Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your May broadcast opera-tunities:

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/the-met-live-in-hd
Cendrillon (Massenet) – Laurent Pelly‘s imaginative storybook production of this Cinderella story is the first in Met history.  Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) stars in the title role with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts.
Wed May 2 at 6:30pm (encore)

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
https://www.kdfc.com/2017/11/met-opera/
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod) – Ailyn Perez (Merola 2005) sings the role of Juliette with Charles Castronovo (Merola 1998) as her Romeo. Rounding out the cast are Joshua Hopkins as Mercutio, Kwangchul Youn as Frere Laurent, and Karine Deshayes as Stephano. Conducted by Placido Domingo. Sat May 5 at 10am

KDFC
The Opera Hour – A new opera broadcast program created and hosted by KDFC’s President Bill Lueth and SFO General Director Matthew Shilvock. This monthly one-hour program on the first Sunday of the month replaces the SFO’s full-length opera broadcasts. It welcomes long-time opera fans and the opera curious who want to discover the magic of this music. Each week, Bill and Matthew share new opera recordings they’re enjoying, as well as some of their favorites honoring singers of the past. They’ll also highlight the great opera singing being performed locally each month and dig into the archives of SF Opera for some gems recorded live at the War Memorial. And Matthew will take you backstage with a special guest to help demystify the spectacular world of opera! Sun May 6 at 8pm on KDFC

PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
http://www.pescaderoopera.com
La Boheme (Puccini) – Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House, Baz Luhrmann‘s unabashedly romantic interpretation uses the post-war setting of 1950s Paris to capture the youthfulness and intensity of the story with raw sincerity. Cheryl Barker and David Hobson head an ensemble production as Mimi and Rodolfo, whose dramatic and ultimately tragic romance anchors an unforgettable musical journey. Conducted by Julian Smith.  Sat May 12, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMAS
Macbeth (Verdi) – Something wicked this way comes in Phyllida Lloyd’s haunting production of Verdi’s magnificent opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy. With Zeljko Lucic in the title role, Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) as Lady Macbeth, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Banquo.  Conducted Antonio Pappano.  Wed May 23 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
https://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=67
The Opera House – Explore the rich history of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lincoln Center home and the cultural life of 1950s-60s New York City in this documentary by Susan Froemke. Features famed soprano Leontyne Price, the Met’s general manager Rudolf Bing, city planner Robert Moses and architect Wallace Harrison.  Fri May 25 at 10pm and Sat May 26 at 4am – KQED 9

JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
http://jarvisconservatory.com/operadancefilms.html
La Favorite (Donizetti) – Elina Garanca’s debut performance as Léonor de Guzman, the titular “favorite” of the Spanish king Alphonse XI, portrayed by Marisusz Kwiecien. Matthew Polenzani sings the role of Fernand and Karel Mark Chichon conducts Amélie Niermeyer’s production, which premiered in 2016 at Munich’s Bayerische Staaatsoper.  Sat May 26 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa

ENJOY!