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      San Francisco Opera

      San Francisco Opera

      The second largest opera company in North America, San Francisco Opera has been a leader among international opera companies for nine decades. The radio series brings these world-class performances to the airwaves, along with the occasional historic performance, with hosts Elaine Warner and Dianne Nicolini.

      Since its inception, San Francisco Opera has embodied a spirit of innovation by presenting the world premieres of many works including A Streetcar Named Desire (1998), Dead Man Walking (2000), and Doctor Atomic (2005).

      San Francisco Opera has presented the American debut performances of numerous artists, including Anna Netrebko, Tito Gobbi, Birgit Nilsson, Leontyne Price, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Renata Tebaldi, Valery Gergiev, Sir Georg Solti, and Francis Ford Coppola.

      Founded by Gaetano Merola in 1923, the first performance (La bohème) took place on September 26, 1923 in the city’s Civic Auditorium. Nine years later, the company moved into its permanent home, inaugurating the newly built War Memorial Opera House with a performance of Tosca on October 15, 1932, with Claudia Muzio, Dino Borgioli, Alfredo Gandolfi, and Merola conducting. Since 2006 the company has been led by general director David Gockley.

      For more information visit the San Francisco Opera website.

      WFMT offers a complete opera every Saturday at noon with productions from the following companies:
      Metropolitan Opera (winter)
      Lyric Opera of Chicago (May-July)
      LA Opera on Air (July-August)
      San Francisco Opera (August-October)

      Program Schedule

      August 29, 2015

      RIGOLETTO

      Giuseppe Verdi
      Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

      Rigoletto: Željko Lučić
      Gilda: Aleksandra Kurzak
      Duke of Mantua: Francesco Demuro
      Maddalena: Kendall Gladen
      Count Monterone: Robert Pomakov
      Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli
      Borsa: Daniel Montenegro
      Marullo: Joo Won Kang
      A Page; Countess Ceprano: Laura Krumm
      Giovanna: Renée Rapier
      Count Ceprano: Ryan Kuster
      An Usher: Jere Torkelsen
      Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

      September 5, 2015

      MADAMA BUTTERFLY

      Giacomo Puccini
      Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

      Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly): Patricia Racette
      Lt. B.F. Pinkerton: Brian Jagde
      Suzuki: Elizabeth DeShong
      Sharpless: Brian Mulligan
      Goro: Julius Ahn
      Kate Pinkerton: Jacqueline Piccolino
      Prince Yamadori: Efrain Solis
      The Bonze: Morris Robinson
      Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

      September 12, 2015

      NORMA

      Vincenzo Bellini
      Libretto by Felice Romani

      Norma: Sondra Radvanovsky
      Adalgisa: Jamie Barton
      Pollione: Russell Thomas
      Oroveso: Christian Van Horn
      Clotilda: Jacqueline Piccolino
      Flavio: AJ Glueckert
      Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

      September 19, 2015

      SUSANNAH

      Carlisle Floyd
      Libretto by Carlisle Floyd

      Susannah Polk: Patricia Racette
      Sam Polk: Brandon Jovanovich
      Rev Olin Blitch: Raymond Aceto
      Mrs McLean: Catherine Cook
      Little Bat McLean: James Kryshak
      Mrs Hayes: Jacqueline Piccolino
      Mrs Gleaton: Erin Johnson
      Mrs Ott: Suzanne Hendrix
      Elder Hayes: Joel Sorensen
      Elder Gleaton: AJ Glueckert
      Elder McLean: Dale Travis
      Elder Ott: Timothy Mix
      Conductor: Karen Kamensek

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

      September 26, 2015

      A MASKED BALL

      Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Antonio Somma

      Riccardo: Ramón Vargas
      Amelia: Julianna Di Giacomo
      Oscar: Heidi Stober
      Renato: Thomas Hampson
      Ulrica: Dolora Zajick
      Tommaso: Scott Conner
      Samuele: Christian Van Horn
      Silvano: Efrain Solis
      Judge: AJ Glueckert
      Amelia’s Servant: Christopher Jackson
      Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

      October 10, 2015

      PARTENOPE

      George Frideric Handel
      Libretto by Anonymous

      Partenope: Danielle de Niese
      Arsace: David Daniels
      Rosmira: Daniela Mack
      Emilio: Alek Shrader
      Armindo: Anthony Roth Costanzo
      Ormonte: Philippe Sly
      Conductor: Julian Wachner

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

      October 17, 2015

      LA BOHÈME

      Giacomo Puccini
      Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

      Mimi: Alexia Voulgaridou
      Rodolfo: Michael Fabiano
      Musetta: Nadine Sierra
      Marcello: Alexey Markov
      Colline: Christian Van Horn
      Schaunard: Hadleigh Adams
      Benoit; Alcindoro: Dale Travis
      Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

      October 24, 2015

      TWO WOMEN

      Marco Tutino
      Libretto by Marco Tutino and Fabio Ceresa

      Cesira: Anna Caterina Antonacci
      Rosetta: Sarah Shafer
      Michele: Dimitri Pittas
      Giovanni: Mark Delavan
      Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

      October 31, 2015

      THE TROJANS

      Hector Berlioz
      Libretto by Hector Berlioz

      Cassandra: Anna Caterina Antonacci
      Dido: Susan Graham
      Aeneas: Bryan Hymel
      Anna: Sasha Cooke
      Chorebus: Brian Mulligan
      Narbal: Christian Van Horn
      Iopas: René Barbera
      Conductor: Donald Runnicles

      San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master