Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:
THE OPERA HOUR ON KDFC
This monthly one-hour program highlights upcoming Bay Area opera performances and gems from the SF Opera archives. Sun Mar 1 at 8pm
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Agrippina (Handel) – David McVicar’s production reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to the present, where it should loudly resonate. With Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) in the title role, Kate Lindsey as Nerone, Brenda Rae as Poppea, Iestyn Davies as Ottone, and Matthew Rose as Claudius. Conducted by Harry Bickett. Wed Mar 4 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encores)
Der Fliegende Holländer (Wagner) – Francois Girard’s new production turns the stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. Starring Evgeny Nikitin as the Dutchman, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, Franz-Josef Selig is her father, Daland, and Sergey Skorokhodov as her deserted former lover, Erik. Valery Gergiev conducts.
Sat Mar 14 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Mar 18 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encores)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Gerald Finley and the Despina of Heidi Stober, with Nicole Car, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Luca Pisaroni as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. Harry Bicket conducts. Sat Mar 7 at 10am
Der Fliegende Holländer (Wagner) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD transmission described above. Sat Mar 14 at 10am
La Cenerentola (Rossini) – Tara Erraught sings the title role with Javier Camarena as her Prince Charming, Don Ramiro. The cast also features Maurizio Muraro as Don Magnifico, Christian Van Horn as Alidoro, and Davide Luciano as Dandini. James Gaffigan conducts. Sat Mar 21 at 10am
Werther (Massenet) – Piotr Beczala sings Werther with Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) as Charlotte, the object of his misguided affections, alongside Erin Morley as Sophie and Etienne Dupuis as Albert. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Sat Mar 28 at 10am
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti) – Madcap physical comedy and impeccable coloratura come together in Natalie Dessay’s tour de force portrayal of Marie, the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers. Laurent Pelly’s production also stars Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio, Felicity Palmer as the Marquise of Berkenfeld, Alessandro Corbelli as Sulpice, and Marian Seldes as the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Conducted by Marco Armiliato.
Sat Mar 14 Potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 1pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)
THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMAS
La Bohème (Puccini) – Director Richard Jones captures the blend of comedy and tragedy and brings acute insight to this much-loved classic in a production visualized in a stylized 1850s setting. Starring Charles Castronovo (Merola 1998) as Rodolfo, Sonya Yoncheva as Mimi, Simona Mihai as Musetta, Andrzej Filonczyk as Marcello, Gyula Nagy as Schaunard, and Peter Kellner as Colline. Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.
Mon Mar 16 at 1pm & Tues Mar 17 at 7pm Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, SF
Tues Mar 17 at 7pm Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Tues Mar 17 at 7pm Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz