SF Opera production of Dream of the Red Chamber. Photo by Cory Weaver / SF Opera

SF Opera production of Dream of the Red Chamber. Photo by Cory Weaver.

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

Dream of the Red Chamber (Sheng) – This operatic adaptation of one of China’s greatest classical novels recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress. With Pureum Jo (Dai Yu), Yijie Shi (Bao Yu), Hyona Kim (Lady Wang), Irene Roberts (Bao Chai), Qiulin Zhang (Granny Jia), Karen Chia-ling Ho (Merola 2014, Princess Jia), Yanyu Guo (Adler 1992, Aunt Xue), Randall Nakano (The Monk/Dreamer). Conducted by George Manahan. Recorded Fall 2016, WMOH. Sat Nov 3 at 10am at WFMT.com

The Opera Hour –  Fairy tales come alive this month! Join KDFC’s Bill Lueth and SF Opera’s Matthew Shilvock for a fantastic operatic time with Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Magic Flute, plus, another angel gets its wings in the operatic adaptation of the cinematic fairy tale It’s a Wonderful Life.
Sun Nov 4 at 8pm on KDFC and at KDFC.com

Usher House (Getty) & La chute de la maison Usher (Debussy) – Two one-act operas both based on Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting story of a decaying castle inhabited by a tormented man and his sickly sister who are manipulated by an sinister doctor. Starring Brian Mulligan, Jason Bridges, Joel Sorensen, Jacqueline Piccolino (Adler 2015), Anthony Reed (Adler 2016), and Edward Nelson (Adler 2016); Conducted by Lawrence Foster; Recorded Fall 2015, WMOH. Sat Nov 10 at 10am at WFMT.com

Maria by Callas – The first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs, the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.
Fri Nov 9 – Thurs Nov 29 Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF

CarTUNE Afternoon: Holiday Fun – Join us for a *FREE* afternoon of classic cartoons filled with classical music. Start your holiday season off joyfully with holiday-themed animation favorites plus crafts, photo booth and concessions for sale. Sat Nov 10 at 1pm and 3pm
Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

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. Sat Nov 10 at 2pm Half Moon Bay Public Library 620 Correas St., HMB

Aida (Verdi) – 2001 Teatro Verdi di Busseto production by Franco Zeffirelli starring Adina Aaron as Aida, Scott Piper as Radames, and Kate Aldrich as Amneris. Conducted by Massimiliano Stefanelli.
Sat Nov 10 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 1pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy., 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

Marnie (Muhly) – Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie and baritone Christopher Maltman is Mark Rutland, the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts.
Sat Nov 10 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Nov 14 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)