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One Saturday in November

My figures show it’s still too early to call Ohio, but other races are more decisive. Today’s chat has some strong contenders!

11:00-2:00 LRT KLASIKA: LA TRAVIATA from Paris. Natalie Dessay is outperforming herself, putting this firmly in the 3 F.K.s.

11:40-1:10 BARTOK RADIO: Bernadette Wiedemann Recital. Nate Silver is mum on this one, and it may go to the Supreme Court, even though it’s not the repertoire the Supremes are comfortable with.

1:00-4:30 WFMT American Opera Network: LA TRAVIATA from Houston. An Albina Shagimuratova Violetta cannot be gainsaid, or even pronounced after one or two beers. 3 F.K.

1:00-4:30 BBC 3: FAUST from Opera North. Would the BBC even be airing this if it were from — say — Fresno? 3 F.K.

1:00-4:30 CBC TWO: TOSCA from COC. Just one letter keeps this from being a porn site. Delavan and Pieczonka struggle valiantly, and you can always tune out the tenor. 3 F.K. Speaking of bad Cavaradossis, did anyone else hear the TOSCA from Sabadell today? ooo, dogies!

1:00-4:00 DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR, also ESPACE 2 at 2:00: DER SCHATZGRABER. Perennial candidate Franz Schreker is banking on sheer unfamiliarity to gain acceptance and the win. 2 F.K.

1:00-3:00 DWOJKA POLSKIE: Franck’s STRADELLA. A total unknown scores an upset. Sample it and you’ll probably keep listening. 1 F.K.

1:00-5:00 FRANCE MUSIQUE: FIDELIO from Munich, Meier, Kaufmann. Safely in the 2 F.K. column.

1:00-5:00 KBYU: XERXES from San Francisco. One of the strongest Conservative contenders. Safely 2 F.K.

1:00-4:00 NPR World of Opera: Bellini’s ZAIRA. Come for the controversy; stay for the snooze. 1 F.K. for the boredom factor.

1:00-5:00 RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS, also DR P2 at 1:20: BORIS GODUNOV from Madrid. 3 F.K. Groissbeck came into the race early, but wasn’t helped when Gertseva replaced Uria-Monzon.

1:00-5:00 RADIO CLASICA DE ESPANA, also LYRIC FM at 2:00: Delius’ A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET. If you can’t get any sleep at the Bellini, this one will probably be deserted. 1 F.K., unless you like to argue with yourself in the dark.

1:00-4:00 RADIO OESTERREICH: IPHIGENIE EN AULIDE from Vienna. 2 F.K. but the only thing on the list with negative electoral votes.

1:00-5:00 RTP ANTENA 2: TRISTAN UND ISOLDE from Bayreuth. 3 F.K. with Theorin and Smith.

1:00-6:00 WCNY: FIDELIO from Houston. If you’ve got the stomach to slice-and-dice Karita Mattila, bring 3 F.K. with you.

1:00-3:00 WRR: THE MERRY WIDOW. Anybody can F.K. Thomas Hampson, but it takes a real man to F.K. Felicity Lott.

1:30-4:00 BARTOK RADIO: LA CLEMENZA DI TITO – from Vienna. I call this gold, not least for Garanca, which means it’s open for Batter-the-Bobolink. 3 F.K.

2:00-5:00 RADIO SLOVENIA: GIOVANNA D’ARCO. Years from now, your street cred will depend on your being able to say, “I knew from the very start that Maria Agresta would never last.” 3 F.K.

2:00-4:30 RADIO STEPHANSDOM: ALCESTE. Anne Sophie von Otter is running on her record, which makes this a win. 2 F.K.

2:00-5:00 RADIO TRE: FALSTAFF from ROH. Maestri and Martinez are solid, but there are plenty of nits to pick elsewhere. 3 F.K.

2:00-5:00 SVERIGES RADIO: DON GIOVANNI from La Scala. This one’s got it all — sharps, flats, sags, wobbles — it’s like a retirement village beauty pageant. 4 F.K.

3:00-6:00 LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER from Bayreuth. Despite Pieczonka, this one goes down to defeat. 3 F.K.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    and don’t forget the Babylon video from Munich -- link is on Parterre in the upper right in black.

    • derschatzgabber

      I am awfully curious about Babylon Especially Gabrielle Schnaut as the river Euphrates. The last time she sang Turandot in San Francisco, her voice sounded like it was down the drain. I suppose portraying a river is the logical next step.

    • rossifigaro

      am still having problems with “babylon” -- with the ENGLISH subtitles. video works fine with german subtitles and NO subtitles but it just refuses to open with the english. this obviously wouldn’t be a big deal with a main rep opera. just wondering if anyone else is having this difficulty….or for that matter, cares.

      • rossifigaro

        babylon lives on my pc and in english. changed browser from “opera” to “chrome” and now all is fine. rather ironic that.

  • oedipe

    Dessay never sang La Traviata in Paris.

    • MontyNostry

      … for which Paris should perhaps be duly grateful.

      • oedipe

        Well, the French have always been the ‘wait and see’ kind. By the time the Pelly Fille -having toured the world for many years- finally got to the Paris Opera, Dessay hasn’t got much voice left.

    • oedipe

      On the other hand, the Fidelio was recorded in Paris, not Munich.

    • Some would say that sentence would remain equally true if you omitted the final two words.

      • oedipe

        Well, there are 2 broadcasts of Fidelio on BAB’s list. The France Musique one is said to be ‘from Munich’, but it isn’t. The second one is still from Houston, I presume.

        • rapt

          I think La C was referring to the comment about Dessay never having sung Traviata “in Paris.”

          • oedipe

            Aha, that makes more sense!
            I was a little lost, I confess. The intricacies of indenting/embedding on Parterre are waaaay above my head.

  • Fidelia

    I was at the Fidelio on the 30th, and this race was surprising. After a very slow start in Act 1, with various orchestral groups vying for leadership, odds were that in spite of the impressive Florestan couple’s ticket no one would come out a winner. Despite disappointing polls during the entr’acte, the campaign team’s advance work finally paid off and the candidates got it all together, resulting in a final landslide victory for Flor & Leo.
    So, listeners, hang on until Act II.

  • phoenix

    That Tosca yesterday was NOT from Sabadell -- it was done in the much smaller town of Sant Cugat, further south near Barcelona. I enjoyed it enough to keep a copy -- I liked the singers’ (personal taste, I guess) phrasing and intonation. This is regional opera in Sant Cugat and I think they did very well -- certainly as well as regional opera of the district I live in. Javier Agulló is strictly a lyric tenor -- no bravura here -- but he didn’t offend me.

  • Thank you, BABs, for your (as usual) entertaining write-up. Still not sure how you manage to listen to so many of these broadcasts ahead of time, but some mysteries should remain mysterious.

    Incidentally, the Cavaradossi on the COCK is Carol Ventre. He of the “disgusting sounds” we were discussing a few days ago.

  • I just listened to the Bernadette Wiedmann recital and there was some truly ravishing singing including a gorgeous Mon Coeur. The final Poulenc song was especially lovely.

    • Rory Williams

      I agree, Sanford. I’d never heard of her, and it was a wonderful recital.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Here’s a program I missed when it was aired on TV:

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

  • MontyNostry