ALL FUTURE OPERAS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. WE WILL START UP AGAIN AS SOON AS IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. STAY SAFE AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES. PHYLLIS
We are pleased to announce that Pescadero Opera has been invited to present a monthly radio program on opera on KPDO RADIO 89.3 FM. Once a month I will present a topic on opera that will include audio clips from famous operas. I will either take a topic on opera using the audio clips to illustrate my talk, or I will take an opera, discuss the synopsis, the background and the singers, and insert several audio clips from that opera. You can access KPDO Radio in the MAIN MENU of this website.
You can read or download the synopsis as well as the English libretto for any of the operas that we have listed. These can be found in the sections labeled SYNOPSES and ENGLISH LIBRETTOS in the main menu.
Watch the entire opera. If you are interested in watching the entire opera, often with English subtitles, you can find many of them on youtube.com. Also, the Half Moon Bay Library offers hundreds of operas on DVD. If they don’t have them onsite they can order them from other libraries in San Mateo County, which you can then pick up in Half Moon Bay. All of these DVDs include English subtitles and are rented through the San Mateo Library System at no charge.
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Part I: An Introduction to Opera – 27 minutes
1. An Introduction to Opera (given by me)
2. “Vissi d”Arte” from Puccini’s Tosca, sung by Maria Callas
3. “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, sung by Anna Netrebko
4. “Vesti Giubba” from Leoncavallo’s Piagliacci, sung by Placido Domingo
Part II: “Siegfried-Idyll” by Richard Wagner (orchestral) – 29 minutes
Opera Schedule 2019-20
Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00 p.m. DVD opera presentation: 1:00 p.m.
“Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel
“Marnie” by Nico Muhly
Starring Isabel Leonard, Christopher Maltman; conducted by Robert Spano
“Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Starring Renee Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ramón Vargas
“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo
“Salome” by Richard Strauss
Starring Nadja Michael, Thomas Moser and Michael Volle
“The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Starring Réne Pape, Erika Miklósa, Ying Huang and Nathan Gunn; a Julie Taymor Production
The rest of the opera season has been cancelled due to Covid-19. Take care of yourselves. We’ll see you when it’s safe. Phyllis