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      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 | Summer 2014

      August 23, 2014

      MEFISTOFELE

      Arrigo Boito

      Mefistofele: Ildar Abdrazakov
      Faust: Ramon Vargas
      Wagner: Chuanyue Wang
      Adam: Luke Lazzaro
      Eve: Brook Broughton
      Margherita/Elena: Patricia Racette
      Marta: Erin Johnson
      Pantalis: Renee Rapier
      Nereo: Chuanyue Wang

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
      Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

      August 30, 2014

      TOSCA

      Giacomo Puccini

      Cesare Angelotti: Christian Van Horn
      Sacristan: Dale Travis
      Mario Cavaradossi: Brian Jagde
      Floria Tosca: Patricia Racette
      Baron Scarpia: Mark Delavan
      Spoletta: Joel Sorensen
      Sciarrone: Ao Li
      Shepherd boy: Ryan Nelson-Flack
      Jailer: Ryan Kuster

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
      Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

      September 6, 2014

      DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÅNDER (THE FLYING DUTCHMAN)

      Richard Wagner

      Senta: Lise Lindstrom
      Mary: Erin Johnson
      Erik: Ian Storey
      The Steersman: A.J. Glueckert
      Daland: Kristinn Sigmundsson
      The Dutchman: Greer Grimsley

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Patrick Summers
      Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

      September 13, 2014

      PETER GRIMES

      Benjamin Britten

      Hobson: Paul Geiger
      Swallow: Alexander Malta
      Peter Grimes: Jon Vickers
      Mrs. Sedley: Donna Petersen
      Ellen Orford: Heather Harper
      A Fisherman: John Del Carlo
      Auntie: Sheila Nadler
      Bob Boles: Paul Crook
      Captain Balstrode: Geraint Evans
      Rev. Horace Adams: Joseph Frank
      First Niece: Claudia Cummings
      Second Niece: Pamela South
      Ned Keene: Wayne Turnage
      Boy: Steven Cohen
      A Lawyer: John Duykers

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: John Pritchard
      Chorus Director: Robert Jones

      September 20, 2014

      THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

      Gioacchino Rossini

      Fiorello: Ao Li
      Count Almaviva: Javier Camarena
      Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli
      Figaro: Lucas Meachem
      Rosina: Isabel Leonard
      Don Basilio: Andrea Silvestrelli
      Berta: Catherine Cook
      Ambrogio: A.J. Glueckert
      Notary: Andrew Truett
      An Officer: Hadleigh Adams

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi
      Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

      September 27, 2014

      DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN

      Richard Strauss

      The Empress's Nurse: Ruth Hesse
      Spirit Messenger: James Johnson
      The Emperor: Matti Kastu
      The Empress: Leonie Rysanek
      Voice of the Falcon: Linda Roark
      One-Armed man: Lorenzo Alvary
      One-Eyed man: Joshua Hecht
      Hunchback: John Duykers
      Barak's wife: Ursula Schröder-Feinen
      Barak: Walter Berry
      First Servant/Temple Guardian: Claudia Cummings
      Second Servant: Pamela South
      Third Servant: Shirley Lee Harned

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Karl Böhm
      Chorus Director: Robert Jones

      October 4, 2014

      LA TRAVIATA

      Giuseppe Verdi

      Violetta Valéry: Nicole Cabell
      Alfredo Germont: Stephen Costello
      Giorgio Germont: Vladimir Stoyanov
      Flora Bervoix: Zanda Svede
      Baron Douphol: Dale Travis
      Marquis D'Obigny: Hadleigh Adams
      Doctor Grenvil: Andrew Craig Brown
      Annina: Erin Johnson

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
      Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

      October 18, 2014

      DOLORES CLAIBORNE

      Tobias Picker

      Dolores Claiborne: Patricia Racette
      Selena St George: Susannah Biller
      Detective Thibodeau: Greg Fedderly
      Vera Donovan: Elizabeth Futral
      Joe St George: Wayne Tigges
      Teenage Boy: Hadleigh Adams
      Teenage Girl: Nikki Einfeld
      Mr Pease, a bank manager: Joel Sorensen
      Mr Cox: Robert Watson
      Mr Knox: AJ Glueckert
      Mr Fox: Hadleigh Adams

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: George Manahan
      Chorus Director: Ian Robertson

      October 25, 2014

      SHOW BOAT

      Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II

      Magnolia Hawks: Heidi Stober
      Gaylord Ravenal: Michael Todd Simpson
      Cap'n Andy Hawks: Bill Irwin
      Julie La Verne: Patricia Racette
      Queenie: Angela Renée Simpson
      Parthy Ann Hawks: Harriet Harris
      Ellie Mae Chipley: Kirsten Wyatt
      Joe: Morris Robinson
      Frank Schultz: John Bolton

      San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: John Demain
      Chorus Director: Ian Robertson