Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for September:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
La Gioconda (Ponchielli) – 1979 archive performance with Renata Scotto (La Gioconda), Luciano Pavarotti (Enzo), Stefania Toczysk (Laura), Norman Mittelmann (Barnaba), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Alvise), Margarita Lilova (La Cieca); conducted by Bruno Bartoletti. Sat Sept 2 at 10am at WFMT.com
Otello (Verdi) – 1978 archive performance with Placido Domingo (Otello), Katia Ricciarelli (Desdemona), Guillermo Sarabia (Iago), Barry McCauley (Merola 1975 – 76, Cassio), Gwendolyn Jones (Merola 1970, Emilia), Clifford Grant (Lodovico); conducted by Giuseppe Patanè.
Sun Sept 3 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
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. Sat Sept 10 at 10am at WFMT.com
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – With Lianna Haroutounian as Cio-Cio-San, Vincenzo Costanzo as Pinkerton, Zanda Svede (Adler 2014-16) as Suzuki, Julius Ahn as Goro, and Anthony Clark Evans as Sharpless. Conducted by Yves Abel. Sat Sept 16 at 10am at WFMT.com
Andrea Chénier (Giordano) – With Yonghoon Lee (Andrea Chénier), Anna Pirozzi (Maddalena di Coigny), George Gagnidze (Carlo Gérard), J’Nai Bridges (Bersi), Joel Sorensen (L’Incredibile), Robert Pomakov (Mathieu), David Pershall (Merola 2008, Roucher), Jill Grove (Merola 1995, Madelon), Catherine Cook (Adler 1992, Contessa di Coigny). Conducted by Nicola Luisotti.
Sat Sept 23 at 10am at WFMT.com
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
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
The Magic Flute for Families – The Magic Flute for Families – Bring the whole family on a magical journey with this one hour version of Mozart’s famous opera. The Magic Flute is the charming story of Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno’s journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. *FREE*
Sat Sept 2 at 2pm Oakland Public Library – Cesar Chavez Branch 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland
Carmen for Families – This beloved opera tells the passionate tale of the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the spirited bullfighter who comes between them. Recommended for ages 10 and up. *FREE*
Tues Sept 19 at 6pm San Pablo Library 2300 El Portal Dr., San Pablo
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ON KQED
Attila (Verdi) – The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. This production from Summer 2012 stars Ferruccio Furlanetto as Attila, Ana Lucrecia Garcia as Odabella, Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as Ezio, Diego Torre as Foresto, Samuel Ramey as Pope Leo I, and Nathaniel Peake (Merola 2008 – 09) as Uldino.
Sun Sept 3 at 9pm and Mon Sept 4 at 3am – KQED Life
Mefistofele (Boito) – This resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust is one of the most impressive productions ever seen on the SF Opera stage. This production from Fall 2013 stars Ildar Abdrazakov as Mefistofele, Ramon Vargas as Faust, and Patricia Racette (Adler 1990) as Margherita and Elena.
Sun Sept 10 at 9pm and Mon Sept 11 at 3am – KQED Life
ALL’OPERA OPERA IN CINEMA
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart) – This sparkling comedy about a young Spanish nobleman and his faithful sidekick breaking into a Turkish harem and freeing their fiancées is among the most popular operas of all time. This 2017 La Scala performance has Lenneke Ruiten as Kostanze, Sabine Devieilhe as Blonde, Mauro Peter as Belmonte, Maximilian Schmitt as Pedrillo, Tobias Kehrer as Osmin, and Cornelius Obonya as Pasha Selim; directed by Giorgio Strehler and conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Wed Sept 6 at 7pm
Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave., SF
Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto
Del Mar Theatre 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
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 Sept 10 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Michael Grandage’s production that also includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Byström as Donna Elvira, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Matthew Rose as Masetto, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, and Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore. Conducted by Fabio Luisi.
Sun Sept 17 at 8pm and Mon Sept 18 2am – KQED Life
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod) – Diana Damrau, in her role debut as Juliette, reunites with Vittorio Grigolo as her Romeo. Together, they ignite the stage in Bartlett Sher‘s lush new production. Rounding out the cast are Elliot Madore as Mercutio, Mikhail Petrenko as Frere Laurent, and Virginie Verrez as Stephano. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Sun Sept 24 at 8pm and Mon Sept 25 at 2am – KQED Life
KQED – OPERA REIMAGINED: ANIMATING THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
This documentary follows the journey of Cleveland Orchestra’s innovative approach to staging Janacek’s opera from conception to tech rehearsals and, finally, to opening night. Through rehearsal footage, production meetings, and interviews, you will see how the opera comes together piece-by-piece, providing a fascinating view of all the creative elements featured in this unique performance.
Sun Sept 10 at 8pm and Mon Sept 11 at 2am – KQED Life
Thurs Sept 14 at 7:30am and 1:30pm – KQED World
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Carmen (Bizet) – The Met’s 2010 production stars Elina Garanca as the ill-fated gypsy temptress with tenor Roberto Alagna as desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Sat Sept. 12 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
2017 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert – Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic’s annual open-air concert from Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Featured are guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach with superstar soprano Renee Fleming as special guest soloist.
Sun Sept 24 at 12noon – KQED Plus
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
La Cenerentola (Rossini) – 2017 Opera de Paris production with Teresa Iervolino as Angelina, Juan José De León as Don Ramiro, Maurizio Muraro as Don Magnifico, Chiara Skerath as Clorinda, Isabelle Druet as Tisbe, Alessio Arduini as Dandini, and Roberto Tagliavini as Alidoro. Directed by Guillaume Gallienne and conducted by Ottavio Dantone.
Sat Sept 30 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa