San Francisco Opera

WRTI Spotlight
7:30 am
Sat October 20, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Verdi's ATTILA, Oct. 20th at 1 pm

Baritone Quinn Kelsey sings Ezio; Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Attila.

The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. In the popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian. But to Giuseppe Verdi, he was a far more complex and compelling figure: a brave, ambitious warrior tormented by fierce internal doubts. The intense, conflicted anti-hero comes vividly alive in this “vibrant and engrossing musical drama” (The New York Times).

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WRTI Spotlight
4:05 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Adams' NIXON IN CHINA, Oct. 13th at 1 pm

Mao Tse-tung: Simon O'Neill; Pat Nixon: Maria Kanyova; Richard Nixon: Brian Mulligan

John Adams' rhythmically rich re-creation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (The New York Times). A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this modern masterpiece made its San Francisco Opera premiere earlier this year featuring baritone Brian Mulligan. Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ Doctor Atomic won praise from London critics, leads the orchestra.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:16 am
Sat September 22, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA, Sept. 22nd at 1 pm

Renee Fleming sings the title role in Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA

Renée Fleming sings the title role of this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece. A femme fatale, renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power, reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son. Saturday, September 22, 1 to 3:15 pm

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WRTI Spotlight
4:24 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Gounod's FAUST, Sept. 15th at 1 pm

Patricia Racette is the doomed Marguerite and Stefano Secco sings Faust.
Cory Weaver

It may have been Faust who sold his soul to the devil, but the innocent Marguerite takes the fall in this classic story that dates back to the 1400s; the opera premiered in Paris in 1859. Patricia Racette, Stefano Secco, and John Relyea star in this 2010 production conducted by Maurizio Benini. Saturday, September 15th, 1 to 4 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:23 am
Sat September 8, 2012

San Francisco Opera: HEART OF A SOLDIER on September 8th at 1 pm

Baritone Thomas Hampson

Rick Rescorla was a British-born adventurer who fought in Vietnam before settling in NY as head of security for Morgan Stanley in the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, his extraordinary courage and calmness in a crisis paid off: Rescorla led all of the 2,700 people under his care to safety—literally singing them down the stairs—before heading back into the burning building for one last check. He never emerged.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:10 am
Sat September 1, 2012

San Francisco Opera: Bizet's CARMEN, September 1st at 1 pm

Soprano Anita Rachvelishvili sings the title role in Bizet's Carmen.

Who is Carmen? She's thrilling and dangerous, captivating and capricious, and one of the most vivid characters in all of opera. The bold femme fatale is sung by soprano Anita Rachvelishvili who “brought an ample, earthy voice and sensual lyricism to her performance, winning a hearty ovation” (The New York Times). Tenor Thiago Arancam sings Don José, the man who unwisely falls under Carmen's spell. Niccola Luisotti conducts. Saturday, September 1st, 1 to 4:30 pm.

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WRTI Spotlight
8:45 am
Mon August 20, 2012

San Francisco Opera: DON GIOVANNI, August 25th at 1 pm

Lucas Meachem sings the title role, and Kate Lindsey portrays Zerlina, in San Francisco Opera's Don Giovanni.

No man is safe from his schemes. No woman is safe from his advances. That's the proud, predatory nobleman at the heart of Mozart's Don Giovanni, considered by many to be one of the greatest operas ever written. Deftly balancing comedy and tragedy with unforgettable music, Don Giovanni has an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, and premiered at the Estates Theatre in Prague in 1787.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:46 am
Mon August 13, 2012

San Francisco Opera: TURANDOT, August 18th at 1 pm

Soprano Irene Theorin sings the title role in Puccini's Turandot.

Puccini’s final masterpiece opens the San Francisco Opera radio season on WRTI under the baton of Music Director Nicola Luisotti. This passionate tale of a princess, whose cruelty masks her fear of love, features some of the composer’s most glorious music, including the stirring anthem “Nessun dorma.” Performed by an outstanding cast, led by Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, “the world’s reigning Turandot” (Opera Britannia), Leah Crocetto, and Marco Berti, Turandot is melodically rich and colorfully orchestrated. Join us on Saturday, August 18th, 1 to 4:15 pm.

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