The San Francisco Opera presents Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein III's SHOW BOAT on WRTI. A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.
Welsh Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel sings the title role in San Francisco Opera's Falstaff. Based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Verdi's last opera - which premiered in 1893 at La Scala - is a wise, wistful comedy about a self-deluded old man who vainly attempts to seduce two women at once. Saturday, October 18, 1 to 3:45 pm.
The San Francisco Opera presents a world premiere! Desperate. Passionate. Trapped. Dolores Claiborne is willing to do whatever it takes to save herself and her daughter—even if that means taking a life. One of the most compelling characters to emerge from the imagination of Stephen King, the feisty Maine housekeeper is a natural fit for opera—and specifically for the dark theatricality of American composer Tobias Picker.
Violetta Valéry may be the most heart-wrenching character in all of opera: a high-spirited but deceptively delicate woman who unexpectedly finds, and then selflessly gives up, the love of her all-too-short life in Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA.Saturday, October 4, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.
Presented in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, San Francisco Opera’s 1976 production of Die Frau ohne Schatten - The Woman Without a Shadow - featuring soprano Leonie Rysanek and led by distinguished conductor and noted Strauss expert Karl Böhm, airs on Saturday, September 27, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.
With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece featuring Gioachino Rossini’s witty and charming score. Giuseppe Finzi conducts. Saturday, September 20, 1 to 4:15 pm.
This week it's Arrigo Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, a monumental work of "choral grandeur and melodic richness" (The New York Times) recorded live at the famous War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco in 2013.
Tune in for a treat on Saturday, October 26 at 1 pm. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Rodolfo in a San Francisco Opera archival production of Giuseppe Verdi's Luisa Miller. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos. Recorded Fall 1974, War Memorial Opera House.
A sensitive poet searches for love, and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. Singing the title role is tenor Matthew Polenzani, who was praised by The New York Times as "coming into his prime...singing with increasing ardor, richness and power."
The prayers of a desperate woman are answered in the form of a noble warrior in Richard Wagner's most accessible opera, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor" (San Francisco Chronicle) who was an electrifying Siegmund in Die Walküre (2011). As his doubt-plagued bride, soprano Camilla Nylund "evokes an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).