Archive for the ‘Operafest’ Category

Aug. 15 2015

10/10/15 – A MASKED BALL – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera A MASKED BALL by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Antonio Somma SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION A Swedish king laughs off a fortune-teller’s warning of a plot against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. This tuneful Verdi masterpiece, […]

Aug. 15 2015

9/26/15 – SUSANNAH – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera SUSANNAH by Carlisle Floyd Libretto by Carlisle Floyd NEW PRODUCTION In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall? Carlisle Floyd’s […]

Aug. 15 2015

9/19/15 – NORMA – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera NORMA by Vincenzo Bellini Libretto by Felice Romani “Music director Nicola Luisotti led a taut and keen-edged performance by the Opera Orchestra.” –San Francisco Classical Voice NEW PRODUCTION Perhaps once a generation, a soprano comes along who can do full justice to one of opera’s most dazzling and demanding roles. Today, that singer […]

Aug. 15 2015

9/12/15 – MADAMA BUTTERFLY – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice returns in a bold and beautiful production by Jun Kaneko, designer of San Francisco Opera’s dazzling production of The Magic Flute (2012). Patricia Racette, “who can rightly stand among the great Butterflies of her […]

Aug. 15 2015

09/05/15 – San Francisco begins! – RIGOLETTO @1pm

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San Francisco Opera RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION (2012) One of opera’s most vivid and compelling characters, a vengeful court jester, desperately tries to protect his daughter from disaster in this heart-wrenching tragedy. The first of two world-class casts led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti stars Željko Lučić, […]

Jul. 19 2015

08/29/15 – Thais – 1PM

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LA Opera on air Thais by Jules Massenet Libretto by Louis Gallet Sung in French. Three hours, including two intermissions. The most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, Thaïs holds an entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save […]

Jul. 19 2015

08/22/15 – 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. 19 2015

08/15/15 – 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. 19 2015

08/08/15 – 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 […]

Jul. 19 2015

08/01/15 – Dido & Aeneas/Bluebeard’s Castle – 1PM

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LA Opera on air Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell Libretto by Nahum Tate Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók Libretto by Béla Balázs Performed in English and Hungarian respectively. The running time is approximately two hours and 35 minutes, including one intermission. A riveting pairing of one-act masterpieces, written more than two centuries apart, explores the fine line […]

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