San Francisco Opera on KQED 9

Get your front row seat at one of the leading opera companies in the world! Shot in brilliant HD, the fourth season of this acclaimed series, co-produced by KQED and San Francisco Opera, brings you four spectacular productions performed by world-class singers. Hosted by celebrated mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. Learn more about the productions on

Support for Opera on KQED is provided by a generous gift from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

Read an Interview with David Gockley, general director of the San Francisco Opera

Porgy and Bess

San Francisco Opera's Porgy and Bess
Premieres Thu, Sep 12, 2013 - 8pm on KQED 9

George and Ira Gershwin's quintessentially American masterpiece features their most beloved songs, including "Summertime." Francesca Zambello's production, with Eric Owens and Laquita Mitchell in the title roles, brings to life the turbulent story of love found and lost.

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San Francisco Opera's Aida
Premieres Thu, Sep 19, 2013 - 8pm on KQED 9

Verdi's masterpiece receives the grand-opera treatment in a production designed by the fashion icon Zandra Rhodes. San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts an all-star cast featuring Italian soprano Micaela Carosi as Aida, a signature role that she has sung around the world to great acclaim.

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Boris Godunov

San Francisco Opera's Boris Godunov
Premieres Thu, Sep 26, 2013 - 8pm on KQED 9

World-renowned bass Samuel Ramey sings his signature role as the Russian Czar haunted by a horrible act from his past. Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece, presented here in its original seven-scene version, is a theatrical experience of searing intensity. 

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Lucrezia Borgia

San Francisco Opera's Lucrezia Borgia
Premieres Thu, Oct 3, 2013 - 8pm on KQED 9

Renée Fleming, one of the most acclaimed artists of our time, sings the title role of Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece — the notorious femme fatale from Renaissance Italy, renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power.

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