Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

Nov. 02 2013

November 2013 – BAYREUTH FESTIVAL – 1:00pm

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Bayreuth Festival - Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen WBJC is proud to present the complete Ring cycle, captured in the unsurpassed acoustics of the Festspielhaus by Radio Bavaria.  Host Rick Fulker talks with the cast and the production team, bringing it all a little closer.  It’s your front-seat ticket to one of the world’s most […]

Oct. 26 2013

11/02/13 – The Italian Girl in Algiers – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’Italiana in Algeri) by Gioachino Rossini The shipwreck was the easy part. Searching for her fiancé, Lindoro, Isabella is marooned near Algiers and captured. She quickly catches the eye of Mustafà, the local bey; bored with his harem, he has determined to marry an Italian girl. His plans go hilariously […]

Oct. 19 2013

10/26/13 – Louisa Miller – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera LOUISA MILLER by GIUSEPPE VERDI Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, Based on Schiller’s play “Kabale und Liebe” A special archive broadcast of the 1974 production of Luisa Miller, starring Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli. Sung in Italian   CAST/CREW Laura – Gwendolyn Jones Miller – Louis Quilico Luisa – Katia Ricciarelli Rodolfo – Luciano Pavarotti* Wurm […]

Oct. 12 2013

10/19/13 – The Gospel of Mary Magdalene – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE by Mark Adamo Recorded Summer 2013, War Memorial Opera House. Libretto by the composer “No Gospel was written as history. But every gospel—not only those included in the New Testament—contains fragments of the history of Jesus of Nazareth and of those who followed him. In 2007 I wondered: […]

Oct. 05 2013

10/12/13 – The Tales of Hoffmann – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera THE TALES OF HOFFMANN by Jacques Offenbach Recorded Summer 2013, War Memorial Opera House. Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré; Performing Edition based on the integral edition of the opera by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck, by arrangement with Schott Music A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies […]

Sep. 28 2013

10/05/13 – Cosi Fan Tutte – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera COSI FAN TUTTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Recorded Summer 2013, War Memorial Opera House. Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers’ fidelity in this Mozart masterpiece, a sublime and sometimes startling mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama. John Cox’s production, which sets the action in Monte Carlo in 1915, […]

Sep. 14 2013

09/21/13 – The Magic Flute – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera THE MAGIC FLUTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Recorded Summer 2012, War Memorial Opera House. Endlessly inventive, charmingly fantastical and utterly unique, Mozart’s final opera is a profound yet lighthearted tale of romantic love, spiritual transcendence and the beguiling art of birdcatching. The internationally acclaimed ensemble cast is led by Rory Macdonald, an exciting young […]

Sep. 07 2013

09/14/13 – MOBY-DICK – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera MOBY-DICK by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer Recorded Fall 2012, War Memorial Opera House. “Achingly beautiful, magnificently sung and gorgeously staged…the audience responded with an eight-minute standing ovation” (Associated Press). Composer Jake Heggie, in his “finest creation since Dead Man Walking,” and librettist Gene Scheer adapt Herman Melville’s meditation on man and the sea into “a vibrant, […]

Aug. 31 2013

09/07/13 – The Capulets and the Montegues – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTEGUES by Vincenzo Bellini Recorded Fall 2012, War Memorial Opera House. The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Shakespeare’s finest verse—and some of Bellini’s most beautiful melodies. “An opera of definite dramatic appeal” (The New York Times) awash in “music of extraordinary grace” (All Music […]

Aug. 24 2013

08/31/13 – DIE WALKURE – 1:00PM

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San Francisco Opera DIE WALKURE by Richard Wagner Recorded Summer 2010, War Memorial Opera House Wotan has fathered a mortal son, Siegmund, in order to recover the ring. Siegmund stumbles upon the home of Sieglinde, his unrecognized twin sister. Although Sieglinde is the wife of Siegmund’s sworn enemy, the two are mutually attracted and consummate […]

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