The Operatic Year

Episodes

TitleFirst
Broadcast
Comments
Hippolyte Et Aricie19971204

The second of five programmes in which Hugh Canning and Andrew Clements discuss some of the outstanding new CD opera issues of the year with Michael Oliver, who introduces excerpts from the recordings. This week the recordings under consideration come from two leading practitioners of the early-instrument movement. William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants in Rameau's `Hippolyte et Aricie', with a cast including Mark Padmore, Anna-Maria Panzarella and Lorraine Hunt; and John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in Beethoven's `Leonore'.

I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata19971225

The last of five programmes in which Hugh Canning and Andrew Clements discuss some of the outstanding new CD opera issues of the year with Michael Oliver, who introduces excerpts from the recordings. This week, the recordings under consideration are of operas composed within a few years of each other during the 1840s. James Levine conducts the forces of the New York Metropolitan Opera in Verdi's `I lombardi alla prima crociata', with June Anderson and Luciano Pavarotti in the cast. Schumann's `Genoveva' is conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with a cast including Ruth Ziesak, Oliver Widmer, Deon van der Walt and Marjana Lipovsek.

La Dame Blanche19971218

The fourth of five programmes in which Hugh Canning and Andrew Clements discuss some of the outstanding new CD opera issues of the year with Michael Oliver, who introduces excerpts from the recordings. This week, two of the recordings under consideration are conducted by Marc Minkowski, with Annick Massis in the principal soprano role: Boieldieu's `La dame blanche', also featuring Rockwell Blake, and Rossini's `L'inganno felice', featuring Raul Gimenez and Rodney Gilfrey. The other opera is Bellini's `La sonnambula', conducted by Alberto Zedda, with Luba Orgonasowa and Raul Gimenez.

La Forza Del Destino19971211

The third of five programmes in which Hugh Canning and Andrew Clements discuss some of the outstanding new CD opera issues of the year with Michael Oliver, who introduces excerpts from the recordings. This week's recordings under consideration both had their first performances at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. They were recorded there as well, with Valery Gergiev conducting the Chorus and Orchestra of the Kirov Opera. Verdi's `La forza del destino' features Galina Gorchakova and Gegan Gregorian, and in Rimsky-Korsakov's `The Maid of Pskov', Gorchakova is joined by Ludmilla Filatova and Vladimir Ognovienko.

La Rondine19971127

The first of five programmes in which Hugh Canning and Andrew Clements discuss some of the outstanding new CD opera issues of the year with Michael Oliver, who introduces excerpts from the recordings. Two roughly contemporary but very different works are under consideration this week: Puccini's `La rondine', with a cast including Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, and `Die Vogel' by Walter Braunfels, with Hellen Kwon, Endrik Wottrich, Michael Kraus, Wolfgang Holzmair and Matthias Gorne.