Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Rusalka (Dvorak) – In a new Met production, Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to this fairytale opera of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Kristine Opolais stars in the title role of the water nymph Rusalka, with Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures her heart; Katarina Dalayman as her rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Jezibaba. Mark Elder conducts.
Wed Mar 1 at 6:30pm (encore)
La Traviata (Verdi) – Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, in Willy Decker’s contemporary minimalist production; With Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) as his father, Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Sat Mar 11 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Mar 15 at 6:30pm (encore)
Idomeneo (Mozart) – A rare Met revival of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle‘s classic production of Mozart’s masterpiece set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Matthew Polenzani stars as King Idomeneo with Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante, Nadine Sierra (Adler 2012) as Ilia, and Elza van den Heever (Merola 2003-04) as Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness. James Levine conducts.
Sat Mar 25 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Mar 29 at 6:30pm (encore)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Dream of the Red Chamber (Sheng) – This operatic adaptation of one of China’s greatest classical novels recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress. With Pureum Jo (Dai Yu), Yijie Shi (Bao Yu), Hyona Kim (Lady Wang), Irene Roberts (Bao Chai), Qiulin Zhang (Granny Jia), Karen Chia-ling Ho (Merola 2014, Princess Jia), Yanyu Guo (Adler 1992, Aunt Xue), Randall Nakano (The Monk/Dreamer). Conducted by George Manahan.
Sun Mar 5 at 8pm on KDFC (also available to stream on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Werther (Massenet) – Tenor Vittorio Grigolo is the young poet Werther, who seeks the unattainable love of the beautiful Charlotte, sung by Isabel Leonard. Edward Gardner conducts. Sat Mar 4 at 10am
La Traviata (Verdi) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD performance described above. Sat Mar 11 at 10am
Guillaume Tell (Rossini) – Gerald Finley sings one of his signature roles as Tell, the revolutionary on a quest for freedom. Marina Rebeka is Mathilde and Bryan Hymel (Merola 2001) is her suitor, Arnold. Fabio Luisi conducts. Sat Mar 18 at 10am
Idomeneo (Mozart) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD performance described above. Sat Mar 25 at 10am
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Tosca (Puccini) – Patricia Racette (Adler 1990) portrays the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca in Luc Bondy’s production. Roberto Alagna sings her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Riccardo Frizza conducts.
Sun Mar 5 at 8pm and Mon Mar 6 at 2am – KQED Life
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Manon Lescaut (Puccini) – Jonathan Kent’s 2014 production for the Royal Opera brings this 19th-century classic to a theatrical non-naturalistic present-day setting and features Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann in the roles of the young lovers Manon Lescaut and the Chevalier des Grieux; with Maurizio Muraro as Gerontes, Christopher Maltman as Lescaut, and Benjamin Hulett as Edmondo. ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.
Sat Mar 11, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) – Robert Carsen’s 2016 production for Paris’ Opera Bastille stars Ramon Vargas in the title role of the poet Hoffmann, with Roberto Tagliavini as the Four Villains, Stephanie d’Oustrac as the muse Nicklausse, Sabine Devieilhe as Olympia, Kate Aldrich as Giulietta, and Ermonela Jaho as Antonia. Philippe Jordan conducts.
Sun Mar 12 at 12noon and Tues Mar 14 at 7:15pm Camera 3 Entertainment 288 S. Second St., SJ
ALL’OPERA IN CINEMA
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) – Teatro alla Scala presents a new production by director Frederic Wake-Walker. The cast includes Markus Werba (Figaro), Carlos Álvarez (The Count), Diana Damrau (Countess), Marianne Crebassa (Cherubino), and Golda Schultz (Susanna). Franz Welser-Möst conducts.
Wed Mar 22 at 7pm
Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave., SF
Del Mar Theatre 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
The Verdi Requiem – Filmed in commemoration of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Music Director 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.
Fri Mar 24 at 9pm and Sat Mar 25 at 3am – KQED 9
Sun Mar 26 at 8pm and Mon Mar 27 at 2am – KQED Life
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini) – The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Bellini’s most beautiful melodies. This bel canto gem from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu stars Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) as Romeo, Patrizia Ciofi as Juliet, Antonino Siragusa as Tebaldo, the rival for Juliet’s affections, and Marco Spotti as her overbearing father, Capellio; Vincent Boussard‘s production, seen on the SFO stage in 2012, has costumes by famed fashion designer Christian Lacroix with Riccardo Frizza conducting.
Sat Mar 25 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa