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The San Francisco Opera

The WFMT Radio Network continues our 2014 American Opera Series with San Francisco Opera – eight operas from their past season and two operas from the San Francisco Opera archives. Performed in the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Opera’s home since October 1932, these operas will enhance the Network’s opera offerings during the hiatus of the Metropolitan Opera. This year’s series will include Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Puccini’s Tosca, and many more!

The second largest opera company in North America, San Francisco Opera was founded by Gaetano Merola in 1923. The company’s first performance (La Bohème) took place on September 26, 1923 in the city’s Civic Auditorium, with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli and conducted by Gaetano Merola himself. 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 conducted by Merola.

Following Gaetano Merola’s death in 1953, San Francisco Opera was led by Kurt Herbert Adler until 1981; by Terence A. McEwen until 1988; by Lotfi Mansouri until 2001; and by Pamela Rosenberg until 2006. For the past seven years, the company has been under the exciting direction of David Gockley.

San Francisco Opera has presented the United States debut performances of numerous artists, including Inge Borkh, Boris Christoff, Marie Collier, Sir Geraint Evans, Mafalda Favero, Tito Gobbi, Sena Jurinac, Mario del Monaco, Birgit Nilsson, Leontyne Price, Margaret Price, Leonie Rysanek, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Giulietta Simionato, Renata Tebaldi, and Ingvar Wixell; conductors Gerd Albrecht, Valery Gergiev, Sir Georg Solti, and Silvio Varviso; and directors Francis Ford Coppola, Harry Kupfer, and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.

The American Opera series is free of charge to all affiliate stations.  For more information please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112, e-mail: cmartinez@wfmt.com.

General Information:


SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

Broadcast Schedule — Summer/Fall 2014

 


PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-01
RELEASE:   August 23, 2014

OPERA:   Mefistofele (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Arrigo Boito

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

CONDUCTOR:  Nicola Luisotti
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Laurie Feldman

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson


PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-02
RELEASE:   August 30, 2014

OPERA:   Tosca (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Giacomo Puccini

CAST:
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

CONDUCTOR:  Nicola Luisotti
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Jose Maria Condemi

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson



PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-03
RELEASE:   September 6, 2014

OPERA:   Der Fliegende Holländer (in German)
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner

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

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Petrika Ionseco

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson



PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-04
RELEASE:   September 13, 2014

OPERA:   Peter Grimes (in English)
COMPOSER:   Benjamin Britten

CAST:
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
Dr. Thorpe    Janusz
Offstage Voice   Luana De Vol
Janice Aaland

CONDUCTOR:  John Pritchard
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Geraint Evans

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Robert Jones



PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-05
RELEASE:   September 20, 2014

OPERA:   Il Barbiere di Siviglia (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Gioachino Rossini

CAST:
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

CONDUCTOR:  Giuseppe Finzi  
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Emilio Sagi

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson



PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-06
RELEASE:   September 27, 2014

OPERA:   Die Frau ohne Schatten (in German)
COMPOSER:   Richard Strauss

CAST:
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    Claudia Cummings
Second Servant   Pamela South
Third Servant    Shirley Lee Harned
Apparition of a Youth   James Hoback
First Watchman   Paul Geiger
Second Watchman   Samuel Byrd
Third Watchman   Wayne Turnage
Children's Voice   Claudia Cummings
Pamela South
Linda Roark
Gwendolyn Jones
Donna Petersen
Alto Voice    Gwendolyn Jones
Guardian of the
Temple Gates    Claudia Cummings
Solo Voice    Gwendolyn Jones
Claudia Cummings
Pamela South
Linda Roark
Shirley Lee Harned
Donna Petersen

CONDUCTOR:  Karl Böhm
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Nikolaus Lehnhoff

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Robert Jones



PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-07
RELEASE:   October 4, 2014

OPERA:   La Traviata (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Giuseppe Verdi

CAST:
Violetta Valéry  Sonya Yoncheva
    Ailyn Pérez
Alfredo Germont  Saimir Pirgu
    Stephen Costello
Giorgio Germont  Vladimir Stoyanov
    Quinn Kelsey
Flora Bervoix   Zanda Svede
Baron Douphol  Dale Travis 
Marquis D'Obigny  Hadleigh Adams 
Doctor Grenvil  Andrew Craig Brown 
Annina    Erin Johnson

CONDUCTOR:  Nicola Luisotti 
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Laure Feldman

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson



PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-08
RELEASE:   October 11, 2014

OPERA:   Dolores Claiborne (in English)
COMPOSER:   Tobias Picker

CAST:
Dolores Claiborne   Patricia Racette
Selena St. George   Susannah Biller
Detective Thibodeau   Greg Fedderly
Vera Donovan   Elizabeth Futral
Maids     Nikki Einfeld
Jacqueline Piccolino
Marina Harris
Laura Krumm
Renée Rapier
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    A.J. Glueckert
Mr. Fox    Hadleigh Adams

CONDUCTOR:  George Manahan
STAGE DIRECTOR:  James Robinson

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson



PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-09
RELEASE:   October 18, 2014

OPERA:   Falstaff (In Italian)
COMPOSER:   Giuseppe Verdi
LIBRETTO:   Arrigo Boito

CAST:
Robin, page to Falstaff  Ivan Kiryakin
Dr. Caius    Joel Sorensen
Sir John Falstaff   Bryn Terfel
Bardolfo    Greg Fedderly
Pistola     Andrea Silvestrelli
Host of the Garter Inn  Larry Severino
Nannetta    Heidi Stober (10/11 Acts I & II)
Fenton    Francesco Demuro
Meg Page    Renée Rapier
Alice Ford    Ainhoa Arteta
Dame Quickly   Meredith Arwady
Ford     Fabio Capitanucci

CONDUCTOR:  Nicola Luisotti
DIRECTOR:   Olivier Tambosi

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson



PROGRAM #:   SFO 14-10
RELEASE:   October 25, 2014

OPERA:   Show Boat (in English)
COMPOSER:   Jerome Kern
LIBRETTO:   Oscar Hammerstein II

CAST:
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

CONDUCTOR:  John Demain
DIRECTOR:   Francesca Zambello

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson