Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your radio, TV, and cinema opera-tunities for May:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner) – When an impetuous young knight arrives in a proud German city and vows to win the love of a beautiful woman, his attempts to prove himself find sympathy in a wise cobbler-poet. British baritone James Rutherford is Hans Sachs with soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Eva, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Walther, and a host of Adler Fellows past & present; Mark Elder conducting.
Sun May 1 at 7pm on KDFC *please note the early start time*
(also available to stream on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Elektra (R. Strauss) – Encore performance of the Saturday April 30th Live in HD transmission. Wed May 4 at 6:30pm
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart) – Met Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s delightful comic gem of wily captives in a harem. Coloratura soprano sensation Albina Shagimuratova stars in the bravura role of Konstanze. Rising tenor Paul Appleby is her lover, Belmonte, soprano Kathleen Kim is her shrewd maid, Blondchen, and bass Hans-Peter König delivers comic gravitas as Osmin, the overseer of the harem.
Sat May 7 at 10am
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA ON KDFC
All Mozart – Selections include contredances and arias from La Finta Giardiniera, Zaide, and more, featuring tenor Brian Thorsett (Merola 2006) and current SF Opera Adler Fellows bass Anthony Reed, soprano Julie Adams, and baritone Eddy Nelson.
Sun May 8 at 8pm
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) – ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano and director Richard Jones renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Mussorgsky’s magnificent masterpiece on the perils of power. Starring Bryn Terfel in the title role with John Graham-Hall as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.
Sat May 7 at 10am Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) – The story of an ongoing feud between two families in 17th-century Scotland that has terrible consequences for two young lovers. In Katie Mitchell‘s new production, the first at the ROH in more than a decade, the title role will be sung by Diana Damrau while tenor Charles Castronovo (Merola 1998) takes on that of her secret lover, the reckless and passionate Edgardo. Daniel Oren conducts.
Sun May 22 at 11am Clay Theater 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Sat May 28 at 10am Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Carmen (Bizet) – Elina Garanca leads the cast as the iconic gypsy with Roberto Alagna as Don José and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Escamillo. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Suggested donations are $10-20 per person to help cover costs.
Sat May 14, 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 AT THE MET
Lulu (Berg) – Artist and director William Kentridge applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own, in this wild tale of love, obsession, and death. Soprano Marlis Petersen gives a tour-de-force portrayal in the title role with Susan Graham (Merola 1987, Countess Geschwitz), Daniel Brenna (Alwa), and Johan Reuter (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper) rounding out the cast. Lothar Koenig conducts.
Sun May 15 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet) – This opera of lust and longing set in the Far East has returned to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.
Sun May 22 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Sun May 22 at 8pm and Mon May 23 at 2am – KQED Life
Maria Stuarda (Donizetti) – Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever (Merola 2003, 04) sings Elizabeth I, and Maurizio Benini conducts.
Sun May 29 at 8pm and Mon May 30 at 2am – KQED Life
ALL’OPERA ITALIAN OPERA IN CINEMA
La Cenerentola (Rossini) – Prince Ramiro, sung by Juan Francisco Gatell, switches roles with his servant to better assess the attraction that drives his heart. Physically radiant mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi‘s portrayal of Angelina (Cinderella) makes this production irresistible with her honeyed voice and perfect timbre. Teatro dell’Opera di Roma production directed by Emma Dante and conducted by Alejo Perez.
Wed May 25 at 7pm
Landmark Embarcadero Center 1 Embarcadero Ctr, SF
Del Mar Theatre 1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz and
Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto
RISING ALTERNATIVE OPERA IN CINEMA
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) shines as Leonora with Plácido Domingo as Count di Luna. They are complemented by tenor Francesco Meli as the troubadour Manrico, and contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux as the gypsy Azucena. This 2014 Salzburg production is directed by Alvis Hermanis and conducted by Daniele Gatti.
Sun May 15 at 12 noon and Tues May 17 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment 288 S. Second St., San Jose
Sat May 28 at 7pm
Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main Street, Napa
MEROLA GOES TO THE MOVIES
La Cenerentola – Rossini’s delightful operatic take on the timeless Cinderella story. This lively 2008 production from the Gran Teatro del Liceu stars Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997), Juan Diego Flórez, Bruno De Simone, and Simón Orfila, and is conducted by Patrick Summers (Merola 1986, ’87). Admission is FREE. Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30pm.
Sun May 29 at 1pm Koret Auditorium – SFPL Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF