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.
Airs Saturday, June 16 at 12:00 noon. This spectacular new production marshals the choral and orchestral forces of our world-renowned company to present Show Boat in all its glory! Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice — one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety and an unmistakably American atmosphere. Moving from 1890s Mississippi to Chicago to “Roaring 20s” Broadway, Show Boat follows the lives of a company of theater folk — deeply involving us in their triumphs and sorrows, while illuminating the racial and social changes that were shaping the country. You’ll love every character: Julie, Joe, Queenie…and especially Magnolia and Ravenal. She’s an aspiring young actress; he’s an irresistible, gambling cad who leaves her when his luck runs out. But Magnolia moves on with her life — eventually becoming a major star. Unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and an epic story that moves us with its humanity — Show Boat is both great entertainment and great art.