Richard Bradshaw

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Airs Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with the San Francisco Opera and an archived performance of of Richard Strauss' Arabella starring Kiri Te Kanawa in the title role and Ingvar Wixell as Mandryka, with Barbara Daniels as Zdenka; William Lewis as Matteo; Alexander Malta as Count Theodor Waldner; Sona Cervena as Countess Waldner; Michael Ballam as Count Elemer; Erie Mills as Fiakermilli; Kevin Langan as Count Lamoral; and John Brandstetter as Count Dominik.

Airs Saturday, September 2, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with a new season from the San Francisco Opera opening with an archival broadcast of Ponchielli's La Gioconda starring Renata Scotto as La Gioconda and Luciano Pavarotti as Enzo Grimaldo, with Stefania Toczyska as Laura, Margarita Lilova as La Cieva, Norman Mittlemann as Barnaba, Feruccio Furlanetto as Alvise, John Del Carlo as Zuane, Tonio Di Paolo as Isepo, and Isepo as A Monk.

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Airs Saturday, October 1, at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are featured in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues Of The Carmelites staring Leontyne Price as Madame Lidoine, Virginia Zeani as Mother Marie, with Betsy Norden as Sister Constance, Régine Crespin as Madame de Croissy, Carol Vaness as Blance, Howard Hensel as Chevalier de la Force, and Eric Halfvarson as Marquis de la Force. Henry Lewis conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus with stage direction from John Dexter and the chorus master is Richard Bradshaw.