Thursday, May 21, 2009

San Francisco Opera on the Radio

SF Opera just announced the schedule of upcoming radio broadcasts on KDFC. These are not, of course, live, nor are they at a time when I'm usually sitting around listening to opera - the Saturday Met broadcasts have trained me well.

Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. – The Bonesetter’s Daughter (music by Stewart Wallace; libretto by Amy Tan, based on her novel; commissioned by San Francisco Opera)

Sunday, July 5 at 8 p.m. – Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love (apparently L'Elisir d'Amore is too hard to understand)

Sunday, August 2 at 8 p.m. – Mozart’s Idomeneo

Sunday, September 6 at 8 p.m. – Puccini’s Tosca

Sunday, October 4 at 8 p.m. – San Francisco Chronicle Presents San Francisco Opera in the Park

Sunday, November 1 at 8 p.m. – The November San Francisco Opera broadcast will be announced at a later date.

Sunday, December 6 at 8 p.m. – Verdi’s La Traviata ;San Francisco Opera Music Director Donald Runnicles, conductor; Marta Domingo, director.


Joe M said...

This is certainly a step in the right direction for KDFC since I left the bay area for L.A. It still seems like they are lagging far, far behind in the contemporary classical music department. It was always a real embarrassment that the only classical radio station in the SF Bay Area was so awful.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Oh....they have to be getting some kind of subsidy for broadcasting the operas. And the rest of their programming has continued to deteriorate. I understand that they now play sections of movements, and even fewer complete works. They never play anything "difficult" (or vocal) unless it's during an SFS or SFO broadcast.