Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for October:
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
Aida (Verdi) – Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida with Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris in Sonja Frisell‘s opulent production. Rounding out the cast are Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radames, Quinn Kelsey as Amonasro, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Ramfis. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Sat Oct 6 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Oct 10 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns) – Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca sing the title roles with Laurent Naouri as the High Priest, Elchin Azizov as Abimelech, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the work in 20 years. Sir Mark Elder conducts. Sat Oct 20 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Oct 24 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
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.
Sat Oct 27 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Oct 31 at 1pm and 6:30pm (encore)
THE OPERA HOUR ON KDFC
It’s an all-Puccini show from his early start to his final opera, featuring great artists of the past and the latest recordings. Plus, Matthew Shilvock takes us backstage for a sneak peek of SF Opera’s new production of Tosca with the director, Shawna Lucey. Sun Oct 7 at 8pm
MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
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 Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs, the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar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.
Thurs Oct 11 at 6pm and Sun Oct 14 at 8:15pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 1118 4th St., San Rafael
SF OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
Andrea Chénier (Giordano) – Recorded Fall 2016 with Yonghoon Lee (Andrea Chénier), Anna Pirozzi (Maddalena di Coigny), George Gagnidze (Carlo Gérard), J’Nai Bridges (Bersi), Joel Sorensen (L’Incredibile), Robert Pomakov (Mathieu), David Pershall (Merola 2008, Roucher), Jill Grove(Merola 1995, Madelon), Catherine Cook (Adler 1992, Contessa di Coigny); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Sat Oct 13 at 10am at WFMT.com
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – Recorded Fall 2015 with Lucas Meacham (Adler 2005, Figaro), Daniela Mack (Adler 2009, Rosina), Rene Barbera (Merola 2008, Count Almaviva), Alessandro Corbelli (Doctor Bartolo); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Sat Oct 20 at 10am at WFMT.com
Don Pasquale (Donizetti) – Recorded Fall 2016 with Maurizio Muraro (Don Pasquale), Lucas Meachem (Adler 2005, Dr. Malatesta), Lawrence Brownlee (Ernesto), Heidi Stober (Norina), Bojan Knezevic (Adler 1995, Notary); conducted by Giuseppe Finzi. Sat Oct 27 at 10am at WFMT.com
PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – This 1979 film adaptation directed by Joseph Losey stars Ruggero Raimondi (Don Giovanni), Jose van Dam (Leporello), Kiri Te Kanawa (Donna Elvira), Edda Moser (Donna Anna), and Teresa Berganza (Zerlina) and is conducted by Lorin Maazel.
Sat Oct 13 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 1pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)
SF OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
The Barber of Seville for Families – In this classic opera, Figaro, Seville’s favorite barber, helps two young lovers find their happily ever after. Join them in a series of disguises, tricks and comic twists and turns. Recommended for ages 5 and up. *FREE*
Sat Oct 14 at 1pm Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
Sat Oct 14 at 2pm Belmont Public Library 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) – This historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy production created in 2016 by director Johannes Erath for Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper. With Anja Harteros as Amelia, Piotr Beczala as Riccardo, George Petean as Renato, and Okka van der Damerau as Ulrica. Conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Sat Oct 27 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa
PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
Vienna Philharmonic 2018 Summer Night Concert – Enjoy the annual open-air concert from Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as a guest soloist.
Sun Oct 28 at 11pm and Mon Oct 29 at 5am – KQED Plus