Thursday, August 21, 2008

As The World Turns .. Pan Cogito Peeks At The 2008-09 Line-up Of MET Opera Broadcasts On PBS While Checking Whether His Old Demo Sony Is Digital Ready

From music critic and composer Greg Sandow's blog, in 2001:

"Why PBS doesn't broadcast opera. A report in Opera News explains the reason -- hardly anybody watches. Why public radio is cutting back on classical music. The bad news -- few people listen, and those who do, don't give money..."


The following ten MET Operas are scheduled for broadcast on PBS sometime later in 2008/09 (check your local PBS station -- or foreign television station -- for details; and consider making a contribution, if you can afford one, when you make your cultural and charity contributions):

Strauss’s Salome, starring Karita Mattila

Adams’s Doctor Atomic NEW PRODUCTION
Starring Gerald Finley

Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust NEW PRODUCTION Conducted by James Levine, starring Susan Graham and Marcello Giordani

Massenet’s Thaïs NEW PRODUCTION
Starring Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson

Puccini’s La Rondine NEW PRODUCTION
Starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna

Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice conducted by James Levine
Starring Stephanie Blythe and Danielle de Niese

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Starring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Starring Cristina Gallardo-Domâs and Marcello Giordani

Bellini’s La Sonnambula NEW PRODUCTION
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez

Rossini’s La Cenerentola, starring Elīna Garanča

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from the Neubauer Family Foundation.

In association with PBS, the HD Broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder.®

"The Bonesetter's Daughter" composer Stewart Wallace and author/librettist Amy Tan.

Will the San Francisco Opera world premiere, on September 13, 2008, of this new American opera be broadcast on PBS?

Amy Tan's book, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, examines the secret lives of three generations of Chinese-American women, and is the latest in Tan’s growing list of bestsellers including The Joy Luck Club (also a movie), The Kitchen God’s Wife, and the children’s book The Moon Lady.

Photo credit: (c) Drew Alitizer, Jeanne Lawrence, Heather Wiley, & Tom Gibbons and 2008. Copyright controlled. With thanks.


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