Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for late October and November:

The Paris Opera – In this captivating documentary, Swiss director Jean-Stéphane Bron takes audiences inside one of the world’s great performing arts venues for one season, revealing the complex artistic collaborations at its heart. Covering two performance spaces—the Palais Garnier and its newer sibling, the Opéra Bastille—this film illuminates the backstage bustle of the Opéra National de Paris and the scores of artists, financiers, administrators, and patrons that make the whole endeavor possible.
Fri Oct 27 – Thurs Nov 2
Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave., SF
Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

CarTUNE Afternoon: Disney Delights – Grab your popcorn and settle in for a *FREE* afternoon of classic cartoons filled with classical music!   Sun Oct 29 at 4pm
Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

La Bohème (Puccini) – Director Richard Jones brings acute insight to this much-loved classic in a new production visualized in a stylized 1850s setting. When penniless poet Rodolfo (Michael Fabiano) meets seamstress Mimì (Nicole Car), they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when he learns that she is gravely ill. Also starring Luca Tittoto as Colline, Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello, Florian Sempey as Schaunard, and Simona Mihai as Musetta. ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.
Wed Nov 1 at 7pm
Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St. Santa Cruz

Rigoletto (Verdi) – Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002, Rigoletto), Nino Machaidze (Gilda), Pene Pati (Adler 2017, The Duke of Mantua), Reginald Smith, Jr. (Count Monterone), Andrea Silvestrelli (Sparafucile), Zanda Švede (Adler 2014-16, Maddalena), Andrew Manea (Adler 2017, Marullo), Amitai Pati (Adler 2017, Borsa), Anthony Reed (Adler 2017, Count Ceprano), Amina Edris (Adler 2017, Countess Ceprano); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded summer 2017, WMOH.
Sun Nov 5 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at for four weeks after airing)

La Traviata (Verdi) – Sonya Yoncheva sings the tragic courtesan Violetta with Michael Fabiano as her ardent lover Alfredo and Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) as his disapproving father Germont, in a revival of Willy Decker‘s staging. Nicola Luisotti conducts.  Sun Nov 5 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss) – The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elina Garanca as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask.  With Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Markus Brück as Faninal, and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Sebastian Weigle conducts.
Sun Nov 5 at 8pm and Mon Nov 6 at 2am – KQED Life

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner) – James Levine conducts this epic comedy – back at the Met for the first time in eight years – about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Michael Volle, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.
Sun Nov 12 at 7pm and Mon Nov 13 at 1am – KQED Life

Macbeth (Verdi) – Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) delivers a searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth in Adrian Noble’s chilling production of this masterful operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy,  With Joseph Calleja as Macduff and Rene Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.  Sun Nov 19 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Otello (Verdi) – Bartlett Sher‘s 2015 production stars Aleksandrs Antonenko as the tormented Moor of Venice, with Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Zeljko Lucic as Otello’s sinister rival, Iago. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.  Sun Nov 19 at 8pm and Mon Nov 20 at 2am – KQED Life

Cinderella for Families – With an open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 7 and up.  Wed Nov 7 at 6pm SFPL North Beach Branch 850 Columbus Ave., SF

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – 1988 Metropolitan Opera production by John Cox starring Leo Nucci as Figaro, Kathleen Battle as Rosina, Rockwell Blake as Count Almaviva, Enzo Dara as Dr. Bartolo, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio. Conducted by Ralf Weikert.
Sat Nov 11 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy., 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

The Exterminating Angel (Adès) – In the American premiere of the opera inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name, this surreal fantasy is about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. With Audrey Luna as Leticia, Alice Coote as Leonora, Iestyn Davies as Francisco, Rod Gilfry as Alberto, and Christian Van Horn as Julio. Directed by the librettist, Tom Cairns, and conducted by Thomas Adès.
Sat Nov 18 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Nov 29 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)

The Opera HouseSusan Froemke‘s newest documentary surveys a remarkable period of the Met’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years.
Tickets go on sale Fri Nov 3. Showing Sat Jan 13 and Wed Jan 17, 2018

Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages – This program celebrates the 50th anniversary since the famous tenor’s career debut and includes arias from Turandot, La Boheme, Rigoletto, and Aida; Neapolitan songs arranged by Henry Mancini, sacred songs, and more.
Thurs Nov 30 at 10pm and Fri Dec 1 at 4am and 10am – KQED Plus