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Apr
15
Mon
2019
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Apr 15 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS:Strauss
Original Air Date: 01/05/1985
Davis; Norman, Cochran, Rolandi, Ewing, Weller, Duesing
SID.19160101
This is Ms. Norman’s first season at the Met in her most frequent assumption. Cochran makes his Met farewell in his only sizable part–Vogelsang in Meistersinger does not qualify. He had a distinguished career in Frankfurt that did not translate to New York in terms of timing or repertory. I heard him when he was still at Curtis, and while very musical, lacked a star sound. Ewing is not a Composer to my taste (nor is Stratas), but hearing early Norman or the charming Rolandi is not a poor way to pass the time. Ariadne remains my favorite Strauss opera.
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Apr 15 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA:Rossini
Original Air Date: 03/19/1966
Varviso; Herlea, Grist, Shirley, Corena, Siepi
MOD Audio SID.19160102
This is Reri Grist’s debut year, and the broadcast comes three weeks later. Herlea had some success debuting in Don Carlo two years earlier. One does not get better than Corena and Siepi in these roles. As Barbieres go, this one is not bad. Corena and Siepi are absolute masters in these roles, and the rest of the cast is good to very good– Grist has made her debut a few weeks before this broadcast. Varviso has an excellent studio Barbiere with Berganza, but this is a fine cast, which in the case of Corena and Siepi is not surpassed. Herlea is not as impressive here as in his Rodrigo (Don Carlo) but still a decent Figaro. I prefer a mezzo Rosina, but Grist is a fine singer and under-represented.

AIDA
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


AIDA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 02/25/1967
Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines
SID.19160103
On paper this performance looks like the dream cast. It is not. Price who sang possibly her very best performance ever in the opening night Antony and Cleopatra six months earlier, sings much too much on principal with a particularly vulgar opening of Ritorna vincitor. What is most sad is that her first two Aida broadcasts, the first with Gorr, Bergonzi, Sereni, Siepi, and Macurdy under Solti from 1963, the second from 1965 with Dalis, Tucker, Merrill, Ghiuselev, Michalski under Mehta have not been on Sirius. The first I remember vividly , and has been on private European pressings; it is one of the very best Met Aidas. Bergonzi is substantially stronger in 1963; The 1965 performance simply has Mehta as a better Aida conductor than Schippers. Richard Tucker, whose career is not overlooked by the Sirius folk, has not managed to have his Radames on Sirius despite having broadcast the role with Nilsson, Price, and Arroyo. Bumbry is here in the first of her three broadcast Amnerises, and she is better with Arroyo which has been on Sirius. Merrill is in remarkable voice 21 years after his debut (a few too many woofs, but still the most mellifluous Amonasro ever (though plenty of testosterone if not real anger). So here are four relatively recent Aidas (post 1960) which somehow can’t get to the airwaves. This 1967 is on Met Opera on Demand (MOoD) and also appears in the 2013 Verdi at the Met bicentennial box, but it still does not rank as one of Price’s best efforts, or one of the best modern Met Aidas. Available in MOoD. This is also in the new Verdi box , but the missing AIda should be the 1963 with Solti conducting Price, Gorr, Bergonzi, Siepi, Macurdy. Bergonzi cracks in the Celeste AIda and neither Price nor Bumbry are at their best.

ELEKTRA
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


ELEKTRA:Strauss
Original Air Date: 02/27/1971
Böhm; Nilsson, Rysanek, Madeira, Stewart, Nagy
MOD Audio SID.19160104
This performance marks Madeira’s Met farewell, and reveals some of the vocal weakness that is surely partly resultant from her illness and death a little more than a year later. The rest of the cast, and especially Bohm are white hot. For Madeira at her best, go to the Bohm studio with Inge Borkh as Elektra. A very satisfying recording on all counts.

LOHENGRIN
Apr 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LOHENGRIN:Wagner
Original Air Date: 01/31/1959
Schippers; Sullivan, Della Casa, Harshaw, Cassel, Edelmann
SID.19160105
This has been on before, and is a solid peformance from all concerned, not one for the history books, but especially fine work from Harshaw and Cassel. I do want to take note here that the January 1967 Lohengrin in the Wieland Wagner designed production is the only one of new house Lohengrin broadcasts to have not made it on to Sirius. It’s the only chance Sirius listeners would have to hear Christa Ludwig’s Ortrud, or Karl Bohm in the pit. Ingrid Bjoner is not much represented, and all around , it’s a splendid cast. What’s the problem?

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


LE NOZZE DI FIGARO:Mozart
Original Air Date: 02/09/2002
Runnicles; Furlanetto, Uecker, Isokoski, Mattei, Jepson
SID.19160106
This is a distinguished group of 21st century Mozarteans. In fact, Furlanetto and Mattei show up together on the Met’s Don Giovanni in February 2003 with Mattei as the Don and Furlanetto as Leporello (this performance is inMet Opera on Demand (MOoD). This Nozze should be as well. Isokoski is a major Countess and Kristine Jepson, whose career has been interrupted by some life threatening health issues continues the long line of outstanding Mozart lyric mezzos. Uecker, without the career either before or after to compare with her colleagues still gives her all. This is the debut season for both Isokoski and Mattei, who have fine reputations as Mozarteans. Furlanetto is actually 3d at 31 in the list of Met Figaros– Siepi at 79, Pinza at 47, which was a bit of a surprise. Furlanetto is on Levine’s studio with Met forces and Te Kanawa, Hampson, and Upshaw. Was Uecker a replacment for Upshaw in this run?This is a distinguished group of 21st century Mozarteans. In fact, Furlanetto and Mattei show up together on the Met’s Don Giovanni in February 2003 with Mattei as the Don and Furlanetto as Leporello (this performance is inMet Opera on Demand (MOoD). This Nozze should be as well. Isokoski is a major Countess and Kristine Jepson, whose career has been interrupted by some life threatening health issues continues the long line of outstanding Mozart lyric mezzos. Uecker, without the career either before or after to compare with her colleagues still gives her all.

LA SONNAMBULA
Apr 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


LA SONNAMBULA:Bellini
Original Air Date: 12/21/1968
Bonynge; Sutherland, Alexander, Giaiotti, Boky
MOD Audio SID.19160107
This is Sutherland’s second Sonnambula broadcast and well equal to the 1963 supporting cast for Sutherland of Gedda and Flagello; Both of Sutherland’s Amina broadcasts are on MOoD. Alexander and Giaiotti are evenly matched substitutes for Gedda and Flagello. Both performances are in MOoD, and well they should be.

Apr
16
Tue
2019
DAS RHEINGOLD
Apr 16 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


DAS RHEINGOLD:Wagner
Original Air Date: 02/15/1975
Ehrling; McIntyre, Dunn, Peterson, Rintzler, Rundgren, Macurdy
SID.19160208
This performance marks Donald McIntyre’s Met debut (broadcast debuts are not so common) and the farewell of Glade Peterson who had made his debut as Loge five days before. McIntyre would be the main reason for listening, but he has the Chereau Ring from Bayreuth three years later on video. I saw the 1978 Chereau Ring live, and he was definitely one of the brightest elements. 6/6/12 – This is only a three performance outing this week where McIntyre is the only real point of distinction. Not awful, but what’s the point? 6/22/11 – The cream of this 1975 cycle were the Nilsson parts of the Ring. Nothing especially remarkable here.

SUSANNAH
Apr 16 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


SUSANNAH:Floyd
Original Air Date: 04/03/1999
Conlon; Fleming, Hadley, Ramey
MOD Audio SID.19160209
This is the Met’s only broadcast of Susannah, and finds all three principals on especially fine form. I’ve seen the opera four times, and each time it is very successful and attention holding. Even without the visual appeal, the opera makes an impact from the music alone. This was a highly successful Met repertory debut for the Carlisle Floyd opera and both Fleming and Ramey are extremely well cast. Conlon is very committed to the work, and it is a contemporary work that works almost as well in audio only as in the theatre with its sure-fire theatrics. One of the best efforts of the Met for both American and contemporary opera. Very fine performances from both Fleming and Ramey under Conlon bring great credit to the Met and the artists. One of the most distinctive broadcasts of the week. This is one of Fleming’s very best outings, and Ramey and Hadley are well cast as well. One of the better 20th century American operas.

SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 01/28/1950
Stiedry; Warren, Varnay, Tucker, Székely, Valdengo
MOD Audio SID.19160210
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.

THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Apr 16 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


THE QUEEN OF SPADES:Tchaikovsky
Original Air Date: 12/30/1995
Gergiev; Grigorian, Guleghina, Rysanek, Hvorostovsky, Svendén, Putilin
SID.19160211
This was the year of the new production which had starred Mattila and Heppner along with Rysanek in her last Met role. This is Rysanek’s broadcast farewell, and her final Met performance took place three days later. Guleghina and Grigorian are very solid and Gergiev is at his best. and oh yes, there’s Hvorostovsky in absolute prime. This performance should really be in MOoD. This is Rysanek’s broadcast farewell, and Hvorostovsky’s broadcast debut. Rysanek’s farewell to the Met is three days later after a career spanning five decades (38 years). A shame the cameras did not catch the opening run with Mattila and Heppner at their best, but this is a very solid broadcast. Heppner and Mattila were replaced by Guleghina and Greigorian. Both pairs were very good. The two baritones are also outstanding. Among the very best of Queen of Spades’ broadcasts. The 1966 English language (we’ll never hear it ;(((( ) with McCracken and Stratas should really be heard; I’m sorry Resnik didn’t have the broadcast instead of Madeira, but would really like to break the Sirius logjam on translations.

DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
Apr 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN:Strauss
Original Air Date: 12/17/1966
Böhm; Rysanek, King, Ludwig, Berry, Dalis
MOD Audio SID.19160212
This is the Met broadcast premiere of one of Strauss’ greatest works. I went to a performance a few weeks earlier in the gala opening weeks of the Met’s Lincoln Center house. Hearing the performance almost five decades later it still holds up as one of the great ensemble and individual performance efforts in Met history. All of the singers are excellent, and for radio only, the voice that makes the best effect is Walter Berry. His work may be less well known to newer opera-goers, but for my money he is my favorite Barak on disc or in the theatre. FiDi was by all accounts quite memorable in the theatre, but I never saw him in the role. This performance really belongs in the Met Opera on Demand (MOoD) series as well, but for the moment it is now being issued as part of the Met at Lincoln Center 50th anniversary CD box.

TOSCA
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


TOSCA:Puccini
Original Air Date: 04/16/1994
Badea; Guleghina, Pavarotti, Morris
SID.19160213
I don’t keep track of when these three were at their best in these roles. This is Guleghina’s second of four matinee Toscas and she might well have had some good moments. This is early in Guleghina’s career. I’m not so vehemently negative as Joseph Kerman, but unless Tebaldi is on, or they see fit to unearth the Stella Tosca, I can live without.

FIDELIO
Apr 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


FIDELIO:Beethoven
Original Air Date: 04/10/1982
Haitink; Meier, Sooter, Roar, Macurdy, Blegen, Atherton
SID.19160214
This is Haitink’s only Met season, and Meier is pinch-hitting for Verrett who was sick for two other performances (also sung by Johanna Meier) in the run as well. Hard to believe the original casting for Florestan was Sooter, but in any event he gets a fine review from Harriet Johnson of the NY Post. To my knowledge, Verrett’s three performances are her only times in the part.

Apr
17
Wed
2019
DON GIOVANNI
Apr 17 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


DON GIOVANNI:Mozart
Original Air Date: 03/13/1954
Rudolf; London, Harshaw, Corena, Steber, Conley, Conner
SID.19160315
The unusual casting is for the two leading ladies with Harshaw in her first Anna broadcast (the second comes a year later with Siepi for London, Amara for Steber, Valletti for Conley, and Peters for Conner. Rudolf, Harshaw, and Corena are the constants. Steber finishes her 1944-1954 Met connection with Elvira at three tour stops with Valletti back for them. With Bing’s full complement of lyric sopranos, he unveils a new production in 1957 with Steber moving up to Anna [Steber did a 2 performance preview of her Anna in the 1954-1955 season], Della Casa becoming the preferred Elvira, and Peters the preferred Zerlina. I’m happy to have this 1954 in the rotation, but once again call on the Met to offer the 1957 broadcast on Sirius and eventually on MOoD. it is one of the great broadcasts of the 1950s.

