Then on Friday, for all you opera-lovers who've been looking forward to yet another performance of Bizet's "Carmen" but have been disappointed lately since it hasn't appeared on any opera stations' schedules in, oh, about a week or so: Radio 3 (RAI) will be broadcasting it LIVE from Macerata.
There's even more Verdi on hand as a LIVE performance of "Luisa Miller" can be heard. This one features soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, with tenor Piotr Beczala singing the part of Rodolfo. It's LIVE from Barcelona.
Finally, as I mentioned last week, the LIVE performance of Puccini's "Tosca" from Aix-en-Provence was video-streamed, but blocked in this country; yet, as I predicted back then, some kind soul has uploaded the video on YouTube (with French subtitles). However, BE WARNED: This is probably the lousiest production of the opera I've ever seen, which is a crying shame since the 3 principals (Angel Blue as Tosca, Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi, & Alexey Markov as Scarpia) are outstanding!
To compare with Nathan Meehan's worldwide statistics from the last 14 years, here is a look at the Met's all-time "top 40" through the 2017-18 season, taken from the theater's archival site.
Some of these operas, such as SAMSON ET DALILA, gained ground in the 2018-19 season, and the totals and rankings will reflect that when the list is updated, either this summer or early in the new season.
WSBE: (Comcast 294, Cox 808, Full Channel 109, and Verizon 478)
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 14, 2019, 3:00am
Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:00am
Kristine Opolais plays the title role in Anthony Minghella's 2006 production of "Madama Butterfly," conducted by Karel Mark Chichon.
Length: 180 minutes
The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra is pleased and excited to announce that Dr. Joshua W. Rohde has accepted the position of Music Director.
Providence, RI, June 26, 2019
Joshua Rohde is the Director of Choral Activities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he conducts all four of the university’s choral ensembles – Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Alden Voices, Festival Chorus, and the Chamber Choir. Joshua is also the Music Director of the Quincy Choral Society and an active professional cellist throughout the Boston area. His previous experience includes work at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, the Harvard University Choruses, the University of Birmingham (UK), and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus (UK). He has prepared choruses to sing for conductors such as Harry Christophers, Andris Nelsons, and JohnStorgårds. As a cello soloist, he has played cello concertos with orchestras including Elgar, Haydn, Boccherini, and Shostakovich, and regularly works as a continuo cellist playing the choral-orchestral works of Bach.
Joshua Rohde has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and a Master of Sacred Music in Choral Conducting degree from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Birmingham (UK), and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota, where he also earned a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering.
“The RICCO Search Committee undertook a rigorous process to find the candidate who would build on our history and traditions, and we are delighted to have found Joshua Rohde,” commented Mary Tafuri Ross, RICCO President-elect. In addition to an examination of qualifications and interviews, the final candidates conducted singer rehearsal so that the singers could contribute to deciding on the Music Director.
Dr. Rohde is the fifth Music Director in RICCO’s 62-year history, following Dr. Edward Markward, who was awarded the honorary title of Conductor Laureate by the corporation.
The Met: Live In HD Summer Encores
July 17, Wednesday, 7 pm
Aleksandrs Antoneko and Anna Netrebko
Aida, an enslaved Ethiopian woman, is torn between her love for Egyptian general Radamès and loyalty to her native country, where her father, Amonasro, is king. Egyptian princess Amneris has her sights set on the general. While Aida prays to the gods for mercy, Amneris plots to steal Radamès. In the temple of Vulcan, the priests consecrate Radamès to the service of the god. Ramfis orders him to protect the homeland.
Maurizio, the Count of Saxony, is the lover of the actress Adriana Lecouvreur. The Prince invites all to a party that evening, including Adriana. The Princess of Bouillon, not Duclos, is actually the one who is waiting for Maurizio to express her love.
Into the second week of July, we still have plenty of opera to enjoy on the internet. Beginning tomorrow (Thursday), there are at least 2 offerings of interest. In the opinion of many opera-lovers, there's always room for yet another "Cav/Pag" broadcast; and so, LIVE from Hannover, that's what you'll be hearing, should you decide to click on the link below.
On the other hand, if you happen to be in a change-of-pace kind of mood, there's a LIVE performance on French Radio of Kurt Weill's "Rise & Fall of the City of Mahagonny" as part of this summer's Aix-en-Provence Festival. Soprano Karita Mattila makes a rather rare excursion into Weill-territory (so to speak) as she sings the role of Leocadia Begbick in this one.(I'd also like to point out that, as far as I can tell, these Aix-en-Provence performances this year are being video-streamed, but NOT here in the U.S. On the other hand, we can usually depend on some kind soul(s) to upload a performance -- or two -- on YouTube in the days ahead.)
Along the same lines, there's a LIVE performance of Wolfgang Rihm's 1978 chamber opera "Jakob Lenz" -- also from the same festival. If you care to listen to an audio broadcast of the work, French Radio has it on Friday.
Then on Saturday, Radio 4 (the Netherlands) is broadcasting the audio of yesterday's performance (again, from this same festival in Aix-en-Provence) of Puccini's "Tosca" with tenor Joseph Calleja in the role of Cavaradossi. And yes, there WAS a LIVE video on Tuesday, but as expected, it was blocked here in the U.S.
Recently, a performance of Massenet's version of the Cinderella story ("Cendrillon") was video-streamed, direct from Glyndebourne. On Saturday, it's WRTI which has scheduled a 2017 performance from Opera Delaware of Rossini's take on the story, i.e. "La Cenerentola."
For many of us who are "of a certain age" (ahem), our first introduction to the music of Franz von Suppe probably came to us in a cartoon, as this composer's "Poet & Peasant" Overture was often used, usually to accompany scenes of good-old cartoon violence, not to mention the "Light Cavalry" Overture popping up whenever the cartoon featured horses galloping. Well, on Saturday, German Radio has scheduled a broadcast of Suppe's "Der Teufel auf Erden" (1878) as performed COMPLETE (not just an overture) this past June in Chemnitz. The 2nd link below is to a trailer for this particular production.