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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10/29/11

10/29/11
Join KCSC opera host Lane Whitesell for the Houston Grand Opera broadcast of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” at noon on Saturday, October 29.

10/22/11

10/22/11
R. Strauss’s elegant and moving meditation on the conventions of theater pits a comedienne against a prima donna at a Vienna high-society party in the Houston Grand Opera broadcast of “Ariadne auf Naxos.” All at noon on KCSC, hosted by Lane Whitesell.

10/15/2011

10/15/2011
The cycle reaches its climax with this world-premiere production of Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung at noon this Saturday.
Lane Whitesell will host the final San Francisco Opera broadcast for the year at noon on Saturday. Photo: British tenor Ian Storrey.

10/08/2011

10/08/2011
KCSC’s Lane Whitesell hosts Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried,” a broadcast of the San Francisco Opera’s third “Ring” opera in “The Ring of the Nibelung” series. This Saturday at noon, hear American tenor Jay Hunter Morris (pictured) perform the lead role of Siegfried. Maestro Donald Runnicles, one of the world’s most acclaimed Wagner conductors leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the performance.

10/01/2011

10/01/2011
Saturday’s opera is part two of the San Francisco Opera presentation of the complete “Ring of the Nibelung” cycle. Join host Lane Whitesell at noon, October 1 for Richard Wagner’s “Die Walkure,” performed at the War Memorial Opera House.



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