Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for July:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Aida (Verdi) – With Leah Crocetto (Adler 2011, Aida), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), Brian Jagde (Adler 2010-12, Radames), George Gagnidze (Amonasro), Raymond Aceto (Ramfis), Anthony Reed (Adler 2017, King of Egypt), Toni Marie Palmertree (Adler 2017, A Priestess), Pene Pati (Adler 2017, A Messenger); conducted by Nicola Luisotti.
Sun July 2 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for one month after airing)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY OPERA SERIES
The Elixir of Love for Families – A perfect introduction to the magic of opera for children and families. Sung in English with English dialogue, this condensed two-hour adaptation retains all the sparkle and sweetness of Donizetti’s score and features a charming production set at a Napa Valley county fair in 1915. The tale of shy Nemorino winning the heart of the beautiful Adina—with the help of a “love potion”—is a heartwarming celebration of innocence and love in a simpler time. Recommended for ages 5 and up. *FREE*
Sat July 9 at 3pm Belmont Library 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD SUMMER ENCORES
Nabucco (Verdi) – Plácido Domingo sings the title role with Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille, Jamie Barton as the heroic Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitri Belosselskiy as Zaccaria. Conducted by James Levine. Wed July 12 at 7pm
Carmen (Bizet) – Starring Elina Garanca as the ill-fated gypsy temptress with tenor Roberto Alagna as her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter that comes between them. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Wed July 19 at 7pm
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Werther (Massenet) – Starring Jonas Kaufmann and Elina Garanca as the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love, Charlotte. Lisette Oropesa sings the role of Sophie, Charlotte’s sister; David Bizic makes his Met debut as Charlotte’s fiance, Albert; and Jonathan Summers is Charlotte’s father, Le Bailli. Alain Altinoglu conducts.
Sun July 16 at 9pm and Mon July 17 at 3am – KQED Life
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – Anthony Minghella‘s critically-acclaimed production stars Kristine Opolais in the title role with Roberto Alagna as Lt. Pinkerton, Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
Sun July 23 at 9pm and Mon July 24 at 3am – KQED Life
Nabucco (Verdi) – Plácido Domingo sings the title role with Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille, Jamie Barton as the heroic Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitri Belosselskiy as Zaccaria. Conducted by James Levine. Sun July 30 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – Sondra Radvanovsky plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in this bel canto masterpiece directed by David McVicar and conducted by Maurizio Benini.
Sun July 30 at 9pm and Mon July 31 at 3am – KQED Life
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.
Wed July 19 at 1p and 7pm Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley
ARTBOUND – KQED
Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser – From award-winning composer Lisa Bielawa, acclaimed librettist Erik Ehn, and visionary director Charlie Otte, this groundbreaking episodic opera weaves a tale of witches, doctors, priests and one girl’s journey of self discovery. Filmed in 12 parts, Vireo‘s story takes viewers to iconic locations across the country and features performances by world renowned musicians soprano Rowen Sabala, Kronos Quartet, violinist Jennifer Koh, Deborah Voigt (Adler 1987), and many more. Sun July 23 at 12noon – KQED Plus
CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
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.
Sun July 23 at 12noon and Tues July 25 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., SJ
ALL’OPERA IN CINEMA
Manon Lescaut (Puccini) – The story of young woman torn between true love with the student Des Grieux and a life of luxury with the elderly Geronte. On her way to a convent, she goes astray and drifts into a life of self-indulgence, sexual exploitation and crime. This Teatro Regio di Torino production stars Maria José Siri as Manon Lescaut, Gregory Kunde as Chevalier des Grieux, Dalibor Jenis as Lescaut, and Carlo Lepore as Geronte. Directed by Vittorio Borrelli and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Wed July 26 at 7pm
Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave., SF
Del Mar Theatre 1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
The Verdi Requiem – Filmed in commemoration of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic perform the towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl with featured soloists soprano Julianna Di Giacomo (Merola 1999), mezzo Michelle DeYoung, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, and bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
Sun July 30 at 10am – KQED Plus