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So shines a good chat

We need a ray of Light (pictured) in these dark times, so you are invited to choose your chat Fodder (and Mudder) from these retooled presentations.  

12:00-2:00 (?) DWOJKA POLSKIE:  CARMEN.  By eliminating the troublesome (and possibly spurious) final act, this performance of CARMEN ends as it should — Jose back in the village with Micaela, Carmen leading the high life with Escamillo.

12:00-3:00 LRT Klasika:  JUDAS MACCABEUS from The Proms.  Two rival street gangs make peace when one of their groupies gets a zit just before The Prom.

12:00-4:00 ESPACE MUSIQUE:  DAVID ET JONATHAS.  Saul blesses the union of David and Jonathan who ascend the throne as co-queens.

1:00-4:30 WFMT American Opera Network:  FIDELIO from Houston.  Karita Mattila introduces the Finnish finale, finishing the opera in Finnish.

1:00-5:00 CBC TWO:  ORLANDO from La Monnaie.  By staging the opera on 42nd Street in Orlando, Florida, the director is able to introduce the big chorus number, “We’re in the Monnaie.”

1:00-5:00 KBYU, WQED:  LUCREZIA BORGIA from San Francisco.  Lucrezia’s dotty Auntie Dotie enters at the last moment to resurrect everybody.

1:00-4:00 NPR World of Opera:  Either A LIFE FOR THE CZAR from Montpelier or EUGENE ONEGIN from Riga.  If NPR can’t make up their minds, I can’t be bothered

1:00-6:00 WCNY:  IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA from Houston.  An angry mob, driven mad by a Rossini crescendo, storms the villa and impales Ambrogio in the mistaken belief that he is Rob Besserer.

1:00-5:00 WRR:  LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST.  Returning to the saloon to drown their sorrows, the miners discover that Minnie has sold it to a cadre of Albanian sex-workers.

2:00-5:00 Bayerische Staatsoper Telecast:  Wildmann’s BABYLON.  On a triple-bill with ADOLESCENTLON and EARLYADULTLON.

2:00-6:00 BBC 3:  GIULIO CESARE from ENO.  Ottavia comes off pretty well, getting the pizza franchise for all of Rome.

2:00-6:00 DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR:  A survey of the works of Hans Werner Henze.  RIP, little Leftist, your work is done.

2:00-6:00 RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS:  THE TSAR’S BRIDE from Riga.  Citing a typographical error in the original, the director has devised that it is The Tsar’s BRIDGE which is destroyed, so a quick trip to the dentist sets everything right.

2:00-6:00 FRANCE MUSIQUE:  LA FILLE DU REGIMENT from Paris.  A happy ending is assured when Natalie shows she can still sing as well as she did ten years ago.

2:00-5:00 NRK KLASSISK and P2:  ELIJAH from Bergen.  Staged in a Country-Western bar, the high point is the line-dance version of “Poor ol’ E-Li-Jah, he never had a date.”

2:00-7:00 RADIO CLASICA DE ESPANA:  LES TROYENS from The Proms.  A hard-hitting expose of the high fashion industry, audience members are urged to “Troy this Awn.”  “Naow, troy this one awn.”

2:00-6:00 RTP ANTENA 2:  DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER from Bayreuth.  In a mash-up with IOLANTHE, Van der Decken discovers that while he can fly from the waist up, from the waist down, he’s a neutered cocker spaniel.  Under such circumstances, Senta’s suicide not only makes sense, but becomes rather admirable.

2:20-5:00 DR P2 KLASSISK:  STRADELLA by Cesar Franck, as opposed to the version by Cesar Devious.

2:30-5:00 BARTOK RADIO:  ROMEO ET JULIETTE from Stockholm, 1940.  “Do you like Bjoerling?”  “I don’t know; I’ve never bjoerled.”

2:30-6:00 CESKY ROZHLAS VLTAVA:  SCHWANDA DER DUDELSACKPFEIFFER.  Due to another typographical error, the first porno opera “Schwang and his Doodlesack” never saw the light of day.

2:30-5:30 RADIO OESTERREICH:  MACBETTO.  Nadja Michael was busy elsewhere, so this version has Jenifer Larmore, so you can put down your knives.

2:30-5:00 SVERIGES RADIO P2:  Unander-Scharin’s THE ELEPHANT MAN. Sabu’s life story set to music.

3:00-7:00 ESPACE 2:  L’ELISIR D’AMORE from Lausanne.  In a hard-hitting expose of the condensed milk industry, Elsie, the Mordant Cow reveals that each of her four spigots produces a different vintage.

3:00-7:00 KLARA:  AGRIPPINA from Vlaamse.  When a psychotherapist convinces the empress to “get a grip on yourself,” peace descends on Old Rome.

3:00-8:00 LYRIC FM:  LE ROI MALGRE LUI from Wexford.  Leroy and Louie are best pals.  They terrorize Poland by spray-painting fart jokes on all public monuments.

3:00-6:00 HR2 KULTUR:  FIDELIO fom Turin.  Since this is the Turin’ production, we’ll have to wait until they unload the bus-and-truck to see what it’s like.

3:00-6:00 LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA:  OBERTO from Paris. As a sassy, high-class revue, “Oh, Bert, Oh” traces the actor’s life story.  Don’t miss the second half — “Tricks in the Parks.”

3:00-6:00 (?) RADIO SLOVENIA TRETJI:  SIEGFRIED.  A million laughs under its new title, “Hellza-Pappano.”

4;00-6:00 RADIO STEPHANSDOM:  LAKME.  “Lak me?!?  You’ll LUV me!!”

4:00-7:00 RADIO TRE:  SEMELE.  Due to the Vow of Silence being taken by all Handelian sopranos, this one comes in two hours shorter than usual.

54 comments

  • rossifigaro says:

    am hoping they will rebroadcast “babylon” it was hinted that they might in their twitter feed. just lost patience with the poor quality and once it was improved the lack of english subtitles made it completely senseless (though on wonders if their inclusion would have made a significant difference). switched my viewing to the 2nd part of the schumann cycle with the chamber orchestra of europe under sequin (via medici)-it was really quite wonderful -- especially with the aurally and visually mesmerizing capucon violin frere -- renaud(?). believe the final installment of the cycle is tomorrow @10.30 am.

  • oedipe says:

    I managed to watch most of Babylon. I found the music appealing, though not particularly original. The composer makes extensive use of declamation and of falsetto singing. The singing was generally good.
    But this work is plagued by a very common disease of contemporary opera: the libretto is bombastic, pretentious and basically empty of humanity. The characters are slogans, they don’t interact in any meaningful way, they don’t evolve and have no depth.
    Granted, the Fura dels Baus staging (which reminded me of Lepage, what with characters all decked up in strange outfits and moving around in front of pretty projections) didn’t help much.
    At the end, the composer was greeted with loud applause and seemed deeply moved: that was the only truly emotional moment of the night, IMO.