Opera Radio, TV, Movies – November 2014

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities this month:

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS                                  http://sfopera.com/Watch-Listen/Radio-Broadcasts.aspx                                         Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – Patricia Racette (Adler 1990) as Cio-Cio-San, Brian Jagde (Adler 2010-12) as Pinkerton, Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, Brian Mulligan as Sharpless, and Morris Robinson as The Bonze; conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Summer 2014, War Memorial Opera House
Sun Nov 2 at 8pm on KDFC
(also available on-demand at KDFC.com for one month after airing)

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET                                               http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=15125                                                 The Tempest – Composer Thomas Ades conducts the Met premiere of his own work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th-century La Scala in this staging.
Sun Nov 2 at 12 noon on KQED Plus

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/schedule/                                                                   Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages – Highlights from the career of tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) including Nessun dorma, arias from La Bohème, Rigoletto, and Aida, plus duets with Bono, Sting, Eric Clapton, and Vanessa Williams.
Sat Nov 8 at 8pm on KQED Plus

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD                                         http://www.metopera.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx
Carmen (Bizet) – Mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili sings her signature role of the gypsy temptress, Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her lover Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the dashing bullfighter Escamillo; Pablo Heras-Casado conducts.
Sat Nov 1 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Nov 5 at 6:30pm (encore)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) – Bartlett Sher’s production of this classic comedy stars Isabel Leonard as Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her suitor Count Almaviva, and Christopher Maltman as the resourceful Figaro; Michele Mariotti conducts.
Sat Nov 22 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Nov 26 at 6:30pm (encore)

CAMERA CINEMAS OPERA IN CINEMA                                       http://www.cameracinemas.com/operas.shtml                                                                      Il Trovatore (Verdi) – from Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 2013
Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) as Leonora with Placido Domingo‘s role debut as Conte di Luna. Designed & directed by Philipp Stolzl; Daniel Barenboim conducts.
Sun Nov 23 at 12 noon and Tues Nov 25 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second Street, San Jose


Tix: Tosca at SFO 11/1

OPERABOBB’S TICKET EXCHANGE — For the admissionally challenged;
please communicate directly with the seller.

Tosca for Sale by Yvonne Upsher
Sat Nov 1 at 7:30pm, one ticket, Premier Center Orchestra, Row L, Seat 111.
Paid $281, will sell for $200; contact yvonneupsher@hotmail.com or 650-348-8239

Opera Workshops, Lectures, and Classes – November 2014

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for the month:

Stage Manager Rachel Henneberry leads these interactive, multi-generational workshops that explore the opera’s themes, stories, characters, and music; snacks served afterwards! Recommended for ages 7 and older, children must be accompanied by parent or guardian; $5 per person, tickets available via links below.
CinderellaSat Nov 1 at 10-11am or 11:30-12:30pm
Chorus Room, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, SF
La Bohème for Families – Sat Nov 22 at 9-10am or Sat Nov 29 at 10-11am
Chorissima Hall, Kanbar Performing Arts Center, 44 Page St, SF

Before the performance, listen to a 25-minute overview of the opera with insights on the music, composer and historical background. These talks are FREE to ticketholders and take place in the Orchestra section of the theater beginning 55 minutes prior to curtain.
Tosca by SFO Assistant Conductor and Prompter Jon Khuner (Nov 1 & 4); Classical Music Critic for the Washington Post Anne Midgette (Nov 8)
Cinderella by Conductor and Composer Giancarlo Aquilanti
La Bohème by SF Opera Dramaturg Kip Cranna
La Bohème for Families by Music Educator John Bischoff

The Italian Girl in Algiers (Rossini) – One-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tue Nov 4 at 12 noon, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 4th and San Fernando Sts, San Jose
Introduction to Opera – At 6:30 before evening performances, and at 1:30 before matinees, a FREE talk is presented in the California Theatre to acquaint you with the composer’s life, his place in the history of opera, the story and its characters. You must be ticketed for that day’s performance; your ticket will be torn as you enter the building.

Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s previews. FREE of charge, reservations requested.
Mon Nov 10 at 7:30pm, Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos
To reserve a seat in Los Gatos, email pat@patmillermusic.com or call 408-871-7010.
Thu Nov 13 at 7:30pm, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, 1080 Marsh Rd, Menlo Park
To reserve a seat in Menlo Park, email FriendsofOSJ@gmail.com.

The “Rube Goldberg” Effect in Wagner Productions with Dr. Evan Baker – Wagner’s operas are never easy to produce, and the implementation of special effects such as the sinking of the Holländer’s ship, swimming Rheindaughters, and the Verwandlung (change of scenery) in Parsifal are prime examples. A look “behind the scenes” in the creation of these effects with audio, animation, and digital examples will be offered, along with a recreation of the original Verwandlung from the forest to the Temple of the Grail. Free to members, non-members $10.
Sat Nov 8 at 1pm, JCC-SF, 3200 California St (at Presidio), San Francisco

The Coronation of Poppea (Monteverdi) – Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, president of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay) where he also plays oboe, English horn, and writes the program notes. Larry’s goal is to make opera more enjoyable and accessible to “all the people”; attend the lecture and then go see the opera with your newfound knowledge! Lectures are FREE and open to the public.
Sat Nov 15 at 2pm, SF Public Library, Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St, SF

Mozart’s Three – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, music’s greatest prodigy, excelled at both instrumental and vocal compositions; he wrote symphonies, piano works, chamber and choral music, songs and operas. Diane Mauch, Florida Grand Opera’s Director of Education, will help you explore Mozart’s fabulous opera trio (Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte) using CDs and DVD performances that capture the master’s genius. Two 2-hour lectures; $48 for OLLI members, $66 for non-members.
Thu Nov 13 and 20, 10:30am to 12:30pm
CSU East Bay Concord Campus, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Concord


Tix: Partenope at SFO 11/2

OPERABOBB’S TICKET EXCHANGE — For the admissionally challenged;
please communicate directly with the seller.

Partenope for Sale by Terry Ulin
Sun Nov 2 at 2pm, one ticket, Balcony Circle, Row D, Seat 7; seat is in center of house and top row of Balcony Circle, so there is just one step to climb up and down. Original price $99, will sell for $70 or best offer; contact ulin12@comcast.net .