Plácido Domingo stars in San Francisco Opera broadcast

A scene from San Francisco Opera’s 1978 production of ‘Otello’ – photo Ron Scherl/San Francisco Opera

Tomorrow, September 3, is the first Sunday of the month, which means that  a production from San Francisco Opera  will be broadcast on Classical KDFC  at 8.00 pm.  This month’s opera comes from the Company’s archives – a performance of Verdi’s Otello starring Plácido Domingo in the title role.

Recorded at the War Memorial Opera House on September 22, 1978, at the opening of the 1978-79 season, this production, by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, was conducted by Giuseppe Patanè who led the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

The cast also featured Italian soprano Katia Ricciarelli as Desdemona, and Mexican-born baritone Guillermo Sarabia as Iago, Barry McCauley as Cassio, Gwendolyn Jones as Emilia, Clifford Grant as Lodovico, Stephen West as Montano, Barry Busse as Roderigo, and John Del Carlo as A Herald.

San Francisco Opera broadcasts air on Classical KDFC on the first Sunday of each month at 8 pm, hosted by Dianne Nicolini.

Classical KDFC can be heard on FM at 90.3 (San Francisco), 89.9 (Wine Country), 92.5 (Ukiah-Lakeport), 104.9 (Silicon Valley), 103.9 (Monterey); on Comcast Cable 981; or online at  KDFC monthly broadcasts can also be streamed on demand at for four weeks after each Sunday night broadcast.


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