Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
50 Years of Mostly Mozart – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the composer’s genius with signature performances and new commissions.
Fri Feb 3 at 9pm and Sat Feb 4 at 3am – KQED 9
Sun Feb 12 at 12noon – KQED Plus
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Rigoletto (Verdi) – Stephen Costello stars as the womanizing Duke, Olga Peretyatko is the innocent Gilda, and Zeljko Lucic reprises his heartbreaking take on the tragic title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts. Sat Feb 4 at 10am
Carmen (Bizet) – French mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine stars as the immortal gypsy heroine. Tenor Marcelo Alvarez is the hapless soldier Don José, newcomer Maria Agresta is the devoted Micaëla, and Kyle Ketelsen is the torero Escamillo. Ascher Fisch conducts. Sat Feb 11 at 10am
I Puritani (Bellini) – The art of bel canto takes center stage in this lyrical jewel. The electrifying Diana Damrau is Elvira, gripped by madness and love; Javier Camarena takes on the role of her beloved and heroic Arturo; and Alexey Markov and Luca Pisaroni are the soldiers caught up in the English Civil War. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Sat Feb 18 at 10am
Rusalka (Dvorak) – Kristine Opolais stars in the title role of the mythical water nymph in this fairytale opera of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Rounding out the cast is Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures her heart; Katarina Dalayman as her rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the witch Jezibaba. Mark Elder conducts. Sat Feb 25 at 10am
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
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 production also stars Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, Evgeny Nikitin as Kurwenal, and René Pape as King Marke. Sir Simon Rattle conducts. Sun Feb 5 at 12noon – KQED Plus
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Semiramide (Rossini) – Special archival broadcast from 1981. Montserrat Caballé (Semiramide), Marilyn Horne (Arsace), James Morris (Assur), Dalmacio Gonzalez (Idreno), Candace Kahn (Azema), Eric Halfvarson (Oroe), Jonathan Green (Mitrane), Gregory Stapp (Ghost of Nino); conducted by Richard Bonynge.
Sun Feb 5 at 8pm – KDFC (available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Faust (Gounod) – Weary of life and the pursuit of knowledge, the aged scholar Faust contemplates suicide. Mephistopheles promises to satisfy all of his hedonistic demands in exchange for his soul. Sir David McVicar‘s innovative 2004 Royal Opera production sets the story in the seamy underbelly of Paris around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870). Roberto Alagna stars as Faust with Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite. The rest of the cast includes superstars Bryn Terfel as Mephistopheles, Simon Keenlyside as Valentin, and Sophie Koch as Siebel. ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.
Sat Feb 11 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
CarTUNE Afternoon – Grab some popcorn and join San Francisco Opera for a FREE afternoon of beloved cartoons filled with classical music. Disney Delights will feature an array of favorites to inspire joy, laughter and enchantment.
Sat Feb 11; 2 – 3:15pm and 4 – 5:15pm
Taube Atrium Theatre – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens) – Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic opera. When the thunder at last rumbles, the enchanting yet treacherous beauty Dalila betrays Samson and offers him up to his enemies. This 2016 Opera National de Paris production is directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Philippe Jordan and stars Anita Rachvelisvili as Dalila, Aleksandr Antonenko as Samson, Egils Silins as the High Priest of Dagon, Nicolas Teste as Abimélech, Nicolas Cavallier as the Old Hebrew, John Bernard as the Philistine Messenger, Luca Sannaias the First Philistine, and Jian Hong-Zhao as the Second Philistine.
Tues Feb 21 at 7:15pm Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., SJ
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Rusalka (Dvorak) – In a new Met production, Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to this fairytale opera of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Kristine Opolais stars in the title role of the water nymph Rusalka, with Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures her heart; Katarina Dalayman as her rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Jezibaba. Mark Elder conducts.
Sat Feb 25 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Mar 1 at 6:30pm (encore)
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – Director David Bösch sets the passionate story of love, feuding families, and a gypsy curse against the backdrop of war. Star-crossed lovers, Manrico and Leonora, are intertwined with the fate of Manrico’s mother the gypsy Azucena, who is seeking vengeance for the murder of her own mother by the di Luna family. Starring Gregory Kunde as Manrico, Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora, Vitaliy Bilyy as Count di Luna, Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena, with Richard Farnes conducting.
Wed Feb 22 at 1pm and 7pm Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley
Tues Feb 28 at 7pm Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Tues Feb 28 at 7pm Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz