Michael Todd Simpson

Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, November 1 at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera conclude it's season with a stellar production of Jerome Kern's Showboat starring Heidi Stober as Magnolia Hawks and Michael Todd Simpson as Gaylord Ravenal, with Bill Irwin as Cap'n Andy Hawks, Patricia Racette as Julie La Verne, Angela Renée Simpson as Queenie, Harriet Harris as Parthy Ann Hawks, Kirsten Wyatt as Ellie Mae Chipley, Morris Robinson as Joe, and John Bolton as Frank Schultz. John Demain leads the San Francisco Opera Orchstra and Chorus and Dianne Nicolini will host.


Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 21 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream heard in its season premiere performance from October 11.  James Conlon leads his first Met performances of this opera, based on the Shakespeare play. The revival, commemorating the centennial of Britten’s birth, stars Kathleen Kim and Iestyn Davies as Tytania and Oberon, the sparring king and queen of the fairies.