Monday, June 23, 2008

San Francisco Opera on the Radio

Here's the schedule for the next batch of San Francisco Opera broadcasts on KDFC:

Sunday, July 6 at 8pm – Stravinky’s The Rake’s Progress [Fall 2007]

Tenor William Burden (Tom Rakewell) stars in Stravinsky’s tale of a self-destructive young man who makes a deal with the devil. Also featured in this production are soprano Laura Aikin (Anne Trulove), mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves (Baba the Turk) and bass-baritone James Morris (Nick Shadow). Donald Runnicles, conductor; Robert Lepage, director.


Sunday, August 3 at 8pm – Puccini’s Madama Butterfly [Fall 2007]

Puccini’s tragic love story features soprano Patricia Racette (Cio-Cio-San) and mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao (Suzuki) with tenor Brandon Jovanovich (Pinkerton) and baritone Steven Powell (Sharpless). Donald Runnicles, conductor; Kathleen Belcher, director.


Sunday, September 7 at 8pm – Wagner’s Das Rheingold [Summer 2008]

The first installment in acclaimed stage director Francesca Zambello’s complete “American” Ring cycle, Das Rheingold features role debuts by baritone Mark Delavan (Wotan), mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore (Fricka) and tenor Stefan Margita (Loge), as well as Richard Paul Fink (Alberich) and mezzo-soprano Jill Grove (Erda). Donald Runnicles, conductor; Francesca Zambello, director.


Sunday, October 5 at 8pm - San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park

This special broadcast of the beloved San Francisco tradition, San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park, features artists from the Company’s 200809 Season in concert with members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Donald Runnicles, conductor.


Sunday, November 2 at 8pm – Handel’s Ariodante [Summer 2008]

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Ariodante) stars in Handel’s rediscovered tale of jealousy, betrayal and ultimate triumph, also featuring soprano Ruth Ann Swenson (Ginevra), soprano Veronica Cangemi (Dalinda), contralto Sonia Prina (Polinesso) in her U.S. debut, tenor Richard Croft (Lurcanio) and bass-baritone Eric Owens (King of Scotland). Patrick Summers, conductor; John Copley, director.


Sunday December 7 at 8pm – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor [Summer 2008]

French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay (Lucia) stars in Donizetti’s famed saga of a woman driven mad by her arranged marriage. The production also features tenor Giuseppe Filianoti (Edgardo), baritone Gabriele Viviani (Enrico) and bass Oren Gradus (Raimondo). Jean-Yves Ossonce, conductor; Graham Vick, director.


sfmike said...

My only question is, "Why Sunday at 8PM? Some of us actually have to work on Mondays, and the last thing we need to do is stay up until midnight listening to an opera broadcast.

Lisa Hirsch said...

That's easy: it's the only time slot KDFC is willing to compromise by broadcast a big chunk of vocal music, which we've been told again and again that its base listeners don't like.