Pretty Yende as Marie and Javier Camarena as Tonio in La Fille du Régiment. Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera.

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

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
https://www.fathomevents.com/series/the-met-live-in-hd
La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti) – Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks with Maurizio Muraro as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield and stage and screen icon Kathleen Turner makes her Met debut in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Enrique Mazzola conducts.
Sat Mar 2 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Mar 6 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)

Die Walküre (Wagner) – Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. With Greer Grimsley as her father, Wotan, Günther Groissböck as Hunding, and Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) and Eva-Maria Westbroek as the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Philippe Jordan conducts.
Sat Mar 30 at 9am (live) and Wed Apr 3 at 12:30pm and 6:30pm (encore)

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
https://www.kdfc.com/2018/11/met-opera/
La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti) – Radio broadcast of the performance described above. Sat Mar 2 at 10am

Das Rheingold (Wagner) – Greer Grimsley sings the role of Wotan with Jamie Barton as his embattled wife, Fricka, Norbert Ernst as Loge, Tomasz Konieczny as Alberich, Gerhard Siegel as Mime, and Wendy Bryn Harmer (Merola 2004) as Freia. Philippe Jordan conducts. Sat Mar 9 at 10am

Falstaff (Verdi) – Ambrogio Maestri brings his larger-than-life portrayal of the title role with a cast that includes Ailyn Pérez (Merola 2005) as Alice Ford, Golda Schultz as Nannetta, Francesco Demuro as Fenton, and Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page. Richard Farnes conducts. Sat Mar 16 at 10am

Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns) – Aleksandrs Antonenko and Anita Rachvelishvili sing the title roles with Laurent Naouri as the High Priest, Tomasz Konieczny as Abimelech, and Günther Groissböck as the Old Hebrew. Mark Elder conducts. Sat Mar 23 at 10am

Die Walküre (Wagner) – Radio broadcast of the performance described above. Sat Mar 30 at 10am

THE OPERA HOUR ON KDFC
https://www.kdfc.com/2019/02/the-opera-hour/
Take a journey into the great outdoors with arias, duets and choruses inspired by nature. You’ll hear “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide, the Flower Duet from Madama Butterfly, the Woodbird from Wagner’s Ring, and more. Sun Mar 3 at 8pm on KDFC and KDFC.com

PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
http://www.pescaderoopera.com
Dr. Atomic (Adams) – This story of one of the most pivotal moments in human history—the creation of the atomic bomb—presents the human face of the scientists, military men, and others who were involved in the project, as they wrestled with the implications of their work. The Met Opera’s 2008 production stars Gerald Finley as J. Robert Oppenheimer, Sasha Cooke as his wife, Kitty, Richard Paul Fink (Merola 1983-84) as Edward Teller, Thomas Glenn (Adler 2005) as Robert Wilson, and Eric Owens as General Leslie Groves. Conducted by Alan Gilbert.
Sat Mar 9, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 1pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
The Elixir of Love for Families  – In this delightful comedy, the course of true love is made smooth by a “magic” potion. The production is set in Napa Valley circa 1915. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Sung in English with English supertitles. FREE Sat Mar 9 at 1pm
Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, Fourth Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Girl of the Golden West for Families – In this opera version of a classic Western, we meet a crafty criminal, a suspicious sheriff and a tough frontier woman with a tender heart. The dramatic love triangle is set in California during the Gold Rush. The opera is sung in Italian, with English subtitles and recommended for ages 8 and up. FREE
Sat Mar 16 at 2pm Half Moon Bay Public Library 620 Correas St., HMB
Sun Mar 17 at 1:30pm North Beach Public Library 850 Columbus Ave., SF

THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMAS
The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky) – In this intense story of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. Stefan Herheim‘s production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Sergey Polyakov and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.
Tues Mar 12 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

La Traviata (Verdi) – Lavish period sets and costumes of Richard Eyre‘s production provide the perfect setting for this masterpiece about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love. With Ermonela Jaho as Violetta, Charles Castronovo (Merola 1998) as Alfred, and Placido Domingo as Germont. Conducted by Antonello Manacorda. Tues Mar 19 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
https://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=67
Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own – Celebrate the life of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, the face of opera in the 1950s-70s. This performance-documentary showcases her greatest roles, including Elektra and The Ring, in rare footage, plus interviews with Placido Domingo and more.
Fri Mar 22 at 10pm and Sat Mar 23 at 4am – KQED 9

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2619
Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own – Special screening of the documentary described above.
Sat Mar 23 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
http://jarvisconservatory.com/operadancefilms.html
L’Italiana in Algeri (Rossini) – There is slyness and sex appeal in this amusing comedy that espouses the cause of women’s rights through the resourceful way its protagonist, Isabella, deals with the coarse Mustafa. Vittorio Borrelli directs this 2018 Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona production with Varduhi Abrahamyan as Isabella, Luca Pisaroni as Mustafa, and Sarah Blanch as Elvira. Conducted by Ricardo Frizza. Sat Mar 30 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=15125
La Fanciulla del West (Puccini) – In this romantic story of the Wild West, Eva-Marie Westbroek sings the gun-slinging heroine Minnie with Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves, Dick Johnson, and Zeljko Lucic as the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Sun Mar 31 at 12noon – KQED+

ENJOY!