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, 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.
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, 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, 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, May 4, 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, May 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, December 7, at 8PM
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Archival performance featuring Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé. 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.”
Listen to an interview with Montserrat Caballé and Luciano Pavarotti here.
Listen to an interview with Conductor Riccardo Chailly here.
Sunday, November 2, 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, September 7, at 8PM
La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
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, 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, 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.