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

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09/24/2011

09/24/2011
The San Francisco Opera presents the Ring of the Nibelungen featuring all four opera broadcasts in the weeks ahead. Saturday, September 17, listen in at noon to the first, Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, featuring internationally-acclaimed baritone Mark Delavan, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop, and a world-class cast. Pictured: Mark Delavan.

09/17/2011

09/17/2011
Considered by many to be the finest performance of last fall’s San Francisco Opera season, Leos Janacek’s “The Makropulos Case,” will be aired this Saturday, September 17 at noon, hosted by KCSC’s Lane Whitesell. Pictured: Finnish soprano Karita Mattila.

09/10/2011

09/10/2011
Two stunning vocalists are featured in this Saturday’s San Francisco Opera broadcast of Jules Massenet’s “Werther.” Join host Lane Whitesell at noon to hear tenor Ramon Vargas and British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (pictured).

09/03/2011

09/03/2011
Join KCSC opera host Lane Whitesell at noon, Saturday, September 3, for the San Francisco Opera broadcast of George Gershwin’s American masterpiece, “Porgy and Bess,” the poignant story of a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that sustains them. Pictured: soprano Laquita Mitchell and baritone Eric Owens.

8/27/2011

8/27/2011
Join KCSC opera host Lane Whitesell Saturday, August 27 at noon for the San Francisco Opera broadcast of Franco Alfano's "Cyrano de Bergerac," starring Placido Domingo.



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