dramatic tenor roles, and he sang it outstandingly for the next quarter century until his final Gabriel on the 1974 Met broadcast with plenty of gas still in the tank. This 1974 performance with Wixell and Maliponte is long overdue for a Sirius rebroadcast.

LA SONNAMBULA
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 am

LA SONNAMBULA:Bellini
Varviso; Sutherland, Gedda, Flagello, Scovotti
Original Air Date: 03/30/1963

SID.20140642
This is stellar singing from one and all, and is available along with her second Met Sonnambula broadcast from 1968 in MOoD. I was lucky to see Sutherland from her very first USA appearance in Alcina (Dallas,1960) and lucky was I to enjoy such stellar performing for more than a quarter century. Other singers may have a more introspective approach to Sonnambula, but La Stupenda offers something different, and nowhere to be found in opera houses today.

VARIOUS
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 am


VARIOUS:Various
Various Artists
Original Air Date: 01/01/9999

SID.20140643

ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 am


ORFEO ED EURIDICE:Gluck
Wigglesworth; Hong, Park, Barton
Original Air Date: 11/01/2019

SID.20140644
NYT Tommasini [10/21/2019] … The excellent British conductor Mark Wigglesworth, best known for his work with the English National Opera in London, drew out the warmth and refinement of Gluck’s score. But the Met Orchestra’s playing lacked precision and crispness, especially during the bustling overture, which sounded somewhat wan and limp. …. The veteran soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, who made her Met debut in 1984, was a winning Euridice. Though there were moments of patchy tone and shaky pitch in her singing, the radiance of her voice came through. She sang with a vigor and clarity that brought out the best from Ms. Barton. …During the final celebration of the reunion of Orfeo and Euridice, the Mark Morris ensemble took over the show with a suite of joyous dances. The orchestra responded with its most crisp and animated playing.once the god of love, Amore, here the bright-voiced soprano Hera Hyesang Park, arrived: Winged and wearing a peach-colored shirt, floppy pants and sneakers, she descended (on wires) from the heavens. In her vibrant singing and sassy manner, Ms. Park brought a touch of jaded exuberance to the proceedings: This Amore admits to being baffled by the romantic entanglements of mortals…..The veteran soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, who made her Met debut in 1984, was a winning Euridice. Though there were moments of patchy tone and shaky pitch in her singing, the radiance of her voice came through. She sang with a vigor and clarity that brought out the best from Ms. Barton. During the final celebration of the reunion of Orfeo and Euridice, the Mark Morris ensemble took over the show with a suite of joyous dances. The orchestra responded with its most crisp and animated playing.

LES TROYENS
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 am


LES TROYENS:Berlioz
Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, Ahlstedt
Original Air Date: 02/18/1984
MOD Audio
SID.20140645
Norman repeated Verrett’s double assumption on this broadcast (Verrett’s was for the opening of the production in 1973 when Ludwig was indisposed–I was there, quite an evening). I rather prefer Norman’s Didon to her Cassandre, but this broadcast now takes its place in MOoD. Enee is close to an impossible part, but Sooter is no worse than Ronald Dowd was in Boston for Caldwell.

MACBETH
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm – 7:00 am


MACBETH:Verdi
Fabio Luisi: Željko Lučić, Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, René Pape
Original Air Date: 10/11/2014
Live in HD
SID.20140646

LES TROYENS
Apr 4 @ 9:00 pm – 7:00 am


LES TROYENS:Berlioz
Levine; Norman, Sooter, Monk, Taillon, Plishka, Ahlstedt
Original Air Date: 02/18/1984
MOD Audio
SID.20140647
Norman repeated Verrett’s double assumption on this broadcast (Verrett’s was for the opening of the production in 1973 when Ludwig was indisposed–I was there, quite an evening). I rather prefer Norman’s Didon to her Cassandre, but this broadcast now takes its place in MOoD. Enee is close to an impossible part, but Sooter is no worse than Ronald Dowd was in Boston for Caldwell.

