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May
27
Mon
2019
MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA
May 27 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am

MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA:Levy
Original Air Date: 04/01/1967
Mehta; Lear, Reardon, Collier, Milnes, Macurdy
SID.19220101
Although the music is mostly just serviceable, it was a thrilling evening in the theatre, and I’ve listened to this broadcast several times in Sirius rotation. The Met left nothing to chance in their casting and production. Every part was cast to perfection, and the production by Michael Cacoyannis was more successful than my few attempts when seeing the O’Neill original on which it is based.
LA FAVORITA
May 27 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


LA FAVORITA:Donizetti
Original Air Date: 03/11/1978
López-Cobos; Verrett, Pavarotti, Milnes, Giaiotti
SID.19220102
This is a very fully sung performance. I remember better Leonora de Guzmans from Verrett (Dallas about 1971 and a sizzling concert performance at Carnegie with Kraus some years earlier), but this cast gives all they have. Still, this is a zingy performance and one will not be bored. It’s on Met On Demand as well. This remains the only broadcast of Favorita, and it is a shame that it has now been out of the Met repertory for more than three decades. Zajick for one made a great success with the part in Spain. The opera is more easily cast than Puritani. Milnes is far from my favorite baritone, but this performance has all singers well up to the mark with plenty of energy from all.

LA CENERENTOLA
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


LA CENERENTOLA:Rossini
Original Air Date: 03/11/2000
Campanella; Larmore, Giménez, Alaimo, Corbelli
MOD Audio SID.19220103
This is Larmore’s second Angelina broadcast (the first was 1998 with Levine conducting). Corbelli is the Dandini, and Alaimo the Magnifico. Eight years later Corbelli moves down to Magnifico. A little of this opera goes a long way with me.

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE:Mozart
Original Air Date: 02/09/1991
Levine; Battle, Araiza, Hemm, Serra, Moll
SID.19220104
This is the simultaneous broadcast/telecast of the new David Hockney production (based on a Glyndebourne original). The video has been on DVD also. Serra’s tone is a bit white, but very accurate, and the overall casting is of high quality.

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE:Gounod
Original Air Date: 01/25/1986
Cambreling; Shicoff, Malfitano, Plishka, Harris, Schexnayder
SID.19220105
Malfitano and Shicoff make for a good pairing, and this is the first appearance of Juliet’s “Potion”aria which is now quite standard.

CARMEN
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


CARMEN:Bizet
Original Air Date: 02/16/1952
Reiner; Stevens, Tucker, Conner, Silveri
MOD Audio SID.19220106
My operagoing just missed Stevens , but I saw Tucker many times. The special attraction is the work of Reiner, and he is definitely worth hearing in live performance. Silveri is not my ideal as Escamillo, but only Merrill (beauty of voice) and van Dam (style AND voice) regularly please me in this deceptively difficult part. The RCA recording made shortly after the opening of this production with Met forces substitutes Peerce for Tucker (because of RT’s exclusive Columbia contract), Albanese for Conner and Merrill for Silveri.

SIMON BOCCANEGRA
May 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 04/02/1960
Mitropoulos; Guarrera, Milanov, Bergonzi, Tozzi, Flagello
SID.19220107
This is the production that premiered with Warren a month earlier and he died the week following the premiere onstage in Forza. Guarrera who was not intended by nature as Simon does a fine job of characterization. Flagello is the most splendid Paolo you’ll ever hear, and this is Bergonzi’s only round of Gabrieles. This is Mitropoulos’ penultimate broadcast, Butterfly coming two weeks later. What great work came from his hand in the late 1950s.

