Thursday, August 05, 2010

Opera? on Television?

Yes, and it's not even Live from Lincoln Center.

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.

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