Opera

 

KUCO presents:   San Francisco Opera


A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953) and incorporated in 1923. The Company's first performance took place on September 26, 1923 in the City's Civic Auditorium. Originally presented over two weeks, San Francisco Opera's season now contains approximately 75 performances of ten operas between September and July.


Since 1923, San Francisco Opera has presented the United States debut performances of numerous artists, including Vladimir Atlantov, Piotr Beczala, Marie Collier, Mafalda Favero, Tito Gobbi, Sena Jurinac, Anna Netrebko, Leontyne Price, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Renata Tebaldi, and Ingvar Wixell; conductors Marco Armiliato, Valery Gergiev, Charles Mackerras, Georg Solti, and Silvio Varviso; and directors Francis Ford Coppola, Harry Kupfer, and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.


Since its inception, San Francisco Opera has embodied a spirit of innovation by presenting the world premieres of Blood Moon (1961), Angle of Repose (1976), The Dangerous Liaisons (1994), A Streetcar Named Desire (1998), Dead Man Walking (2000), Arshak II (2001) and Doctor Atomic (2005). Under David Gockley’s leadership, the Company has added five new operas to that list: Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s Appomattox (2007); Stewart Wallace and Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter (2008); Christopher Theofanidis and Donna Di Novelli’s Heart of a Soldier (2011); Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison's The Secret Garden (2013), a co-commission with Cal Performances at UC Berkeley; and Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene(2013).


In 2007, San Francisco Opera  created the Koret-Taube Media Suite. The first permanent high-definition broadcast-standard video production facility installed in any American opera house, the Koret-Taube Media Suite gives the Company the permanent capability to produce simulcasts and other projects including OperaVision, where retractable screens provide full stage, close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video for patrons in balcony seats. In 2007, San Francisco Opera also launched radio partnerships the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago, returning regular San Francisco Opera broadcasts to the national and international radio airwaves for the first time in 25 years.

 

Post-opera programming is locally produced by volunteer Lane Whitesell

Opera Links

     Austin Lyric Opera www.austinlyricopera.com

     Dallas Opera www.dallasopera.org

     Houston Grand Opera www.houstongrandopera.org/

     San Antonio Opera www.saopera.com

     Santa Fe Opera www.santafeopera.org

     Tulsa Opera  www.tulsaopera.com

     Wichita Grand Opera  www.wichitagrandopera.org

Opera in HD

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08/10/2013

08/10/2013
The legend of a ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers. Join us Saturday, Aug. 10, at noon for the LA Opera broadcast of “The Flying Dutchman,” Richard Wagner’s enthralling score, conducted by James Conion, one of the foremost Wagner interpreters of our times. Stars baritone Tomas Tomasson as the Dutchman.

08/03/2013

08/03/2013
Tune in Saturday, August 3 at noon to hear the LA Opera broadcast of “Madame Butterfly,” the stunning production of love gone wrong as East meets West, starring soprano Oksana Dyka and tenor Brandon Jovanovich. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.

7/27/2013

7/27/2013
Join KCSC opera host Lane Whitesell this Saturday at noon for the LA Opera broadcast of Franz Schreker’s rarely staged early 20th century masterpiece, “The Stigmatized,” featuring a cast that includes Anja Kampe, Robert Brubaker, Martin Gantner, James Johnson, and Wolfgang Schone.

07/20/2013

07/20/2013
The innocent. The guilty. The doomed. Don’t miss this Saturday's LA Opera broadcast of Verdi’s “The Two Foscari,” (I Due Foscari), starring tenor Placido Domingo and soprano Marina Poplavskaya. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts at noon.

07/13/2013

07/13/2013
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" Saturday, July 13 at noon. John Cudia makes his Lyric debut in the role of Curly McLain opposite Ashley Brown's Laurey and David Adam Moore's Jud. KCSC's Lane Whitesell hosts this broadcast.



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