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San Diego Opera's 2013 Season

San Diego Opera’s 2013 International Season promises to be a blockbuster - just look below to learn more about these amazing productions. KPBS-FM will be airing the performances live on Saturdays: January 26th, February 16th, March 30th and April 20th at 7 p.m. KPBS will also stream these performances live online.

The Daughter Of The Regiment

"The Daughter Of The Regiment" opens San Diego Opera's 2013 season on January 26, 2013 starring Stephen Costello as Tonio, L'ubica Vargicova as Marie, Ewa Podleś as Marquise de Birkenfeld and Donato DiStefano as Sgt. Sulpice in a stunning production set at the end of WWII.

"The Daughter Of The Regiment" opens San Diego Opera's 2013 season on January 26, 2013 starring Stephen Costello as Tonio, L'ubica Vargicova as Marie, Ewa Podleś as Marquise de Birkenfeld and Donato DiStefano as Sgt. Sulpice in a stunning production set at the end of WWII.

Airs Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 7 p.m.

THE CAST:

Marie - L’úbica Vargicová

Tonio - Stephen Costello

Sergeant Sulpice - Kevin Burdette

Marquise De Birkenfeld - Ewa Podleś

Duchess Of Krakenthorp - Carol Vaness

Conductor - Yves Abel

Director - Emilio Sagi



WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCES:

Saturday, January 26th at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Tuesday, January 29th at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Friday, February 1st at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Sunday, February 3rd at 2 p.m. Get Tickets



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by Gaetano Donizetti

Nine high Cs for the tenor in one aria, and brilliant coloratura for the soprano, make "The Daughter of the Regiment" an exciting, sparkling and hilarious opening to the 2013 Season. This delightful production from Italy’s Teatro Comunale di Bologna tells of an orphan French girl adopted by a regiment of soldiers in the waning days of World War II. The independent, spunky tomboy Marie loves Tonio, a peasant, but the Marquise tries to marry her off to a rich Duke. She’s thwarted by another “invasion” by the regiment, which frees Marie to marry Tonio. Yes, a happy ending!

L’ubica Vargicová, described by the New York Times as having “…devilish coloratura with fearless attack” sings Marie with Stephen Costello whose “…polished tenor boasts… command, brightness at the top” (SanDiego.com) singing the nine high Cs. Ewa Podles “…a force of nature…”, (U-T San Diego) is the Marquise of Birkenfeld with Kevin Burdette as Sulpice.

Toronto-born conductor, Yves Abel and stage director, Emilio Sagi, make their San Diego Opera debuts.

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including one intermission. Sung in French with English translations displayed above the stage. Production from Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando sat in on a rehearsal of the San Diego Opera's "The Daughter of the Regiment" to get the lowdown on singing the high C's.

Samson And Delilah

The widely popular "Samson And Delilah" returns on February 16, 2013 with Nadia Krasteva and Clifton Forbis in the title role.

The widely popular "Samson And Delilah" returns on February 16, 2013 with Nadia Krasteva and Clifton Forbis in the title role.

Airs Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.

THE CAST:

Delilah - Nadia Krasteva

Samson - Clifton Forbis

High Priest of Dagon - Tómas Tómasson

Old Hebrew - Gregory Reinhart

Conductor - Karen Keltner

Director - Lesley Koenig

Choreographer - Kenneth von Heidecke



WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCES:

Saturday, February 16th at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Tuesday, February 19th at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Friday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Sunday, February 24th at 2 p.m. Get Tickets



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by Camille Saint-Saëns

The Bible’s Samson and Delilah return to our stage in a production described by the North County Times as “…one of the most memorable San Diego Opera productions of the past decade (with) stunning and gargantuan sets, vivid lighting, gorgeous costumes, an erotic ballet and a seeming cast of thousands…” Physically strong though he is, Samson cannot repel the advances of the seductive Delilah. Urged on by the High Priest of Dagon, she makes him reveal the source of his strength, his hair, which she cuts, rendering him powerless. Captured, blinded, Samson calls on God for forgiveness, destroying the temple and all within it, including the treacherous Delilah.

Clifton Forbis returns as Samson, whose “…brilliant voice and acting (as Samson) conveyed the inner torment" (SignOnSanDiego). Mezzo-soprano Nadia Krasteva, described by the Chicago Tribune as having “…rich, smoky colors and earthy sensuality (in) her voice” makes her role debut as Delilah with Tómas Tómasson as the scheming High Priest.