Apr
5
Sun
2020
IL TROVATORE
Apr 5 @ 12:00 am – 7:00 am


IL TROVATORE:Verdi
Rudolf; Baum, Stella, Madeira, Merrill, Moscona
Original Air Date: 03/16/1957

SID.20140648
This is a performance well worth hearing. Stella and Merrill are blessed with two of the richest voices ever to be before the public and both are in their absolute prime. I don’t much care for Baum, but for some he is more listenable. He is the Manrico most frequently encountered in the 40s and 50s. This is his 6th and last broadcast Trovatore (only Martinelli exceeds Baum’s 60 Manricos with 69). Madeira is tied with Mignon Dunn for 4th (Homer, Zajick, and Cossotto are #1-3). Her voice is a real alt, so the end of the opera is a bit beyond her. The conductor Max Rudolf was “head of music staff” in this period and just as his Butterfly recording with Steber and Tucker is quite tidy, so is this Trovatore. Take a listen to this performance and see how you think it ranks with this season’s Trovatore.

L’ELISIR D’AMORE
Apr 5 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am


L’ELISIR D’AMORE:Donizetti
Schippers; Bergonzi, Peters, Corena, Guarrera
Original Air Date: 03/05/1966
MOD Audio
SID.20140749
This performance has been issued in Sony’s Historic Met CD series. Also on MOoD is Bergonzi and Corena partnered by Scotto and Sereni who I think are better matches in this opera.One cannot lose with Bergonzi and Corena.

SAMSON ET DALILA
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 am


SAMSON ET DALILA:Saint-Saëns
Fournet; Vickers, Horne, Quilico
Original Air Date: 04/18/1987
MOD Audio
SID.20140750
This is Vickers’ farewell to the Met (not announced in advance). For many of us, he is a legendary singer who spans the beginning of our operatic journey, and 26 years later still shines very brightly indeed. In almost every assumption he not only gave his individual commitment (he was Giasone to Callas in my first opera in 1958 in Dallas) but simply encompassed roles as few ever do and was always in the top rank and usually best ever seen in the roles. Samson is certainly one of those roles, and if the opera has been a bit overdone on Sirius, I am never finished with my enjoyment of Vickers. Horne is a singer I admire on many fronts– her support of young artists, the advocacy for vocal recitals, and certainly outstanding Rossinian efforts. But I’m not much of Rossini guy, and I find many of her ventures beyond not to my taste, Verdi (even as Quickly) really doesn’t work and Dalila doesn’t compare with my first (Rita Gorr in the premiere of the O’Hearn Merrill production in 1964) or some of my best more recent ones– Borodina’s voice was made for those languorous lines. This is Vickers’ only broadcast of Samson et Dalila, and sometime min the last 3 years has been added to MOoD as a testament to his work and whom we lost July 13, 2015 after a long illness.

THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 am


THE QUEEN OF SPADES:Tchaikovsky
Gergiev; Domingo, Gorchakova, Söderström, Hvorostovsky, Borodina, Putilin
Original Air Date: 04/10/1999
MOD AudioMOD Video
SID.20140751
This performance is too late for Soderstrom, too late for Domingo, and too late for Gorchakova. You can see the video of from five days later on MOoD as well. Better to hear the first season of the production with Gregorian who succeeded Heppner, Guleghina who succeeded Mattila with Rysanek. That has been on Sirius, but is not on MOoD. If Sirius had been at work when the production premiered we would have a broadcast of Heppner and Mattila at their very best. MOD is from 4-15-99 performance.

HAMLET
Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 am


HAMLET:Thomas
Langrée; Keenlyside, Petersen, Larmore, Morris, Spence
Original Air Date: 03/27/2010
MOD Video
SID.20140752
This is the only Met broadcast of the Thomas work. Keenlyside has a commercial DVD in the same production with Dessay from Barcelona 2004. Petersen was a late substitute for Dessay for the whole run. Larmoreis especially vivid as Gertrude, part of her movement into dramatic mezzo/soprano parts.