Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for June:
THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ON KDFC
The Opera Hour – This week, Matthew and Bill get you primed for SF Opera’s Ring. Matthew takes you backstage to meet horn players who share insight on how they survive 16 hours of the Ring, and why the horn is so important in these operas – and as usual, they’ll share some favorite singers and recordings from then and now. Sun June 3 at 8pm on KDFC.com
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FILMS
Sing Faster: The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle – Join filmmaker Jon Else and producer Richard Berge for screenings and conversation of this fascinating award-winning documentary that tells the story of Wagner’s epic masterpiece entirely from the point of view of the unsung heroes of the SFO — the stagehands. $5/person. Thurs June 14, 21, and 28 from 2 – 3:30pm
Taube Atrium Theater – Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
The Magic Flute for Families – The story of a prince and a bird catcher’s journey to rescue a beautiful princess. Along the way they find their true loves and discover wisdom and forgiveness. *FREE*
Sun June 17 at 4:30pm Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
MET OPERA LIVE IN HD – SUMMER ENCORES
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its 2006 premiere. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. Wed June 20 at 1pm and 7pm
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – David McVicar‘s Goya-inspired production stars Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) as Leonora, the young noblewoman in love with the title-role troubadour sung by tenor Yonghoon Lee. She is also pursued by Count di Luna, sung by the great Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Dolora Zajick (Adler 1985) completes the quartet of principals in her signature role of Azucena, the mysterious Gypsy woman who sets the dramatic events in motion. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Wed June 27 at 1pm and 7pm
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA IN CINEMA
Pique Dame (Tchaivkovsky) – As one of the highlights of the Holland Festival, renowned director Stefan Herheim staged Tchaikovsky’s much-loved opera about a young man who, for the prospect of earthly wealth, gambles away his chance for love and happiness. With Misha Didyk as Herman, Alexey Markov as Count Tomsky/Plutus, Vladimir Stoyanov as Prince Yeletsky, Svetlana Aksenova as Liza, and Larissa Diadkova as The Countess. Conducted by Mariss Jansons.
Sat June 30 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa