Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for June:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
The Makropulos Case (Janacek) – Seductive diva Emilia Marty has broken hearts for over 300 years and yet doesn’t look a day past 30. Now that the magical elixir granting her eternal youth is wearing off, can she seduce her way to immortality? With Nadja Michael (Emilia Marty), Charles Workman (Albert Gregor), Stephen Powell (Baron Jaroslav Prus), Dale Travis (Adler 1989, Dr. Kolenatý), Joel Sorensen (Vitek), Julie Adams (Adler 2016, Kristina), Matthew O’Neill (Adler 2007, Count Hauk-Sendorf), Brenton Ryan (Janek); conducted by Mikhail Tatarnikov.
Sun June 4 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for one month after airing)
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.
Sun June 4 at 7:30pm – KQED 9 and KQED Life
Mon June 5 at 1:30am – KQED 9 and KQED Life
Wed June 7 at 1pm – KQED 9
Wed June 7 at 9pm; Thurs June 8 at 3am; Sun June 11 at 9:30pm; Mon June 12 at 3:30am; Mon June 12 at 10am – KQED Plus
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
The Daughter of the Regiment (Donizetti) – Madcap physical comedy and impeccable coloratura come together for Natalie Dessay’s indelible portrayal of Marie, the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers. Juan Diego Flórez is Tonio, the young Swiss villager who conquers her heart – and a slew of high Cs. Also featuring uproarious performances by Felicity Palmer and Alessandro Corbelli, this laugh-out-loud 2007 Royal Opera production by Laurent Pelly was a runaway hit that left audiences exhilarated. Bruno Campanella conducts.
Sat June 11, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
Macbeth (Verdi) – The general of the victorious Scottish armies hears a prophecy from three witches that predict he will be the next King of Scotland. Believing this premonition, his wife encourages him to kill the King. His divine right drives Macbeth to be bloodthirsty with friends and opponents alike but alone and racked with guilt, he faces his last battle and death. Christof Loy‘s 2016 production for Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu features Ludovic Tezier as Macbeth, Vitalij Kowaljow as Banquo, Martina Serafin as Lady Macbeth, and Saimir Pirgu as Macduff. Conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti.
Sat June 17 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Prince Igor (Borodin) – Dmitri Tcherniakov‘s production is a psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Mikhail Petrenko as Prince Galitsky, Andrey Popov as Yeroshka, Oksana Dyka as Yaroslavna, Anita Rachvelishvili as Konchakovna, and Stefan Kocan as Khan Konchak. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Sun June 18 at 8pm and Mon June 19 at 2am – KQED Life
La Boheme (Puccini) – Franco Zeffirelli‘s iconic production stars Vittorio Grigolo as the poor poet Rodolfo who falls in love with the seamstress Mimi, sung by Kristine Opolais. Susanna Phillips as Musetta, Massimo Cavaletti as Marcello, Patrick Carfizzi as Schaunard and Oren Gradus (Merola 1999) as Colline complete the ensemble. Conducted by Stefano Ranzani.
Sun June 25 at 9pm and Mon June 26 at 3am – KQED Life
MET OPERA LIVE IN HD – SUMMER ENCORES
Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet) – Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Penny Woolcock, Bizet’s sweeping romance tells the story of a beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Diana Damrau leads the cast as the priestess Leïla, opposite Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, and Nicolas Testé as the high priest Nourabad.
Wed June 20 at 7pm
Macbeth (Verdi) – Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) delivers a searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth in Adrian Noble’s chilling production of this masterful operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, With Joseph Calleja as Macduff and Rene Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts. Wed June 28 at 7pm
CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – The Festival Euro Mediterraneo/Teatro Antico Taormina’s production from the summer of 2016 stars Hye Myung Kang as Cio-Cio San, Zoran Todorovich as Pinkerton, Ning Liang as Suzuki, and Davide Damiani as Sharpless. Designed and directed by Enrico Castiglione and conducted by Myron Michailidis.
Sun June 25 at 12noon and Tues June 27 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., SJ
FORT MASON CENTER FOR ARTS & CULTURE
Two marathon screenings of 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. $15
Sun June 25 at 2pm and 6pm Fort Mason Center – Cowell Theater 2 Marina Blvd, SF
ALL’OPERA IN CINEMA
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – This new production by Alvis Hermanis opened La Scala’s 2016-17 season and stars Maria José Siri as Cio-Cio San, Bryan Hymel (Merola 2001) as Pinkerton, Annalisa Stroppa as Suzuki, and Carlos Alvarez as Sharpless. Conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Wed June 28 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
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA AT THE BALLPARK
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – FREE *live* simulcast from the opera house stage to the 120′ HD jumbotron at AT&T Park. Mozart’s smart and otherworldly take on Don Juan explores the darker side, delivering a brilliant flirtation between comedy and tragedy, lust and logic, pleasure and pain. Ildebrando D’Arcangelo stars as Don Giovanni, with Erik Anstine as Leporello, Erin Wall as Donna Anna, Ana Maria Martinez as Donna Elvira, Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio, and Andrea Silvestrelli as the Commendatore. Nicola Luisotti conducts. For best seating, register for early entry! Beginning at 5pm, registered fans can enter the park; you must bring your barcoded confirmation printout for early entry. Gates open at 6pm for general entry. Our previous post about early admittance to the SFO Friends & Family section for OperaBobb Mavens can be found here.
Fri June 30 at 7:30pm AT&T Park – 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SF