S.F. Opera on KDFC

KDFC is the radio home of the San Francisco Opera, with a full-length production, recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, on the first Sunday of every month at 8pm. Dianne Nicolini hosts.

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Sunday, December 6, 8pm

La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli
(Archival Broadcast)

Renata Scotto (La Gioconda), Luciano Pavarotti (Enzo Grimaldo), Stefania Toczyska (Laura Adorno), Margarita Lilova (La Cieca), Norman Mittelmann (Barnaba), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Alvise Badoero); conducted by Bruno Bartoletti. Recorded September 1979, War Memorial Opera House.

Past Programs:



Sunday, November 1, 7pm
Note: Early Broadcast Time

The Trojans by Hector Berlioz

One of the largest, most magnificent pieces in the entire repertory, this rarely staged epic is presented here for the first time in 47 years, the way it was originally meant to be seen: two operas—The Fall of Troy and The Trojans at Carthage—in one spectacular evening! The tragic fall of Troy, the passionate love of two great leaders, the urgent pull of destiny: all unfold as part of Berlioz’s visionary masterpiece—French grand opera's answer to Wagner's Ring. Former Music Director Donald Runnicles, who masterfully conducted the Ring cycle in 2011, returns to lead this intensely lyrical, colorfully orchestrated, viscerally exciting score. David McVicar’s visually striking new production, “a major event” (The Guardian, London), moves the action to the mid-19th century. The world-class cast stars, as the ill-fated lovers Dido and Aeneas, the “vocally sumptuous and alluring” Susan Graham and Bryan Hymel, who gives “an impassioned and confident performance of a heroic role” (The New York Times). The “musically intelligent and vocally splendid” Anna Caterina Antonacci (The New York Times) takes on the dramatic role of the prophetess Cassandra.

Sunday, October 4, 8pm

Two Women by Marco Tutino

The cruelty of war, the loss of innocence and the intense love of a mother for her daughter make for moving drama in this world premiere—based on a novel that was adapted into a classic movie starring Sophia Loren. As the Allies invade Italy toward the end of World War II, a strong-willed widow and her 16-year-old daughter flee Rome for the nearby mountains in a vain attempt to find safety. Nicola Luisotti conducts the lushly expressive score by Italian composer Marco Tutino, whose work is “a joyful discovery...I hope we hear more of his music soon” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Francesca Zambello directs the outstanding cast, which is led by the “extraordinary” Anna Caterina Antonacci, known for her “intelligent and charismatic artistry” (The New York Times).

Sunday, September 6, 8pm

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart's warmest, wisest opera is one of the composer’s most graceful creations—a tender comedy in which a countess and her servant join forces to punish her aristocrat husband for his philandering. In the process, two very different couples learn humbling lessons about life and love. The cast is led by Philippe Sly as Figaro, a “gifted and accomplished” singer who has “the ability to combine virility and tenderness in a single phrase” (San Francisco Chronicle). Luca Pisaroni, known for his “impressive natural gifts” and “masterful intelligence and taste” (Opera News) is the lecherous Count, with the charismatic Nadine Sierra as his Countess and Lisette Oropesa as Figaro’s saucy love Susanna. Patrick Summers, whose Figaro was celebrated for its “dramatic pace, musical discernment and unfailing good taste” (Sydney Morning Herald), conducts.

Sunday, August 2, 8pm

La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

When an aspiring poet falls in love with a fragile seamstress, their intense passion is only matched by their youthful idealism. Can their tender relationship survive the cruelties of life? John Caird, the director of two of the biggest stage hits of recent years,Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby, brings his unique touch to this new production of Puccini’s beloved opera. Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi leads a superb cast headed by the “warm, luminous tone and urgently communicative phrasing” (TheClassicalReview.com) of Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou in her Company debut, the “intensely expressive” Michael Fabiano (The New York Times) and Nadine Sierra, whose commanding artistry inspires “awe and delight” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Sunday, July 5, 8pm

Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc

A special archival broadcast featuring Leontyne Price, Régine Crespin, Betsy Norden, and more. Conducted by Henry Lewis. Recorded Fall 1982.

Sunday, June 7, at 8pm

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

Puccini’s sexually explosive thriller depicts a corrupt police chief who sets his sights on a glamorous singer as he plots to destroy her lover, a politically rebellious painter. Conductor Riccardo Frizza leads a cast including Lianna Haroutounian, Brian Jagde and Mark Delavan.

Sunday, May 3, at 8pm

Cinderella by Gioachino Rossini

Thanks to her open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in Rossini’s sparkling version of the story. Karine Deshayesmakes her San Francisco Opera debut in the beloved fairy tale about a gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. 

Sunday, April 5, at 8pm

Partenope by George Frideric Handel

Disguises and cross-dressing reveal deep truths about the human heart in Handel’s brilliantly entertaining comedy about Queen Partenope of Naples and her three royal suitors, which features one of his greatest scores. Baroque music specialist, Julian Wachner, leads a cast featuring Danielle de Niese, David Daniels and Daniela Mack.

Sunday, March 1, at 8pm

A Masked Ball by Giuseppe Verdi

A Swedish king laughs off a fortune-teller’s warning of a plot against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. Nicola Luisotti leads a cast featuring Ramón Vargas, Dolora Zajick and Julianna Di Giacomo in her San Francisco Opera Debut.

Sunday, February 1, at 8pm

Susannah by Carlisle Floyd

In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall? Patricia Racette sings the title role, with Brandon Jovanovich as her brother and Raymond Aceto as the hell-raising itinerant preacher. Conductor Karen Kamensek makes her San Francisco Opera debut.

Sunday, January 4, at 8PM

Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

In Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece, a Druid high priestess betrays her people by falling in love with an occupying Roman soldier. When the soldier abandons her for another, her volatile mix of anger and guilt threatens the lives of the innocent and guilty alike. Music Director Nicola Luisotti's cast features Kevin Newbury and the San Francisco Opera debut of Jamie Barton.

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