Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

Oct. 02 2017

10/28/17 – Falstaff – 1pm

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra FALSTAFF (in Italian) COMPOSER:    Giuseppe Verdi LIBRETTO:     Arrigo Boito   CAST: Sir John Falstaff                                  Ambrogio Maestri Alice Ford                                           Eleonora Buratto Ford                                                    Luca Salsi Nannetta                                             Rosa Feola Fenton                                                 Saimir Pirgu Mistress Quickly                                 Daniela Barcellona Meg Page                                            Laura Polverelli Bardolfo                                              Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani Pistola […]

Oct. 02 2017

10/21/17 – Arabella – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera ARABELLA (in German) Opera in three acts by Richard Strauss Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal PLACE AND TIME: Vienna, Shrove Tuesday, 1860 Conductor Wolfgang Rennert CAST A fortuneteller Rebecca Cook Countess Waldner Sona Cervena Zdenka, her younger daughter, in love with Matteo Barbara Daniels Matteo, a young officer in love with Arabella […]

Sep. 06 2017

10/07/17 – Don Pasquale – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera DON PASQUALE Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this boisterous comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. Laurent Pelly’s topsy-turvy, rotating set and inventive 20th-century costumes perfectly capture the farcical fun. Music by Gaetano Donizetti | Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti […]

Sep. 06 2017

9/30/17 – Andrea Chenier – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera ANDREA CHÉNIER An ardent poet and a young noblewoman are passionately attracted only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful, melodic score in a lavish period production by acclaimed director David McVicar. Music by Umberto Giordano | Libretto by Luigi […]

Sep. 06 2017

9/23/17 – Madama Butterfly – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera MADAME BUTTERFLY Cultures clash when a trusting young woman marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini’s gut-wrenching music takes the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale. Music by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Sung in Italian with […]

Sep. 06 2017

9/16/17 – Aida – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera AIDA Verdi’s grand Egyptian epic returns in a bold new production inspired by contemporary artist RETNA. This intimate love story of an Egyptian military hero, Radames, and a captured Ethiopian princess, Aida, features San Francisco Opera favorites Brian Jagde and Leah Crocetto. Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni Sung in […]

Sep. 06 2017

09/09/17 – La Gioconda @ 1pm – San Francisco Opera begins!

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San Francisco Opera La Gioconda Opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli Libretto by Arrigo Boito Based on the play “Angelo, Tyrant of Padua” by Victor Hugo   sung in Italian The archival production of “La Gioconda” was recorded in 1979 CAST PLACE AND TIME: Seventeenth-century Venice *Role debut †U.S. opera debut Conductor Bruno Bartoletti […]

Jul. 24 2017

09/02/17 – The Ghosts of Versailles – 1PM

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LA Opera on air The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano Libretto by William M. Hoffman Sung in English. Three hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.   Trapped in the spirit world, the ghost of Marie Antoinette bitterly reflects on her final suffering. Her favorite playwright tries to entertain the melancholy queen with the continuing adventures […]

Jul. 24 2017

08/26/17 – Marriage of Figaro – 1PM

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LA Opera on air The Marriage of Figaro by by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte Sung in Italian. Three hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.   The wily barber and part-time matchmaker has finally fallen in love, but–like everything else in Figaro’s life–it’s complicated. On the eve of Figaro’s marriage to Susanna, […]

Jul. 24 2017

08/19/17 – Barber of Seville – 1PM

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LA Opera on air The Barber of Seville by by Gioachino Rossini Libretto by Cesare Sterbini Sung in Italian. Three hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission. Dashing Count Almaviva has lost his heart to the spunky Rosina, whose doddering guardian is determined to marry her himself. It’s Figaro to the rescue, as the resourceful barber conjures […]

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