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  • Hosted by Diane Nicolini

Thrilling audiences in San Francisco since 1923, the San Francisco Opera is known for commissioning numerous world premieres, training some of opera's greatest young artists and being one of the world’s leading opera companies.  Italian conductor and pianist Gaetano Merola founded the Company and lead it until his death in 1953. Multiple directors have lead the Company through the years until David Gockley took over in 2006. Dianne Nicolini host the annual broadcast series of operas from their past season performed in the War Memorial Opera House, their home since October 1932.

San Francisco Opera: 2018-19 Season

Oct 8, 2018

This season, the San Francisco Opera performs perhaps the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Be sure to tune in on 10/20 to hear this unforgettable work of operatic genius. 

1:00pm San Francisco Opera (first episode of the season)

10/13   Giordano: Andrea Chénier (in Italian)

The Guardian

10/7      Donizetti:  Don Pasquale
            Don Pasquale   Maurizio Muraro
            Norina              Heidi Stober
            Ernesto             Lawrence Brownlee
            Doctor Malatesta           Lucas Meachem
            A Notary           Bojan Knezevic

This week we hear an archival broadcast of Arabella, featuring Ingvar Wixell as Mandryka and Kiri Te Kanawa as Arabella in Strauss's Arabella at the San Francisco Opera House in 1980. Photograph: Ron Scherl/Redferns

September 2017 Listings for the San Francisco Opera

Aug 27, 2017
San Francisco Opera

Bright Sheng's 2016 opera, Dream of the Red Chamber airs on September 30th.  The Dream of the Red Chamber, a masterpiece of Chinese fiction, is a detailed, episodic record of the lives of the members of the Jia Clan, whose good fortune is assured when one of its daughters becomes an imperial concubine, and then declines after her death. The story centers on a love triangle consisting of the main character, Bao Yu, his beautiful cousin Dai Yu, and his future wife, another beautiful cousin named Bao Chai.

San Francisco Symphony Presents: Fidelio

Oct 14, 2016
Player FM

Sat 11/26, 1:00 p.m.

Beethoven: Fidelio

CAST (in order of appearance):
Jaquino: Nicholas Phan
Marzelline: Joélle Harvey
Rocco: Kevin Langan
Leonore: Nina Stemme
Don Pizarro: Alan Held
First Prisoner: Matthew Newlin
Second Prisoner: Craig Verm
Florestan: Brandon Jovanovich
Don Fernando: Luca Pisaroni

October 2016 Listings for the San Francisco Opera

Sep 25, 2016

The San Francisco Opera wraps up its season this month with a chilling performance of Dialogues of the Carmelites by Poulenc, as well as Bizet's Carmen, Verdi's Don Carlo, and a Czech opera by Janacek, Jenůfa, here on Classical 91.5.  See all

The San Francisco Opera's season continues with Wagner's Die Meistersinger, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Rossini's Barber of Seville, and a double bill performance with operas by Getty and Debussy, this month on Classical 91.5. See all

9/3        Wagner: Die Meistersinger

    Hans Sachs: James Rutherford
    Walther von Stolzing: Brandon Jovanovich
    Eva: Rachel Willis- Sørensen
    Magdalene: Sasha Cooke
    David: Alex Schrader
    Sixtus Beckmesser: Martin Gantner
    Veit Pogner: Ain Anger
    Fritz Kothner: Philip Horst
    Kunz Vogelgesang: AJ Glueckert
    Balthasar Zorn: Joel Sorensen
    Augustin Moser: Corey Bix
    Ulrich Eisslinger: Joseph Hu
    Konrad Nachtigall: Sam Handley
    Hans Schwarz: Anthony Reed
    Hermann Ortel: Edward Nelson
    A night watchman: Andrea Silvestrelli
    Hans Foltz: Matthew Stump
    An apprentice: Laurel Porter

The San Francisco Opera season begins with Verdi's Luisa Miller and Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor.

8/20      Verdi: Luisa Miller

            Luisa Miller: Leah Crocetto
            Rodolfo: Michael Fabiano
            Miller: Vitaliy Bilyy
            Count Walter: Daniel Sumegi
            Federica: Ekaterina Semenchuk
            Wurm: Andrea Silvestrelli
            Laura: Jacqueline Piccolino
            Peasant: Christopher Jackson