Metropolitan Opera production of Manon Lescaut. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera.

Metropolitan Opera production of Manon Lescaut. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera.

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for July:

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=15125
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – Anthony Minghella‘s gorgeous production stars Kristine Opolais in the title role with Roberto Alagna as Lieutenant Pinkerton, Maria Zifchak as Suzuki, and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless. Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon. Sun July 7 at 12noon – KQED Plus

La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti) – Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto fireworks with Maurizio Muraro as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield and stage and screen icon Kathleen Turner in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Conducted by Enrique Mazzola. Sun July 21 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Manon Lescaut (Puccini) – Kristine Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress and Roberto Alagna is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France with a film noir setting. Conducted by Fabio Luisi. Sun July 28 at 12noon – KQED Plus

THE OPERA HOUR ON KDFC
https://www.kdfc.com/2019/02/the-opera-hour
Opera sings Broadway this month on The Opera Hour. Tune in for a great summer night of singing and hear your favorite opera singers take on songs from the musical theatre world.  Sun July 7 at 8pm

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD SUMMER ENCORES
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/the-met-live-in-hd-summer-encores
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) – Peter Mattei plays the wily barber Figaro in Bartlett Sher‘s production with Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena as the lovers Rosina and Count Almaviva. Conducted by Maurizio Benini.  Wed July 10 at 1pm and 7pm

Aida (Verdi) – Sonja Frisell‘s opulent production stars Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) as Aida, Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris, Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radames, Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as Amonasro, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Ramfis. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti.  Wed July 17 at 1pm and 7pm

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2643
Parsifal: Two Films – This month, two films will be screened. First, Parsifal: Indiana Jones and Richard Wagner by documentary filmmaker Werner Boote traces the journey of the Holy Grail from the Holy Land to Spain under the guardianship of the Knights Templar. The 2004 Vienna Staatsoper Parsifal production by Christina Mielitz and conducted by Donald Runnicles provides the backdrop for the film. Then, Parsifal, a 1904 American silent film based on Wagner’s 1882 opera and stars Adelaide Fitz-Allen as Kundry and Robert Whittier as Parsifal. Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers.
Sat July 27 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

ENJOY!