San Francisco Opera 2014 on KQED 9
This season's operas premiered September 4 through October 2, 2014, on KQED 9. Please check back for encore broadcasts.
Support for Opera on KQED is provided by a generous gift from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.
San Francisco Opera's I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) — Vincenzo Bellini
Premieres Thursday, September 4, at 8pm on KQED 9
Bellini's bel canto masterpiece I Capuleti e i Montecchi, inspired by the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, is what The New York Times calls "an opera of definite dramatic appeal." The cast is headlined by international stars Joyce DiDonato and Nicole Cabell as the star-crossed lovers. Directed by Vincent Boussard in his U.S. debut and led by returning conductor Riccardo Frizza, this new co-production with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera features costumes by renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix and sets by Vincent Lemaire.
San Francisco Opera's Attila — Giuseppe Verdi
Thursday, September 11, at 8pm on KQED 9
In popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian, but to Verdi, he was a far more complex and compelling figure: a brave, ambitious warrior tormented by fierce internal doubts. This new San Francisco Opera/Teatro alla Scala co-production features a distinguished cast, including legendary Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role. Maestro Nicola Luisotti leads these performances.
San Francisco Opera's Mefistofele (Mephistopheles) — Arrigo Boito
Thursday, September 25, at 9pm on KQED 9
This monumental work of "choral grandeur and melodic richness" (The New York Times), a reimagining of Goethe's Faust, is one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House. The title role of Mefistofele is sung by Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov in his staged role debut. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Robert Carsen's impressive San Francisco Opera production.
San Francisco Opera's Rigoletto — Giuseppe Verdi
Thursday, October 2 at 8pm on KQED 9
Verdi's Rigoletto brings to life the vivid and compelling story of a vengeful court jester desperately attempting to protect his daughter from disaster. The world-class cast, led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti, features Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic in the title role and the San Francisco Opera debut of Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda. Acclaimed opera and theater director Harry Silverstein returns to direct this San Francisco Opera production with sets designed by Michael Yeargan.
Featured as part of the PBS Fall Arts Festival
Porgy and Bess — George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin Friday, October 17, at 9pm on KQED 9
Gershwin miraculously melded classical music, popular song, jazz, blues and spirituals in this quintessentially American masterpiece. Featuring such classics as "Summertime," Porgy and Bess tells the poignant story of a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both. Director Francesca Zambello's critically-acclaimed production stars bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess.
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