San Francisco Opera Series

Saturday at 12 noon
  • Hosted by Dianne Nicolini

A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953) and incorporated in 1923. The Company's first performance took place on September 26, 1923 in the City's Civic Auditorium (La Bohème, with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli, conducted by Merola). Originally presented over two weeks, San Francisco Opera's season now contains approximately 75 performances of ten operas between September and July.

San Francisco Opera inaugurated its current home, the War Memorial Opera House, with a performance of Tosca on October 15, 1932 (Claudia Muzio, Dino Borgioli, and Alfredo Gandolfi sang the principal roles in a production conducted by Merola). The venerable beaux arts building holds the distinction of being the first American opera house that was not built by and for a small group of wealthy patrons; the funding came thanks to a group of private citizens who encouraged thousands of San Franciscans to subscribe.

San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 27 at 12 noon. This week on the San Francisco Opera we'll hear Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes starring Jon Vickers in the title role, Paul Geiger as Hobson, and Alexander Malta as Swallow, with Donna Petersen in the role of Mrs. Sedley, Heather Harper as Ellen Orford, John Del Carlo as A Fisherman, Sheila Nadler as Auntie, and Geraint Evans as Captain Balstrode. John Pritchard conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Dianne Nicolini will host.

San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 20 at 12 noon This week on the San Francisco Opera we'll heard Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman with Lise Lindstrom as Senta, Erin Johnson as Mary, Ian Storey as Erik, A.J. Glueckert as The Steersman, Kristinn Sigmundsson as Daland and Greer Grimsley as The Dutchman. Patrick Summers lead the San Francisco Opera orchestra and chorus and Dianne Nicolini will host.

San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 13 at 12 noon. On This week’s broadcast from the San Francisco Opera Nicola Luisotti will lead the cast, orchestra and chorus in Puccini’s Tosca staring Patricia Racette as Tosca with Christian Van Horn as Angelotti, Dale Travis as Sacristan, Brian Jagde as Cavardossi and Mark Delavan as Baron Scarpia. This production as features Joel Sorensen as Spoletta, Ryan Nelson-Flack as Shepherd boy, and Ryan Kuster as the Jailer. Dianne Nicolini will be your host for Tosca, this Saturday at noon on Red River Radio.

San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, September 6 at 12 noon. This week we join the San Francisco Opera Company for a performance of Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele featuring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role with Ramon Vargas as Faust, Chuanyue Wang as Wagner, Luke Lazzaro as Aadm, Brook Broughton as Eve and Patricia Racette as Margherita. This performanc will also star Erin Johnson as Marta and Renee Rapier as Pantalis. Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra & Chorus and Dianne Nicolini will be your host.

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