Release date: 1/24/2017
Classical KDFC Radio Series to include Dream of the Red Chamber, Andrea Chénier, Don Pasquale, The Makropulos Case, Aida, Madama Butterfly and Historic Broadcast of Semiramide
2017 KDFC Broadcasts.pdf Photos Available
The partnership between San Francisco Opera and the Bay Area’s Classical KDFC continues with monthly broadcasts of performances captured during the Fall 2016 Season, including the world premiere of Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber, and a historic broadcast from the Company’s archives. All performances were recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House and feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus (Ian Robertson, Chorus Director).
Each San Francisco Opera performance is broadcast on Classical KDFC at 8 p.m. PDT/PST on the first Sunday of every month and hosted by radio announcer Dianne Nicolini. The broadcasts are also available for streaming on demand at kdfc.com for four weeks after the initial air date.
On February 5, the San Francisco Opera broadcast will be a “From the Archives” performance of Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide from September 1981. Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé (Semiramide) and American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (Arsace)—memorably paired and both in their vocal prime—headline the historic performance. Joining this celebrated diva duo are bass-baritone James Morris (Assur) and tenor Dalmacio Gonzalez (Idreno). Richard Bonynge conducts.
Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber will be broadcast on March 5. This operatic interpretation of the famous Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin was given its world premiere by San Francisco Opera on September 10, 2016 with a cast that included soprano Pureum Jo (Dai Yu), tenor Yijie Shi (Bao Yu), mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim (Lady Wang), mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts (Bao Chai), soprano Karen Chia-ling Ho (Princess Jia) and George Manahan conducting. Two sold-out performances of Dream of the Red Chamber are scheduled for the Hong Kong Arts Festival on March 17 and 18, 2017.
Other highlights from San Francisco Opera’s fall 2016 Season will be featured on Classical KDFC, including Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (April 2), Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (May 7), Janáček’s The Makropulos Case (June 4), Verdi’s Aida (July 2) and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (August 6). The 2016 revival of Madama Butterfly was hailed by The Mercury News as one “that opera lovers are likely to be talking about for a long, long time” due to the unforgettable portrayal of Cio-Cio-San by Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian. The performance also featured Vincenzo Costanzo (Lt. B.F. Pinkerton), Anthony Clark Evans (Sharpless), Zanda Švēde (Suzuki) and was conducted by Yves Abel.
For the complete press release, including full casts for each broadcast, please view the attached PDF.