Radio & Video Alert: Cesare vs. L’Elisir tonight

[Marie-Nicole Lemieux, clearly working up the fury for “Empio, dirò, tu sei”. – Photo Credit: Naive/Virgin Classics, via forumopera]

Marie-Nicole Lemieux strutting her stuff or Pavol Breslik strutting his?

18th or 19th century?

Tough questions for a Saturday night, as Radio France Music airs last year’s vocal feast of a “Giulio Cesare” from Paris, starting 7.08 p. m. GMT+1 (livestream access here), while the Bayerische Staatsoper, starting at 7 p.m. (GMT+1) video livestreams their “Elisir d’amore” in the David Bösch production with Pavol Breslik as Nemorino and Adriana Kucerová – last seen inexplicably not succumbing to the charms and arms of Malena Ernman’s Serse at Theater an der Wien – as Adina.

As previously blogged by Intermezzo, Bayerische Staatsoper will win out on Jan 22nd, however, since then they’ll livestream “Don Carlo”, about which you need to know nothing else but that Anja Harteros stars as Elisabetta. Faintainebleau ahead!

I don’t even know yet who will be the Eboli, but in this case, I’ll be fawning about Elisabetta, despite Eboli being one of my very favorites. And, to be fair, the men are to die for, too – Jonas Kaufmann as Carlo, René Pape as Philipp and Mariusz Kwieczien as Posa. *swoon*

So while my 22nd is settled, I still need to toss a coin over tonight’s program. Let me add that in addition to Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Cesare, the Paris recording features Karina Gauvin as seductress Cleopatra, Mary-Ellen Nesi as bad boy Tolomeo and Romina Basso as Cornelia (Tolomeo, get in line!).

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