Friday, July 3, 2015

More Vocal Delights on Ö1 Radio

More programs from Ö1, archived for seven days after the (first broadcast).

Helen Donath 75th Birthday Retrospective on Stimmen Hören (July 2)

Vintage Thomas Hampson (Samuel Ramey, Gregory Kunde, Denyce Graces, and June Anderson) in a 1993 EMI recording of Thomas' Hamlet (30 June)

Obscure Bizet on Apropos Musik: Beyond Carmen (30 June)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Lieder Board - Recitals from Schwarzenberg and Schwetzingen

Benjamin Appl, Baritone
On Austrian Radio Ö1 from Schwarzenberg – available for 7 days after the (first broadcast):
Diana Damrau (June 29)
**Benjamin Appl (July 1)

And later this summer:
Luca Pisaroni (August 26)

The Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele – archived for about a year (and you can also herunterlauden (download) many of them):
Christiane Karg (All Baroque – not Lieder, per se)
Philippe Jaroussky (from 2014)

Of course, in Schwetzingen, there's lots more than lieder. They have choral music, solo instrumental recitals, and chamber music programs, too.  
Here is the full 2015 archive list.

**Update 7/3/15 - I was just starting to think I really wasn't into Lieder anymore. But after listening to Herr Appl's recital twice and a half, I am totally back in! Don't miss this programme!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Must See Medici TV – Stars in Concert and Staatsoper Lulu

...and speaking of Thomas Hampson, here he is in concert, along with some other singers you may have heard of...

I haven't seen it yet, but it's on my holiday weekend to-do list. 
Watch this at Medici.TV

And now for something completely different, there's this: 

Watch the opera here on 

Thanks to MediciTV for sharing this for those of us who missed the live stream on StaatsoperTV. I watched Act 1 on Saturday, but had to give up at intermission. The storm was really messing with my internet connection. What I've seen and heard is impressive. DT's production seems to really suit the expressionist tone of the plot and music. (Lulu is my number-one top 20th century opera!) 

And the cast is doing an exceptional job so far, featuring singers well-known for their Mozart interpretations (including two former Belmontes as Alwa and the Painter!) Watch this blog for a full review sometime soon.

Monday, June 29, 2015

As Seen on Facebook – Happy Birthday to Thomas Hampson

HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY!! to my AWESOMEST father-in-law Thomas Hampson.
You are a rockstar!!!! Love you loads!!!!

I have the best family EVER and today we celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday. Love you soooo much!


And what a nice photo. Catherine is so fortunate to have these two men in her life! (not to mention those two furry guys, Lenny and Tristan!) 

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Happy birthday!!! We love you!!! ��������
 — withThomas Hampson.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hampson!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Yet Another Reason to Love Rinat Shaham

"I am trying with all my power to do other roles, but as long as my cleavage is more or less up and my vibrato is not wider than a major third, I wouldn’t mind sprinkling my life with Carmens until it’s simply not hirable anymore." 

This quote is from her brief but infomative Parterre Box interview from earlier this week. Among other things, she talks about her repertoire and the benefits (to the singers and the audience) of working with contemporary directors like Stefan Herheim and Krzysztof Warlikowski. In addition to her Carmens, Cherubinos (Cherubini?), and Cendrillions, Ms. Shaham is a rocking Donna Elvira (see yesterday's and other related posts). She's also a gracious Twitter correspondent (@Rinatshaham)More please! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

La Monnaie Don Giovanni – Age Restricted on the Toob

Another opportunity to see/hear the entire performance of Warlikowski's Don G. from La Monnaie. But you have to prove you're old enough. (They probably should make you prove you're open-minded enough!) 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Gratuitous Friday – Miah Persson Sings Strauss' Four Last Songs

...can there be a Marschallin in her future? One can only hope!

(Click the link above the photo. There doesn't seem to be a way to embed this.)
I think I found this one thanks to PauaGirl. Thank you, PauaGirl!
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