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.

And now you can stream the SF Opera broadcasts any time right here on KDFC.com. Click here to see what's available for streaming.

Sunday, August 3, at 8PM

Season Preview with David Gockley and Dianne Nicolini

A preview of the 2014-15 season with Dianne Nicolini in conversation with SFO General Director David Gockley, featuring highlights from this season's operas.

Sunday, September 7, at 8PM

Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Puccini's heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice returns in a bold and beautiful production by Jun Kaneko, designer of San Francisco Opera's dazzling production of The Magic Flute (2012). Patricia Racette heads a superb cast including Elizabeth DeShong, Brian Jagde, and Brian Mulligan.

Sunday, October 5, at 8PM

Show Boat by Kern and Hammerstein

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. The magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score, includes such classic songs as "Ol’ Man River," "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man," "Make Believe" and "You Are Love". Maestro John DeMain conducts. 

Sunday, November 2, at 8PM

La Traviata by Giacomo Puccini

Violetta Valéry may be the most heart-wrenching character in all of opera: a high-spirited but deceptively delicate woman who unexpectedly finds, and then selflessly gives up, the love of her all-too-short life.

Sunday, December 7, at 8PM

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

Archival performance featuring Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballe. This passionate tale of a princess whose cruelty masks her fear of love features some of the composer’s most glorious music, including the stirring anthem “Nessun dorma.”

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Sunday, July 6, at 8PM

General Director's Choice: 
Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

Clever comedy is intertwined with tender poignancy in a tale of unrequited love and intrigue at a royal court. Patrick Summers, who conducts Handel with “astounding depth, virtuosity and clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle), leads an outstanding cast featuring Susan Graham and David Daniels.

Sunday, June 1, at 8PM

Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss

Presented in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss's birth. Leonie Rysanek (The Empress), Matti Kastu (The Emperor), Walter Berry (Barak), Ursula Schröder-Feinen (Barak’s Wife), Ruth Hesse (The Empress’s nurse); conducted by Karl Böhm. Recorded October 15, 1976, War Memorial Opera House.

Sunday, May 4, at 8PM

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini

With the help of a wily barber, a strong-willed young woman outwits a lecherous old man in this eternally fresh comic masterpiece. Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi leads. 

Sunday, April 6, at 8PM

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi

Based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Verdi's last opera is a wise, wistful comedy about a self-deluded old man who vainly attempts to seduce two women at once. Featuring Bryn Terfel as the title role, along with Ainhoa Arteta, Meredith Arwady, Fabio Capitanucci, Francesco Demuro and Heidi Stober. Nicola Luisotti conducts. 

Sunday, March 2, at 8PM

Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

A special archival broadcast of the 1982 production of Norma. Featuring the legendary duo of Dame Joan Sutherland as Norma and Marilyn Horne as Adalgisa, with Ezio Flagello, Ermanno Mauro, Howard Hensel and Leslie Richards. Conducted by Richard Bonynge and directed by Lotfi Mansouri.

Sunday, February 2, at 8PM

The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner

In Wagner's first masterpiece, a ship's captain is condemned to endlessly travel the seas in search of true love. The cast included Greer Grimsley and Lise Lindstrom, making her San Francisco Opera premiere. Patrick Summers conducts. 

Sunday, January 5, at 8PM

Mephistopheles by Arrigo Boito

The cast includes tenor Ramón Vargas, as the philosopher who sells his soul to the Devil; Patricia Racette as the woman he desires; and, in the vividly menacing title role, the bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov. The SF Opera's own Italian maestro will be on the podium.

Sunday, December 1, at 8PM

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II

From the archives of San Francisco Opera, a 1973 production of Strauss' frothy Die Fledermaus, starring Dame Joan Sutherland. (Pictured here with the late Lotfi Mansouri).

Sunday, November 3, at 8PM

The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach

A sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach in this marvelously melodic masterpiece. Singing the title role is tenor Matthew Polenzani. He is joined by Natalie Dessay, Hye Jung Lee, Irene Roberts, Angela Brower and Christian Van Horn. Laurent Pelly directs a new production of this richly imaginative, psychologically astute gem.

Sunday, October 6, at 8PM

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Mark Adamo

She has long been condemned as a harlot, or dismissed as a minor player in a well-known sacred narrative, but ancient manuscripts tell a very different story, giving us a striking new viewpoint on Jesus' message to humanity. Mary Magdalene is placed at the center of the story in this world premiere by Mark Adamo. Kevin Newbury directs a cast that includes Sasha Cooke, William Burden, Maria Kanyova and Nathan Gunn as Yeshua. Michael Christie, in his San Francisco Opera debut, conducts.

Sunday, September 1, at 8PM

Cosi Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers' fidelity in this Mozart masterpiece, a sublime and sometimes startling mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama. Music Director Nicola Luisotti leads an immensely talented young cast including Ellie Dehn, Susannah Biller and Francesco Demuro. 

Sunday, August 4, at 8PM

Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten 

This month's archival broadcast celebrates composer Benjamin Britten's centennial with a 1976 San Francisco Opera performance of his masterpiece Peter Grimes with a stellar cast led by legendary tenor Jon Vickers in the title role, Heather Harper as Ellen Orford, Geraint Evans as Captain Balstrode, Sheila Nadler as Auntie and Donna Peterson as Mrs. Sedley, conducted by John Pritchard.

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