MACBETH
Apr 17 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


MACBETH:Verdi
Original Air Date: 02/21/1959
Leinsdorf; Warren, Rysanek, Hines, Bergonzi
MOD Audio SID.19160316
This is the Met premiere broadcast of Macbeth, and at least three of the principals are as good as you’re going to get. Mitropoulos was originally scheduled for this production but because of health problems it moved on to Leinsdorf. It’s a loss, but Rysanek more than holds up her end. This performance is also on Met Player for regular listening. Only the second year broadcast from 1960 has not appeared on Sirius (Barioni for Bergonzi) and it also has the duet on the heath cut. Still it would be interesting to hear as the contemporary reviews found the performance even better integrated. This cast was recorded by RCA shortly after the premiere, and this broadcast is available on Met Player. Very solid casting from top to bottom. Bergonzi really is luxury casting singing one of the great Verdi tenor arias, Ah, la paterna mano. Highly recommended.

LOHENGRIN
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


LOHENGRIN:Wagner
Original Air Date: 01/31/1959
Schippers; Sullivan, Della Casa, Harshaw, Cassel, Edelmann
SID.19160317
This has been on before, and is a solid peformance from all concerned, not one for the history books, but especially fine work from Harshaw and Cassel. I do want to take note here that the January 1967 Lohengrin in the Wieland Wagner designed production is the only one of new house Lohengrin broadcasts to have not made it on to Sirius. It’s the only chance Sirius listeners would have to hear Christa Ludwig’s Ortrud, or Karl Bohm in the pit. Ingrid Bjoner is not much represented, and all around , it’s a splendid cast. What’s the problem?

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


LE NOZZE DI FIGARO:Mozart
Original Air Date: 02/09/2002
Runnicles; Furlanetto, Uecker, Isokoski, Mattei, Jepson
SID.19160318
This is a distinguished group of 21st century Mozarteans. In fact, Furlanetto and Mattei show up together on the Met’s Don Giovanni in
February 2003 with Mattei as the Don and Furlanetto as Leporello (this performance is inMet Opera on Demand (MOoD). This Nozze should be as well. Isokoski is a major Countess and Kristine Jepson, whose career has been interrupted by some life threatening health issues continues the long line of outstanding Mozart lyric mezzos. Uecker, without the career either before or after to compare with her colleagues still gives her all. This is the debut season for both Isokoski and Mattei, who have fine reputations as Mozarteans. Furlanetto is actually 3d at 31 in the list of Met Figaros– Siepi at 79, Pinza at 47, which was a bit of a surprise. Furlanetto is on Levine’s studio with Met forces and Te Kanawa, Hampson, and Upshaw. Was Uecker a replacment for Upshaw in this run?This is a distinguished group of 21st century Mozarteans. In fact, Furlanetto and Mattei show up together on the Met’s Don Giovanni in February 2003 with Mattei as the Don and Furlanetto as Leporello (this performance is inMet Opera on Demand (MOoD). This Nozze should be as well. Isokoski is a major Countess and Kristine Jepson, whose career has been interrupted by some life threatening health issues continues the long line of outstanding Mozart lyric mezzos. Uecker, without the career either before or after to compare with her colleagues still gives her all.

LA SONNAMBULA
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA SONNAMBULA:Bellini
Original Air Date: 12/21/1968
Bonynge; Sutherland, Alexander, Giaiotti, Boky
MOD Audio SID.19160319
This is Sutherland’s second Sonnambula broadcast and well equal to the 1963 supporting cast for Sutherland of Gedda and Flagello; Both of Sutherland’s Amina broadcasts are on MOoD. Alexander and Giaiotti are evenly matched substitutes for Gedda and Flagello. Both performances are in MOoD, and well they should be.

Various
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Various:Various
Original Air Date: 01/01/9999
Various Artists
SID.19160320
Various selections between scheduled operas. Siriusxm Radio and web player will show the Composer and Title.

LA TRAVIATA
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm


LA TRAVIATA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 04/17/2019
Luisotti; Hartig, Costello, Domingo
SID.19160321

Program: 041719-traviata

Apr
18
Thu
2019
AIDA
Apr 18 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


AIDA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 02/25/1967
Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines
SID.19160422
On paper this performance looks like the dream cast. It is not. Price who sang possibly her very best performance ever in the opening night Antony and Cleopatra six months earlier, sings much too much on principal with a particularly vulgar opening of Ritorna vincitor. What is most sad is that her first two Aida broadcasts, the first with Gorr, Bergonzi, Sereni, Siepi, and Macurdy under Solti from 1963, the second from 1965 with Dalis, Tucker, Merrill, Ghiuselev, Michalski under Mehta have not been on Sirius. The first I remember vividly , and has been on private European pressings; it is one of the very best Met Aidas. Bergonzi is substantially stronger in 1963; The 1965 performance simply has Mehta as a better Aida conductor than Schippers. Richard Tucker, whose career is not overlooked by the Sirius folk, has not managed to have his Radames on Sirius despite having broadcast the role with Nilsson, Price, and Arroyo. Bumbry is here in the first of her three broadcast Amnerises, and she is better with Arroyo which has been on Sirius. Merrill is in remarkable voice 21 years after his debut (a few too many woofs, but still the most mellifluous Amonasro ever (though plenty of testosterone if not real anger). So here are four relatively recent Aidas (post 1960) which somehow can’t get to the airwaves. This 1967 is on Met Opera on Demand (MOoD) and also appears in the 2013 Verdi at the Met bicentennial box, but it still does not rank as one of Price’s best efforts, or one of the best modern Met Aidas. Available in MOoD. This is also in the new Verdi box , but the missing AIda should be the 1963 with Solti conducting Price, Gorr, Bergonzi, Siepi, Macurdy. Bergonzi cracks in the Celeste AIda and neither Price nor Bumbry are at their best.

ELEKTRA
Apr 18 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


ELEKTRA:Strauss
Original Air Date: 02/27/1971
Böhm; Nilsson, Rysanek, Madeira, Stewart, Nagy
MOD Audio SID.19160423
This performance marks Madeira’s Met farewell, and reveals some of the vocal weakness that is surely partly resultant from her illness and death a little more than a year later. The rest of the cast, and especially Bohm are white hot. For Madeira at her best, go to the Bohm studio with Inge Borkh as Elektra. A very satisfying recording on all counts.

DAS RHEINGOLD
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


DAS RHEINGOLD:Wagner
Original Air Date: 02/15/1975
Ehrling; McIntyre, Dunn, Peterson, Rintzler, Rundgren, Macurdy
SID.19160424
This performance marks Donald McIntyre’s Met debut (broadcast debuts are not so common) and the farewell of Glade Peterson who had made his debut as Loge five days before. McIntyre would be the main reason for listening, but he has the Chereau Ring from Bayreuth three years later on video. I saw the 1978 Chereau Ring live, and he was definitely one of the brightest elements. 6/6/12 – This is only a three performance outing this week where McIntyre is the only real point of distinction. Not awful, but what’s the point? 6/22/11 – The cream of this 1975 cycle were the Nilsson parts of the Ring. Nothing especially remarkable here.

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA:Rossini
Original Air Date: 03/19/1966
Varviso; Herlea, Grist, Shirley, Corena, Siepi
MOD Audio SID.19160425
This is Reri Grist’s debut year, and the broadcast comes three weeks later. Herlea had some success debuting in Don Carlo two years earlier. One does not get better than Corena and Siepi in these roles. As Barbieres go, this one is not bad. Corena and Siepi are absolute masters in these roles, and the rest of the cast is good to very good– Grist has made her debut a few weeks before this broadcast. Varviso has an excellent studio Barbiere with Berganza, but this is a fine cast, which in the case of Corena and Siepi is not surpassed. Herlea is not as impressive here as in his Rodrigo (Don Carlo) but still a decent Figaro. I prefer a mezzo Rosina, but Grist is a fine singer and under-represented.

SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 01/28/1950
Stiedry; Warren, Varnay, Tucker, Székely, Valdengo
MOD Audio SID.19160426
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 GIOVANNI
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


DON GIOVANNI:Mozart
Original Air Date: 03/13/1954
Rudolf; London, Harshaw, Corena, Steber, Conley, Conner
SID.19160427
The unusual casting is for the two leading ladies with Harshaw in her first Anna broadcast (the second comes a year later with Siepi for London, Amara for Steber, Valletti for Conley, and Peters for Conner. Rudolf, Harshaw, and Corena are the constants. Steber finishes her 1944-1954 Met connection with Elvira at three tour stops with Valletti back for them. With Bing’s full complement of lyric sopranos, he unveils a new production in 1957 with Steber moving up to Anna [Steber did a 2 performance preview of her Anna in the 1954-1955 season], Della Casa becoming the preferred Elvira, and Peters the preferred Zerlina. I’m happy to have this 1954 in the rotation, but once again call on the Met to offer the 1957 broadcast on Sirius and eventually on MOoD. I have a European pressing of this performance, and it is one of the great broadcasts of the 1950s.

DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
Apr 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN:Strauss
Original Air Date: 12/17/1966
Böhm; Rysanek, King, Ludwig, Berry, Dalis
MOD Audio SID.19160428
This is the Met broadcast premiere of one of Strauss’ greatest works. I went to a performance a few weeks earlier in the gala opening weeks of the Met’s Lincoln Center house. Hearing the performance almost five decades later it still holds up as one of the great ensemble and individual performance efforts in Met history. All of the singers are excellent, and for radio only, the voice that makes the best effect is Walter Berry. His work may be less well known to newer opera-goers, but for my money he is my favorite Barak on disc or in the theatre. FiDi was by all accounts quite memorable in the theatre, but I never saw him in the role. This performance really belongs in the Met Opera on Demand (MOoD) series as well, but for the moment it is now being issued as part of the Met at Lincoln Center 50th anniversary CD box.

Apr
19
Fri
2019
SUSANNAH
Apr 19 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


SUSANNAH:Floyd
Original Air Date: 04/03/1999
Conlon; Fleming, Hadley, Ramey
MOD Audio SID.19160529
This is the Met’s only broadcast of Susannah, and finds all three principals on especially fine form. I’ve seen the opera four times, and each time it is very successful and attention holding. Even without the visual appeal, the opera makes an impact from the music alone. This was a highly successful Met repertory debut for the Carlisle Floyd opera and both Fleming and Ramey are extremely well cast. Conlon is very committed to the work, and it is a contemporary work that works almost as well in audio only as in the theatre with its sure-fire theatrics. One of the best efforts of the Met for both American and contemporary opera. Very fine performances from both Fleming and Ramey under Conlon bring great credit to the Met and the artists. One of the most distinctive broadcasts of the week. This is one of Fleming’s very best outings, and Ramey and Hadley are well cast as well. One of the better 20th century American operas.

THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Apr 19 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


THE QUEEN OF SPADES:Tchaikovsky
Original Air Date: 12/30/1995
Gergiev; Grigorian, Guleghina, Rysanek, Hvorostovsky, Svendén, Putilin
SID.19160530
This was the year of the new production which had starred Mattila and Heppner along with Rysanek in her last Met role. This is Rysanek’s broadcast farewell, and her final Met performance took place three days later. Guleghina and Grigorian are very solid and Gergiev is at his best. and oh yes, there’s Hvorostovsky in absolute prime. This performance should really be in MOoD. This is Rysanek’s broadcast farewell, and Hvorostovsky’s broadcast debut. Rysanek’s farewell to the Met is three days later after a career spanning five decades (38 years). A shame the cameras did not catch the opening run with Mattila and Heppner at their best, but this is a very solid broadcast. Heppner and Mattila were replaced by Guleghina and Greigorian. Both pairs were very good. The two baritones are also outstanding. Among the very best of Queen of Spades’ broadcasts. The 1966 English language (we’ll never hear it ;(((( ) with McCracken and Stratas should really be heard; I’m sorry Resnik didn’t have the broadcast instead of Madeira, but would really like to break the Sirius logjam on translations.