San Diego Opera’s mainstage, Furlanetto coming back to radio waves

Can’t get your butt down to San Diego to see their new season?

Never fear:  in partnership with KPBS radio, a big chunk of this season will be available via radio broadcast, even to those of us to the north and elsewhere.  See details in the press release below, including the full schedule and a link to the station’s website.

Clarification:  The release mentions a KPBS app, but according to their website, the radio station discontinued their dedicated apps in 2014.  However, the site offers a variety of useful links to other apps and tools that give access to their programming, and the KPBS website is pretty well optimized for most mobile devices.  And of course, you can always listen to the live stream via the browser on your computer.  Lots of options!

angel_loveSpread the love:  If you put this wonderful service to work, you might throw a few bucks KPBS’ way, as public radio needs all the support they can get nowadays.  (Your generosity will also earn extra brownie points in Classical Heaven..)


[Press release]

San Diego Opera Returns to KPBS Radio

Station will air San Diego Opera’s three mainstage operas – Tosca, Madama Butterfly and the West Coast premiere of Great Scott

KPBS will also air Ferruccio Furlanetto in Concert

San Diego, CA – San Diego Opera is pleased to announce that it is once again partnering with KPBS Radio to present encore broadcasts of San Diego Opera’s three mainstage operas –Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and the West Coast premiere of Great Scott, a new opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally. KPBS will also air a special concert with the great Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto. Now in its fifth year, these broadcasts will not be aired live, but will air one week after opening night allowing those attending the performance a chance to hear it again.

San Diego Opera’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Dr. Nicolas Reveles, will continue to host these broadcasts supplementing the performance intermissions with historical facts, anecdotes and artist interviews.

San Diego Opera on KPBS Radio can be heard on 89.5 FM, 89.1 FM in La Jolla and 97.7 FM in the Imperial Valley, online at or via the mobile app.

“Partnering with KPBS in the broadcast of our opera season is one of the highlights of my year,” shared Dr. Nicolas Reveles. “The recorded performances sound great and bring a little bit of the excitement that we experience in the theatre to the home listener.”

Full schedule for San Diego Opera on KPBS:

Tosca – Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8 PM

Ferruccio Furlanetto in Concert – Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8 PM

Madama Butterfly – Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8 PM

Great Scott – Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8 PM

The 2015-2016 International Season

René Barbera in Recital
September 19, 2015

Patricia Racette “Diva on Detour”
November 14, 2015

Tosca    (Giacomo Puccini)
February 13, 16, 19 and 21 (mat), 2016

Ferruccio Furlanetto in Concert
March 5, 2016

Madama Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini)
April 16, 19, 22 and 24 (mat), 2016

Great Scott (Jake Heggie)
May 7, 10, 15 and 15 (mat), 2016

San Diego Opera Mission Statement

The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional vocal performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community engagement and the transformative power of live performance.

San Diego Opera Vision Statement

The San Diego Opera will be recognized internationally as a leading example of adaptability, innovation and sustainability in the operatic arts, promoting diversified programming and unique performance venues with world-class and emerging talent.

San Diego Opera Core Values Statement

Through excellence in innovative programming and education, SDO provides a lasting cultural service to the community.

  • Our tradition of excellence in fully staged opera is augmented with new models of opera and venues. Our unique and deep commitment to the community propels us to explore ways of increasing affordability and accessibility.
  • Through fiscal responsibility and nimble adaptation to the changing marketplace, we protect the future of San Diego Opera.
  • Our educational and community involvement coupled with relevant programming will build the audience of the future.

Featured photo credit: John Endris / FreeImages

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