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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04/27/2013

04/27/2013
The Metropolitan Opera broadcast begins at 11 a.m. this Saturday, April 27. Join us for David McVicar’s witty and effervescent production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare,” starring the world’s leading countertenor David Daniels singing the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.

04/20/2013

04/20/2013
Tune in at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 20 for KCSC’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast. In part three of the Ring, Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests, while Robert Lepage’s revolutionary stage machine transforms from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Jay Hunter Morris sings the title role and Deborah Voigt’s Brunnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the wanderer. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.

04/13/2013

04/13/2013
Of special note, the Metropolitan Opera broadcast begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Tune in and hear the second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, Die Walkure, starring a stellar cast led by Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde.

04/06/2013

04/06/2013
Robert Lepage’s landmark production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen is back for three complete cycles this spring. Tune in at noon, Saturday, April 6 for the first installment of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, starring Stephanie Blythe, Stefan Margita, and Mark Delavan as Wotan.

03/30/2013

03/30/2013
Saturday, at 11:30 a.m., tune in to the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” and hear soprano Diana Damrau tackle Verdi’s eternal heroine for the first time in Willy Decker’s inspiring production. Placido Domingo sings the baritone role of Germont, Violetta’s tormentor. KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts.



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