La Cenerentola

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, October 10, at 12 noon. This week from the San Francisco Opera we present Gioachino Rossini's beloved fairytale, La Cenerentola (Cinderella) starring Karine Deshayes in the title role, René Barbera as Don Ramiro, and Efrain Solis as Dandini, with Carlos Chausson in the role of Don Magnifico, Christian Van Horn as Alidoro, Maria Valdes plays Clorinda, and Zanda Svede as Tisbe. Gregory Fortner directs and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Jesus López-Cobos and Ian Robertson as Chorus Master. Dianne Nicolini will host.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, May 10 at 12 noon.  The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season concludes with a live broadcast of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, starring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in her first network performance of one of her signature roles. The role of her prince, Don Ramiro, will be sung by Juan Diego Flórez, one of the world’s foremost Rossini tenors. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi returns to the podium to lead his first bel canto opera with the company. The cast also includes Alessandro Corbelli as Don Magnifico, the wicked stepfather; Luca Pisaroni as the wise Alidoro; and Italian baritone Pietro Spagnoli in his network debut as Don Ramiro’s valet, Dandini. La Cenerentola will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.