Release date: 5/16/2011

San Francisco Opera Summer 2011 Radio Broadcasts on Classical 90.3 / 89.9 KDFC

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2011 – San Francisco Opera’s radio broadcast series on Classical 89.9 / 90.3KDFC continues this summer with new broadcasts of San Francisco Opera productions recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House and airing on the first Sunday of each month at 8 p.m.  Popular KDFC radio announcer Dianne Nicolini serves as program host, offering lively introductions to each opera along with accompanying facts and plot synopses. 
 
The Summer 2011 broadcast series begins on June 5 with Franco Alfano’s tragicomedy Cyrano de Bergerac. Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo sings the title role of the swordsman-poet with an enormous heart and even larger nose. Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta captivates as Roxane, the beautiful object of Cyrano’s affection, and tenor Thiago Arancam makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Christian de Neuveville. French conductor Patrick Fournillier leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
 
The Classical 89.9 / 90.3 KDFC broadcast series resumes on July 3 with Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Case. Renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila makes a critically acclaimed role debut as the mysterious and ageless Emilia Marty in one of Janáček’s most intriguing operas. Tenor Miro Dvorsky returns to the Company as Albert Gregor and bass-baritone Gerd Grochowski makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Baron Jaroslav Prus. Czech conductor and Janáček expert Jiří Bĕlohlávek, who currently serves as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, makes his Company debut leading the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. A special Listener’s Choice broadcast rounds out the Summer on August 7. Stay tuned to KDFC to find out how you can vote for the opera of your choice.
 
Launched in 2007 under the leadership of General Director David Gockley, San Francisco Opera’s partnership with Classical KDFC marked the return of regular San Francisco Opera broadcasts to Bay Area radio after a then-absence of 25 years.  San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts are also distributed nationally and internationally through a partnership with the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago.  For more information about San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts, please visit sfopera.com/broadcasts.
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SAN FRANCISCO OPERA SUMMER 2011 BROADCASTS ON CLASSICAL
89.9 / 90.3 KDFC:
 
All broadcasts are recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House and feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus (Ian Robertson, Chorus Director).
 
Tune in to KDFC at 90.3 in San Francisco, 89.9 in the North/East Bay, 89.7 in Eureka, 92.5 in Lakeport/Ukiah, KDFC.com, and COMCAST channel 981 or go to kdfc.com for live streaming. Schedule is subject to change; for further details and broadcast information, visit sfopera.com/broadcasts.
 
Sunday, June 5 at 8 p.m. Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac
Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo makes his long-awaited return to San Francisco Opera portraying the love-struck swordsman with an enormous heart and even larger nose. The cast also includes soprano Ainhoa Arteta as Roxanne and tenor Thiago Arancam as Christian de Neuveville; baritones Stephen Powell and Brian Mulligan return to San Francisco Opera as De Guiche and Ragueneau. Patrick Fournillier, conduct; Petrika Ionesco, director. [Recorded Fall 2010] 
 
Sunday, July 3 at 8 p.m. – Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Case
Celebrated Finnish soprano Karita Mattila makes her role debut in one of Janáček’s most intriguing operas as the mysterious Emilia Marty. Tenor Miro Dvorsky returns to the Company as Albert Gregor and bass-baritone Gerd Grochowski makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Baron Jaroslav Prus. Czech conductor and Janáček expert Jiří Bĕlohlávek makes his Company debut leading the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Olivier Tambosi, director. [Recorded Fall 2010]
  
Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. – A Special Listener’s Choice
A special Listener’s Choice broadcast chosen by KDFC listeners. Tune into Classical 89.9 / 90.3 KDFC or visit kdfc.com for more information.