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The WFMT Radio Network

The San Francisco Opera

The WFMT Radio Network continues our American Opera series with SAN FRANCISCO OPERA - 8 operas from their past season and a 1974 historic opera hosted by Elaine Warner and Dianne Nicolini.  Performed in the War Memorial Opera House, their home since October 1932, these operas will enhance our opera offering during the hiatus of the Metropolitan Opera.  This year's series will include Wagner's Die Walküre and Lohengrin; Bellini's The Capulets and the Montagues; Mozart's Così fan tutte, and Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman.

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 and 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 2013

 


PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-01
RELEASE:   August 31, 2013

OPERA:   DIE WALKÜRE (in German)
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner
CAST:
Brünnhilde   Nina Stemme
Wotan    Mark Delavan
Sieglinde   Eva-Maria Westbroek
Siegmund   Christopher Ventris
Fricka    Janina Baechle
Hunding   Raymond Aceto

CONDUCTOR:  Donald Runnicles
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Francesca Zambello
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA 

Approx Length:  3hours 50 minutes



PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-02
RELEASE:   September 7, 2013

OPERA:   THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES
(in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Vincenzo Bellini
CAST:
Giulietta   Nicole Cabell
Romeo    Joyce DiDonato
Tebaldo   Saimir Pirgu
Lorenzo   Ao Li
Capellio   Eric Owens

CONDUCTOR:  Riccardo Frizza
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Vincent Boussard
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Approx Length:  3 hours


PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-03
RELEASE:   September 14, 2013

OPERA:   MOBY-DICK (in English)
COMPOSER:   Jake Heggie
LIBRETTO:   Gene Scheer
CAST:
Greenhorn (Ishmael)  Stephen Costello
Captain Ahab   Jay Hunter Morris
Starbuck   Morgan Smith
Queequeg   Jonathan Lemalu
Pip    Talise Trevigne
Flask    Matthew O'Neill
Stubb    Robert Orth

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Leonard Foglia
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Approx Length:  3 hours 15 minutes



PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-04
RELEASE:   September 21, 2013

OPERA:   MAGIC FLUTE (in English)
COMPOSER:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
CAST:
Pamina    Heidi Stober  
Tamino    Alek Shrader
Papageno   Nathan Gunn
The Queen of the Night Albina Shagimuratova
Sarastro   Kristinn Sigmundsson 

CONDUCTOR:  Rory Macdonald
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Harry Silverstein
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Approx Length:  2 hours 30 minutes



PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-05
RELEASE:   September 28, 2013

OPERA:   LOHENGRIN (in German)
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner
CAST:
Lohengrin   Brandon Jovanovich
Elsa von Brabant  Camilla Nylund
Ortrud    Petra Lang
Friedrich von Telramund Gerd Grochowski
Heinrich der Vogler  Kristinn Sigmundsson
King's Herald   Brian Mulligan

CONDUCTOR:  Nicola Luisotti  
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Daniel Slater
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Approx Length:  4 hours 30 minutes



PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-06
RELEASE:   October 5, 2013

OPERA:   COSI FAN TUTTE (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
CAST:
Fiordiligi   Ellie Dehn
Dorabella   Christel Lötzsch
Despina   Heidi Stober
Ferrando   Francesco Demuro
Guglielmo   Philippe Sly
Don Alfonso   Marco Vinco

CONDUCTOR:  Nicola Luisotti
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Jose Maria Condemi
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Approx Length:  3 hours 35 minutes



PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-07
RELEASE:   October 12, 2013

OPERA:   THE TALES OF HOFFMANN (in French)
COMPOSER:   Jacques Offenbach
CAST:
Hoffmann   Matthew Polenzani
Olympia   Hye Jung Lee
Antonia   Natalie Dessay
Giulietta    Irene Roberts
Stella    Jennifer Cherest
Nicklausse   Alice Coote
Coppélius, Dapertutto
  Dr. Miracle, Lindorf  Christian Van Horn
Frantz, Andrès, Cochenille
  Pittichinaccio   Steven Cole

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Fournillier 
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Laurent Pelly
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Approx Length:  3 hours 45 minutes



PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-08
RELEASE:   October 19, 2013

OPERA:   THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE (in English)
COMPOSER/LIBRETTIST: Mark Adamo
CAST:
Mary Magdalene  Sasha Cooke
Miriam    Maria Kanyova
Peter    William Burden
Yeshua    Nathan Gunn

CONDUCTOR:  Michael Christie
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Kevin Newbury
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Approx Length:  3 hours



PROGRAM #:   SFO 13-09
RELEASE:   October 26, 2013

OPERA:   LUISA MILLER (In Italian)
COMPOSER:   Giuseppe Verdi
LIBRETTO:   Salvadore Cammarano
CAST:
Laura    Gwendolyn Jones
Miller    Louis Quilico
Luisa    Katia Ricciarelli
Rodolfo   Luciano Pavarotti
Wurm    Dieter Weller
Count Walter   Giorgio Tozzi
Federica   Huguette Tourangeau
A Peasant   Joseph Frank

CONDUCTOR:  Jesus Lopez-Cabos
DIRECTOR:   Beppe de Tomasi
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Byron Dean Ryan

Approx Length:  tba