Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy Holidays! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages – This program celebrates the 50th anniversary since the famous tenor’s career debut and includes arias from Turandot, La Boheme, Rigoletto, and Aida; Neapolitan songs arranged by Henry Mancini, sacred songs, and more.
Fri Dec 1 at 4am and 10am – KQED Plus
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Requiem (Verdi) – Soloists soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, mezzo Ekaterina Semenchuk, tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, bass Ferruccio Furlanetto together with the Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus. James Levine conducts. Sat Dec 2 at 10am
The Magic Flute (Mozart) – The Met’s condensed, English-language version of Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece has become a holiday tradition. Nathan Gunn reprises his portrayal of the bird-catcher Papageno with Charles Castronovo (Merola 1998) as Tamino, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Pamina, and Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night. Evan Rogister conducts. Sat Dec 9 at 10am
Norma (Bellini) – Starring Angela Meade as the Druid priestess, Jamie Barton as her archrival, Adalgisa, and tenor Joseph Calleja as Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover. Joseph Colaneri conducts.
Sat Dec 16 at 10am
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) – An exceptional ensemble of performers—Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess, Christiane Karg as Susanna, Serena Malfi as Cherubino, Luca Pisaroni as Count Almaviva, and Adam Plachetka as Figaro—share the stage in Mozart’s comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household. Harry Bicket conducts. Sat Dec 23 at 10am
The Merry Widow (Lehar) – Susan Graham (Merola 1987) sings the title role of the fabulous woman of the world who sets out to conquer glamorous old Paris and get the one thing that has eluded her—a commitment from her playboy first love. The cast also includes Andriana Chuchman as Valencienne, Paul Groves as Danilo, and Sir Thomas Allen as Baron Mirko Zeta. Ward Stare conducts. Sat Dec 30 at 10am
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
La Bohème (Puccini) – Summer 2017 performance with Erika Grimaldi as the fragile seamstress Mimi, Ellie Dehn as her flirtatious friend Musetta, tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz as the poet Rodolfo, baritone Audun Iversen as the painter Marcello, bass-baritone Brad Walker (Adler 2017) as the musician Schaunard, and bass Scott Conner as the philosopher Colline, and Dale Travis (Adler 1989) as Benoit & Alcindoro; conducted by Carlo Montanaro.
Sun Dec 3 at 8pm (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for four weeks after airing)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) – Just in time for the holidays, the Met presents a special encore presentation of their 2008 Live in HD broadcast. Richard Jones‘ whimsically twisted production stars Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer as the famous siblings lost in the woods, who battle the ravenous Witch in a zany portrayal by tenor Philip Langridge. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski glories in the rich, folk-inspired score. Sat Dec 9 at 12:55pm
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
The Magic Flute for Families – Bring the whole family on a magical journey for this one hour version of Mozart’s famous opera. The Magic Flute is the charming story of Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno’s journey to rescue Pamina. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. *FREE*
Sat Dec 9 at 1pm Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Bldng, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss II) – A Viennese tale of lechery, love, revenge and romance, of beautiful wives, juicy maids, amorous husbands, clever friends, a mysterious count and a drunken jailer. This glittering 1983 Royal Opera production has an exceptional cast, led by Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey with Plácido Domingo conducting the orchestra with panache.
Sat Dec 9 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)