[Saturday night lounging: Anja Harteros (lucky witch) and Vesselina Kasarova (shirtsleeves) in Handel’s “Alcina”, Vienna 2010. – Photo Credit: Reuters, via oe24.at]
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.
[Photo Credit: Artefact Artist Manasgement, via bach-cantatas]