May
28
Tue
2019
DON GIOVANNI
May 28 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


DON GIOVANNI:Mozart
Original Air Date: 03/03/1973
Maag; Siepi, Moser, Flagello, Lorengar, Shirley, Elias
SID.19220208
This is Siepi’s farewell broadcast to the Met, and Moser and Lorengar are particularly good foils for him. I wish Corena had joined him for the this, but Flagello is a very solid Leporello. We are still missing from Sirius Siepi’s 1957 new production broadcast and his 1967 with Sutherland and Lorengar under Bohm. Two of Siepi’s best Don Giovanni broadcasts have not been on Sirius (with Steber and Della Casa under Bohm in 1957 and Bohm again with Sutherland and Lorengar in 1967). This is Siepi’s Met broadcast farewell, his final performance coming a month later as Don Basilio in a Prey/Horne Barbiere. The first Siepi Don to be broadcast in the Sirius series, mighty Cesare had 11 broadcasts of the role between 1952 and 1973. Lorengar and Moser are under-represented on commercial recordings, but both fine Mozarteans; this is also George Shirley’s final broadcast, and along with Simon Estes, they are the only African American males to have had any significant (leading roles, broadcasts) role at the Met so far. Two other Siepi Don Giovanni broadcasts are urgently requested: the 1957 under Karl Bohm with the new production cast (Steber, Della Casa, Peters, Peerce for Valletti in the broadcast, Corena) and the 1967 also under Bohm with the most potent bass clef for the final scene in the history of the opera (Siepi, Flagello (in his prime which this 1973 isnt), Giaiotti plus Sutherland and Lorengar); the 1978 telecast and subsequent broadcast should be revisited for Julia Varady’s only Met appearances and fine ones as Elvira and a very young but juicy of voice James Morris along with Sutherland again. Once again I will make a plea for two of Siepi’s great Don Giovanni broadcasts, the first year of the Graf/Berman production in 1957 with Bohm conducting Steber and Della Casa, and a decade later in the first season in Lincoln Center again with Bohm conducting and Sutherland in a rare Met non-Bonynge appearance with Lorengar and Flagello from this cast, but 6 years earlier. These two continuing omissions leave big gaps on both Sirius and MOoD. . And while I am at it I will make a plea for Siepi’s 3 unheard Faust Mephistophes– 2 with Bjorling in 1950 and 1959 and his final broadcast of Faust with Gedda, Lorengar, and Merrill from 1969.

SIEGFRIED
May 28 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


SIEGFRIED:Wagner
Original Air Date: 04/10/1993
Levine; Jones, Johns, Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha
SID.19220209
This 1993 cycle catches at least three performers in splendid voice: Morris, Zednik, Wlaschiha. Siegfried has not been especially well served on the airwaves. Melchior only has one complete from 1937 (not yet broadcast on Sirius), and the 1951 with Svanholdm and Traubel has also not been heard. Surprisingly Nilsson’s first cycle (1962) Siegfried has also not been heard, and Hopf possibly excepted, the remainder of the cast is extremely strong. Let’s hear prime Frick, Kuen, London, Nilsson, Arroyo (Forest BIrd).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. I saw Jones at Bayreuth in 1978, but I think this is the cycle that found her in more satisfying voice than usual. Morris (James), Zednik, Wlaschiha, Salminen are just about as well as you can do.

SIEGFRIED
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


SIEGFRIED:Wagner
Original Air Date: 04/10/1993
Levine; Jones, Johns, Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha
SID.19220210
This 1993 cycle catches at least three performers in splendid voice: Morris, Zednik, Wlaschiha. Siegfried has not been especially well served on the airwaves. Melchior only has one complete from 1937 (not yet broadcast on Sirius), and the 1951 with Svanholdm and Traubel has also not been heard. Surprisingly Nilsson’s first cycle (1962) Siegfried has also not been heard, and Hopf possibly excepted, the remainder of the cast is extremely strong. Let’s hear prime Frick, Kuen, London, Nilsson, Arroyo (Forest BIrd).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. I saw Jones at Bayreuth in 1978, but I think this is the cycle that found her in more satisfying voice than usual. Morris (James), Zednik, Wlaschiha, Salminen are just about as well as you can do.

