Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your February broadcast opera-tunities:
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Marnie (Muhly) – Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie and Christopher Maltman is Mark Rutland,the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Conducted by Robert Spano. Fri Feb 1 at 9pm and Sat Feb 2 at 3am – KQED 9
Otello (Verdi) – Bartlett Sher‘s production has Aleksandrs Antonenko as the tormented Moor of Venice, with Sonya Yoncheva as his wife, Desdemona, and Zeljko Lucic as his sinister rival, Iago. Conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Sun Feb 3 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Lulu (Berg) – Director and visual artist William Kentridge‘s production stars Marlis Petersen in the femme fatale title role with Susan Graham (Merola 1987) as Countess Geschwitz, Daniel Brenna as Alwa, and Johan Reuter as Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper. Conducted by Lothar Koenigs.
Sun Feb 10 at 12noon – KQED Plus
THE OPERA HOUR ON KDFC
This monthly one-hour program welcomes long-time opera fans and the opera curious who want to discover the magic of this music by highlighting upcoming opera performances and gems from the SF Opera archives. Fall in love with opera on a Valentine’s Day special of The Opera Hour.
Sun Feb 3 at 8pm on KDFC and KDFC.com
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Carmen (Bizet) – Clementine Margaine plays opera’s ultimate seductress in Sir Richard Eyre‘s production, with Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don Jose, Alexandra Kurzak as Micaela, and Alexander Vinogradav as Escamillo. Louis Langrée conducts.
Sat Feb 2 at 9:55am (live) Wed Feb 6 at 1pm & 6:30pm; Sat Feb 9 at 12:55pm (encores)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Carmen (Bizet) – Radio broadcast of the cinema transmission described above. Sat Feb 2 at 10am
Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) / Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartok) – Intriguing double bill of an enchanting fairy tale followed by an erotic psychological thriller. With Sonya Yoncheva as the blind princess Iolanta opposite Matthew Polenzani as the knight Vaudémont. Gerald Finley is the menacing Bluebeard and Angela Denoke is Judith, his initially unsuspecting new wife. Henrik Nánási conducts. Sat Feb 9 at 10am
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Luca Pisaroni stars as opera’s most notorious seducer with Ildar Abdrazakov as Leporello, Stefan Kocan as The Commendatore, Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Donna Anna, Federica Lombardi as Donna Elvira, Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio, Aida Garifullina as Zerlina, and Brandon Cedel as Masetto. Cornelius Meister conducts. Sat Feb 16 at 10am
Rigoletto (Verdi) – Roberto Frontali plays the title role with Nadine Sierra (Adler 2012) reprising her portrayal of his daughter Gilda. Vittorio Grigolo plays the lascivious Duke and Stefan Kocan is the assassin Sparafucile. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Sat Feb 23 at 10am
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
The Magic Flute (Mozart) – Adults and children alike are enchanted by the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit Met Opera production. James Levine conducts the winning ensemble cast of Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Ying Huang as Pamina, Erika Miklosa as the Queen of the Night, and René Pape as Sarastro.
Sat Feb 9 Potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 1pm
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