Above: (L-R) Yonghoon Lee as Chénier and George Gagnize as Gérard in Andrea Chénier Credit: Cory Weaver
The WFMT Radio Network continues the 2018 Opera Series with five performances from San Francisco Opera. This year’s series features a set of highlights from past seasons, including performances of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Of special note is an encore broadcast of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, and an exciting Edgar Allan Poe double-bill featuring Getty’s Usher House and Debussy’s La chute de la maison Usher.
San Francisco Opera was founded by Italian conductor and pianist Gaetano Merola, who presented the Company’s first season in 1923 at the Civic Center Auditorium. In 1932, the Beaux Arts 3,100 seat War Memorial Opera House opened and remains the home of San Francisco Opera. Maestro Merola, who led the Company until his death in 1953, was succeeded as general director by Kurt Herbert Adler (1953–81), Terry McEwen (1982–88), Lotfi Mansouri (1988–2001), Pamela Rosenberg (2001–05), and David Gockley (2006–2016).
This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in May and lasts until November.