NORMA
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


NORMA:Bellini
Original Air Date: 02/28/1976
Masini; Caballé, Verrett, Alexander, Michalski
SID.19220211
I was at this performance which was very exciting. Verrett takes just about every option ever imagined for an Adalgisa, and with Alexander as a very strong partner–one of the most frequent partners for Sutherland, Caballe, Tebaldi, Leontyne Price, Beverly Sills, he was among the most accomplished tenors around as comfortable with Mozart as he was with French opera. Verrett moves up to Norma title role two months later on Met tour in Boston– quite a spectacular evening for her. I saw one of this run, and Verrett was to do her first Norma (title role) two months later with the Met on tour which I saw. Caballe is in better voice on her earlier effort with Cossotto (her best ever in most people’s eyes and ears was the Orange Norma (on Hardy video). This is Verrett at very close to her absolute peak, and she does many of the interpolations heard on her studio Adalgisa with Sills. John Alexander is a very solid Pollione (and of course sang the role with Sutherland as well). He was an extremely versatile singer with technique to take him from Mozart (Ferrando at the beginning of his career, Arbace (Idomeneo) at the end to Richard Strauss, Wagner at the end. A propos of fine Cassios in Otello, he is on the Santi second season McCracken broadcast from 1964. His 379 Met performances over 26 years is a distinguished legacy

PETER GRIMES
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


PETER GRIMES:Britten
Original Air Date: 12/31/1994
Conlon; Rolfe Johnson, Fleming, Opie, Walker, Howard
MOD Audio SID.19220212
Excellent all-around performance. Fleming in an unusual role and Rolfe Johnson taken from us much too soon. I like hearing a young fresh voice as Ellen Orford. This is Fleming’s only season as Ellen Orford, and I find her youthful singing a most pleasant plus.

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


ADRIANA LECOUVREUR:Cilea
Original Air Date: 02/26/1983
Fulton; Scotto; Shicoff, Cortez, Sereni
SID.19220213
Scotto is a vivid Adriana, if caught a bit late. A good part for Shicoff. This is not my favorite work, and while Scotto is very attentive to the veristic details, we’re starting to get into the “scratchy” years. While I like the Sony recording (with Obraztsova, Domingo) with her a bit better, she is a vivid Adriana, and Shicoff is an excellent Maurizio. Available in MOoD.

UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
May 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


UN BALLO IN MASCHERA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 02/28/1959
Schippers; Stella, Hurley, Madeira, Peerce, Merrill
MOD Audio SID.19220214
I saw Antonietta Stella in this part on November 23, 1963 in Dallas with Di Stefano, Sereni, Berini, and Guglielmi; it was originally scheduled for the 22nd but postponed because of the JFK assassination the day before. I did not see her again until (and last time) in Philadelphia in 1974 in a Puccini gala in Philadelphia celebrating the 50th anniversary of Puccini’s death when she did the 4th Act of Manon Lescaut. The gala also featured Bergonzi and Scotto in Act 1 of Butterfly and with Mastilovic added, Acts 2 & 3 of Turandot– to my knowledge the only stage Turandot appearances for Bergonzi and Scotto. Back to Ballo. Peerce’s association with Ballo goes back to the 1940s and he also is on Toscanini’s broadcast with Merrill and Nelli. This performance is better than OK, but not one of the great ones such as the Milanov Bjorling from 1940 and Price Bergonzi from 1966, both on MOoD. This performance was rotated with more regularity early on the Sirius service. Peerce is not my favorite tone in Riccardo, but the overall cast is in good representative form.

May
29
Wed
2019
WERTHER
May 29 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


WERTHER:Massenet
Original Air Date: 03/04/1972
Behr; Corelli, Elias, Boky, Cossa
SID.19220315
As much as I love Corelli, I’m afraid the best thing about him in Werther are his press pics. Werther and Romeo come at the end of his Met career and give one no idea of what he had to offer. I don’t even mind his Faust recording with the Bonynges, but this is too late. The Met has other Werthers which are more interesting. This is the second of Corelli’s two Werther broadcasts (both with Elias). It is also available on MOoD (Metropolitan Opera on Demand, formerly Met Player) Corelli looked great as Werther, but when one is just listening, I think one does better with Kraus or Carreras, or these days, Kaufmann.

KÁT’A KABANOVÁ
May 29 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


KÁT’A KABANOVÁ:Janácek
Original Air Date: 01/09/1999
Mackerras; Malfitano, Randová, Straka, Koptchak, Clarke, Karnéus
SID.19220316
Mackerras is a notable Janacek conductor, and the whole is well performed, but I don’t feel the warmth I do from Jenufa or even Makropoulos . Still, a nice contrast to other repertory. Mackerras is a master of the Czech repertoire, but I really need the visual to work for me with Kat’a.

SIMON BOCCANEGRA
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 04/02/1960
Mitropoulos; Guarrera, Milanov, Bergonzi, Tozzi, Flagello
SID.19220317
This is the production that premiered with Warren a month earlier and he died the week following the premiere onstage in Forza. Guarrera who was not intended by nature as Simon does a fine job of characterization. Flagello is the most splendid Paolo you’ll ever hear, and this is Bergonzi’s only round of Gabrieles. This is Mitropoulos’ penultimate broadcast, Butterfly coming two weeks later. What great work came from his hand in the late 1950s.

LA FAVORITA
May 29 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


LA FAVORITA:Donizetti
Original Air Date: 03/11/1978
López-Cobos; Verrett, Pavarotti, Milnes, Giaiotti
SID.19220318
This is a very fully sung performance. I remember better Leonora de Guzmans from Verrett (Dallas about 1971 and a sizzling concert performance at Carnegie with Kraus some years earlier), but this cast gives all they have. Still, this is a zingy performance and one will not be bored. It’s on Met On Demand as well. This remains the only broadcast of Favorita, and it is a shame that it has now been out of the Met repertory for more than three decades. Zajick for one made a great success with the part in Spain. The opera is more easily cast than Puritani. Milnes is far from my favorite baritone, but this performance has all singers well up to the mark with plenty of energy from all.

LA CENERENTOLA
May 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA CENERENTOLA:Rossini
Original Air Date: 03/11/2000
Campanella; Larmore, Giménez, Alaimo, Corbelli
MOD Audio SID.19220319
This is Larmore’s second Angelina broadcast (the first was 1998 with Levine conducting). Corbelli is the Dandini, and Alaimo the Magnifico. Eight years later Corbelli moves down to Magnifico. A little of this opera goes a long way with me.

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE:Mozart
Original Air Date: 02/09/1991
Levine; Battle, Araiza, Hemm, Serra, Moll
SID.19220320
This is the simultaneous broadcast/telecast of the new David Hockney production (based on a Glyndebourne original). The video has been on DVD also. Serra’s tone is a bit white, but very accurate, and the overall casting is of high quality.

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
May 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE:Gounod
Original Air Date: 01/25/1986
Cambreling; Shicoff, Malfitano, Plishka, Harris, Schexnayder
SID.19220321
Malfitano and Shicoff make for a good pairing, and this is the first appearance of Juliet’s “Potion”aria which is now quite standard.

May
30
Thu
2019
CARMEN
May 30 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


CARMEN:Bizet
Original Air Date: 02/16/1952
Reiner; Stevens, Tucker, Conner, Silveri
MOD Audio SID.19220422
My operagoing just missed Stevens , but I saw Tucker many times. The special attraction is the work of Reiner, and he is definitely worth hearing in live performance. Silveri is not my ideal as Escamillo, but only Merrill (beauty of voice) and van Dam (style AND voice) regularly please me in this deceptively difficult part. The RCA recording made shortly after the opening of this production with Met forces substitutes Peerce for Tucker (because of RT’s exclusive Columbia contract), Albanese for Conner and Merrill for Silveri.

UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
May 30 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


UN BALLO IN MASCHERA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 02/28/1959
Schippers; Stella, Hurley, Madeira, Peerce, Merrill
MOD Audio SID.19220423
I saw Antonietta Stella in this part on November 23, 1963 in Dallas with Di Stefano, Sereni, Berini, and Guglielmi; it was originally scheduled for the 22nd but postponed because of the JFK assassination the day before. I did not see her again until (and last time) in Philadelphia in 1974 in a Puccini gala in Philadelphia celebrating the 50th anniversary of Puccini’s death when she did the 4th Act of Manon Lescaut. The gala also featured Bergonzi and Scotto in Act 1 of Butterfly and with Mastilovic added, Acts 2 & 3 of Turandot– to my knowledge the only stage Turandot appearances for Bergonzi and Scotto. Back to Ballo. Peerce’s association with Ballo goes back to the 1940s and he also is on Toscanini’s broadcast with Merrill and Nelli. This performance is better than OK, but not one of the great ones such as the Milanov Bjorling from 1940 and Price Bergonzi from 1966, both on MOoD. This performance was rotated with more regularity early on the Sirius service. Peerce is not my favorite tone in Riccardo, but the overall cast is in good representative form.

DON GIOVANNI
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


DON GIOVANNI:Mozart
Original Air Date: 03/03/1973
Maag; Siepi, Moser, Flagello, Lorengar, Shirley, Elias
SID.19220424
This is Siepi’s farewell broadcast to the Met, and Moser and Lorengar are particularly good foils for him. I wish Corena had joined him for the this, but Flagello is a very solid Leporello. We are still missing from Sirius Siepi’s 1957 new production broadcast and his 1967 with Sutherland and Lorengar under Bohm. Two of Siepi’s best Don Giovanni broadcasts have not been on Sirius (with Steber and Della Casa under Bohm in 1957 and Bohm again with Sutherland and Lorengar in 1967). This is Siepi’s Met broadcast farewell, his final performance coming a month later as Don Basilio in a Prey/Horne Barbiere. The first Siepi Don to be broadcast in the Sirius series, mighty Cesare had 11 broadcasts of the role between 1952 and 1973. Lorengar and Moser are under-represented on commercial recordings, but both fine Mozarteans; this is also George Shirley’s final broadcast, and along with Simon Estes, they are the only African American males to have had any significant (leading roles, broadcasts) role at the Met so far. Two other Siepi Don Giovanni broadcasts are urgently requested: the 1957 under Karl Bohm with the new production cast (Steber, Della Casa, Peters, Peerce for Valletti in the broadcast, Corena) and the 1967 also under Bohm with the most potent bass clef for the final scene in the history of the opera (Siepi, Flagello (in his prime which this 1973 isnt), Giaiotti plus Sutherland and Lorengar); the 1978 telecast and subsequent broadcast should be revisited for Julia Varady’s only Met appearances and fine ones as Elvira and a very young but juicy of voice James Morris along with Sutherland again. Once again I will make a plea for two of Siepi’s great Don Giovanni broadcasts, the first year of the Graf/Berman production in 1957 with Bohm conducting Steber and Della Casa, and a decade later in the first season in Lincoln Center again with Bohm conducting and Sutherland in a rare Met non-Bonynge appearance with Lorengar and Flagello from this cast, but 6 years earlier. These two continuing omissions leave big gaps on both Sirius and MOoD. . And while I am at it I will make a plea for Siepi’s 3 unheard Faust Mephistophes– 2 with Bjorling in 1950 and 1959 and his final broadcast of Faust with Gedda, Lorengar, and Merrill from 1969.

SIEGFRIED
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


SIEGFRIED:Wagner
Original Air Date: 04/10/1993
Levine; Jones, Johns, Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha
SID.19220425
This 1993 cycle catches at least three performers in splendid voice: Morris, Zednik, Wlaschiha. Siegfried has not been especially well served on the airwaves. Melchior only has one complete from 1937 (not yet broadcast on Sirius), and the 1951 with Svanholdm and Traubel has also not been heard. Surprisingly Nilsson’s first cycle (1962) Siegfried has also not been heard, and Hopf possibly excepted, the remainder of the cast is extremely strong. Let’s hear prime Frick, Kuen, London, Nilsson, Arroyo (Forest BIrd).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. I saw Jones at Bayreuth in 1978, but I think this is the cycle that found her in more satisfying voice than usual. Morris (James), Zednik, Wlaschiha, Salminen are just about as well as you can do.

SIEGFRIED
May 30 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


SIEGFRIED:Wagner
Original Air Date: 04/10/1993
Levine; Jones, Johns, Morris, Gjevang, Zednik, Wlaschiha
SID.19220426
This 1993 cycle catches at least three performers in splendid voice: Morris, Zednik, Wlaschiha. Siegfried has not been especially well served on the airwaves. Melchior only has one complete from 1937 (not yet broadcast on Sirius), and the 1951 with Svanholdm and Traubel has also not been heard. Surprisingly Nilsson’s first cycle (1962) Siegfried has also not been heard, and Hopf possibly excepted, the remainder of the cast is extremely strong. Let’s hear prime Frick, Kuen, London, Nilsson, Arroyo (Forest BIrd).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. I saw Jones at Bayreuth in 1978, but I think this is the cycle that found her in more satisfying voice than usual. Morris (James), Zednik, Wlaschiha, Salminen are just about as well as you can do.

NORMA
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


NORMA:Bellini
Original Air Date: 02/28/1976
Masini; Caballé, Verrett, Alexander, Michalski
SID.19220427
I was at this performance which was very exciting. Verrett takes just about every option ever imagined for an Adalgisa, and with Alexander as a very strong partner–one of the most frequent partners for Sutherland, Caballe, Tebaldi, Leontyne Price, Beverly Sills, he was among the most accomplished tenors around as comfortable with Mozart as he was with French opera. Verrett moves up to Norma title role two months later on Met tour in Boston– quite a spectacular evening for her. I saw one of this run, and Verrett was to do her first Norma (title role) two months later with the Met on tour which I saw. Caballe is in better voice on her earlier effort with Cossotto (her best ever in most people’s eyes and ears was the Orange Norma (on Hardy video). This is Verrett at very close to her absolute peak, and she does many of the interpolations heard on her studio Adalgisa with Sills. John Alexander is a very solid Pollione (and of course sang the role with Sutherland as well). He was an extremely versatile singer with technique to take him from Mozart (Ferrando at the beginning of his career, Arbace (Idomeneo) at the end to Richard Strauss, Wagner at the end. A propos of fine Cassios in Otello, he is on the Santi second season McCracken broadcast from 1964. His 379 Met performances over 26 years is a distinguished legacy

PETER GRIMES
May 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


PETER GRIMES:Britten
Original Air Date: 12/31/1994
Conlon; Rolfe Johnson, Fleming, Opie, Walker, Howard
MOD Audio SID.19220428
Excellent all-around performance. Fleming in an unusual role and Rolfe Johnson taken from us much too soon. I like hearing a young fresh voice as Ellen Orford. This is Fleming’s only season as Ellen Orford, and I find her youthful singing a most pleasant plus.

May
31
Fri
2019
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR
May 31 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


ADRIANA LECOUVREUR:Cilea
Original Air Date: 02/26/1983
Fulton; Scotto; Shicoff, Cortez, Sereni
SID.19220529
Scotto is a vivid Adriana, if caught a bit late. A good part for Shicoff. This is not my favorite work, and while Scotto is very attentive to the veristic details, we’re starting to get into the “scratchy” years. While I like the Sony recording (with Obraztsova, Domingo) with her a bit better, she is a vivid Adriana, and Shicoff is an excellent Maurizio. Available in MOoD.

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
May 31 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE:Mozart
Original Air Date: 02/09/1991
Levine; Battle, Araiza, Hemm, Serra, Moll
SID.19220530
This is the simultaneous broadcast/telecast of the new David Hockney production (based on a Glyndebourne original). The video has been on DVD also. Serra’s tone is a bit white, but very accurate, and the overall casting is of high quality.