Saturday, August 08, 2009

Live Offerings - Saturday, August 9, 2009 - Part I

  • Bayern 4 Klassik, MDR Figaro, NDR Kultur, RBB Kulturradio & WDR 3 - Continue with their traversal of this summer's Bayreuth Festival Ring Cycle, with Die Walküre.
  • Radio Oesterreich International (OE1) - From the Salzburg Festival, Rossini's Moise et Pharaon ou le Passage de la Mer Rouge, with Ildar Abdrazakov, Juan Francisco Gatell, Nicola Alaimo, Nino Surguladze, Eric Cutler, Marina Rebeka, Barbara Di Castri, Alexey Tikhomirov and Ante Jerkunica, conducted Riccardo Muti.
  • CBC Two - From Teatro Real, an October 4, 2008 performance of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, with Marcelo Alvarez, Violeta Urmana, Ludovic Tézier and Elena Zaremba, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos.
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Verdi's Aida, with Kristin Lewis, Salvatore Licitra, Ekaterina Gubanova, Marco Vratogna, Giacomo Prestia, Christian Van Horn, Lana Kos and Kenneth Roberson, conducted by Daniele Gatti.
  • DR P2 - From Montpellier, a July 13th performance of Bellini's Zaira, with Ermonela Jaho, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Shalva Mukeria, Wenwei Zhang and Gezim Myshketa, conducted by Enrique Mazzola.

More to follow. . . .

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

STill no highloights . . . but in other news. . . .

We haven't posted our usual Saturday highlights here in quite a while, partly because we have been away (when we travel we are on one computer, and then generally with only a slow, dial-up connection). And three weeks ago the hard drive on our laptop died. It took over a week to get a new drive and load everything back onto it. We are again traveling this week, so we did not have time this morning for the highlights posting. But do expect the highlights next week.

In other news, we understand that stagehands at Bayreuth are planning a strike over better wages and overtime (apparently Wolfgang Wagner had cut some sort of sweetheart deal with the union (called the "Verdi" union, can you believe?) to keep wages low and with no overtime payment required. But with Wolfgang gone, all bets are off. We hope things can be resolved before July 25th, when the Bayreuth Festival begins.

Also, Joyce DiDonato has posted all about her onstage accident during her first performance of a run of Barbieres at Covent Garden and subsequent wheelchair performances with a broken leg. She writes wonderfully, so her blog is always worth a read, but this week has been more than a little unusual for her.
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