San Francisco Opera

Saturdays at 12:00 pm
Impromptu

Hear live operas recorded at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

The second largest opera company in North America, San Francisco Opera (SFO) has been a leader among international opera companies for over nine decades. Since its inception, SFO 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), and the American debuts of numerous artists including Anna Netrebko, Tito Gobbi, Birgit Nilsson, Leontyne Price, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Renata Tebaldi, Valery Gergiev, and Sir Georg Solti. The radio series brings these world-class performances from current seasons, as well as historic performances, to the airwaves.

WFMT offers a complete opera every Saturday at noon with productions from the following companies:

Barber of Seville (Rossini)

October 20, 2018

Cunning, clever, and big-hearted, Figaro is precisely the sort of person you want as a friend. His quick thinking proves invaluable in helping a young woman escape from the grasp of her guardian and into the arms of a noble suitor.

Don Pasquale (Donizetti)

October 27, 2018

This performance of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale features Maurizio Muraro in the title role along with cast members Heidi Stober (Norina), Lawrence Brownlee (Ernesto), Lucas Meachem (Doctor Malatesta), and Bojan Knezevic (A Notary). Giuseppe Finzi conducts.

Dream of the Red Chamber (Sheng)

November 3, 2018

This week’s broadcast features Bright Sheng’s 2016 opera Dream of the Red Chamber, based on an 18th century Chinese novel of the same name. This performance features Yijie Shi (Bao Yu), Purem Jo (Dai Yu), Irene Roberts (Bao Chai), Hyona Kim (Lady Wang), Karen Chia-Ling Ho (Princess Jia), Qiulin Zhang (Granny Jia), Yanyu Guo (Aunt Xue), Randall Nakano (The Monk), ...

The Fall of the House of Usher (Getty/Debussy)

November 10, 2018

Edgar Allan Poe's Gothic tale about a decaying castle inhabited by a tormented man and his sickly sister comes to life—twice!