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Jan
21
Tue
2020
LA CENERENTOLA
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA CENERENTOLA:Rossini
Campanella; Larmore, Giménez, Alaimo, Corbelli
Original Air Date: 03/11/2000
MOD Audio
SID.20040212
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 MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG:Wagner
Levine; Weikl, Mattila, Heppner, Svenden, Prey, Rootering, Magnussonm Del Carlo, Schaldenbrand, Pape
Original Air Date: 12/16/1995
MOD Audio
SID.20040213
Levine has six Meistersinger matinee broadcasts, and this, his second is arguably the most strongly cast with sterling work from Weikl and Prey and wonderful performances from Mattila and Heppner at their best. Very solid casting up and down the line for this deceptively challenging work. Available on MOoD and DVD both. Because of its length, it’s nice to have the choice of when to start and stop

DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG
Jan 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG:Wagner
Levine; Weikl, Mattila, Heppner, Svenden, Prey, Rootering, Magnussonm Del Carlo, Schaldenbrand, Pape
Original Air Date: 12/16/1995
MOD Audio
SID.20040214
Levine has six Meistersinger matinee broadcasts, and this, his second is arguably the most strongly cast with sterling work from Weikl and Prey and wonderful performances from Mattila and Heppner at their best. Very solid casting up and down the line for this deceptively challenging work. Available on MOoD and DVD both. Because of its length, it’s nice to have the choice of when to start and stop

Jan
22
Wed
2020
SAMSON
Jan 22 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am


SAMSON:Handel
Rudel; Vickers, Mitchell, Te Kanawa
Original Air Date: 03/01/1986

SID.20040315
The Met did a “big house” Handel for Vickers, no HIP around here; it’s a particular treat to have Te Kanawa as the Israelite Woman. Vickers’ final two Met broadcasts are this Samson and the Saint-Saens Samson et Dalila with Horne. Neither are represented on MOoD and he never broadcast his Don Jose (one was scheduled in 1971 replaced by Domingo) Major lacunae for one of the all time Met legends.

THE FIRST EMPEROR
Jan 22 @ 6:00 am – 9:00 am


THE FIRST EMPEROR:Dun
Dun; Domingo, Futral, Groves, Tian, DeYoung
Original Air Date: 01/13/2007
Live in HDMOD Video
SID.20040316
This is Domingo’s vehicle and the broadcast and HD performance from its premiere season. Sony issued a commercial DVD. Better to watch than listen to. I enjoyed seeing the production, and while it’s not on my weekly rotation, it held my interest more than Glass’ The Voyage. The simultaneous broadcast/HD moviecast is available on commercial DVD and MOoD (Metropolitan Opera on Demand).

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Jan 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA:Rossini
Nelson; Stilwell, von Stade, Davies, Corena, Morris, Munzer
Original Air Date: 01/31/1976

SID.20040317
To me the main interest here is Morris in his only season as Basilio (5 performances) and Corena’s last Bartolo broadcast (his 10th!). Corena’s successor in this role has still not appeared in my view, and he’s gone 37 years. He has 2 more years at the Met after this broadcast, and manages to be the Sacristan on the Verrett/Pavarotti/MacNeil Tosca video which is his last run except a farewell Don Pasquale with Sills on New Year’s Eve eve in 1978. This is a good enough cast for the opera, but the opera is overdone in regular Met repertory, and again on Sirius broadcasts. This is Corena’ss 10th and final broadcast of a role he owned. James Morris puts in an appearance as Basilio during his breakout year (he was in the new Puritani production). Barbiere is close to Boheme in number of performances in the most recent 10 years.

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mozart
Levine; Kaasch, Troyanos, Alexander, Bunnell, Hong
Original Air Date: 04/20/1991

SID.20040318
I generally prefer Idomeneo to Clemenza di Tito. Troyanos contribution and this is her last of 3 Sesto broadcasts (her 1985 broadcast is on Met Player) also features Roberta Alexander’s farewell Met performance as Vitelia; together they and Levine’s transparent conducting make the afternoon worthwhile..

MANON LESCAUT
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


MANON LESCAUT:Puccini
Antonicelli; Kirsten, Björling, Valdengo, Baccaloni
Original Air Date: 12/10/1949
MOD Audio
SID.20040319
One of the all-time great Met broadcasts. Sound is not perfect, but it is a thrilling performance. Bjorling is also great in 1956 with Albanese, and luckily both are in MOoD. No better way to pass the time. This is one of the earliest broadcasts regularly in Sirius rotation and also in MOoD. The 1956 (also in MOoD) with Albenese under Mitropoulos is a more dramatic performance, but BJorling is fantastic on both. Valdengo is a fine Lescaut. This would be THE Manon Lescaut if Bjorling’s 1956 Met broadcast with Albanese had not been broadcast. If ever there were a candidate for the Sony reissue list, the 1956 performance is it. Still, Kirsten and Bjorling are plenty fine, and nothing like it to be heard today.

Various
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


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

SID.20040320

WOZZECK
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Berg
Nézet-Séguin; van den Heever, Mumford, Ventris, Siegel, Staples, Mattei, Van Horn
Original Air Date: 01/22/2020
SID.20040321
After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, set in an apocalyptic pre–World War I environment. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei making his highly anticipated role debut as the title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast also includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the Doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the Captain. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Salzburg Festival; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and Opera Australia