Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for the month:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
The Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc) – 1982 archival performance starring Leontyne Price (Madame Lidoine), Virginia Zeani (Mother Marie), Betsy Norden (Sister Constance), Régine Crespin (Madame de Croissy), Carol Vaness (Merola 1976, Blanche), Howard Hensel (Chevalier de la Force), Eric Halfvarson (Marquis de la Force); conducted by Henry Lewis.
Sat Oct 1 at 10am on WFMT.com
Carmen (Bizet) – Irene Roberts (Carmen), Brian Jagde (Adler 2010-12, Don José), Ellie Dehn (Micaëla), Zachary Nelson (Escamillo), Amina Edris (Adler 2016, Frasquita), Renée Rapier (Adler 2013, Mercédès), Edward Nelson (Adler 2016, Moralès), Brad Walker (Adler 2016, Zuniga), Alex Boyer (Merola 2007, El Remendado), Daniel Cilli (El Dancairo); conducted by Carlo Montanaro. Recorded Summer 2016, WMOH.
Sun Oct 2 at 8pm on KDFC
(also available on-demand at KDFC.com for four weeks after airing)
Sat Oct 8 at 10am on WFMT.com
Don Carlo (Verdi) – Michael Fabiano (Don Carlo), Ana María Martínez (Elisabetta), Nadia Krasteva (Princess Eboli), Mariusz Kwiecien (Rodrigo), René Pape (Filippo II), Andrea Silvestrelli (The Grand Inquisitor), Matthew Stump (Adler 2016, A Monk), Nian Wang (Adler 2016, Tebaldo), Pene Pati (Adler 2016, Count Lerma); Toni Marie Palmertree (Adler 2016, Heavenly Voice); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Summer 2016, WMOH
Sat Oct 15 at 10am on WFMT.com
Jenůfa (Janacek) – Malin Byström (Jenufa), Karita Mattila (Kostelnicka), William Burden (Merola 1991, Laca Klemen ), Scott Quinn (Merola 2011, Steva Buryja), Jill Grove (Merola 1995, Grandmother Buryjovka), Matthew Stump (Adler 2016, Foreman), Anthony Reed (Adler 2016, Mayor), Julie Adams (Adler 2016, Karolka), Toni Marie Palmertree (Adler 2016, Barena), Zanda Švede (Adler 2016, Mayor’s Wife), Laura Krumm (Adler 2013, Maid), Sarah Tucker (Jano); conducted by Jirí Belohlávek. Recorded Summer 2016, WMOH.
Sat Oct 22 at 10am on WFMT.com
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) – Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) as Tristan with Nina Stemme as Isolde in Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death. Mariusz Trelinski‘s new Met production also stars Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, Evgeny Nikitin as Kurwenal, and René Pape as King Marke. Sir Simon Rattle conducts.
Sat Oct 8 at 9am (live) and Wed Oct 12 at 6:30pm (encore)
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. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Sat Oct 22 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Oct 26 at 6:30pm (encore)
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
The Enchanted Island – The Met’s Baroque pastiche fantasy brings together some of the greatest arias and ensembles of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and other composers with Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With David Daniels as the magician Prospero, Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) as the sorceress Sycorax, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Luca Pisaroni as Caliban, and Danielle de Niese as Ariel. William Christie conducts.
Sat Oct 8 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
Manon Lescaut (Puccini) – Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann star as the ill-fated lovers in Puccini’s passionate adaptation of the classic novel about a free-spirited country girl. Sir Richard Eyre‘s 1940s-inspired production also stars Massimo Cavalletti as Manon’s cousin, Lescaut, and Brindley Sherratt as Geronte, her wealthy older lover. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Sun Oct 9 at 8pm and Mon Oct 10 at 2am – KQED Life
Elektra (R. Strauss) – Soprano Nina Stemme portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance with legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier as her fearsome mother, Klytämnestra, and soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens as her troubled siblings. The late Patrice Chéreau‘s production was directed by Vincent Huguet and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Sun Oct 30 at 9pm and Mon Oct 31 at 3am – KQED Life
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMAS
Norma (Bellini) – This new production by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus gives the opera a contemporary setting against a backdrop of a cruel civil war, and focuses on the opera’s exploration of the conflict between an individual’s own desires and those of her society – and of religion as a force for unity and for destruction. Antonio Pappano conducts a wonderful cast led by Sonya Yoncheva (Norma), Joseph Calleja (Pollione) and Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa).
Thurs Oct 13 at 1pm and 7pm
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley
Rialto Cinemas El Cerrito 10070 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol
RISING ALTERNATIVE – OPERA IN CINEMAS
Fidelio (Beethoven) – Based on Jean-Nicolas Bouilly’s Leonore, or The Triumph of Married Love, Beethoven’s only opera takes its inspiration from a true revolutionary French anecdote: a woman, disguised as a prison guard, rescues her husband from death in a political prison. This new production from the 2015 Salzburg Festival directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst stars Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan, Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore, Tomasz Konieczny as Don Pizarro and Hans-Peter König as Rocco.
Sun Oct 16 and Tues Oct 18 Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., SJ
Sat Oct 29 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa