Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy Holidays! Here are your December broadcast opera-tunities:
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Mefistofele (Boito) – With Christian Van Horn as the diabolical title character, Michael Fabiano as Faust, Angela Meade as Margherita, and Jennifer Check as Helen of Troy. Joseph Colaneri conducts. Sat Dec 1 at 10am
Il Trittico (Puccini) – Triple bill featuring Marcelo Álvarez and Amber Wagner as the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro, with George Gagnidze as the spurned husband; Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica, alongside Stephanie Blythe as the Principessa; and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes an unusual comedic turn in the title role of Gianni Schicchi. Bertrand de Billy conducts. Sat Dec 8 at 10am
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. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Sat Dec 15 at 10am
La Fanciulla del West (Puccini) – In this Wild West romance, Eva-Marie Westbroek sings the gun-slinging heroine Minnie with Jonas Kaufmann in the role of Dick Johnson, the outlaw she loves, and Zeljko Lucic as the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance. Marco Armiliato conducts. Sat Dec 22 at 10am
The Magic Flute (Mozart) – Nathan Gunn is the bird-catcher Papageno with Ben Bliss as Tamino, Erin Morley as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Brenton Ryan as Monostatos, and Morris Robinson as Sarastro. Harry Bicket conducts. Sat Dec 29 at 10am
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
The Magic Flute (Mozart) – Wth its whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry, this holiday encore from 2006 of Julie Taymor‘s hit production is presented in a shortened English-language version. Starring Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Ying Huang as Pamina, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night, and René Pape as Sarastro; conducted by James Levine. Sat Dec 1 at 12:55pm
La Traviata (Verdi) – Cinema transmission of the broadcast described above.
Sat Dec 15 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Dec 19 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
THE OPERA HOUR ON KDFC
Join Matthew and Bill for an Opera Hour holiday special featuring marvelous singers, familiar favorites, and fun surprises! Sun Dec 2 at 8pm on KDFC and KDFC.com
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 8 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 1pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
Carmen for Families – This beloved opera tells the passionate tale of the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the spirited bullfighter who comes between them. Recommended for ages 10 and up. *FREE* Wed Dec 12 at 4pm Walnut Creek Public Library 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
KQED – OPERA REIMAGINED
Animating The Cunning Little Vixen – Follow the journey of this innovative approach to opera from conception to tech rehearsals and, finally, to opening night. Through rehearsal footage, production meetings, and interviews with Cleveland Orchestra staff, animators, and others, the half-hour documentary reveals how the opera comes together piece-by-piece, providing a fascinating view of all the creative elements featured in this unique performance.
Mon Dec 24 at 11pm and Tues Dec 25 at 5am on KQED 9
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood – Celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with this tribute concert at Tanglewood. Featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the concert is hosted by Audra McDonald and includes guest artists Susan Graham (Merola 1987), Nadine Sierra (Adler 2012), Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980), Isabel Leonard and more.
Fri Dec 28 at 9:02pm and Sat Dec 29 at 3:02am – KQED 9