Happy New Year, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities to kick off 2017:
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
NY Philharmonic New Year’s Eve – Ring in 2017 with Alan Gilbert and the NY Phil in an “Enchanted Evening” of American classics. Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) and Tony-winning baritone Paulo Szot perform Rodgers & Hammerstein and more, and the orchestra performs catchy Copland and sumptuous Strauss.
Sat Dec 31 at 9pm – KQED 9
Sun Jan 1 at 12am – KQED Plus
Sun Jan 1 at 3am – KQED 9
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Nabucco (Verdi) – The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena, and Dmitri Belosselskiy is Zaccaria, the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people. Sat Jan 7 at 10am
La Bohème (Puccini) – Ailyn Pérez and Michael Fabiano star as the young Parisian lovers Mimi and Rodolfo at the center of the story with Susanna Phillips as Musetta, David Bizic as Marcello, Alexey Lavrov as Schaunard, Christian Van Horn as Colline, and Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello. Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sat Jan 14 at 10am
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – Soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo are back as opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher‘s production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score. Sat Jan 21 at 10am
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) – Peter Mattei reprises one of his most compelling portrayals, that of the wily barber Figaro. The Met’s popular production also pairs bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena as the lovers Rosina and Count Almaviva, with Maurizio Benini conducting. Sat Jan 28 at 10am
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Nabucco (Verdi) – The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena, and Dmitri Belosselskiy is Zaccaria, the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.
Sat Jan 7 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Jan 11 at 6:30pm (encore)
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – Soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo are back as opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher‘s production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.
Sat Jan 21 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Jan 25 at 6:30pm (encore)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Cendrillon (Massenet) – Archival broadcast from 1982 with Donald Gramm (Pandolfe), Maureen Forrester (Mme. de la Haltière), Kaaren Erickson (Noémie), Laura Brooks Rice (Merola 1983, Dorothée), Sheri Greenawald (Lucette), Ruth Welting (Fairy Godmother), Delia Wallis (Prince Charming), Robert Tate (Master of Ceremonies), Carl Glaum (Prime Minister), James Busterud (Adler 1984, The King), R. Lee Woodriff (Herald); conducted by Mario Bernardi.
Sun Jan 8 at 8pm on KDFC
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
Bel Canto (Lopez) – Based on the best-selling novel by Ann Patchett and commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bel Canto tells the gripping story inspired by the 126-day hostage crisis of 1996-97 at the Japanese ambassador’s house in Lima, Peru. Cast includes soprano Danielle de Niese as the fictional soprano Roxanne Coss, J’Nai Bridges as Carmen, Jeongcheol Cha as Hosokawa, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Cesar, William Burden (Merola 1991) as Ruben Iglesias, and Andrew Stenson (Merola 2012) as Gen. Conducted by Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Kevin Newbury.
Fri Jan 13 at 9pm and Sat Jan 14 at 2am – KQED 9
Sun Jan 22 at 12noon – KQED Plus
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Faust (Gounod) – The story of a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and worldly indulgences. Sir David McVicar‘s innovative production for the Royal Opera sets this story around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870) in the gothic, seamy underbelly of Paris. He characterizes Faust, performed by Roberto Alagna, as a man both torn between the theater and religion, and grappling with his own sexuality. Angela Gheorghiu stars as Marguerite alongside a divine cast of operatic superstars, including Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch. ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.
Sat Jan 14 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
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.
Sun Jan 15 at 12noon and Tues Jan 17 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., San Jose
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
The Magic Flute for Families – The story of a prince and a bird catcher’s journey to rescue a beautiful princess. Along the way they find their true loves and discover wisdom and forgiveness. *FREE* Recommended for ages 5 and up. A 15-minute live introduction precedes each screening. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Wed Jan 25 at 6pm North Beach Public Library 850 Columbus Ave., SF
MEROLA GOES TO THE MOVIES
Carmen (Bizet) – Love, obsession, bullfights, cigarette girls, and smugglers. The tragic story of the unforgettable Carmen plays out with passionate intensity in a vibrant production that makes this familiar score seem fresh and new. The Royal Opera’s 2006 production features Anna Caterina Antonacci as Carmen, Jonas Kaufmann as Don Jose, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Escamillo; directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Antonio Pappano. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30 pm
Sun Jan 29 at 1pm SFPL Main Branch – Koret Auditorium 100 Larkin St., SF