opera_stage.jpgIt’s Opera! The first Sunday of each month at noon on KRCB FM is Opera Sunday as part of Sunday Classics. KRCB is the only station in northern California where you can find opera, so be sure to tune in at noon for this year’s series of operas.



Opera Sundays for 2012

The 2012 Opera Sundays start on January 8 (a correction from the December Open Air which listed January 1) with Mozart’s comic romp, The Abduction from the Seraglio.

Other amusing selections this year include the familiar Tales of Hoffman, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the rarely heard Die Kluge/Der Mond by Orff (best known, of course, for Carmina Burana). More serious fare includes La Boheme, Tannhäuser, and Nabucco from the great masters. Less frequently heard but excellent operas in the schedule include Medea, Bluebeard’s Castle, Armida, and Le Cid (for the Francophiles). Our Handel opera this year, thanks to a loan from a generous listener, is Riccardo Primo, based on the marriage of Richard the Lionhearted to Princess Berengaria of Navarre, on Cyprus during the Third Crusade. Opera Sundays are usually the first Sunday of the month. However, to accommodate broadcasts of the Santa Rosa Symphony we will bump the January, February and April operas to the second Sundays.

January 8 – Mozart - The Abduction from the Seraglio: Solti (c), Gruberova, Battle, Winbergh, Talvela.

February 12 – Cherubini – Medea: Bernstein (c), Callas, Penno, Barbieri

March 4 – Handel - Riccardo Primo: Rousset (c), Mingardo, Piau, Lollouettem, Scaltriti, Brau, Bertin

April 8 – Bartok - Bluebeard’s Castle: Kertesz (c), Ludwig, Berry

May 6 – Offenbach – Tales of Hoffman: Bonynge (c), Sutherland, Domingo, Tourangeau, Bacquier

June 3 – Orff – Die Kluge/Der Mond: Sawallisch (c), Schwarzkopf, Cordes, Frick, Hotter, Kuen, Schmitt-Walter

July 1 – Nicolai – The Merry Wives of Windsor:  Klee (c), Moll, Schrier, Mathis, Donath

August 5 – Verdi – Nabucco: Muti (c), Manuguerra, Scotto, Luccheti, Ghiaurov

September 2 – Rossini – Armida: Gatti (c), Fleming, Kunde, Kaasch, D’Arcangelo

October 7 – Massenet – Le Cid: Queler (c),Domingo, Bumbry, Plishka, Gardner

November 4 – Puccini – La Boheme: Leinsdorf (c), Moffo, Tucker, Merrill, Tozzi, Costa

December 2 – Wagner – Tannhäuser: Solti (c), Kollo, Dernesch, Ludwig, Sotin, Braun



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