Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for the month:
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. Sat Sept 30 at 10am at WFMT.com
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Erin Wall (Donna Anna), Ana María Martínez (Donna Elvira), Erwin Schrott (Leporello), Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Don Ottavio), Sarah Shafer (Zerlina), Michael Sumuel (Merola 2009, Masetto), Andrea Silvestrelli (The Commendatore), conducted by Marc Minkowski.
Sun Oct 1 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for four weeks after airing)
Don Pasquale (Donizetti) – Maurizio Muraro (Don Pasquale), Lucas Meachem (Adler 2005, Dr. Malatesta), Lawrence Brownlee (Ernesto), Heidi Stober (Norina), Bojan Knezevic (Adler 1995, Notary); conducted by Giuseppe Finzi. Sat Oct 7 at 10am at WFMT.com
Arabella (Strauss) – 1980 archive performance with Kiri Te Kanawa (Arabella), Ingvar Wixell (Mandryka), Barbara Daniels (Zdenka), William Lewis (Matteo), Alexander Malta (Count Waldner), Rebecca Cook (Merola 1978, Fortune Teller), Michael Ballam (Count Elemer), John Brandstetter (Count Dominik), Kevin Langan (Merola 1979-80, Count Lamoral), Erie Mills (Fiakermilli), Lee Woodriff (Djura), Karl Saarni (Jankel); conducted by Wolfgang Rennert. Sat Oct 14 at 10am at WFMT.com
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
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.
Sun Oct 1 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Sun Oct 8 at 8pm and Mon Oct 9 at 2am – KQED Life
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) – Deborah Warner‘s production of the opera adapted from Pushkin’s classic novel stars Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) reprising one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, with Peter Mattei as Onegin, Alexey Dolgov as Lenski, Stefan Kocan as Gremin, and Elena Maximova as Olga. Robin Ticciati conducts.
Sun Oct 8 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Turandot (Puccini) – Nina Stemme is Turandot, the icy Chinese princess who has renounced all men. Marco Berti is Calàf, the unknown prince who solves Turandot’s riddles and wins her love. Anita Hartig sings Liù, the faithful slave girl who gives her life to save Calàf, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk is Timur. Paolo Carignani conducts this revival of Franco Zeffirelli‘s spectacular 1987 production.
Sun Oct 22 at 12noon – KQED Plus
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. Sun Oct 22 at 8pm and Mon Oct 23 at 2am – KQED Life
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Norma (Bellini) – The Met’s evocative new production by David McVicar sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) as her archrival, Adalgisa, with Joseph Calleja as Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Matthew Rose as Oroveso. Carlo Rizzi conducts.
Sat Oct 7 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Oct 11 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encores)
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) – Adults and children alike are enchanted by the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit production. A winning ensemble cast – including Charles Castronovo (Merola 1998) as Tamino, Golda Schultz as Pamina, Markus Werba as Papageno, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and René Pape as Sarastro – brings fresh life to Mozart’s timeless fairy tale. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts.
Sat Oct 14 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Oct 18 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encores)
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) and Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) – Placido Domingo leads all-star casts in Franco Zeffirelli‘s La Scala productions. Featuring outstanding performances by Teresa Stratas, Elena Obraztsova, and Juan Pons in supporting roles. Georges Pretre conducts.
Sat Oct 7 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)
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.
Sat Oct 14 at 7:30pm; Sun Oct 15 at 1:30am; Sat Oct 21 at 9am – KQED Plus
Sat Oct 21 at 6:30pm; Sun Oct 22 at 12:30am; Thurs Oct 26 at 8pm; Fri Oct 27 at 2am; Sat Oct 28 at 1pm – KQED 9
Sat Oct 21 at 6:30pm; Sun Oct 22 at 12:30am; Sun Oct 23 at 10:30am; Thurs Oct 26 at 8pm; Fri Oct 27 at 2am; Sat Oct 28 at 1pm – KQED Life
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
The Magic Flute (Mozart) – Mauro Peter (Tamino), Siobhan Stagg (Pamina), Roderick Williams (Papageno), Sabine Devieilhe (Queen of the Night), Mika Kares (Sarastro), and Peter Bronder (Monostatos) star in this revival of David McVicar‘s enchanting production featuring a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. Wed Oct 17 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz
(No information about the Royal Opera screenings at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood was available at the time of publishing. Keep checking their website for more info. If they update their schedule I will amend this post and will certainly include them on future posts.)
The Paris Opera – In this captivating documentary, Swiss director Jean-Stéphane Bron takes audiences inside one of the world’s great performing arts venues for one season, revealing the complex artistic collaborations at its heart. Covering two performance spaces—the Palais Garnier and its newer sibling, the Opéra Bastille—this film illuminates the backstage bustle of the Opéra National de Paris and the scores of artists, financiers, administrators, and patrons that make the whole endeavor possible.
Begins Fri Oct 27
Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave., SF
Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
Rigoletto (Verdi) – Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu spring 2017 production with Carlos Álvarez as Rigoletto, Javier Camarena as the Duke of Mantua, Desiree Rancatore as Gilda, and Ante Jerkunica as Sparafucile. Conducted by Riccardo Frizza and directed by Monique Wagemakers.
Sat Oct 28 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa
SF OPERA COMMUNITY PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES
CarTUNE Afternoon: Disney Delights – Grab your popcorn and settle in for a *FREE* afternoon of classic cartoons filled with classical music! Sun Oct 29 at 2pm and 4pm
Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF