Ciao and Happy New Year, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for January:
THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ON KDFC
A New Year’s Celebration – Archive broadcast from 2013 featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and music by Franz Lehar, George Gershwin, Johann Strauss II, Lerner & Lowe, Irving Berlin, and more!
Tues Jan 2 at 8pm
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) – With Dolora Zajick (Adler 1985) as their mother, Terra Erraught and Lisette Oropesa star as the famous siblings lost in the woods who battle the ravenous Witch in a zany portrayal by tenor Gerhard Siegel. Donald Runnicles conducts. Sat Jan 6 at 10am
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) and Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) – Roberto Alagna takes on the leading tenor roles in both parts of opera’s most popular double bill. In Cavalleria Rusticana, Ekaterina Semenchuk sings the role of the woebegone Santuzza, with Aleksandra Kurzak as the hot-blooded Nedda in Pagliacci. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Sat Jan 13 at 10am
Thaïs (Massenet) – Ailyn Pérez (Merola 2005) is the alluring title-role courtesan and Gerald Finley is Athanaël, the holy man who tries to resist her powers of seduction in this tale of sensuality versus spirituality. Emmanuel Villaume conducts. Sat Jan 20 at 10am
Tosca (Puccini) – In her role debut, Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role of the jealous prima donna with Vittorio Grigolo as her revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi and Zeljko Lucic as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume conducts. Sat Jan 27 at 10am
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
Cinderella for Families – Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in Rossini’s sparkling version of the beloved fairy tale about a gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. *FREE* Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Sun Jan 7 at 4:30pm Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
The Magic Flute for Families – Bring the whole family on a magical journey with this one hour version of Mozart’s famous opera. 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*
Sun Jan 21 at 1pm SFPL North Beach Branch 850 Columbus Ave., SF
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Fall 2015 performance with baritone Lucas Meacham (Adler 2005) as Figaro, mezzo Daniela Mack (Adler 2009) as Rosina, and tenor Rene Barbera (Merola 2008) as Count Almaviva; conducted by Giuseppe Finzi.
Sun Jan 7 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for four weeks after airing)
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.
Sun Jan 7 at 6:30pm; Mon Jan 8 at 12:30am; Thurs Jan 11 at 8pm; Fri Jan 12 at 2am; Sat Jan 13 at 4pm; Sun Jan 14 at 2pm – KQED 9
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Cinderella (Deutscher) – The setting is an opera company run by the stepmother, who inherited it from Cinderella’s father when he died. Cinderella herself is a composer with beautiful melodies springing into her head, but she is not accepted by her new family, especially the stepsisters, who are vain would-be divas. The prince is a poet, and the story is about the Prince searching for the lost melody for his poem (rather than a lost slipper).
Sat Jan 13 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd (look for the American flag)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA IN CINEMAS
The Opera House – This new documentary by award–winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, surveys a remarkable period of the Met’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s.
Sat Jan 13 at 12:55am and Wed Jan 17 at 12:55pm and 6:30pm
Tosca (Puccini) – Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Sonya Yoncheva will make her role debut as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi and Zeljko Lucic as Scarpia.
Sat Jan 27 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Jan 31 at 12:55pm and 6:30pm (encore)