Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy Spring! Here are your April broadcast opera-tunities:
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Idomeneo (Mozart) – A rare Met revival of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle‘s classic production of Mozart’s masterpiece set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Matthew Polenzani stars as King Idomeneo with Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante, Nadine Sierra (Adler 2012) as Ilia, and Elza van den Heever (Merola 2003-04) as Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness. James Levine conducts.
Wed Mar 29 at 6:30pm (encore)
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) – Deborah Warner‘s production of the opera adapted from Pushkin’s classic novel stars Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) reprising one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, with Peter Mattei as Onegin, Alexey Dolgov as Lenski, Stefan Kocan as Gremin, and Elena Maximova as Olga. Robin Ticciati conducts. Sat Apr 22 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Apr 26 at 6:30pm (encore)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Andrea Chénier (Giordano) – An ardent poet and a young noblewoman are passionately attracted only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. With Yonghoon Lee (Andrea Chénier), Anna Pirozzi (Maddalena di Coigny), George Gagnidze (Carlo Gérard), J’Nai Bridges (Bersi), Joel Sorensen (L’Incredibile), Robert Pomakov (Mathieu), David Pershall (Merola 2008, Roucher), Jill Grove (Merola 1995, Madelon), Catherine Cook (Adler 1992, Contessa di Coigny); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Sun Apr 2 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Fidelio (Beethoven) – Adrianne Pieczonka is Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, courageously fights for her husband Florestan’s freedom. With Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan, Greer Grimsley as Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann as Rocco. Sebastian Weigle conducts. Sat Apr 1 at 10am
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) – Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke. Sir Simon Rattle conducts. Sat Apr 8 at 10am
Aida (Verdi) – Krassimira Stoyanova stars in the title role, the slave girl Aida, who is secretly a princess. Violeta Urmana is the formidable Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, and Marco Berti is the hero Radamès, caught between them. Daniele Rustioni conducts. Sat Apr 15 at 10am
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD transmission described above. Sat Apr 22 at 10am
Der Fliegende Holländer (Wagner) – Michael Volle sings the title role of the ghostly sailor damned to wander the seas in search of the love that will set him free. The powerhouse cast also includes Amber Wagner as Senta, Jay Hunter Morris as Erik, Dolora Zajick (Adler 1985) as Mary, Ben Bliss as the Steersman, and Franz-Josef Selig as Daland. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Sat Apr 29 at 10am
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
Amadeus – Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, recorded live in 2017 by the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world, and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
Sun Apr 2 at 11am and Tues Apr 4 at 7pm
Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto
Del Mar Theatre 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
SF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Paris Opera – In this captivating documentary, Swiss director Jean-Stéphane Bron takes audiences inside one of the world’s great performing arts venues for one season, revealing the complex artistic collaborations at its heart. Covering two performance spaces—the Palais Garnier and its newer sibling, the Opéra Bastille—this film illuminates the backstage bustle of the Opéra National de Paris and the scores of artists, financiers, administrators, and patrons that make the whole endeavor possible.
Fri Apr 7 at 6pm Dolby Cinema 1275 Market St., SF
Sat Apr 8 at 1:30pm Roxie Theater 3117 16th St., SF
Sun Apr 9 at 1pm Pacific Film Archive 2155 Center St., Berkeley
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIE FESTIVAL
You are invited to an exciting day of opera movies and workshops. We will be screening two classic Rossini operas: The Barber of Seville for Families and Cinderella for Families. Before each film, join us for an Exploration Workshop to delve into the wonderful world of opera, singing, movement and stories with SF Opera Teaching Artists. The films are open for all ages and are FREE; Workshops are recommended for families with children ages 7 or older and are $10 per person. Sat Apr 8 from 10am – 4:15pm
Taube Atrium Theatre & Bryan Education Studio – Wilsey Center for Opera 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
RISING ALTERNATIVE OPERA IN CINEMA
I Due Foscari (Verdi) – A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi’s searing early tragedy. The Innocent. The guilty. The doomed. Venetian politics knows no difference. Teatro alla Scala’s 2016 production stars Placido Domingo as Francesco Foscari, Francesco Meli as Jacopo Foscari, Anna Pirozzi as Lucrezia, Andrea Concetti as Jacopo Loredano, Edoardo Milletti as Barbarigo and Chiara Isotton as Pisana. Directed by Alvis Hermanis and conducted by Michele Mariotti.
Sat Apr 8 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa
Sun Apr 9 at 12noon and Tues Apr 11 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., San Jose
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Tannhäuser (Wagner) – In their iconic 1982 Met production, Otto Schenk and Günther Schneider-Siemssen magnificently invoked the world of Wagner’s opera, from the erotic lair of Venus to the world of medieval pageantry. Richard Cassilly is the tortured Tannhäuser, torn between the sensual delights of Venus, sung by Tatiana Troyanos, and the pure love of Elisabeth, sung by Eva Marton. James Levine conducts.
Sat Apr 8, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo ignite the stage as the title couple in Bartlett Sher‘s lush new production. Rounding out the cast are Elliot Madore as Mercutio, Mikhail Petrenko as Frère Laurent, and Virginie Verrez as Stephano. Gianandrea Noseda conducts.
Fri Apr 14 at 9pm and Sat Apr 15 at 3am – KQED 9
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY OPERA SERIES
The Magic Flute for Families – The charming story of Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno’s journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. *FREE*
Tues Apr 18 at 6:30pm Brentwood Public Library 35 Oak St., Brentwood
Cinderella for Families – Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in this sparkling version of the beloved fairy tale about a gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. *FREE*
Fri Apr 21 at 1pm San Leandro Public LIbrary 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro
Sat Apr 29 at 4pm Berkeley Public Library – Claremont Branch 2940 Benvenue Ave., Berkeley
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – Soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden. Marcelo Puente as Pinkerton, Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, Scott Hendricks as Sharpless round out the cast of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier‘s stunningly beautiful production. Antonio Pappano conducts.
Wed Apr 19 at 1pm and 7pm Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley