Ciao Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Die Walküre (Wagner) – Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. With Greer Grimsley as her father, Wotan, Günther Groissböck as Hunding, and Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) and Eva-Maria Westbroek as the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Conducted by Philippe Jordan.
Sat Mar 30 at 9am (live) and Wed Apr 3 at 12:30pm and 6:30pm (encore)
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
La Fanciulla del West (Puccini) – In this Wild West romance, Eva-Marie Westbroek sings the gun-slinging heroine Minnie with Jonas Kaufmann as the outlaw she loves, Dick Johnson, and Zeljko Lucic as the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance. Conducted by Marco Armiliato. Sun Mar 31 at 12noon – KQED+
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns) – Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca sing the title roles with Laurent Naouri as the High Priest, Elchin Azizov as Abimelech, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the work in 20 years. Conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Sun Apr 7 at 12noon – KQED+
La Traviata (Verdi) – Michael Mayer‘s richly-textured new production stars Diana Damrau as the tragic heroine Violetta with Juan Diego Flórez as her hapless lover, Alfredo. Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Sun Apr 14 at 12noon – KQED+
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Tosca (Puccini) – Jennifer Rowley sings the title role of the volatile diva with Joseph Calleja as her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Wolfgang Koch as the nefarious police chief Scarpia. Conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Sat Apr 6 at 10am
Siegfried (Wagner) – Stefan Vinke sings the heroic title character with Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, Michael Volle as the enigmatic Wanderer, Tomasz Konieczny as Alberich, and Gerhard Siegel as Mime. Conducted by Philippe Jordan. Sat Apr 13 at 9:30am
La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) – Matthew Polenzani sings the title role of Tito with Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) as Sesto. This opera of vengeance and forgiveness also stars Elza van den Heever (Adler 2007) as Vitellia, Ying Fang as Servilia, Emily D’Angelo as Annio, and Christian Van Horn as Publio. Conducted by Lothar Koenigs. Sat Apr 20 at 10am
Götterdämmerung (Wagner) – Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, whose heroic self-sacrifice paves the way for humankind’s redemption and rebirth. Andreas Schager takes on the role of the hero Siegfried, and Eric Owens is Hagen. Conducted by Philippe Jordan. Sat Apr 27 at 9am
THE OPERA HOUR
This month, enjoy a taste of Spain with opera from around the world inspired by life on the Iberian Peninsula. Sun Apr 7 at 8pm on KDFC and KDFC.com
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Il Trittico (Puccini) – This trio of operas offers a panorama of emotions, with the dark and foreboding Il Tabarro and comic Gianni Schicchi bookending a heart-wrenching Suor Angelica. The Royal Opera’s production by director Richard Jones has an acclaimed cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek as Giorgetta, Ermonela Jaho as Suor Angelica, Anna Larsson as La Zia Principessa, Lucio Gallo as Michele and Gianni Schicci, Ekaterina Siurina as Lauretta, and Francesco Demuro as Rinuccio. Conducted by ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano.
Sat Apr 13, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 1pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
Cinderella for Families – With an open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in Rossini’s sparkling version of the story. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
*FREE* (a preceding family workshop is also available) Sat Apr 13 at 3pm
Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA IN CINEMA
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Director Damiano Michieletto‘s 2017 production for Venice’s Teatro La Fenice includes Alessandro Luongo in the title role, Omar Montanarias as Leporello, Antonio Poli as Don Ottavio, Francesca Dotto as Donna Anna, Carmela Remigio as Donna Elvira, and
Attila Jun as The Commendatore. Conducted by Stefano Montanari.
Sat Apr 20 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMAS
La Forza del Destino (Verdi) – Leonora (Anna Netrebko, Merola 1996) falls in love with Don Alvaro (Jonas Kaufmann), but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Directed by Christof Loy and conducted by ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano. Tues Apr 30 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz