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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12/03/2011

12/03/2011
Programming Note: The broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of George Frideric Handel’s “Rodelinda” begins a half hour earlier at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, December 3. Celebrated soprano Renee Fleming reprises the lead role in this story set in seventh century Lombardy. (photo: Renee Fleming).

11/26/11

11/26/11
Renowned soprano Patricia Racette makes her role debut as the passionate Floria Tosca in Puccini’s timeless drama. Join KCSC host Lane Whitesell at noon, Saturday, November 26, for the Houston Grand Opera broadcast.

11/19/11

11/19/11
The mysterious death of an apprentice ignites a town’s suspicions against a fisherman in the Houston Grand Opera broadcast of Britten’s “Peter Grimes,” at noon, Saturday, November 19, hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell. Photo: tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as Peter Grimes.

11/12/2011

11/12/2011
The volatile religious and political conflicts of two ancient Scottish clans fuel the drama of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” a broadcast of the Houston Grand Opera. Lane Whitesell hosts the opera at noon Saturday, November 12. Photo: Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova.

11/05/2011

11/05/2011
This Saturday, at noon, KCSC brings you the Houston Grand Opera’s “Dead Man Walking,” a story of passion and redemption. The opera airs during KCSC’s fall fund drive and we hope many of you opera fans will call in and underwrite an opera or make a pledge. Brad and Lane and Kimberly will be standing by to take your call at 974-3333. Pictured: mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.



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