Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for June, as well as a couple of extra treats for late May:
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert – Featuring acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally renowned German tenor Jonas Kaufmann singing selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, then joining forces for a powerful duet from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The concert opens with the overture to Wagner’s Tannhauser – the work that first inspired a five-year-old Nelsons to a life in music – and closes with Respighi’s spectacular orchestral showcase, Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome).
Fri May 29 at 9pm and Sat May 30 at 3am on KQED 9
Encores! Great Performances at the Met – This special program features 19 unforgettable arias and duets selected from the past 8 seasons of Great Performances at The Met broadcasts, performed by today’s greatest opera stars and talents. Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt (Adler 1986), the special covers a wide range of operatic ground from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996), and Voigt herself. These extraordinary moments, selected from more than 75 productions, were initially seen as part of the Met’s global Live in HD movie-theater transmissions, later shared with PBS audiences.
Sat May 30 at 8pm and Sun May 31 at 2am on KQED Plus
Sun May 31 at 6pm and Mon June 1 at 12am on KQED Life and KQED 9
ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE / CINEMA ITALIA SF
La Ciociara (Two Women) – On the occasion of the world premiere of Marco Tutino and Fabio Ceresa‘s opera Two Women, the Italian Cultural Institute of SF will present a special screening of the 1960 film of the same title by Vittorio De Sica, starring Sophia Loren. Tickets: $20 ($18 for Institute members); for more information contact the Italian Cultural Institute at 415-788-7142.
Sun May 31 at 6:30pm, New People Cinema, 1746 Post St, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Tosca (Puccini) – This sexually explosive thriller depicts a corrupt police chief who sets his sights on a glamorous singer as he plots to destroy her lover, a politically rebellious painter. Featuring Lianna Haroutounian (SFO debut, Floria Tosca), Brian Jagde (Adler 2012, Mario Cavaradossi), Mark Delavan (Adler 1987, Baron Scarpia), Scott Conner (Cesare Angelotti), Dale Travis (Adler 1989, Sacristan), Joel Sorensen (Spoletta), Efraín Solís (Adler 2015, Sciarrone), and Hadleigh Adams (Adler 2014, Jailer); conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Recorded Fall 2014, War Memorial Opera House.
Sun June 7 at 8pm (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY OPERA SERIES
The Barber of Seville for Families – Prepare to be charmed by Figaro, Seville’s favorite barber, as he helps two young lovers find their happily-ever-after in a series of comic twists and turns. The Barber of Seville for Families is a great way for audiences young and old to discover the magic of opera. The production is sung in English with English subtitles and is preceded by a 15-minute introduction. Advanced registration is encouraged and can be done at the link HERE. Families who register in advance can enter the theater via an express line during the event. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee you a seat.
Sat June 6 at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm
Sun June 7 at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm
The Creativity Theater, Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 4th St, San Francisco
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. This production was presented for families at San Francisco Opera in 2007 and is in English with English subtitles. Admission is FREE and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open 30 minutes prior and a 15 minute live introduction will precede each screening.
Fri June 19 at 11am, San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro
Sun June 21 at 3pm, Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Sat June 27 at 2pm, Corte Madera Public Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr, Corte Madera
OPERA PLAZA CINEMA
The Tales of Hoffmann – New digital 4K HD restoration of the classic 1951 film version of Offenbach’s opera in which a young poet named Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville) broods over his failed romances. First, his affair with the beautiful Olympia (Moira Shearer) is shattered when he realizes that she is really a mechanical woman designed by a scientist. Next, he believes that a striking prostitute loves him, only to find out she was hired to fake her affections by the dastardly Dapertutto (Robert Helpmann). Lastly, a magic spell claims the life of his final lover.
Beginning June 5, Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Aida (Verdi) – Franco Zeffirelli’s 2001 production was filmed in the composer’s hometown of Busseto, Italy and in the opera house named after him, the Teatro di Giuseppe Verdi. Starring Adina Aaron as Aida, Scott Piper as Radames, and Kate Aldrich as Amneris. Massimiliano Stefanelli conducts.
Sat June 13, potluck at 12 noon 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
The Merry Widow (Lehar) – Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of this effervescent operetta. Renee Fleming adds a new character to her Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed millionairess. Sir Andrew Davis conducts a stellar cast that includes Nathan Gunn as Danilo, Alek Shrader (Adler 2009) as Camille de Rosillon, and Sir Thomas Allen as Baron Zeta; Broadway star Kelli O’Hara makes her Met debut as Zeta’s wife Valencienne.
Sun June 21 at 8pm and Mon June 22 at 2am on KQED Life
CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Meet the most legendary seducer in history, who with the help of his valet Leporello, seduced, conquered and abandoned thousands of young women. Punished for having killed the Commendatore, Don Giovanni manages to escape and keeps on seducing women, while sowing anger in Seville. Soon, he has no choice but repent or die. Cast includes Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role with Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna), Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira), and Tomasz Konieczny (Il Commendatore). This production from the 2014 Salzburg Festival is directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf and conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
Sun June 21 at 12noon and Tues June 23 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S Second St, San Jose
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – This musical feast from Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden stars Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) and Plácido Domingo in debut roles at the head of an impressive ensemble conducted by Daniel Barenboim with stage direction by Philipp Stölzl.
Sat June 27 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main Street, Napa
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
La Bohème (Puccini) – Director John Copley‘s timeless production returns to the Covent Garden stage for the very last time. This tender and ultimately tragic love story is given moving expression through Puccini’s beautiful and memorable score. The captivating story unfolds against the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and brings the noise and vibrancy of bohemian 19th century Paris to life in stunning detail. Cinema audiences will be treated to a world-class cast including Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) as Mimi, Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo, Lucas Meachem (Adler 2005) as Marcello, and Jennifer Rowley as Musetta, with Dan Ettinger conducting.
Sun June 28 at 11am, Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St at Sacramento, San Francisco