live broadcast from LA opera today

what: Mozart Cosi fan Tutte
where: KUSC radio
when: 2PM PST, 5PM EST Sunday 18-Sep-2011
who: LA opera
Fiordiligi Aleksandra Kurzak
Dorabella Ruxandra Donose
Ferrando Saimir Pirgu
Guglielmo Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Don Alfonso Lorenzo Regazzo
Despina Roxana Constantinescu
Conductor James Conlon

photos of rehearsal from LA opera facebook page.
I’ve been a fan of Aleksandra Kurzak for a while. too bad she’s there when i’ve moved to boston already. i think she’s coming to NY after this LA trip though… Ruxandra Donose’s name sounds quite familiar too, i’ve heard her before but can’t remember where… (just found out, she was Isaura in Kasarova’s Tancredi debut! which I posted here on 15-Aug-2011 post.)

reminder kasarova on bbc radio 3

if you can *somehow* take a break from alcina, head here to Eye’s place for full info on today/tomorrow’s program. can’t wait. super excited… here’s a slide-show of the production from bbc website.
libretto in Italian, English (still looking)
Summary of time and place:

5PM Los Angeles
8PM East coast standard
bbc radio 3

another tancredi i like

i did hear about this Tancredi before i discovered Vesselina Kasarova. back when i just discovered Vivica Genaux, I was scouring the internet for her white shirt recordings. first there was the elusive “i capuleti e i montecchi” which took me 1 year to find (and in the process i discovered this clip with Kasarova and Aliberti from Dresden). Then there’re snippet1 and snippet2 of her role debut of Tancredi in Vienna in 2009 upon which i discover this greaaaat opera. I reallllly like Tancredi, and wouldn’t say that i own all the recordings of it, but at least 3 so far. though i must say since i only listen to them, i vaguely know the story, and can’t even figure out which one is the happy or sad ending… nevertheless, the music alone is sufficient for now.
So, i just recently discovered that if you catch a clip on youtube with great sound, that means there was a radio recording captured somewhere! and voila, here’s the original Tancredi i was looking for.
Gioachino Rossini:
Melodramma eroico in two acts
Libretto: Gaetano Rossi
Tancredi — Vivica Genaux
Argirio — Colin Lee
Amenaide — Aleksandra Kurzak
Obrazzano — Konstantin Wolff
Isaura — Liora Grodnikaite
Roggiero — Ruby Hughes
Arnold Schönberg Chor (leader: Erwin Ortner)
Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: René Jacobs
Budapest, 2009-10-26, Franz Liszt Academy of Music
*Hungarian premier of the opera
coproduction with the Theater an der Wien

Rene Jacobs is amazing. i ADORE the orchestra, the tempo. The singers are superb (though i really prefer Melinda Paulsen as Isaura). Here’s the overture and opening chorus.

Onto Aleksandra Kurzak singing Amenaide’s entrance aria

Vivica Genaux sings Tancredi’s entrace aria

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