Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – Jennifer Rowley stars as the noble heroine Leonora, with Yonghoon Lee as the troubadour who loves her, Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as his rival, Count Di Luna, and Anita Rachvelishvili as the Gypsy Azucena, whose bloodthirsty curse propels the story. Marco Armiliato conducts. Sat Feb 3 at 10am
L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) – Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino. Rounding out the cast are Davide Luciano as Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan conducts. Sat Feb 10 at 10am
Parsifal (Wagner) – Klaus Florian Vogt returns to the Met in the title role with Evelyn Herlitzius as Kundry, and Peter Mattei and René Pape reprising their highly praised interpretations of Amfortas and Gurnemanz, respectively. Met Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.
Sat Feb 17 at 9am *note the early start time*
La Bohème (Puccini) – The world’s most popular opera returns with a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì, Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo, Lucas Meachem (Adler 2005) as Marcello, Alexey Lavrov as Schaunard, Matthew Rose as Colline, and Susanna Phillips as Musetta. Marco Armiliato conducts. Sat Feb 24 at 10am
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ON KDFC
Arabella (R. Strauss) – Archived performance from 1980 with Kiri Te Kanawa as Arabella, Barbara Daniels as Zdenka, William Lewis as Matteo, Ingvar Wixell as Mandryka, Erie Mills as the Fiakermilli, Alexander Malta as Count Waldner, Sona Cervena as Countess Waldner, and Michael Ballam as Count Elemer, Kevin Langan (Merola 1979-80) as Count Lamoral, and Rebecca Cook (Merola 1978) as the Fortune-Teller. Conducted by Wolfgang Rennert.
Sun Feb 4 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) – Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino. Rounding out the cast are Davide Luciano as Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Dulcamara. Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.
Sat Feb 10 at 9am (live) and Wed Feb 14 at 6:30pm (encore)
La Bohème (Puccini) – Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production returns with a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì, Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo, Lucas Meachem (Adler 2005) as Marcello, Alexey Lavrov as Schaunard, Matthew Rose as Colline, and Susanna Phillips as Musetta. Marco Armiliato conducts. Sat Feb 24 at 9:30am (live) and Wed Feb 28 at 6:30pm (encore)
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss) – This opulent 1985 Royal Opera production by Oscar-winning film director John Schlesinger and conducted by Georg Solti features Kiri Te Kanawa‘s first London performance of the role of the Marschallin. Anne Howells gives a most sensitive performance as Octavian, the “Knight of the Rose”, Aage Huagland is the roguish Baron Ochs, and Barbara Bonney is Sophie.
Sat Feb 10 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
Norma (Bellini) – The Met’s evocative new production by David McVicar sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) as her archrival, Adalgisa, with Joseph Calleja as Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Matthew Rose as Oroveso. Carlo Rizzi conducts.
Sun Feb 11 at 12noon – KQED Plus
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
Rigoletto (Verdi) – The corruption of innocence and the cruelty of the court of Mantua are highlighted in David McVicar’s production. With Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto, Michael Fabiano as the Duke of Mantua, Lucy Crowe as Gilda, Andrea Mastroni as Sparafucile, and Nadia Krasteva as Maddalena. Alexander Joel conducts. Tues Feb 13 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages – This program celebrates the 50th anniversary since the famous tenor’s career debut and includes arias from Turandot, La Boheme, Rigoletto, and Aida; Neapolitan songs arranged by Henry Mancini, sacred songs, and more.
Sat Feb 17 at 12noon & 9pm; Sun Feb 18 at 3am; Sat Feb 24 at 9am – KQED Plus