Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Tosca (Puccini) – Fall 2014 performance with Lianna Haroutounian in her SFO debut as Floria Tosca, Brian Jagde (Adler 2012) as Cavaradossi, and Mark Delavan (Adler 1987) as Scarpia. Conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Sun Mar 4 at 8pm
(also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Semiramide (Rossini) – This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes its first Met appearance in nearly 25 years. The cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. Maurizio Benini conducts. Sat Mar 10 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Mar 14 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s new production, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.
Sat Mar 31 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Apr 4 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – Ermonela Jaho sings the tragic title role of the trusting geisha, and Roberto Aronica is her callous American lover, Pinkerton. With Maria Zifchak as Suzuki, and Roberto Frontali as Sharpless. Marco Armiliato conducts. Sat Mar 3 at 10am
Semiramide (Rossini) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD performance described above.
Sat Mar 10 at 10am
Elektra (R. Strauss) – Christine Goerke sings her first Elektra at the Met with Elza Van Den Heever (Merola 2007) as Chrysothemis, Michaela Schuster as Klytemnestra, Jay Hunter Morris as Aegisth and Mikhail Petrenko as Orest. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Sat Mar 17 at 10am
Turandot (Puccini) – Martina Serafin stars in the title role of the ice princess and Marcelo Álvarez as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. With Guanqun Yu as Liu and Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts. Sat Mar 24 at 10am
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD performance described above.
Sat Mar 31 at 10am
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
Opera in an Hour Movie Festival – See three Opera in an Hour favorites – The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, and Cinderella – that are perfect for all ages and participate in a dynamic Exploration Workshop for Families! Movie screenings are FREE; Workshop is $10/person.
Sat Mar 10 at 10am Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, Fourth Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Turandot (Puccini) – The 1987 premiere of Franco Zeffirelli’s sumptuous Metropolitan Opera production is captured in this telecast. James Levine brings out all the color and drama of the score while leading a stellar cast: Plácido Domingo is Calàf, the unknown prince, Eva Marton sings the title role of the icy princess, Leona Mitchell is Liù, the innocent slave girl, and Paul Plishka plays Timur, Calàf’s father. Veteran tenor Hugues Cuénod, at 85, sings the ancient Emperor Altoum, in his Met debut.
Sat Mar 10, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMAS
Tosca (Puccini) – Director Jonathan Kent’s production captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The story follows painter Mario Cavaradossi (tenor Joseph Calleja) who is captured and sentenced to death by Scarpia (bass-baritone Gerald Finley), the sadistic Chief of Police. Mario’s life can be saved and his freedom granted, providing his lover Tosca (soprano Adrianne Pieczonka), give herself to Scarpia. Tues Mar 13 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz