San Francisco Opera Announces Fall 2016 KDFC Radio Broadcast Schedule

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016

San Francisco Opera's partnership with the Bay Area's Classical KDFC continues with a fall season of opera radio broadcasts beginning August 7 with the star-studded, June 16, 2016 gala concert celebrating San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley. The Company's highly acclaimed 2016 Summer Season productions of Bizet's Carmen, Verdi's Don Carlo and Janácek's Jenufa, along with a special 1982 "From the Archives" broadcast of Handel's Julius Caesar, will air each month through December 4. All performances were recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House and feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus.

The San Francisco Opera broadcasts air on Classical KDFC on the first Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. for Don Carlo) and are hosted by radio announcer Dianne Nicolini. The performances are also available at for streaming on demand for four weeks after each initial broadcast.

The fall 2016 schedule opens August 7 with a broadcast of the gala concert honoring David Gockley's remarkable career as General Director of the Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera. Hosted by mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and baritone Thomas Hampson, the three-hour celebration features an all-star line-up of vocal soloists including sopranos Julie Adams, Renée Fleming, Ana María Martínez, Karita Mattila, Patricia Racette, Nadine Sierra, Heidi Stober; mezzo-sopranos Catherine Cook, Sasha Cooke, Daniela Mack, Dolora Zajick; tenors Michael Fabiano, Brian Jagde, Simon O'Neill, Pene Pati; baritone Edward Nelson; bass-baritone Eric Owens; basses René Pape and Anthony Reed. San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti, Company Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers, Ji?í B?lohlávek and John DeMain conduct the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and soloists in selections by Gershwin, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Wagner and others, including living composers John Adams, Carlisle Floyd, André Previn and Marco Tutino.

San Francisco Opera's 1982 production of Handel's Julius Caesar, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras and starring mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos in the title role, will be broadcast on September 4. Known for her artistry in an astonishingly wide repertory, from early works by Monteverdi and Handel to Richard Strauss and Philip Glass, Troyanos was a beloved artist who died in 1993 at the age of 54. This "From the Archives" performance, sung in English, also features Valerie Masterson as Cleopatra, Sarah Walker as Cornelia and Delia Wallis as Sextus.


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