Ciao and Happy New Year, Opera Mavens! We have a ton of broadcast opera-tunities to help you start off 2019:
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Otello (Verdi) – With Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) in the title role, Sonya Yoncheva as the devoted but doomed Desdemona, and Željko Lucic as the treacherous Iago. Gustavo Dudamel conducts.
Sat Jan 5 at 10am
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) – Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) takes on the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion; With Piotr Beczala as her lover, Maurizio, Anita Rachvelishvili as La Principessa, and baritone Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sat Jan 12 at 10am
Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) – A pair of brilliant young Met stars, tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, are the naïve title lovers, and baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the imperious Prince Golaud. Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Arkel, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, as Geneviève, complete the cast. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Sat Jan 19 at 10am
Marnie (Muhly) – An exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Conducted by Robert Spano. Sat Jan 26 at 10am
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. Sun Jan 6 at 8pm
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) – Live in HD cinema transmission of the radio broadcast described above.
Sat Jan 12 a 9:55am (live) and Wed Jan 16 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Cinderella (Deutscher) – The setting is an opera company run by the stepmother, who inherited it from Cinderella’s father when he died. Cinderella herself is a composer with beautiful melodies springing into her head, but she is not accepted by her new family, especially the stepsisters, who are vain would-be divas. The prince is a poet, and the story is about the Prince searching for the lost melody for his poem (rather than a lost slipper).
Sat Jan 12 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 1pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
Orphee et Eurydice (Gluck) – The famous myth of Orpheus, the legendary Greek musician and poet who is grief-stricken over the untimely death of his wife, Eurydice. Staged by acclaimed director-choreographer John Neumeier and produced in collaboration with The Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production seamlessly melds opera and dance. Starring Dmitry Korchak as Orphée with Andriana Chuchman (Merola 2005-06) as Eurydice and Lauren Snouffer as Amour.
Sat Jan 18 at 9pm and Sun Jan 19 at 3am – KQED 9
Doubt (Cuomo) – In this new opera based on John Patrick Shanley’s play and film, suspicion ignites a battle of wills at a Catholic school in the Bronx, circa 1964. Minnesota Opera’s production is directed by Kevin Newbury and stars Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius, Adriana Zabala as Sister James, Matthew Worth as Father Flynn, and Denyce Graves as Mrs. Miller. Sat Jan 25 at 9pm and Sun Jan 26 at 3am – KQED 9
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
The Magic Flute for Families – The charming story of Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno’s journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. FREE
Sat Jan 19 at 2pm Half Moon Bay Public Library 620 Correas St., HMB
Sun Jan 20 at 1:30pm SFPL North Beach Branch 850 Columbus Ave., SF
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
Alceste (Gluck) – King Admetus is dying and his wife, Alceste offers Apollo her own life in exchange for that of her beloved. The god is moved by this act of extreme devotion and allows the woman to return from the underworld. This 2015 Teatro la Fenice production is directed and designed by Pier Luigi Pizzi and stars Carmela Remigio as Alceste, Marlin Miller as Admeto, Ludovico Furnali as Eumelo, Anita Teodoro as Aspasia and is conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire.
Sat Jan 19 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa, CA
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) in her Met role debut as Leonora. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Count di Luna, with Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, Stefan Kocan as Ferrando and Dolora Zajick (Adler 1985) as the gypsy Azucena. Conducted by Marco Armiliato.
Sun Jan 20 at 12noon – KQED Plus
Aida (Verdi) – Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) sings her first Met Aida with Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris in Sonja Frisell’s opulent production. Rounding out the cast are Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radames, Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as Amonasro, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Ramfis. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Sun Jan 27 at 12noon – KQED Plus