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

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Join KCSC opera host Lane Whitesell for the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” at noon on Saturday, January 7. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (Hansel) and coloratura soprano Aleksandra Kurzak (Gretel) dazzle in the Met’s wickedly funny production, performed in English.


Something a little special on the opera this week as KCSC airs a Metropolitan Opera broadcast from 1951. Join host Lane Whitesell at noon, December 31 for Johann Strauss, Jr.’s “Die Fledermaus.” Starring: American mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik (pictured), coloratura soprano Patrice Munsel, and tenor Charles Kullman. Presented in English.


Romantic comedy describes this week’s Metropolitan Opera, Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment,” a tale of love, conflict and happy resolution, a kooky antagonist, and endearing heroes. Tune in at noon Saturday, December 24th with KCSC opera host Lane Whitesell.


A favorite opera is scheduled for this weekend! Giacomo Pucchini’s “Madama Butterfly,” Anthony Minghella’s stunning production and Metropolitan Opera broadcast will be aired at noon this Saturday with host Lane Whitesell. Soprano Patricia Racette performs the title role.


Join KCSC host Lane Whitesell at noon Sat., Dec. 10 for Charles Gounod’s “Faust," the classic retelling of the Faust legend updated
to the first half of the 20th century. Jonas Kaufmann plays the title role of Faust, with Rene Pape as the devil and Marina Poplavskaya
as Marguerite.

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