Ciao, Opera Mavens! Set your DVRs and mark your calendars; Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for August:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ON KQED
Attila (Verdi) – The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. This production from Summer 2012 stars Ferruccio Furlanetto as Attila, Ana Lucrecia Garcia as Odabella, Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as Ezio, Diego Torre as Foresto, Samuel Ramey as Pope Leo I, and Nathaniel Peake (Merola 2008 – 09) as Uldino.
Thurs Aug 3 at 9pm and Fri Aug 4 at 3am – KQED 9
Mefistofele (Boito) – This resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust is one of the most impressive productions ever seen on the SF Opera stage. This production from Fall 2013 stars Ildar Abdrazakov as Mefistofele, Ramon Vargas as Faust, and Patricia Racette (Adler 1990) as Margherita and Elena.
Thurs Aug 24 and Fri Aug 25 at 3am – KQED 9
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – With Lianna Haroutounian as Cio-Cio-San, Vincenzo Costanzo as Pinkerton, Zanda Svede (Adler 2014-16) as Suzuki, Julius Ahn as Goro, and Anthony Clark Evans as Sharpless. Conducted by Yves Abel.
Sun Aug 6 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
Otello (Verdi) – Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in this passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Marco Vratogna is his nemesis Iago in a new production by Keith Warner. Antonio Pappano conducts. Tues Aug 8 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages – Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence beyond opera and brought opera to the masses. Quickly establishing his trademark as the greatest male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond measure. This program celebrates the 50th anniversary since his career debut and includes arias from Turandot, La Boheme, Rigoletto, and Aida; Neapolitan songs arranged by Henry Mancini, sacred songs, and more.
Fri Aug 11 at 8:30pm; Sat Aug 12 at 2:30am; Sat Aug 19 at 1pm; Sun Aug 20 at 6pm; Mon Aug 21 at 12am – KQED Plus
Thurs Aug 17 at 9:30pm; Fri Aug 18 at 3:30am; Sat Aug 19 at 4pm – KQED Life and KQED 9
2017 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert – Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic’s annual open-air concert from Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Featured are guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach with superstar soprano Renee Fleming as special guest soloist.
Fri Aug 18 at 9:30pm and Sat Aug 19 at 3:30am – KQED 9
CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) – This historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections in a new production by Johannes Erath for Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. With Piotr Beczala as Riccardo, George Petean as Renato, Anja Harteros as Amelia, and Okka von der Damerau as Ulrica. Conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Sun Aug 13 at 12noon and Tues Aug 15 at 7:15pm Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., SJ
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) – Prompted by a cynical old philosopher, two young idealists decide to put their lovers’ fidelity to the test. But love will teach them a bitter lesson. This 2017 Opera National de Paris production stars Jacquelyn Wagner as Fiordiligi, Michele Losier as Dorabella, Frederic Antoun as Ferrando, Philippe Sly (Adler 2014) as Guglielmo, Paulo Szot as Don Alfonso, and Ginger Costa-Jackson as Despina; directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and conducted by Phillipe Jordan.
Sat Aug 19 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
La Traviata (Verdi) – Sonya Yoncheva sings the tragic courtesan Violetta with Michael Fabiano as her ardent lover Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as his disapproving father Germont, in a revival of Willy Decker‘s staging conducted by Nicola Luisotti.
Fri Aug 25 at 9pm and Sart Aug 26 at 3am – KQED 9
L’Amour de Loin (Saariaho) – Robert Lepage‘s dazzling new production features glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut leading the cast of Eric Owens as Jaufré, the knight on a quest of love, Susanna Phillips as Clémence, his lover on the other side of the sea, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries the messages between them.
Sun Aug 27 at 9pm and Mon Aug 28 at 3am – KQED Life
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY OPERA SERIES
The Magic Flute for Families – Bring the whole family on a magical journey with this one hour version of Mozart’s famous opera. The Magic Flute is the story of Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno’s journey to rescue Pamina, a 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*
Mon Aug 28 at 6:30pm Martinez Public Library 740 Court St., Martinez