Ciao Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for the month:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Jenůfa (Janáček) – With Malin Byström in the title role, Karita Mattila as Kostelnička, William Burden (Merola 1991) as Laca Klemeň, Scott Quinn (Merola 2011) as Steva Buryja, and Jill Grove (Merola 1995) as Grandmother Buryjovka; conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek. Recorded June 2016. Sun Apr 1 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
The Exterminating Angel (Adès) – Inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name, this surreal fantasy is about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. With Audrey Luna as Leticia, Alice Coote as Leonora, Iestyn Davies as Francisco, Rod Gilfry as Alberto, and Christian Van Horn as Julio. Directed by Tom Cairns, and conducted by Thomas Adès. Sun Apr 1 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) – Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in Bartlett Sher‘s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley and Christine Rice sing the three heroines and Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) portrays the shadowy Four Villains. Yves Abel conducts. Sun Apr 8 at 12noon – KQED Plus
L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) – Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino. Bartlett Sher‘s charming production also features Davide Luciano as Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Dr. Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.
Sun Apr 29 at 12noon – KQED Plus
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s new production, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.
Wed Apr 4 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
Luisa Miller (Verdi) – Plácido Domingo stars in this rarely performed gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Bertrand de Billy conducts.
Sat Apr 14 at 9:30am (live) and Wed Apr 18 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
Cendrillon (Massenet) – Laurent Pelly‘s imaginative storybook production of this Cinderella story is the first in Met history. Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) stars in the title role with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts.
Sat Apr 28 at 9:55am (live) and Wed May 2 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) – Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti sings the title role of the fragile heroine who teeters between love and madness with Vittorio Grigolo as her lover Edgardo. Rounding out the cast are Massimo Cavalletti as Enrico and Vitalij Kowaljow as Raimundo. Roberto Abbado conducts. Sat Apr 7 at 10am
Luisa Miller (Verdi) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD transmission described above. Sat Apr 14 at 10am
The Exterminating Angel (Adès) – Described above. Sat Apr 21 at 10am
Cendrillon (Massenet) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD transmission described above.
Sat Apr 28 at 10am
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMAS
Carmen (Bizet) – This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in director Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character. With Anna Goryachova as Carmen, Francesco Meli as Don Jose, and Annet Fritsch as Micaela. Jakub Hruša conducts. Tues Apr 10 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
The Magic Flute (Mozart) – David Hockney‘s 1983 Metropolitan Opera production with Francisco Araiza as Tamino, Manfred Hemm as Papageno, Luciana Serra as Queen of the Night, Kathleen Battle as Pamina, and Kurt Moll as Sarastro. Conducted by James Levine.
Sat Apr 14, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
SF OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
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Sat Apr 21 at 2pm and 4pm Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA IN CINEMA
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) – Director Sven-Eric Bechtolf staged this production for the 2016 Salzburg Festival and offers a brave adaptation of the original piece. The Wiener Philharmoniker plays under the baton of conductor Dan Ettinger, and on stage, the cast is very exciting: Luca Pisaroni (Count Almaviva), Anett Fritsch (Contessa Almaviva), Martina Janková (Susanna), Adam Plachetka (Figaro), Margarita Gritskova (Cherubino), Carlos Chausson (Don Bartolo), and Ann Murray (Marcellina) all give life to this incredible story. Sat Apr 21 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa