Radio Alert: Saturday night with mezzos in pants

[Saturday night lounging: Anja Harteros (lucky witch) and Vesselina Kasarova (shirtsleeves) in Handel’s “Alcina”, Vienna 2010. – Photo Credit: Reuters, via]

For all those still looking f0or a Saturday night program on the mezzo side of life: President Smorg sent out an alert this morning that German radio station HR2 (the one that brought us Connolly last week) is – perhaps in celebration of the reopening – broadcasting last year’s “Alcina” from Vienna again, staring Hammarström, Harteros, Cangemi and Kasarova under the baton of the one and only Marc Minkowski.

The program starts at 8.05 p. m. (GMT+1), livestream access here.

In case you were there last year in person, have the radio broadcast taped and on loop on your mp3 player and own the recently released DVD of the event, there’s soemthing else up which you will most likely not have heard (of) yet:

France Musique is airing Attilio Ariosti’s “La fede nei tradimenti”, originally written for Berlin in 1701. Fabio Biondi is conducting and, much like Ariosti himself, playing the violon. It’s a broadcast from this year’s Radio France festival in Montpellier/Langedoc-Rousillon, just in case you were wondering what kind of wine to serve with the music.

Among the cast, Norwegian mezzo Marianne Beate Kielland stands out as Fernando, though plotwise I’m not sure yet whether she’s wooing Roberta Invernizzi or Lucia Cirillo. Or both.

The broadcast starts at 7.30 p. m. (GMT+1), livestream access here. Mezzo in question here. – Teaser:

[Photo Credit: Artefact Artist Manasgement, via bach-cantatas]

4 thoughts on “Radio Alert: Saturday night with mezzos in pants”

  1. Hey, thanks Anik! 😀 Darn, I’d love to catch the Ariosti and Marianne Beate Kielland, but I’m hitting the road pretty soon and will probably still be traveling when it comes on. 😦 The only consolation is in the long awaited arrival of the Alcina DVD in the mail. Will at least get to watch that tonight (hopefully)! 😀

    Hope your October has started well!


    1. Safe travels, Smorg!
      The Ariosti should be avaialable for relistening on France Musique as of Monday (works much like the BBc player, it seems). Enjoy your Alcina night! 😉


    1. I agree. I liked the slower ones (particularly that Act II aria with Kielland) more; though overall, there were some nameless Andante zones that didn’t go anywhere for my ears.


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