San Francisco To Feature Two Opera Performances on KQED Public Television This Summer

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San Francisco Opera is striking up a partnership with KQED Public Television to bring opera into the homes of Bay Area residents with two telecasts that will feature Verdi’s “Atilla” and Boito’s “Mefistofele.”

The former performance will be aired on Thursday, August 3, 2017 on KQED 9 while the latter comes three weeks later, with the viewing experience taking place on Thursday, August 24 on KQED 9. The “Atilla” performance took place in 2012 while the “Mefistofele” was from 2013. The former starred Ferruccio Furlanetto, Quinn Kelsey, Lucrecia Garcia, Diego Torre and Samuel Ramey while the latter performance featured Ildar Abdrazakov in the lead role accompanied by Ramón Vargas and Patricia Racette.

Legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock will be the hosts for both telecasts.

“We are excited to partner with the San Francisco Opera again to showcase ‘Attila’ and ‘Mefistofele’ to an audience that might not have an opportunity to enjoy these tremendous performances otherwise,” says David Markus, Executive in Charge, KQED Arts, Food, and Education in a press release. “The richness and quality of the performing arts in the Bay Area are world class, and these performances are emblems of that proud tradition.”





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Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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