Several San Francisco Opera productions will be broadcast on KQED TV between August 26 and September 23, 2010. That's a heft dose of concentrated opera, and of course right around the opening of the season. There will be multiple showings of each; Rita Moreno hosts and each broadcast will include interviews with singers, conductors, and members of the creative team.
The first broadcast of each is on a Thursday evening at 8 p.m. For subsequent airings, "see local listings."
Here's the lineup:
- Madama Butterfly, with Patricia Racette, Brandon Jovanovich, Zheng Cao, and Stephen Powell/Donald Runnicles, August 26.
- Don Giovanni, with Mariusz Kwiecien, Elza van den Heever, Charles Castronovo, and others/Donald Runnicles, September 2.
- La Rondine, with Angela Gheorghiu and others, September 16.
- Samson and Delilah, with Olga Borodina and Clifton Forbis, September 23.
That Butterfly was one of the greatest things I've ever seen; the first performance was, well, perfect, and the Don Giovanni far and away the most convincing production of the opera I've seen.