Fall 2015 Radio Broadcast Schedule Announced

Release date: 8/20/2015

KDFC and WFMT Radio Network Broadcast Series to Include Two Women World Premiere and Berlioz’s Epic Les Troyens (The Trojans)

Critically Acclaimed Performances of Norma, Susannah, Un Ballo in Maschera, Partenope, La Cenerentola and La Bohème Among the Scheduled Broadcasts

Radio Broadcast Schedule Fall 2015.pdf Photos Available

San Francisco Opera’s partnerships with Bay Area’s Classical KDFC and Chicago’s WFMT Radio Network continue with broadcasts from Summer 2015 of Marco Tutino’s world premiere Two Women and Berlioz’s Les Troyens (The Trojans). Broadcasts also include six critically acclaimed performances from the Fall 2014 Season. All performances were recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House and feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus (Ian Robertson, Chorus Director).         

The KDFC radio broadcasts air the first Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. for Les Troyens) and are hosted by announcer Dianne Nicolini. Launched in 2007 under the leadership of General Director David Gockley, San Francisco Opera’s partnership with Classical KDFC marked the return of regular San Francisco Opera broadcasts to Bay Area radio after an absence of 25 years. San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts are also distributed nationally and internationally through the partnership with the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago. From August 29 through October 31, the WFMT Radio Network syndicates the broadcasts to over 50 main stations and a total of 348 radio outlets across the country, including 98.7 WFMT in Chicago, which broadcasts the operas on Saturdays, 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

KDFC’s eagerly anticipated world premiere broadcast of Marco Tutino’s Two Women (La Ciociara) airs on October 4; the WFMT Radio Network broadcasts the new opera on October 24. Starring “sensational” (San Jose Mercury News) Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cesira and directed by Francesca Zambello, the opera is based on 20th-century Italian author Alberto Moravia’s novel of a strong-willed widow and her teenage daughter struggling to survive the horrors of World War Two. Completing the cast are “gleaming” (San Francisco Chronicle) soprano Sarah Shafer as Cesira’s daughter Rosetta; “thoroughly engaging” (San Francisco Examiner) tenor Dimitri Pittas as Michele; and “fierce, robust” (Classical Voice America) baritone Mark Delavan as the devious Giovanni. Conducted by Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti—“who leads the score with unfailing passion” (San Francisco Chronicle)—Two Women is the seventh new work commissioned for San Francisco Opera by General Director David Gockley.

After a 47-year absence from San Francisco Opera’s repertory, Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens (The Trojans) is presented to radio audiences on October 31 (WFMT Radio Network) and November 1 (KDFC). The resplendent cast is headlined by the “vocally sumptuous and alluring” (The New York Times) mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and powerful tenor Bryan Hymel, who gives “an impassioned and confident performance of a heroic role” (The New York Times), as the ill-fated lovers Dido and Aeneas. The dramatic role of the prophetess Cassandra is sung by soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci. Sasha Cooke, who shone in the title role of San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, returns as Dido’s sister Anna. Former Company Music Director Donald Runnicles conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in David McVicar’s “handsome and spectacular” (San Francisco Classical Voice) production.

For further details and broadcast information, visit sfopera.com/broadcasts.

 

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FALL 2015 BROADCAST SCHEDULE ON KDFC:

KDFC can be heard on the FM dial at 90.3 (San Francisco, Oakland, Sausalito), 89.9 (North and East Bay), 104.9 (South Bay and Peninsula), 92.5 (Ukiah-Lakeport); on Comcast Cable 981; or online at kdfc.com. KDFC monthly broadcasts can also be streamed on demand at kdfc.com after each initial Sunday night broadcast for four weeks.

Sunday, September 6 at 8 p.m. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)

Philippe Sly (Figaro), Lisette Oropesa (Susanna), Nadine Sierra (Countess Almaviva), Kate Lindsey (Cherubino), Luca Pisaroni (Count Almaviva), John Del Carlo (Bartolo), Catherine Cook (Marcellina); conducted by Patrick Summers. Recorded Summer 2015.

Sunday, October 4 at 8 p.m. – Marco Tutino’s Two Women (La Ciociara)

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cesira), Sarah Shafer (Rosetta), Dimitri Pittas (Michele), Mark Delavan (Giovanni), Edward Nelson (John Buckley); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Summer 2015.

Sunday, November 1 at 7 p.m. – Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens (The Trojans)

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cassandra), Susan Graham (Dido), Bryan Hymel (Aeneas), Nian Wang (Ascanius), Sasha Cooke (Anna), Brian Mulligan (Coroebus), Christian Van Horn (Narbal), René Barbera (Iopas); conducted by Donald Runnicles. Recorded Summer 2015.

 

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FALL 2015 BROADCAST SCHEDULE ON 98.7 WFMT:

WFMT’s weekly Saturday broadcasts can be streamed online at wfmt.com.

Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m. – Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto

Željko Lučić (Rigoletto), Aleksandra Kurzak (Gilda), Francesco Demuro (The Duke of Mantua), Kendall Gladen (Maddalena); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Fall 2012.

Saturday, September 5 at 10 a.m. – Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Patricia Racette (Cio-Cio-San), Brian Jagde (Pinkerton), Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki), Brian Mulligan (Sharpless), Julius Ahn (Goro), Jacqueline Piccolino (Kate Pinkerton), Efraín Solís (Prince Yamadori), Morris Robinson (The Bonze), Hadleigh Adams (The Commissioner); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Summer 2014.

Saturday, September 12 at 10 a.m. – Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma
Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma), Jamie Barton (Adalgisa), Russell Thomas (Pollione), Christian Van Horn (Oroveso), Jacqueline Piccolino (Clotilda), AJ Glueckert (Flavio); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Fall 2014.

Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m. – Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah
Patricia Racette (Susannah Polk), Brandon Jovanovich (Sam Polk), Raymond Aceto (Rev. Olin Blitch), Catherine Cook (Mrs. McLean), James Kryshak (Little Bat McLean); conducted by Karen Kamensek. Recorded Fall 2014.

Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m. – Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)

Julianna Di Giacomo (Amelia), Heidi Stober (Oscar), Ramón Vargas (Gustavus III), Thomas Hampson (Count Anckarström), Dolora Zajick (Madame Arvidson); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Fall 2014.

Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m. – George Frideric Handel’s Partenope

Danielle de Niese (Partenope), Daniela Mack (Rosmira), David Daniels (Arsace), Alek Shrader (Emilio), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Armindo), Philippe Sly (Ormonte); conducted by Julian Wachner. Recorded Fall 2014.

Saturday, October 10 at 10 a.m. – Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

Karine Deshayes (Angelina), René Barbera (Don Ramiro), Efraín Solís (Dandini), Carlos Chausson (Don Magnifico), Christian Van Horn (Alidoro), Maria Valdes (Clorinda), Zanda Švēde (Tisbe); conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. Recorded Fall 2014.

Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m. – Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème

Alexia Voulgaridou (Mimì), Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo), Nadine Sierra (Musetta), Alexey Markov (Marcello), Christian Van Horn (Colline), Hadleigh Adams (Schaunard), Dale Travis (Benoit, Alcindoro); conducted by Giuseppe Finzi. Recorded Fall 2014.

Saturday, October 24 at 10 a.m. – Marco Tutino’s Two Women (La Ciociara)

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cesira), Sarah Shafer (Rosetta), Dimitri Pittas (Michele), Mark Delavan (Giovanni), Edward Nelson (John Buckley); conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Recorded Summer 2015.

Saturday, October 31 at 10 a.m. – Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens (The Trojans)

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cassandra), Susan Graham (Dido), Bryan Hymel (Aeneas), Nian Wang (Ascanius), Sasha Cooke (Anna), Brian Mulligan (Coroebus), Christian Van Horn (Narbal), René Barbera (Iopas); conducted by Donald Runnicles. Recorded Summer 2015.

For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.