San Diego’s own Karen Keltner conducts the sinuous and melodic score and Lesley Koenig directs this thrilling production.

The running time is approximately 3 hours and 4 minutes including two intermissions. Sung in French with English translations displayed above the stage.

Murder In The Cathedral

Ferruccio Furlanetto stars as Thomas Becket in the West Coast Premiere of "Murder In The Cathedral," based on the T.S. Eliot play.

Ferruccio Furlanetto stars as Thomas Becket in the West Coast Premiere of "Murder In The Cathedral," based on the T.S. Eliot play.

Airs Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7 p.m.

THE CAST:

Thomas Becket - Ferruccio Furlanetto

Herald - Allan Glassman

First Chorus - Susan Neves

Second Chorus - Helene Schneiderman

Conductor - Donato Renzetti

Director - Ian Campbell

Production Designer - Ralph Funicello



WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCES:

Saturday, March 30th at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Tuesday, April 2nd at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Friday, April 5th at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Sunday, April 7th at 2 p.m. Get Tickets



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by Ildebrando Pizzetti

Archbishop Thomas Becket, brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in December 1170 defending his church against the intrusions of King Henry II, became a Christian martyr and Saint at whose tomb Henry was forced to pay penance. Did Henry order the murder or did his knights take matters into their own hands? Based on the T. S. Eliot play, the opera covers the last month of Becket’s life as he struggles with politics, religion and temptation.

The lyrical and melodic score reminiscent of Puccini with extraordinary choruses rivaling "Turandot," is a tour-de-force for the great bass Ferruccio Furlanetto who is “…strong in rejecting the temptations and in rebutting the assassins’ charges of treasonous behavior toward the king, yet his singing in the sermon has a touching eloquence…” (The New York Times review of his La Scala performance as Becket). Susan Neves and Helene Schneiderman lead the women of Canterbury commenting on the action while unable to interfere with events which seem ordained to happen.

Conducted by La Scala’s Donato Renzetti, in his debut here, and directed by Ian Campbell, this is the West Coast Premiere of "Murder In The Cathedral" in America, combining faith, passion, tragedy and hope.

The running time is approximately 1 hour and 57 minutes including one intermission. Sung in Italian with English translations displayed above the stage.

Aida

Zandra Rhodes brings her "Aida" to San Diego Opera for the first time on April 20, 2013. Starring Latonia Moore as Aida, Jill Grove as Amneris and Walter Fraccaro as Radames.

Zandra Rhodes brings her "Aida" to San Diego Opera for the first time on April 20, 2013. Starring Latonia Moore as Aida, Jill Grove as Amneris and Walter Fraccaro as Radames.

Airs Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m.

THE CAST:

Aida - Latonia Moore

Amneris - Jill Grove

Radames - Walter Fraccaro

Amonasro - Mark S. Doss

Conductor - Daniele Callegari

Director - Andrew Sinclair

Set & Costume Designer - Zandra Rhodes

Choreographer - Kenneth von Heidecke



WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCES:

Saturday, April 20th at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Get Tickets

Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Get Tickets



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by Giuseppe Verdi

Zandra Rhodes’ vivid designer’s eye enhances Verdi’s vision of ancient Egypt in this stunning production. Acclaimed in London, San Francisco and Houston, the brilliant sets and costumes are seen in San Diego for the first time, creating a riot of color and pageantry. The tragic love triangle of a Pharaoh’s daughter competing with her own Ethiopian slave for the love of an Egyptian general is one of the most-beloved operas. Filled with great arias and choruses, including the famous Triumphal March, "Aida" demands extraordinary singers in every role.

Rising American star Latonia Moore conquered Covent Garden as Aida: “I can honestly say that I have not heard an Aida like her at Covent Garden…or, for that matter, anywhere else…Moore is a world-class artist”. (Opera Magazine, UK). Italian tenor, Walter Fraccaro, as Radames, “…whose singing is “burnished and impassioned” (The New York Times), Jill Grove as Amneris “…a low mezzo bordering on contralto (with) a rich and full bottom voice” (La Scena Musicale), and Mark S. Doss with his “…strong and authoritative bass-baritone voice” (San Francisco Sentinel) as Amonasro, lead the cast.

Italian conductor Daniele Callegari makes his San Diego Opera debut with Andrew Sinclair directing.

The running time is approximately 3 hours including one intermission. Sung in Italian with English translations displayed above the stage.