Release date: 9/10/2012

San Francisco Opera's The Magic Flute, Salome, Il Trittico and Otello air on KQED Public Television beginning September 20, 2012

Frederica von Stade hosts third season of San Francisco Opera's broadcast series on KQED 9

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SAN FRANCISCO (September 10, 2012)—San Francisco Opera returns to KQED, Northern California’s preeminent public television station, with a new series of grand operas recorded live in high definition at the historic War Memorial Opera House.  Airing on four consecutive Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. on KQED 9 beginning September 20, San Francisco Opera's productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Strauss’ Salome, Puccini's Il Trittico and Verdi’s Otello feature an array of international opera stars, including Patricia Racette, Nadja Michael, Ewa Podleś, Piotr Beczala, Brandon Jovanovich, Johan Botha and Paolo Gavanelli.  Now in its third season, the upcoming series is hosted by celebrated mezzo-soprano and arts advocate Frederica von Stade.
 
The Magic Flute, Salome, Il Trittico and Otello are presented in their original languages with English subtitles.  All productions include the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Special educational materials connected to The Magic Flute and Otello are available on the San Francisco Opera website at sfopera.com/fluteresources and sfopera.com/otelloresources.  These programs will repeat the following night and following Monday at 7 p.m. on KQED Life.  The operas will also be available through Comcast On Demand for seven days after the initial air date.  Visit kqed.org/opera or check local listings for a complete broadcast schedule.
 
San Francisco Opera’s broadcast series on KQED TV begins September 20 with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  Filled with ritual and symbolism, Mozart’s masterpiece is a playful yet profound look at the human quest for love, wisdom and virtue.  Donald Runnicles conducts an enchanting cast headed by acclaimed lyric tenor Piotr Beczala as Tamino and soprano Dina Kuznetsova as Pamina.  The cast also features Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night, baritone Christopher Maltman as Papageno, and bass Georg Zeppenfeld as Sarastro.  Directed by Stanley Garner, the production is designed by artist Gerald Scarfe, whose captivating vision of The Magic Flute features a menagerie of fantastical creatures and a 30-foot-tall pyramid that morphs as the opera’s plot unfolds.  [Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, Fall 2007.]

Richard Strauss’ biblical drama Salome is presented September 27.  Inspired by the Oscar Wilde play of the same name, the story of Salome and her lecherous stepfather Herod has shocked opera audiences since its first performance. Starring in the title role is soprano Nadja Michael, who has sung the role to great acclaim at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Milan’s La Scala. Tenor Kim Begley sings the role of King Herod, with bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as Jokanaan (John the Baptist), mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura as Herodias and tenor Garrett Sorenson as Narraboth.  Salome is directed by Seán Curran and conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.  [Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, Fall 2009.]

The series continues October 4 with Giacomo Puccini’s complete triptych Il Trittico.  A trio of one-act operas that runs the gamut from heart-wrenching tragedy to sparkling comedy, Il Trittico stars soprano Patricia Racette, one of the premiere American dramatic sopranos of our time, as the heroine in each of Il Trittico’s three one-act operas—Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. The cast also features baritone Paolo Gavanelli, tenor Brandon Jovanovich, contralto Ewa Podleś and bass Andrea Silvestrelli.  San Francisco Opera Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers leads these performances and James Robinson directs this inventively updated production.  [Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, Fall 2009.]
 
Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork Otello airs October 11.  Considered one of Verdi’s greatest operas, Otello is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name.  Starring in the title role of the flawed warrior Otello is tenor Johan Botha, one of today’s preeminent interpreters of the role.  Soprano Zvetelina Vassileva sings the role of Otello’s faithful and falsely accused wife Desdemona, and Italian baritone Marco Vratogna is the manipulative soldier Iago.  Rounding out the cast is tenor Beau Gibson (Cassio), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum (Emilia) and bass Eric Halfvarson (Lodovico).  The production is directed by Stephen Barlow and conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.  [Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, Fall 2009.]
 
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ON KQED PUBLIC TELEVISION
The Magic Flute, Salome, Il Trittico and Otello on KQED 9
BROADCAST SCHEDULE –
 
Mozart’s The Magic Flute:
*  KQED 9:  Thursday, Sept 20, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
*  KQED 9:  Friday, Sept 21, 2012, 2:00 a.m.
*  KQED Life:  Friday, Sept 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
*  KQED Life:  Saturday, Sept 22, 2012, 1:00 a.m.
*  KQED Life:  Monday, Sept 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
*  KQED Life:  Tuesday, Sept 25, 2012, 1:00 a.m.
 
R. Strauss’ Salome:
*  KQED 9: Thursday, Sept 27, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
*  KQED 9:  Friday, Sept 28, 2012, 2:00 a.m.
*  KQED Life:  Friday, Sept 28, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
*  KQED Life:  Saturday, Sept 29, 2012, 1:00 a.m.
*  KQED Life:  Monday, Oct 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
*  KQED Life: Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012, 1:00 a.m.
 
Puccini’s Il Trittico:
*  KQED 9:  Thursday, Oct 4, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
*  KQED 9:  Friday, Oct 5, 2012, 2:00 a.m.
*  KQED Life:  Friday, Oct 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
*  KQED Life:  Saturday, Oct 6, 2012, 1:00 a.m.
*  KQED Life:  Monday, Oct 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
*  KQED Life:  Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012, 1:00 a.m.
 
Verdi’s Otello:
*  KQED 9: Thursday, Oct 11, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
*  KQED 9:  Friday, Oct 12, 2012, 2:00 a.m.
*  KQED Life:  Friday, Oct 12, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
*  KQED Life:  Saturday, Oct 13, 2012, 1:00 a.m.
*  KQED Life:  Monday, Oct 15, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
*  KQED Life:  Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012, 1:00 a.m.
 
To view complete listing information about San Francisco Opera on KQED Public Television, visit kqed.org/opera.  For more information about San Francisco Opera’s KQED TV broadcast series, and to view video clips of these operas, visit sfopera.com/Watch-Listen/TV-Broadcasts.aspx.
 
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            The third season of San Francisco Opera’s broadcast series on KQED Public Television coincides with the opening of the Company’s 90 th Season on September 7, 2012. The broadcast series is one of the many electronic media initiatives launched under the direction of General Director David Gockley. These include the Company’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, national and international radio broadcast series, and free live simulcasts of San Francisco Opera productions.  San Francisco Opera’s cinemacasts and simulcasts are made possible through the technology of the Company’s Koret-Taube Media Suite, the first permanent HD broadcast-standard video production facility installed in an American opera house.  A grant from the Koret Foundation provided lead funding for the Koret-Taube Media Suite, with additional support provided by Tad and Dianne Taube.  An anonymous donor committed the remaining required funding.
 
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